Summer Entertaining- Outdoor Oasis Party + Giveaway!

Outdoor Oasis Party

Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Pier 1 Imports. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and to thank me for participating. As soon as the weather turns warm, we spend as much time outside as possible. I like to think of our backyard as an extension of the rest of our house. It's an oasis where we can escape the busyness of life, take time to rejuvenate, and reconnect with … [Read more...]

Holiday Countdown Planner {Finale}

Here we are after eight weeks of following the countdown to Christmas. Did you stay on track? As mentioned before, I like to think of it as shooting for the stars so I can at least reach the moon. Some things didn't get done around here, but I'm not sweating it. With my son being away at college and my husband traveling all around the world for work (yes, he has an amazing job!), I decided to nix a few tasks. Life just gets busy, and sometimes … [Read more...]

Holiday Countdown Planner {Week Eight}

Holiday Countdown Planner Printable Week 8

As we all know, Christmas is almost here! Can you believe it's December 13th already? I think we could all use a little more time right now to get our shopping, baking, decorating and everything else done before Christmas (and, perhaps, have some fun in there, too)! Are you feeling good about things right now or is a sense of panic setting in? I say, don't fret. It all seems to come together in the end, doesn't it?   If you joined … [Read more...]

Holiday Countdown Planner {Week Seven}

Holiday Countdown Planner Printable Week 7

We had a major snowstorm this week and, although it looks Christmasy outside, I'm not loving all the shoveling I'm having to do! I was working up the courage to bundle up and head out into the chilly weather the other night (we're talking -27C) when I heard my neighbor using his snowblower on our driveway. I must make some extra cookies and take them over- bless his heart! I think my husband will be in for a shock when he arrives home later this … [Read more...]

Holiday Countdown Planner {Week Six}

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A belated Happy Thanksgiving to my US friends! Can you believe December is just around the corner? It's pretty hard not to notice when the yule log channels show up on TV, outdoor lights pop up more and more with each passing night, and the malls get crazy. I think I'll try to stay away as much as possible and do most of my shopping locally or online (especially since today is Black Friday)! I hope you’re enjoying this year’s Holiday Countdown … [Read more...]

Holiday Countdown Planner {Week Five}

Holiday Countdown Planner Printable Week Five

If you haven't figured it out yet, we only have 5 weekends including this one before Christmas. If you're someone who's swamped during the week and Saturdays and Sundays are your days to play catch-up, I suggest making the best of them (with some down time, of course!). Yesterday, my husband sprung it on me that he not only has one business trip before Christmas, but two. I'm used to him traveling, but December is not the best timing! I guess … [Read more...]

Holiday Countdown Planner {Week Four}

Holiday Countdown Planner Printable Week Four

How are your Christmas preparations coming along? According to many of you on Satori's Facebook Page, shopping is well underway and you've even started some baking and a few craft projects. I love hearing about your projects and how the holiday countdown planner is working for you!     If you're late to the party, be sure to read about this year's Holiday Countdown and also catch up on week two or week three. Don't worry, … [Read more...]

Make Ahead Freezer Meals {Everyday Made Easy}

Make Ahead Freezer Meals- White Chicken Chili

It's that time of the year again when busy just gets busier! As mentioned in the Holiday Countdown, I like to clean and stock my kitchen now before the line ups at the grocery and big box stores get unbearable (one can only flip through so many magazines at the checkout, right?). What I didn't mention is that it's also a good time to prepare large batches of meals, say on a Sunday afternoon, to freeze and pull out on those days when supper is the … [Read more...]

Holiday Countdown Planner {Week Three}

One Item Project Challenge 2013

The weeks leading up to Christmas seem to be flying by, don't they? That's why I created the Holiday Countdown Planner in the first place. For the most part I'm on track this year, although heavy snow over the past two weekends means our outdoor lights are still in their storage totes downstairs. Here's hoping tomorrow or Sunday are a little better! This weekend I plan on attending two Christmas sales, Vintage With Flair and the Millarville … [Read more...]