New Year…New Ideas!

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Are you currently trying to find better ways to eat?
Celebrations are no excpetion when you are trying to stay on the Healthy Wagon. Believe me, there are plenty of recipes out there to eat better without sacrificing the fun.
Here is a post I did on respecting healthier ways of eating, if not for yourself, for those you care for on a daily basis.
Making Healthier Choices at your Next Birthday Party

What Does Christmas Really Mean to you?

I sat down a couple of weeks ago and really thought about what Christmas means to me.

It is about family and friends, love and respect, and making memories that are looked back upon fondly, it is about Christ.

However, these modern days have taken a lot of that out of the holiday and replaced it with mandatory working at a job, spending the day driving from house to house to visit about nothing, endless shopping at department stores to buy the best gifts. We decorate our homes to outdo our neighbors and we remove ‘Christ” from Christmas when we spell it xmas. It seems okay, it is the way of the times.

What I want to do this year…only handmade from the heart gifts, sledding down hills with the kids, building a snowman, having a modest dinner made with my hands, and to stay in one place.

There are many great ideas that we can pull from yesteryear and apply them to our modern celebrations. This article I wrote gives some ways to step back in time and appreciate what you have and not what you can buy. Try it! It may surprise you!

http://simplyshawnnjenn.com/2012/12/start-new-christmas-traditions-by-embracing-the-old-ones.html

Scared of Monsters? Adopt One at a Party!

Growing up, I was always afraid of monsters. Could that have anything to do with the fact that my dad was the King of Halloween? Yes, our television had spooky movies on it quite often. But I love that Monsters, Inc. came out and gave my kids a reason to love monsters. Throwing a party for your “little monster” can be a total blast.  🙂

http://kidsgoals.com/kids-jokes/surprise-party-planning/have-a-monster-party-for-your-little-monster/