45 Awesomism Days of the Holidays

We are super excited to be doing the 45 Awesomism days of the holidays!

As I have discussed in previous blogs… I have GAD, general anxiety disorder… And Peyton is as everyone knows well…  is autistic.

The holidays can be very stressful for everyone, but it can be particularly stressful for those who suffer with anxiety.

Nowadays… The stores start decorating for the holidays and pushing Christmas and Thanksgiving already in July… I kid you not, Peyton and I were in a store in July and they were taking down their Fourth of July items and putting up Christmas already!!

That can really add to the stress and anxiety of the holidays, because it seems like as it comes sooner and sooner it gets more and more in your head about the holidays.

I absolutely love Christmas! It is my favorite holiday… I have always really decorated every house I’ve ever owned to the max… Peyton loves Christmas as well, and as I get older.. I get less and less inspired to do all kinds of decorating.. dragging all the boxes out of the attic… Although we call ours a Texas basement because it is a walk-able attic, so it’s not as difficult… But dragging everything down, scrubbing down the house.. putting everything that was Up away and then putting up all the Christmas decorations takes a lot of work!

However; to see Peyton’s face be so happy and so excited, it’s all worth it to me!

I decided that this year I was going to do a 45 day long blog/video/pictures/craft/ideas/recipes/tips on my Website!.We will have everything in one place on our website… Also, we will have a dedicated Flipboard Magazine, A dedicated Pinterest Board… we will be having daily items on Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin!

I’m by no means an expert on helping lower your anxiety and/ or your stress… but I do know that with me, when I see tips that I can use, such as other peoples ideas.. it really does take a certain amount of the anxiety out of my life… So that’s what I’m hoping to do here! Just inspire people and help maybe lower your stress level, lower your anxiety by providing so many different things that can help you during the holiday seasons!

We will be covering Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day… as well as a few other surprises!

We have an Awesome Thanksgiving guest Blogger that you won’t want to miss his heartfelt Thanksgiving Blog.

I hope you enjoy our” 45 Awesomism days of the Holidays” and please share with your friends, family and anyone else that you think might benefit from it!

If you have any tips or ideas or would love to be a guest blogger, I would love to hear from you!

As always thanks so much for reading my blog and let’s get started…….. tomorrow we will start with a blog about some Thanksgiving tips

Here is a blog that I wrote a few years ago about the Stress I put on myself during the Holidays. Link: Traditions are made to be broken

Nature does not hurry

I absolutely love a good cup of tea and about a week and a half ago I was making myself a traditional medicinal tea.

I was feeling a little bit under the weather and had a sore throat, so I decided to make myself a really strong cup of throat tea. On the little paper tag of each teabag there was a saying and this particular bag it said “nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. By LAO Tzu.

This really got me thinking… There’s so much wisdom in that saying, nature doesn’t hurry… a flower doesn’t grow overnight… a tree doesn’t grow in a day… There’s so many things about nature that are very slow and methodical… Yet nature somehow always gets it done.

Sometimes it’s not things we want to have done such as hurricanes, bad storms, floods tornadoes etc. but other times there’s so much beauty in nature, we have some of the most beautiful flowers… the clouds are just gorgeous!

I love to lay down and look at the clouds in the sky and try to find either animals or cartoon characters or pictures within the clouds…

I’ve been fortunate enough that I’ve traveled into a lot of places in the world, and I’ve seen so many different parts of nature… I’ve seen lakes, I’ve seen Rivers.. I’ve seen mighty oceans I’ve seen mountains.. I’ve seen deserts… I’ve seen flatland’s.. I’ve seen Hill country.. I’ve seen unbelievably gorgeous Forests… And they all have one thing in common… they are there for our viewing, and for us to learn from, and for us to enjoy and for us to see.

The more I thought about that saying as I was sipping my tea the more I realized… I so often put myself on this list! I feel like I have to get this done, I have to get that done! Now there are somethings in life we have to get done.. like we have to pay bills on time, we have to make sure that we eat each day, that we take care of ourselves if we’re sick or just make sure that things are done!

We have to go to work, we have to cook or clean or do other Daily or weekly chores… I get that but there’s so many things that we put on our self each and every day that we feel like we are against a clock…

Or maybe we don’t vacuum the carpet today, maybe we put it off for a day or two… Instead of vacuuming maybe we go outside and sit and look at the clouds above… What is wrong with that? nothing!!

