Taking the Stress out of Thanksgiving

Celebrating Thanksgiving

November has begun! Thanksgiving is a few weeks away, followed by Christmas. I know this causes a lot of stress for some of you. The Holiday season holds no joy as you struggle to prepare for all the events & celebrations while trying to keep up with your regular tasks & schedule. I was one of those moms, praying for January 1 to arrive. Wishing I could just climb into bed & pull the covers over my head until the new year finally made its appearance. Then I learned how to take the stress out & put the joy back into the Holiday season. It isn’t tough but it does take commitment. Most of all, it takes planning. It’s all about working smarter, not harder.

This Holiday season, I want to help you reduce your stress. Beginning today, I am offer a selection of information designed to help you prepare. The information comes in a variety of formats: blog posts, podcasts, videos & books. Don’t find the info you really & truly need? Contact me & ask. I will do my best to find the very thing you need.

You see, I REALLY like the Holiday season. I like the celebrations. I like the decorations. I like the baking. I especially like the fact the Holidays are a time when I am especially thankful for my family, my friends & my very special relationship with the Lord, a time when I can celebrate the birth of Jesus with my family & friends! I want this Holiday season to be a celebration for you also! Let’s work together to take the stress out of the Holidays this year! Let’s make the Holidays a Simple Joy!

May I Take Your Order? Family Diner Dinner

May I Take Your Order?

May I Take Your Order?

Every few weeks, I offer my husband & daughter their choice of dinner items. I refer to this as Diner Dinner. I begin by making fries since I know they both will want these. I also prepare a tossed salad that I serve while I am preparing the other items. You can offer a selection of dressings to your family, just like the diner.

I plug in the griddle so it can heat up while I prepare other items. My offerings include:

  • Hamburgers;
  • Hot Dogs;
  • Grilled Cheese;
  • Tomato Soup;
  • Taquitos;
  • Egg Rolls.

Don’ get too excited about the menu. The egg rolls are from the $ store. I can heat the taquitos & egg rolls in the microwave. I prepare the grilled cheese, burgers & hot dogs on my griddle. The soup is prepared on the stove.

It doesn’t take long to fix & its fun for the family. Younger kids enjoy this type of meal. You can vary your menu based on your family’s preferences. Your items might include:

  • PB&J;
  • Mac & Cheese;
  • Tacos (frozen from & store)
  • Pizza Rolls;
  • Mini-pizzas;
  • Burritos.

Choose items that are quick & easy to prepare. If you have multiple burners going on your stove, you’ve defeated the purpose. Quick & easy is the trick!

Pudding cups or a scoop of ice cream for dessert tops off this fun meal. Use Diner Dinner occasionally to treat your family to an at-home, dining out dinner experience! Such a Simple Joy!

Today’s Featured Digital Book: Accessorize Your Life

Accessorize Your Life

The little black dress is a fabulous addition to your wardrobe. In it, you to fit in with other people in any situation yet its style allows you to express your individuality. Add accessories to the little black dress and you have a difference that makes you stand out.

Being like Jesus is exactly the same. We want to fit in with other people in a variety of situations while still maintaining our individuality. What gives us that difference are 10 accessories, qualities that made Jesus like everyone else but different. What are those accessories and how can you incorporate them into your life?

Accessorize Your Life: Discovering 10 Qualities to Create Life with a Difference helps you develop a selection of the 10 qualities through a 10 lesson Bible study. Each lesson offers a Scripture verse that exemplifies the quality, introduction and questions to help you better understand the quality and incorporate it into your life.

Accessorize Your Life may be done as an individual study or in a group. It contains a Leader Guide to help you set up your own Bible Study group.

Enjoy a positive and powerful difference in your life when you “put on” a selection of accessories with the Christ-like difference. Only $3


Back-to-School Breakfast Ideas for Busy Moms

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School morning can be crazy! You are so busy making sure they have everything they need that a healthy breakfast can often be over looked.  Fortunately Parents magazine & Rosie Pope offer you ideas to give your kids a healthy breakfast even when time is short!

Healthy Breakfast

11 Genius Ways to Organize With Pegboards

11 Genius Ways to Organize With Pegboards

I still remember the pegboard my sister had in her room when I was growing up. So many interesting things seemed to hang on that board, items that fascinated this little sister. Pegboards seemed to have fallen out of favor for many years. Or perhaps they only went to live in the garage, basement & workshop where they hold tools & the like. Now, it seems, like most things, pegboards are coming back into favor. Good Housekeeping offers a selection of ideas to help you incorporate pegboards into your home. The board in the photo is very cute. I especially love the small frame attached to the board. Use one of these ideas or let them inspire you! Either way, Enjoy!


10 Ways to Make a Dorm Room Feel Like Home


You want your college-bound student to enjoy their independence. You also want them to feel at home in their new location. Good Housekeeping offers ways to make any dorm room feel more like home!

Dorm Room

11 Steps to Creating the Ultimate Homework Station


Kids need a place to work when it comes to homework. Having everything they, and you, need in one spot can be half the battle when getting kids to get the job done. Good Housekeeping offers an easy plan to help you create a workstation for you kids. Schools about to begin! Time to get ready!

Homework Station

Easy Organizing: Back-to-School Prep


I always tell women, in order to live a life of Simple Joy, you must learn to Work Smarter, Not Harder. This means you must PLAN-PLAN-PLAN. School begins in a few weeks. Now is the time to sit down & begin planning! To help you get started, Good Housekeeping offers ways to prep for back to school without the stress.

School Prep

Create an Easy-to-Follow Morning Routine


School day mornings can be stressful to say the least. Time to follow my credo: Work smarter, not harder! develop a plan, a routine to help reduce stress & make mornings go more smoothly. All You has created a plan you can insure your family stays on schedule without being regimented. Create your own plan by clicking HERE

Planning a Fall Garden


A colorful garden doesn’t end with the last days of summer. Transition your garden into Autumn with these wonderful ideas from BHG.

Autumn Garden

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