New Years Nesting❤️

When the Christmas trees and decor are finally cleared away, I find myself ready for a re-set! Maybe it’s a natural affinity for that fresh-start feeling that comes along with the New Year. Resolutions and renewal; regardless, I seem to take it out on my house. Since the kitchen is the heart of the home, that is where I start.

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It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas!

The countdown is on, evidenced by Santa sightings, all things retail, and in my home, nightly excitement over advent calendars. And I say calendars, plural, because we have many. The advent is well observed by my children-in which case I’m praying for their little hearts- that the true message of the season reveals itself more meaningful than the arrival of Santa Claus!

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Deck the halls!

It’s that time of year! The week between thanksgiving and December 1st is the unofficial Christmas decorating week. You see Christmas trees atop SUV’s and each night another house on the block seems to light up! It seems like there should be a name for this flurry of activity, proper recognition of this race to get decorated, the way Europeans observe Boxing Day after Christmas. You may be sitting pretty, reading this post while sipping cocoa in front of a roaring fire, your home all aglow with the splendor of Christmas. Or you may look a little more like me. I’ve got nutcrackers in the “hospital” and pumpkins on the porch.

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Weekend Warriors

I was a little girl who decorated everything! Nothing within my reach remained plain.  A pair of white keds became a canvas for a personalized pastel work of art. If we baked, I delighted in decorating with icing and garnishment.  I painted rainbows on my roller skates.  My dad, who can do just about anything handy, helped me transform my standard issue huffy bicycle into a perfect pink and purple dream bike, by introducing me to spray paint. 

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Finding Purpose in Re-purposing!

In 1997, my grandmother was awarded the Keep America Beautiful Lifetime Achievement  Award, named for the late First Lady, Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson.  This award recognizes a lifetime of work, dedicated to beautifying America.  Mimi operates by the principle “Leave a place better than you found it, and always give back more than you take.” And she strongly believes in teaching, and leading by example. Both, she sees as her duty to God.

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