It allows us a time to mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally “ Grow“ I know for myself I need that time… I need that downtime. Time where I allow myself to refresh, to just relax to take life.. just one small step…

I have written other blogs about slowing down… Why run when you can walk… And I do try… But as I sat there with my sore throat drinking my medicinal tea, I thought to myself this “Could not have come at a better time… I don’t need to hurry… One way or another I will get it all accomplished”…

So my stress and my anxiety can be put on the back burner… And my mental, emotional, spiritual and physical health will be put on the front burner… Because at the end of the day nature doesn’t Hurry yet everything is accomplished!

Christmas Card Time!

It is never too early to think about Christmas Cards… at least I don’t think so!!

I remember when my older kids were young… They would run to the mailbox during Christmas season to try to get the Christmas cards out. We would play a little game of what do you think is on this Christmas card! Basically meaning we would guess if it was a picture of the family, a horse and sled, Christmas tree… Etc. etc.

My kids absolutely loved getting Christmas cards and we would take them and hang them around the Archway that separated our living room and dining room. When people include pictures and or/one pagers about their family, we would put them in this little wooden sled that I had.

Christmas cards became a very important part of our season. They connected us with family and friends who didn’t live close, and  put us in the spirit of Christmas, with those who did live close. I have always loved Christmas cards… As a matter fact I still have some saved from like 30 years ago.

So when Basic Invite came and approached me about writing a blog about their Christmas cards, I was super excited. I want to make a disclaimer here, I do not get paid to write blogs.. I have never gotten paid, I have however; gotten product. My reason for not getting paid is I do not want to be a “paid person” when I’m writing my opinion. I do however; ask for the product, so that if I am going to talk about the product and/or recommend the product… I’m doing it because I personally have seen the product and tried the product.

This particular part blog is going to be a three parts blog!Part one is going to be about the ease of using the website, and ordering from the website. Once I receive my cards, I will write about the cards themselves, their quality etc…

One of many things that stand out to me is that there is Over 500 Christmas card and holiday card designs!

Here are a few more awesome reasons, I am excited about these cards!

Almost Unlimited Colors – Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options so you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it down to the littlest detail. This is what we feel sets us apart from almost any other online stationery company and is what we feel is our biggest draw.

Custom Samples – Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers the ability to order a printed sample of their actual invitation so they can see exactly how it will print as well as feel the paper quality before they ever have to place their final order.

Over 40 Different Colors of Envelopes – Basic Invite is just as colorful with our envelopes as we are with our invitations. Customers can choose from over 40 different colors when it comes to their envelopes so that they can make their invitation stand out even before it is opened. All of our envelopes are peel and seal so the envelopes can be quickly and securely closed without licking a single one.

Address Capturing Service – Basic Invite offers an address capturing service that allows customers to simply share a link on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other form of social media to request their friends and family’s addresses which will be stored in the customer’s account and can then be selected during the design process. Basic Invite offers recipient address printing at no cost on all Christmas card orders.

Foil – Foil holiday cards are available in gold, silver, and rose gold. Customers can choose flat or raised foil on all of Basic Invite’s foil designs.

I love that it is a one stop shop as well, soooo many options… I take my card buying seriously, and from what I see on their website they do as well! They have taken much of the stress out of buying cards.. because it’s very well laid out and easy to see!

The website is easy to maneuver and the pictures are beautiful! here are some Christmas card ideas

There are Holiday cards… of all kinds! including corporate holiday cards

If you want to share photos of your family… there are even cards for that! photo holiday cards

As if all of these reasons aren’t enough… Right now Basic Invite is offering 30% off with coupon code: holi30

Please head over to their website and check them out… here are their Social Media links as well!

@basicinvite

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As always, Thanks for reading my Blog and please watch for my follow up Blog where I share my cards! I am so excited to get them!

Have an awesome Holiday Season and Blog with you soon!

Lynne “AwesomismMom”

 

 

 

 

The Strength of Texans

I decided to revisit this blog for a couple of reasons….. We have had some bad weather in Texas again lately, and once again… I saw the best come out in people…. and another reason… because I really hope that people focus on the best… even while going through tough times… that is a Life Lesson for always…Hope you enjoy this blog!

 

 

 

As most of you know this past week or so has been an almost surreal time in Texas. As I was thinking about writing this blog, I struggled with how to write this. I want to make sure I make this about everyone who was affected and everyone who gave so selflessly, not about me.

