Your Family Christmas Traditions

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As a new mother in the 80’s I wanted to start some of my own Holiday traditions when my children were growing up. I had many friends whose families open presents on Christmas Eve and being from a family that didn’t do that it was a bummer as a kid. So I decided that my kids could open one present on Christmas Eve….however I controlled what present this was! Surprise it was always P.J.’s to wear on Christmas Eve! We don’t do this now that the children are grown.

I wonder if they will do this with their children. Will they invent traditions of their own? Do you have a tradition for your holidays? Please share your traditions

Get on task!

December is the month of many things. I have 3 birthdays, Christmas and work deadlines plus many holiday celebrations to manage.stress

 

The hard part is I spend many of my hours at work waiting for people to send me approvals to get stuff done and watch the clock go tick tock….very madding

This year I started early and tackled celebrating my husband’s birthday during the first weekend even though his birthday is the week before Christmas. I then decided that I could downsize the Santa tasks by informing my oldest that Santa doesn’t come to two houses now that she has a daughter and Santa would be there…..boy was that a wrong move….so I will be doing Santa stockings until my children are in their 50’s…I was flattered that they said Santa’s stocking where the best… but the pressure…..

So since the day before Thanksgiving I have (less than 2 weeks)

  • Day before thanksgiving provided lunch for 45 people at work
  • Thanksgiving dinner 20 people at my home
  • Did an old fashion picture at Knott’s Berry Farm of 7 of the  family members
  • End of month lunch for work for 45 people
  • Made my tie dye cupcakes and husband’s birthday cake
  • Birthday party for husband’s 60th for 65 people
  • Attend College parent event
  • Continue to blog as much as possible in my new blog(trying for every day)
  • Attend my Tuesday night blog classes

And my next couples of weeks are more intense …so where do you fit in the Christmas shopping, birthday shopping and the blogging I just don’t know.

….FYI my blogging teacher is having his first child right now….do I tell him that having had a child at Christmas you will never hear how they should feel very blessed to be born during this time but how they hate sharing it with the holidays…but the best thing is to throw them a surprise half birthday…so maybe someday I will tell you that story

So how do you yet the stress go this season?

Groovy Cupcakes

My husband is turning sixty this month! I am throwing him a big celebration so I made rainbow tie dye cupcakes. Get it tie dye…sixties……groovy!

These cupcakes are cute as a button. Cute as a button, I tell you! I’m sorry, I couldn’t help myself. I found them through pinterest. Yes I am a big fan of pinterest …..please follow me  at…http://pinterest.com/sheri_forell/

Even though each is just a sweet and simple cupcake, tinting the batter 5 different colors and mixing them tie dye style makes them so fun and unique. I guarantee if you took a dozen to work or to a party, they’d be a hit.

Here’s how to make them.

Start by following the directions on your favorite cake mix for white cake. Divide the batter into five separate small bowls. Now you can do this however many colors you want. At this point you can even make them just rainbow cupcakes by doing them in rainbow color order and just making them a stripe.

Tint each bowl with a few drops of food coloring or gel: one red, one blue, one green, one orange one purple….I used the regular colors plus the neon colors they now sell. Try not to over mix your batter here, because you’ll develop the gluten in the flour and be left with a very tough, bread-like cupcake. Incorporate the color in the fewest stirs possible.

Drop spoonfuls of each colored batter into the cupcake liners until they are 3/4 full. Try and make each even as I had trouble with this and had some bigger than others.

When all the liners are filled, use a toothpick to swirl the batter a few times. Use a clean toothpick for each cupcake so that you keep the colors clean, and don’t swirl too much or you’ll mix the colors into a brown tone.

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Bake them according to the instructions on your cupcake recipe. Frost with whatever you like…I picked chocolate because that is what my hubby likes…white might be better to see the colors.IMAG0403

There you have it tie dye cupcakes…get it sixties/tie dye!!!  Groovy!

Have you ever made something special for someones birthday?

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An Old Fashion Christmas!

Wow I have just barely put away Thanksgiving and now need to get out Christmas!

Today we are going to get a family picture taken for Christmas. Now when my children where young I always run around getting them together to get a photo that I could use for our family Christmas card, then somewhere along the past 15 years I stopped doing it. I miss it. However the holidays are a lot of work. Finding time to take these photos gets lost in all the activities.

But this year we had the opportunity to go to Knott’s  Berry farm to take one of those old fashion photos.  When my husband first asked the kids if they wanted to do it, they said yes to my surprise…I knew they always liked to play dress up!

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Best is that my granddaughter who doesn’t really know what is going on was the best ….I look forward to the years to come when she really understands what is going on. Yes she’s got the bags of money and my son still likes his toy guns…LOL

Turkey Day is here!!!!

Yep Turkey day is tomorrow. I am excited for time to visit with family and friends but it is a lot of work! This year we are having a full house!  We always welcome everyone. So not just family but anyone who needs a place to come join in a meal of thanks.

Right now I shouldn’t be watching the cooking channel either because I don’t have all the wonderful dishes, the great kitchen and the hair and makeup people to make my Thanksgiving picture perfect. But we will do!

Being the one who has everyone over it is hard because you have to rely on those who say what they are bringing….then again I have those who say I am bringing a salad but include  a desert and any extra….and if I had planned on filling in that…oh well.

Breath….after all it is just  a meal and we are after all giving thanks…so thanks to all my family and friends I do appreciate and love you all!

