Last-minute thoughts: The Christmas Countdown

  It's Christmas! The Holiday Hustle's in full swing.   With decorating long-ago complete, the *twinkle factor* remains high in the background as the pace of the season picks up in its final sprint to Christmas Day.   Open houses, office parties, and holiday concerts have spread their holiday cheer.     Christmas cards and letters make their way to destinations near and far.   Santa Baby and Jingle Bells bring smiles—and a spring in our steps.   It's Christmas!   Little ones have whispered their wishes in Santa's ear—and parents act as elves as they wheel shiny new bicycles out of stores, preparing to find a hiding place until their big reveal on that magical ... Keep Reading...

DIFFERENT: Five Minute Friday

'Tis the season . . .   It's different around here this year. Last weekend's early Christmas with the grands and a few little packages already in the mail have allowed the quiet to settle in. As I sit in this tiny 300-square-foot trailer, I wonder what next Christmas will look like. Will we be in a new house a few yards away? I hope...   Will the lessons I'm learning during this adventure between the big old house we restored and whatever lies ahead truly make a difference in my everyday?   It's good we can't see the future. Never would I have thought we'd still be living in this fifth wheel 1 year + 2 weeks after selling our house . . . and that we wouldn't yet have signed a contract with a builder (although ... Keep Reading...

FREE OPEN HOUSE PRINTABLES — so you can keep a few doors closed!

Have you ever considered having a Christmas Open House  . . . but talked yourself out of it because you just didn't have time or energy to clean every.single.room?   Don't ever do that again!   If you have stairs, it's easy to keep the entire second floor off limits.     But there's another way to say OFF LIMITS. It's subtle, kind, and communicates—and I've used it on multiple occasions.  :-)   Print cute signs and put them on the doors you want to stay closed. Here are a couple of different styles.   RETRO CHRISTMAS MidCentury Reindeer Games   VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS   Victorian Santa's Workshop   These two images are available FREE for immediate ... Keep Reading...