Holiday Dinner Recipes

Hosting dinner this holiday season? Love the benefits of your essential oils? Add them to your holiday cooking! Here are some mouth watering recipes:  holiday cooking recipes with essential oils @diyshowoff

 

Homemade Cranberry Sauce: holiday cooking recipes with essential oils @diyshowoff

Pumpkin Pie:  holiday cooking recipes with essential oils @diyshowoff

Lemon Butter Green Beans: holiday cooking recipes with essential oils @diyshowoff

Orange Glazed Honey Ham:  holiday cooking recipes with essential oils @diyshowoff

Rosemary Garlic Mashed Potatoes:  holiday cooking recipes with essential oils @diyshowoff

Southern Cornbread Dressing:  holiday cooking recipes with essential oils @diyshowoff

Sweet Potato Casserole:  holiday cooking recipes with essential oils @diyshowoff

Turkey Injection Sauce:  holiday cooking recipes with essential oils @diyshowoff

Ultimate Gravy:  holiday cooking recipes with essential oils @diyshowoff

Enjoy!!! 

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That DIY Party

Time is just flying! It’s time for another That DIY Party. Share your DIY by linking up below and browse the links for inspiration for your next DIY. I’m anticipating lots of holiday projects will be shared. Can’t wait! 

Holiday DIY party

DIYShowOff weekly recap: includes 2 holidays! It’s never too early to collect ideas! 

Thanksgiving tablescape and 5 essential oils for creating a thankful atmosphere.

5 Thanksgiving essential oil blends @diyshowoff

I’m participating in the Michaels Dream Tree Challenge. I’d love for you to click over, to hear your thoughts and snag a pin from ya! 😉 

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Young Living essential oils are a must have for every home (my only regret is that I waited) and so amazing that they’re sponsoring my blog! Thank you, friends! What a blessing! Interested in joining an awesome group of friends with a passion for wellness? Once you experience essential oils, you’ll not only be embracing wellness (we feel better than ever with this lifestyle change!), you’ll make new friends, be a part of an awesome team and have tons of support/resources so you aren’t left clueless. You’ll also learn of the generous business opportunity that has the potential to create financial freedom but there’s never any obligation! I’d love for you to to add essential oils to your holiday wish list. I’m adding a few gifts for new members! You can enroll by clicking HERE or contact me to learn more. 

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Party time: Let’s see your DIY!

Holiday DIY party

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Getting Holiday Ready & Giveaway

How the heck do you get ready for the holidays when your home is under DIY construction and chaos? Well, I’m not sure but I can tell you how it’s going for me. When I have a lot going on, I’m a list maker. Seeing what needs done and checking things off helps keep me on track.  Otherwise, you know something’s going to get forgotten. This year, with being a part of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas team, Lowe’s has played a large part in halting my holiday home procrastination.

mercury glass centerpiece

Here is how my list goes:

  1. First priority is to finish up existing projects like bigger tasks so that I can breathe, relax and enjoy the rest of the year. So, I’m pushing to get some projects like our window installation, open pantry makeover and laundry room makeover complete. You may not see those makeovers until January, but my deadline for finishing them is a real life holiday home tour on 12/7.
  2. Cleaning and de-cluttering. In order to prep for digging out all of those bins filled with holiday decorating goodness, I need to start with a clean slate. That means piling up existing decorative accents (to be stored in the empty Christmas bins) and dusting, vacuuming, sweeping, scrubbing. 
  3. Re-arranging the furniture. I decorate three trees for Christmas so moving furniture around to make room is one of my favorite parts of decorating. I love a fresh new perspective from the usual arranged room, don’t you? 
  4. This one I usually start the weekend after Thanksgiving: Hauling out the Christmas decor bins and decorating! Pump up the volume on those Christmas tunes and deck the halls! 
  5. Sending out Christmas cards to family and friends.  DIY Christmas Card Tree Display
  6. Holiday shopping. I’ve started a little shopping the past month or two but this is the time I take to get it done. I love giving gifts! Do you wrap as you go or pile it all up or wrap all gifts at once?  I love to be organized about it and wrap it all at once. Blasting the Christmas music in the background, singing along, ribbons and bows and paper and scissors and tape all within reach. It’s a huge wrap-fest! A party for one. 
  7. Holiday baking. I don’t do much baking but hoping to change that a little this year. I’d love to have a variety of cookies to go with my hot cocoa.  chevron wooden table runner {chevron wooden table runner tutorial}

