Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Toot Your Horn Tuesday - Christmas

I'm tooting about all the things I "haven't" done! I'm tooting because I'm stress free!
I've had the most wonderful few weeks leading up to Christmas. I have managed to put all the chaos of baking, shopping, card writing and such aside. It's just not necessary! Don't get me wrong though, I've definitely done my share of cooking and shopping, but I decided to make it simple. The food still taste good and my children will be getting a nice array of presents. We even hosted a beautiful party at my house.
I have learned that it doesn't all have to be perfect to be "perfect!"
And how about this jolly fellow? I've got a question for you...
I have allowed my children to believe in Santa Claus for the first half of their childhood. Does this make me a liar? Does God look down on the parents who buy presents for their children and place a tag on the gift that says "From Santa Claus?"
I got into a friendly debate this past week with a good friend of mine. She feels very strongly against Christians allowing Santa into their Christmas celebration. I understand her feelings, but I feel that it is a harmless fantasy which creates excitement and creativity in a child's mind. I believe Christ followers can find a balance that allows for all the "magic" of Christmas. What is your opinion? Look at these next two pictures. Glynis has distorted the story of Jesus' birth just a bit. She wants to be Mary. She insists that Jesus is a girl and that Daddy play Joseph! Talk about magical!!
Hope you all have a blessed, stress free, love-filled, Christmas!

Toot Your Horn Tuesday Participants
1. Lalaloopsy Necklace
2. Candy @ The Little Round Table
3. Jingle
4. Chocolate Pretzel Bites
5. personalized sanitizer
6. Family Getaway Guide
7. Blogging Hints
8. Busy Moms Tips
9. Wooden Photo Ornaments
10. Snowman Candy Bowl
11. palimer cookies @ my life as prose
12. Fun w/Royal Icing
13. Snazzy Zipper Necklace
14. Santa Tissue Box Cover
15. Parking Garage from a Box
16. Laundry Room Organization
17. Ruffled Christmas Tree Applique
18. Paper Christmas Tree
19. Candy Reindeer and Free party Ideas
20. Thrifter's Gift Guide
21. annies home - cinnamon roll christmas tree
22. Adult Xmas Cookies
23. Personalized Stocking and Giveaway!
24. Anthro Feather Tree Knockoff
25. ProtoDoom: Faux Tin Star of David
26. Graham Cracker Gingerbread Houses
27. 2 free Christmas applique templates
28. Digital Silhouette Print
29. My Crazy Simple Life
30. Naughty or Nice Stocking Stuffer Coupons
31. Dress Up Your Candy
32. Rocky Road BArs
33. New Year's Party Hats