Spa…ahhhh Day

For my birthday my daughters decided that we needed to spend the day at the spa. I took the day off from work and we all jumped into the car and went out to the Glen Ivy spa.

We have been looking forward to this for weeks. This is the first all day event that my daughter was leaving my granddaughter with her daddy! I am honored that she wanted to spend it with me.

It has been years since I and my oldest daughter had been to Glen Ivy however my youngest daughter had never been. The youngest daughter decided that we needed or she needed to get in every one of their 19 pools. Now it wasn’t the warmest day so this was going to be interesting plus we had signed up for spa treatments.

We arrived shortly after they opened, got into our suits and started at one end and she managed to get in 4 pools before we each headed off to our first spa treatment. My daughters went for the full body massages but I went for the Glen Ivy Detox Body Treatment.

This started with a sugar…yep sugar scrub. Then you wash it off (my 2nd shower for the day) and they put a shea butter lotion on and wrap you up like a burrito which is a warm body wrap to promote detoxification and maximize hydration. Then she gives you a wonderful head and upper back massage. Heaven

Afterward we go to tackle more of those pools. My youngest I think got in another 3 pools before lunch.

After lunch it’s time for mud baby! It is Southern California’s only red clay mineral bath. It’s a great excuse to get dirty!

I don’t think this counted on our pools list but it does require another shower afterward. (3rd shower)

Next treatment is Orange Pumpkin Spice Pedicure. What a festive fall treat for our legs and feet! It s starts with Pumpkin Spice Scrub exfoliates our legs and one of the best foot massages I have ever had. The girls and I discuss how this should be an everyday occurrence. We even speculate if Oprah gets this done every day? What a life!

We then hurry off to do the Grotto. This is something new to me at Glen Ivy. You go to their underground caverns (via elevator) which are Disney like cave rooms where an attended coats your skin with a rich, warm, light green body moisturizer that almost glows in the dark. We then entered a warm room to rest and then yep you guessed it another shower to rinse off the oil. (Shower 4)

As the day ended, we went back to the locker room to another shower(5) as we had to wash our hair from all the fun and dress to leave…..this is when it was decided this should become a birthday tradition!

Next time we will get into all the pools and take less showers!

Happy Birthday to Me

Today is my birthday….since turning 50 I started making a bucket list for the coming year of things I wanted to accomplish during my 50th year  and then each year after that I made another bucket list of what I wanted to accomplish and so on…I only told a few people what I was doing ..

So today it’s another birthday so here is another bucket list to accomplish this year. Now first I don’t always accomplish everything on my list but I try to do a lot of what is on my list!  This is the first time I have made this list public…yikes this will put the pressure on now that everyone knows

  1. Blogging- yes this was on last year’s list –yes I did experiment in it but want to get into it more..very interesting and fun.
  2. Read- 1 book month…yes this has been on my list every year and I have almost done it every year…..except this year got the book “Dearie” online. Problem is when you get a digital book you really don’t know how long it is!….over 1300 pages(I think this counts as 2 books)
  3. Remodel the kitchen…okay it has turned into remodel the house….this has been on the back burner….I could even just blog on this.
  4. Exercise weekly – log it-3 times week
  5. Sign up for at least two 5K within the next year..did that last year!
  6. Have someone take one very nice portrait of me..and I hate getting photos taken of me…this maybe hard to do.
  7. Take a serious effort to lose the last 25 pounds.
  8. Try to do video blogs
  9. Be more active with C2C
  10. Clean my closet ,Clean my bedroom, Clean my desk at work
  11. Plant a herb garden
  12. Sew a dress for my grand-daughter
  13. Sew shoes for my grand-daughter
  14. Make a Beno lunch for my grand-daughter
  15. Learn something completely new to me
  16. Take photographs…like a professional
  17. Travel
  18. Travel with just my husband
  19. Organize my kitchen after its remodeled
  20. College parents group – participate more
  21. Have a couple of  flower classes again at my house
  22. See a movie in the theater once a month
  23. Get more involved in Sage Women group
  24. Tell my friend about women sage and invite them to attend
  25. Spa Day
  26. Cooking class
  27. Make a fun dessert for folks at work from Pinterest
  28. Try to knit something
  29. Paint a picture
  30. Get a portrait of my dogs
  31. Babysit my grand-daughter…this is an easy one!!!
  32. Show my husband how much I love him!

Do you make goals when you reach another birthday? 

Have you done a bucket list?

November is really Movember

Have you noticed lately that handle bar mustaches are coming back in style?

Did you know there is a group that is called Movember and every November  they are responsible for the sprouting  mustaches on thousands of men’s faces, in the US and around the world. With their Mo’s, these men raise vital awareness and funds for men’s health issues, specifically prostate and testicular cancer initiatives. 

I first learned about this last year when my son-in-law started to grow his Mo. Even though my daughter was not happy about it I sponsored him and thought what a fun way to raise awareness.  I plan on doing the same thing this year!

This year he started on November 1st.  Here is what he has to say about it…”I want to take a stand against cancer. My upper lip will be my canvas, on which I will plant my symbol of solidarity. This year my ‘stache will be the most thick and luxurious yet.”

Do you know of someone who is participating? Would you donate to this upper lip group? I hope you can.

It is pretty funny that we already have a photo of my grand-daughter playing along with her daddy’s idea of a mustache when she was barely a day old.