Call me crazy but I’m {unrealistically?} optimistic! Check back with me next weekend and I may be in a panic. Because #1 on my list is a doozy. But if I don’t have everything crossed off my list this week, I do have next week before Thanksgiving and the weekend after to fall back on. Having a deadline puts the pressure on to get things wrapped up…and I’m not even talking about the presents yet! rustic vintage glam christmas centerpiece

A few weeks’ back when I first started thinking about getting my home ready for the holidays by following the Lowe’s Holiday Showcase, I had the opportunity to play around with some decorating. Just enough to get me excited to get the projects done in order to get to the reward: rustic Christmas mantel

…really decorating for Christmas. rustic metallic vignette

Christmas vignette

That was a couple of weeks ago. Remember when I said I’m working on completing some bigger projects and a house under DIY construction? This is my dining room table now…{keeping it real!} dining room mess

Yikes! Not for long. According to my list, I’ll be clearing that table off today! Hurray! rustic glitter Christmas decor

I hosted a small get together with family and friends and we discussed holiday decorating and plans

holidayreadyhome

Putting together a list this time of year really helps keep me on track as well as ensures I don’t forget something with so much going on.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Winner is JD who commented: Paint! I’ve had paint chips up in the bedroom and bathroom for months now, and we have a nursery to do now too! Congratulations, JD! You’ll be notified by email!

$50 Lowe’s GIVEAWAY

How do you get your home holiday ready? How about a $50 Lowe’s giveaway to finish up some home improvement or to start shopping for the holidays? 

To be entered to win, simply leave a comment below telling me how you’d spend $50 at Lowe’s right now. I appreciate your shares! Leave a comment telling me how you shared as well for another chance to win. 

*Giveaway runs now through Wed., 11/27/13 at midnight EST. Winner will be chosen randomly from the comments and announced shortly after. Giveaway is open to US residents 18+ only. 

See more fun DIY ideas at Lowe’s Creative Ideas, follow Lowe’s on InstagramPinterest and sign up for the Creative Ideas magazine and app! You’ll see my DIY foldable luggage rack for getting guest room ready in the November digital issue! So exciting!

LCI winter

*Disclaimer: I’m a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Creators and Influencers network. I was compensated for hosting a Holiday Ready Home party and supplied with a gift card for some Lowe’s holiday decor (shown above). All opinions are my own. 

Memorial Day Pinterest Picks

Remembering those who gave or risked their life to keep us safe.

Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day!

Follow my Patriotic Pinboard for more Red, White & Blue.

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It’s looking like Russ and I will have some time to spend together this weekend without kids, without work, without stress and I think a picnic for two would be a fun way to enjoy an extra day this weekend…

picnic

{image via pinterest with no original source}

picnic table decor

{source}

picnic

{Desire to Inspire}

picnic recipes

{BHG light & fresh picnic recipes}

picnic basket

{more easy picnic recipes by Southern Living}

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Then we’ll be heading to mom’s pool this weekend and I’ve been looking for some ideas to take along…

pool party games

{pool party games – Family Fun}

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Lawn Twister

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fun ideas at Digital Reflections

100 free summer ideas for kids

summer side dishes

{summer side dishes shared by The Party Dress}

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I’ll be making and taking one of these (but with my own recipe)…

fruit pizza

{image courtesy of Real Mom Kitchen}

For me, Memorial Day weekend is the official start of summer, here are some pretty pictures that inspire summer fun…

{Kreative}

summer fun

Be Different Act Normal – a summer fun free printable with 101 bits of summer fun

summer printable

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pink and lime

summer fun 

Enjoy the weekend! What are you up to? Rest, work DIY, family, picnics?

{all images and links found via Pinterest}
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