34. Pillowcase Dress Tutorial with a twist
38. ruldolph noses
39. Just Thoughts on a Blog
40. Laura @ Ms Smartie Pants
41. Gift Card holder ideas
42. Super Easy Peppermint Patties
43. Cookie Exchange Party
44. Designs With Nature
45. Snow Globes
46. funky retro chair
47. Melting Snowman Cookies
48. cany cane mitten and bootie
49. DIY Girls Vanity
50. Blog Party with Tutorial and GIVEAWAYS!
51. I am the Parent of a 15 Year Old!
52. Campaigner Dresser
53. Toblerone Shortbread Cookies
54. Be Anthro-Inspired
55. Felt Gift Bags
56. Meet Me under the Mistletoe
57. S.W.A.{reindeer} K.
58. Easy Christmas Card Display
59. Teddy Bears
60. Live Action Silhouettes
61. *junkrestore*
62. greeting snowmen
63. New Years Goals
64. Snow Flake Cookies
65. Rad Rubberband Guns
66. J O Y
67. Holiday Trees
68. Circle Skirt
69. Valentine Favor
70. Under $10 Painted World Wall Art
71. Merry Christmas! Gifts!
72. felt kids craft
73. Lilywinkel Bridal Blossoms
74. Shawnees Tangled Tales - Cowboy Boot Purse Tute
75. My Boss is Teething
76. Digital Silhouette Necklace
77. How To on Vent Filters
78. Dr. Who Tardis Quilt
79. Custom Made Ottoman
80. Free Side Table
81. New Years Mantel & CSN GIVEAWAY
82. Christmas 2010
84. DIY-Finger Knitting
85. DIY-Fur Sleeve Shirt
86. Scrunchie Scarf
87. leather or not
88. One Drawer, Many Looks
89. Valentines Day Blocks
90. Tutorial and GIVEAWAYS! Ends 01-01
92. Bierocks (Sausage Stuffed Pastry)
93. Navy and Coral Pillows!
94. Michelle @ Creative-Outbursts
95. Top DIY's of 2010
96. The Fairy Child
97. The Grasshopper Project
98. Get Your Life Together for 2011
99. Green Momma
100. Valentine Carton
101. DIY Faux Wainscoting
102. Jalapeno Popper DIp
103. a get well soon treat
104. brittany@lovestitched
105. Mustache Mirror Tutorial
106. Handemade Hat and Brooch Giveaway
107. The Unexpected Mother
108. Wine Glass Chandelier
109. Recycled Greeting Cards
110. Christmas - Better late than never!
111. Brass chandalier makeover!
112. Family Bingo {Printable}
114. It's a Keeper - a great site for great recipes
115. Quick Mirror Makeover
116. "O" Scarves
117. Inside Out Chicken Cordon Bleu
118. Lace tip Socks
119. ghostwritermummy
120. Thank You Card
121. 5 Repurposed Home Organizers
122. Spinach Pepper & Mushroom Bake
123. I Love You Freebie
124. A Scrap of Time - Free Penguin Pattern
125. http://pittypatpaperie.blogspot.com/2011/01/valentine-smores.html
126. Paint a Ceramic Plate TUTORIAL
127. 2011 Home Goals
128. luvbuzz
129. Alphabet Wall
130. Magnet Boards at Family of Savages
131. Our Breezy Beach Life
132. Organizing The Kitchen
133. Pembroke Lane
134. Toddler Flannel Pajamas
135. Valentines Day Plaque
136. love nest

