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Preparing For the Holidays

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Are you preparing for the holidays yet?  One week until we are officially “in the holiday season”.  So much to do, so little time, right?  I have lots of plans and am excited to share them all with you over the next few weeks.

This past week I have not completed any of them yet since I have been spending a lot of time at the hospice with my dad.   He sleeps most of the time, and while he does, I have been trying to clean up the files on my laptop. I have been editing and purging like crazy and wondering why, I saved so many things.

When I get bored of the task, I have been doing a little online shopping and surfing around – something I rarely get time to do.

Here are a few things that made an impression on me this week:

I heart Kohl’s for this ad.


I will be making this to serve along with the turkey and stuffing this year.

When my daughters were little I declared November 18 the day no one could roll their eyes at me if I was listening to my favorite holiday music.


Since the holidays are almost upon us, I wanted to point you to where you can find all of the Christmas projects I have posted about over the past 4 years.  If you are looking for some festive and colorful holiday inspiration, I have grouped the posts all together in my Holiday Project Gallery.


A few of the projects and ideas you will find there:


This photo is from my Christmas house tour post last year.

I used lots of turquoise, pink, and white last year.

What colors do you like to use when you decorate for the holidays?

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  1. What an amazing ad from Kohl’s! Makes me think of our two moms who will need help this season—one 94, and 0ne 87. Thinking of you this week (and praying) as you sit with your dad. Been there, done that. Thank you for your amazing post as you spent time watching over him.

  2. You can buy the chalkboard fabric at Nancysnotions.com. It is awesome stuff. trim to size…no seam finishing. There is a little fabric prep before use. We used as banners for Easter. Can be reused repeatedly. Think outside the box….the tabletop of a children’s play table….

  3. I’m sorry to hear about your dad. I’m sure he is comforted knowing you are there. I love that Kohl’s ad too…it touches that soft spot in our hearts. Thanks for the Christmas ideas…I’m always looking for a little something different. ;)

  4. It is a lonesome watch to sit with your Dad. I have been in your shoes and it takes a heavy toll. I am glad you have something to occupy your time and keep you busy. That Kohl’s ad is wonderful. I have not seen it before. Love your polka dot dress choice, too. The kale salad- not so much for me- lol

    Hope you have a good weekend- sending up prayers for your Dad AND you! xo Diana