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Christmas Tree: Updated

For years I've had an internal battle about my Christmas tree. I love the old ornaments, that give a glimpse into Christmases past. On the other hand I love modern touches... beautiful glass or metal ornaments that have a true theme.


To reconcile the two, I came up with my own solution this year that I'm really quite happy with. We adorned the tree with every possible ornament until boughs were full. Then I came back through with some beautiful holiday picks to give a uniformity to the entire tree. I chose three styles of picks that all worked well together: a bright white, glittery evergreen-like pick, a frosted, glass pebble branch pick, and a flocked pick with sugared candies.

Now my beloved "heirloom" ornaments look beautifully nostalgic amid the fresh and uniform accents. What do you do to make your tree special?

Happy Thanksgiving!

We all have so much to be thankful for! I hope you all have an amazing week of festivities, family and friends. I also hope you'll be so busy having your own holiday fun that you won't even miss the lack of posts here at Mom In Progress. ;)

I'll be back with more great holiday ideas on November 29.

In the meantime, don't forget to leave a comment on Give Thanks Part 4 for a chance to win a Scentsy holiday plug in and Scent of the Month! Your comment must include your email address so that we can contact you.

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Give Thanks: Part 5

What better way to give thanks than to give to those in need? I realize this is a very personal topic and we all feel passionate about different needs in the world. Whatever tugs and your heart strings, I just pray you will listen and share of your abundance to make the world a better place.

If you're not sure where to give locally in Colorado, here are a few suggestions:

Denver Rescue Mission
Open Door Ministries
Arapahoe County Santa Claus Shop

Globally, there is also great need. Consider:

Advent Conspiracy/Living Water

There are so many - PLEASE leave a comment with an organization close to your heart.

Give Thanks: Part 4

KEEP READING FOR A GREAT SCENTSY GIVEAWAY!

There is so much to be thankful for, it really is hard to decide what will make these next few posts... but today is an ode to my husband. If there is one thing he loves, it's great smells.

Although great smells come from great cooking, they also come from great candles. Now with kids around candles can feel a little risky, but then came Scentsy. This is a "flameless" candle which is actually kind of a throw back to the scented wax warmers that used a candle. No candles here, just plug in the warmer and the small light bulb does all the work. I'm a fan of the nightlight sized warmers, but the larger Scentsy warmers are quite lovely.

Browse the entire Holiday Collection to find the one perfect for your home or start thinking about gift giving - the combinations are endless! And look at this festive warmer of the month (10% off):


But now we need to talk about fragrance! Silver Bells is the fragrance of the month (also 10% off…

Give Thanks: Part 3

Today I'm feeling thankful for tradition. The holiday season can bring joy and sadness, but in the midst of it all I think many of us either relish the traditions that we grew up with or we long to make new traditions of our own. For most families, I would guess it's a beautiful tapestry of blending the two.

Some of my favorite memories of Thanksgiving include gathering in the family room to watch the Thanksgiving Day parade, bundling up and heading to our high school for the rivalry football game, and arriving at my grandmother's house where family members were nearly out-numbered by pies! I've carried on the tradition of the post-dinner craft where we all (the women and children that is) gather around the table and create some sort of holiday craft together. For several years right after my husband and I were married, we took his younger cousins to the movies on Thanksgiving night - lots of great memories were made. And there are of course the food traditions. Beyond…

Give Thanks: Part 2

When I was growing up I remember that Advent was a special time when my parents made an extra effort to make time together as a family. Even if you have not typically celebrated Advent (the days leading up to Christmas beginning December 1), there is no reason not to start! It can be as simple as doing a countdown or as complicated as having a special Christ-focused Christmas activity each day or anything in between!

At the risk of making you feel like I'm skipping right over Thanksgiving, I wanted to sneak in a plug for Advent while you still have time to plan ahead! Check out Family Time Training - a non-profit ministry based in Colorado that provides great resources to help parents teach spiritual truths to their children all year long. During the months of November and December you receive a FREE GIFT with every purchase made! The free gift happens to be a giant Advent sticker calendar plus a fun, foam Advent craft wreath. Two great activities to help you get started having so…

Give Thanks: Part 1

What could be better than two weeks of posts leading up to the "official" start of the holiday season?? I'm here to deliver some great festive fun that includes plenty of things to give thanks for!

A few days ago I made some chicken noodle soup that helped to remind me why it's worth making soup from scratch. It also reminded me to be thankful that the simple act of mixing flour and eggs makes noodles. If you haven't made noodles before, can I encourage you to try it this week? I know next week is probably your big cooking week, but if you cook up a big pot of this chicken noodle soup it will likely last for 2-3 days (even if you're like me and can't help but sneak some for a late night snack too).

Here's my super simple recipe. Honestly, this is more of a technique than a recipe. Once you have this basic idea down, you can add ingredients that you like the best. My only disclaimer is that you will likely need a pasta maker for your noodles. You don&#…

Give Thanks: Part 1/2

I don't usually post on Sunday, but I just found a great offer that I want to be sure you have a chance to take advantage of! This week and next is going to be all about giving thanks. What are you thankful for? What makes Thanksgiving and the upcoming Christmas season so special?

If you don't already have plans for Thanksgiving and want to get away, consider Solitude Cabins in Estes Park, Colorado! At a rate of $150/night, its an absolute steal! We stayed here with some friends several years ago and the accommodations are lovely. The setting is magnificent - out of town but only a few minutes to the heart of Estes Park shopping and dining. Here are the details for the deal:


We still have some cabins left for Thanksgiving! At $150.00 per night  plus tax and fee, there really is no better deal in lodging in Estes Park!  Friday November 26, 2010 is the annual "Catch the Glow" parade.  The lighted parade is truly one of the unique events that captures the simpleness o…

C'est la Vie: More Christmas Card Ideas

Keep reading for a free card offer!

There is always more than one way to do something. I got a wonderful comment from one of my readers sharing about a great online card service called Send Out Cards. I was sharing about your options for getting started with Christmas cards for this season and they told me about this great service.

Now if you're thinking this is just another e-card program let me stop you right there. I've used Send Out Cards before and you are not going to believe what it can do! You can choose one of hundreds of thousands of cards, or upload your own photo. Then, write your very own message or use one that is provided. Here's the amazing part - you can upload your own signature and they will even send the card for you! If you're not amazed yet, there's more... for an additional fee they can send a gift card or gift along with your card!! Seriously. Maybe a book, stuffed animal, candy or a Target gift card and you've covered gifts for everyon…