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Toasty Tuesday

Well we've had our first snow! Only a dusting, but it was beautiful and COLD!! I'm completely happy to just stay indoors for the next few months. It's 6something in the morning and I think the temp is 27! Argh!
I much prefer the weather we had on Thanksgiving Day. 65ish! Actually, that was the temp in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. We drove down there to have turkey with my Dad.
After turkey, the kids and I drove over to Jockey's Ridge State Park and ran around on the sand dunes...One of my favorite places ever!Jockey's Ridge is an area of HUGE sand dunes. While standing at the top, you have the most amazing views of the ocean and the sound. After checking out the views, it's tradition to run, jump and tumble down the mountains. We don't even worry about the tons of sand that we're covered in afterward.

Hope you all enjoy your Tuesday...Toot Your Horns Off!!

Toot Your Horn Tuesday Participants
1. Be Merry Christmas Card @ Create With Joy
2. Green Beans & Almonds - Asian Style @ Create With Joy
3. felt snowmen
4. Christmas letter blocks
5. The Conservasita
6. Yarn Snowman
7. Padded Photo/Message Board
8. Toy Organization
9. Candy # The Little Round Table
10. Paper Mache Characters
11. Designing Domesticity
12. ChicnSavvy Follow Back
13. Christmas Decor
14. Let It Snow Card
15. Number Family Tree
16. Christmas Bibs
17. Work at Home Helper
18. Blogging Hints
19. Busy Moms Tips
20. Family Getaway Guide
21. stewed chicken
22. kids gift idea
23. Silver Twig Xmas Wreath
24. Love Joy Peace Upcycled Bottles
25. Condo Blues - Magazine Gift Bows
26. Christmas Wreath @ Life As Lori
27. 2011 Year At A Glance Calendar Printable
28. Free Holiday Printables
29. Reusing Your Dryer Lint
30. Confessions of a Vi3tBabe
31. Reindeer Tutorial
32. Polymer Playtime
33. Baby Boy Holiday Outfit
34. Burlap pom ornament
35. Free Recipe Card Download
36. dictionary [shoos]
37. Fabric Headboard
38. FREE Printable Cupcake Wrappers--Follows back
39. gift Tag
40. Beautiful Roman Shades
41. Styrofoam Bubble Wreath
42. Save the Elves Candy Cane Jar
43. Socks as Sleeves CUTE Xmas Shirt
44. Best Pound Cake Ever Recipe
45. Snowflake Gift
46. St. Patrick's Cathedral - Manhattan
47. Holiday Sweater Repair!
48. Clarissa
49. Real Mom Reviews
50. Snowflake Specimen Art
51. christmas crafts
52. Lolly Jane
53. Headband/Necklace Holder
54. Den Reveal
55. Tissue Paper Ornaments TUTORIAL
56. Mutton Dalcha
57. Beaded Tabletop Christmas Trees
58. Becolorful Christmas Kitchen
59. Luke 2 Subway Board
60. Our Creative Life
61. My Crazy Simple Life
62. Vintage Christmas Card
63. Kawaii Christmas Tree Ornament
64. PB Rattan Tree Topper
65. Handmade Gift Cookies for Santa Jar
66. Christmas Savings Tricks
67. Holiday Treats for Good Eats
68. Toy Car Mat
69. Cheap but GORGEOUS Wintery Stick Centerpiece
70. Fabric Wreath @ Made By Stephie
71. Snowman Cupcakes
72. Snowman Family
73. $25 Hutch!!! OH YEAH!!!
74. Elf on the Shelf
75. How to make a Santa Hat
76. Sunny Christmas
77. Creative Mommas
78. teacher bag @ from the hive
79. O Tannenbaum :)
80. Chic Wreath {Turquoise/Red}
81. To Sew With Love
82. Dining Room Table Makeover
83. Avoiding the Laundry
86. To Sew With Love
87. Almond Chicken Salad Sandwich
88. DIY Winter Bow Beanie
89. Stock your Stockings with Lace Stockings!
90. Jewelry Clutch
91. Designing Domesticity
92. 2nd Hand Crystal Bowls
93. Fleece Gingerbread House
94. Peppermint Gingerbread
95. Girls lace top DIY
96. Bag Fashion In Rome, Italy
97. Star & Heart Ornaments (how to) Red Ted Art
98. Santa Stars, Red Ted ARt
99. Yummy X-Mas Crack (Dee)
100. Beaded Photo Hanger
101. EASY Blanket Tutorial
102. Jennifer @ For SUch a Time as This
103. Little Thoughts by LT : Wrapping Gifts
104. Fabric Gift Bags
105. fabric flower ear warmer
106. greek layered dip
107. Remodeled Christmas Tour- Nest Builder
108. Flavored Butters Gift
109. Thrifted Gifts Guide
110. Happy Holidays Card
112. FREE Printable Gingerbread Dolls
113. Sweet As Sugar Candy Cane Dress
114. To Sew With Love
115. Brandy
116. $2 Tree Skirt
117. Naughty or Nice Stocking Stuffer Coupons
118. Christmas gift ideas using FABRIC FLOWERS!!!
119. Adult Xmas Cookies
120. Reinvented Home
121. Stuff your Stockings!
122. "O" Scarves
123. Gingerbread Man Cupcakes
124. Ballerina Slipper Christmas Stocking
125. Make Your Own Bird Seed Jar
126. 12 dresses till Christmas
127. If Stones Could Talk
128. Homemade Gifts
129. Star Ornament
132. Christmas Tree Tutu Tutorial
133. Christmas Cookie Swap
134. Sequin Flower Headband DIY

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