I have been through other Hurricanes as I lived in Florida for many years. I honestly wasn’t stressed about this one, as I figured it would be a day of storms and then we’d be done. As the storm got closer and the weather people became truly stressed, I started to worry. I didn’t want Peyton to know I was worried, as he tends to really stress whenever any storms are happening. I saw him sitting in his massage chair, quite a bit so I knew he was well aware there was some “danger” heading toward us.

Friday night the storm started, we all started to realize this was going to be big, little did many of us realize just how big. Harvey came and he didn’t leave, he seemed to have a love for Texas, like so many of us. The problem was he wasn’t good to us. No matter how awful Harvey was, Texas was stronger. The will, resolve and love of the people of Texas was shown over and over. That love, that determination and resolve was watched by people all over the world. The people watching decided they needed and wanted to help, I truly believe they helped because they saw Texans as awesome people. No one cared what color skin, ethnicity, religion you were, or who you voted for….they cared that you loved, cared, and believed in the goodness of EVERYONE! A week before Harvey came, this country was coming apart at the seams. The people of Houston and of Texas grabbed a huge needle and thread and not only repaired the tear, but did it with love. I sat glued to channel 13, abc news. I cried, I laughed and I cheered as I watched the “Cajun Navy” and many, many, many others come. People grabbed everything they could and went out risking their lives, to save EVERYONE. The resolve and strength of people was overwhelming to me. Whole families’ belongings were reduced to a garbage bag and even sometimes a small grocery bag. Yet, when many were interviewed they were so thankful to be alive. They focused on the positive, thanked those who saved them, and chose to see the silver lining.

This is what is great about Texans, they see what unites them, not what divides them. Oh I know there are some who choose to be negative, but they are a small number, and like Harvey will fade away into the background. Now comes the really hard part… The rebuilding for so, so many… But just like when Harvey was trying to break our will and our spirit. I truly believe we will see the strength, resolve, compassion and love of Texans. That huge needle and thread will become a hammer, saw and nails. I hope the world keeps watching because Texans believe in actions, not words and the lessons they teach are Huge, because everything is bigger in Texas! We are Houston Strong, We are Texas Strong! I am sure Harvey and maybe even a few others learned….Don’t Mess with Texas!

Friday Cup of Coffee

I absolutely love a great cup of coffee… Mark and I make ours with a French press… We buy flavored coffee and add flavor creamer‘s… I add cinnamon to mine as well, Mark is not a big cinnamon fan like I am… So we have two different containers for our coffees… As well as two different French presses.

Many don’t know it but yeah man what is the “birthplace“ of coffee I actually didn’t know that until I went to Yemen. I was given some coffee as a gift when I was there, and I must say it was some of the best coffee I’ve ever had.

It isn’t only the coffee itself though, the location, countless etc. is part of a truly awesome “coffee break” experience. One of my favorite times of the day when my older kids were younger was to sit with my legs in our pool and drink my morning coffee… We live on an acreage And it was so quiet and peaceful.

It was a nice way to start my day before the stresses of kids, homeschooling work etc. started. My kids used to buy me coffee mugs for presents and to this day I cherish them and other personal mugs! There’s something comfortable about a quiet coffee time. It comes the mind and the body. As my older kids become adults they still didn’t understand why I valued my morning cup of coffee, as they now have their own morning rituals.

One of my new favorite morning rituals… Is my Sunday morning ritual, where I go and sit in the fire side café at the Woodlands United Methodist Church… And have my coffee and listen to the church service… It is a wonderfully comfortable and calming place… There is a big fireplace cozy leather chairs and couches… The coffee is wonderful and the ambience is even better. I cherish my morning coffee… Not so much because of where I have but What it means to me. Do you have a morning ritual that you really enjoy?

Do you have something that helps you face the anxieties and stresses of each day? I’d love to hear it…

Cinnamon Vanilla Coffee Creamer Recipe:

Ingredients:
14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1 3/4 cup Milk
1 TBSP vanilla
1 1/2 heaping tsp cinnamon
1 TBSP brown sugar
Instructions:
1. Add condensed milk and milk to blender and combine
2. To the milk mixture, add the vanilla, cinnamon, and brown sugar.
3. Blend until well combined, make sure the cinnamon is well mixed in.
4. Store air-tight in refrigerator.
5. Shake well before each use it as the cinnamon tends to settle at the bottom of the jar.

As always… Thank you for reading my blog and have an awesome day.