This Christmas, Give The Gift of Time

The best gift to anyone is surprisingly The Gift of Time!

We live in a world of consumerism, often believing that in order to feel satisfied and happy, we need more and more of…stuff. But at the end of the day, if you ask yourself, “what would you love to have more of”, the answer will almost always be “I wish I had more…time”.

As I’m starting to think about gift-giving this season, I’m coming to realize that the best gift we can offer has to be TIME. Things are nice. And nice things are even nicer. And sometimes we do need things in our lives. But, inadvertently, things wear out, break, get lost, are put away, or get forgotten in the back of our closets (ask me how I know)… But TIME, especially if you share it with someone, is a kind of gift that keeps on giving because it now becomes an experience!!! It leaves an impression on your heart and becomes a lasting memory for the giver and receiver alike.

THE GIFT OF TIME

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Truth in the Tinsel–Christ-focused Advent Countdown for Kids

Note: this post contains an affiliate link to the Truth in the Tinsel eBook.

For the past 5 years, our family has been enjoying a wonderful Christ-focused Advent countdown called Truth in the Tinsel. It is created by Amanda White who blogs at OhAmanda.com. I have been following Amanda and reading her blog for years. I admire her passion for bringing Christ into the lives of children in a meaningful and fun way. When my kids were old enough to understand and answer some basic questions and do fun crafts, we went out and purchased the eBook “Truth In The Tinsel”! I printed it out, and since that first year we still use that same print-out to this day. This Christ-focused advent countdown has been our go-to Christmas resource for many years!

Christ-focused advent countdown

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Simple Fall Leaf Garland

Simple Fall Leaf Garland is a perfect craft for a rainy fall afternoon. It does require a simple prep—collecting the leaves and either pressing them or drying them. I usually just stick them between the pages of my very big cookbook. You do not need to dry your leaves for a very long time in order to use them to make this simple fall leaf garland. One or two days is the minimum. If you use freshly picked ones, the leaves will curl up by the end of the day, and your garland will be looking pretty sad. So make sure to go outside, enjoy some of that gentle fall sunshine and pick some gorgeous fall leaves for this project.

simple fall leaf garland

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Roasted Squash Seeds

Have you ever tried making other roasted squash seeds other than pumpkin?? The other day I was making spaghetti squash for dinner. As I started scooping out the seeds, it reminded me of the Hallmark’s show Home and Family and their recent episode where they had a segment on what to do with all different types of squash seeds. Apparently, you don’t have to be limited to just pumpkin seeds!! All squash seeds are good for  roasting and even, to my surprise, making seed milk from them! Who knew?

roasted squash seeds

So right then and there I decided to give it a try since I already had a squash on my cutting board! It turned out to be super easy, and if you are brave, go for it too!

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SIMPLE FALL DATES

Simple Fall Dates are made of just that: simple living, homemade foods, and maybe a little bit of fall magic that encompasses all its delicious smells and magnificent colors.

There is definitely something about Fall that just sparks romance in everything we see and feel. Don’t you agree? Beautiful views and changing colors that beg you to go outdoors. Cool air that encourages snuggles and cozy fires.

Simple Fall Dates

Having been married for a few years and having a couple of kids definitely can throw couples off their game a bit, and so you’ll need to be a little creative to keep the romance going. And the beautiful fall is just the season to enjoy a few simple fall dates.

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HOMEMADE HALLOWEEN COSTUMES FOR KIDS

Before we had children, I never saw myself as the one celebrating Halloween. Or more, creating homemade Halloween costumes for kids. I was never into skeletons and all the gory stuff that typically comes with Halloween. I also used to cringe at the thought of having to open the door every 5 minutes on a cold night to give out candy to overly hyper kids.

Well…Fast-forward to when our first born son turned 3 and began asking questions about costumes. At his pre-school at the time, they had a very cute little costume parade for all the kids and parents to come and see. We could opt out, of course. But, seeing the excited face of my sparkly-eyed toddler when he talked about his ideas and the possibilities of costumes, just might have softened my heart to the idea.

Homemade Halloween Costumes for kids

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Apple Kompot Drink

Huh, what’s “apple kompot”, you might be wondering? Not to be confused with “compote”, which sounds just like the Russian drink and is more of a dessert-like fruit spread or jam. Kompot is a popular Russian drink made also from fruit or berries that can be served warm or chilled. But it is most definitely a DRINK, not a dessert.

Apple Kompot Drink

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Fall in Eastern PA: 3 Places to Visit

We happen to live in the eastern part of Pennsylvania, and the weather here can be quite finicky. However, for the most part, we witness the change of seasons yearly. And, in my opinion, the most vibrant, calm, and mysterious one is FALL. The air is crisp and cool, and the leaves…oh my, the leaves changing colors are just gorgeous. And that’s an understatement. If you are looking to witness the beauty and fineness of fall in Eastern PA, here are my 3 favorite fun fall destinations for you to consider.

fall in Eastern PA

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Fall Bucket List DIY

The whirlwind of summer fun has calmed down, and what we have now is the seemingly quiet stillness of fall. I’m all for cozying up on the couch with blankets and tea, but it is also very easy to get sad and depressed during the fall months. Just look out the window…more often than not, you see grey skies and wind and rain. In attempts to avoid seasonal fall blues, we set out to create a little Fall Bucket List.

Fall Bucket List

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Strawberry Lemonade, a picnic favorite!

strawberry lemonade

Summer wouldn’t be complete without a picnic or two, would it? And what better way to complete a summer picnic than with a pitcher of a refreshing lemonade? Today I want to share with you a recipe for Strawberry Lemonade. It’s a variation of an old classic, but with a sweet twist. It also goes perfectly with the red, white, and blue theme for the Fourth of July! Surprise your guests with this delicious thirst quenching homemade drink!

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