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I AM MORE THANKFUL FOR YOU ALL THAN YOU KNOW.
I hope that each and every one of you reading this have a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoy your family. If you aren’t around family then enjoy your friends. If you aren’t around either, enjoy your own company and find a community service shelter you can help donate your time to. We will meet you back here once the weekend is over.
Here are two short videos to enjoy. These little mamas are thankful and not afraid to share it.
Okay ladies, I will be hosting Thanksgiving Dinner at my place this year and the pressure is on. I’m a little excited because I love hosting themed parties, yet I’m overwhelmed with the idea of it being such a huge holiday. But before I began stuffing envelopes with customized invitations, I’ve come up with a plan and a few things you may want to consider if you plan to host your own Thanksgiving Dinner this year or next.
Now I’m not the best cook in the world. I follow directions to a T and I know the difference between Parsley and Cilantro but for some reason, my patience in the kitchen is non-existent. You’re probably laughing but at least I’m not one of those girls to tell you “ooh girl, I can throw down”. LOL luckily my roommate is an amazing cook so majority of the main Thanksgiving dishes will be prepped by me but cooked by her. Yes, I’m ready to rock my apron and hair net so I can butter some rolls and toss seasoning around.
The first thing we did was come up with a list of loved ones to invite. Now keep in mind, we share some of the same friends so it wasn’t hard but her family is local and mine isn’t. -tear- (yes I get a little emotional not being able to spend the holidays with my family). Once we list those we wanted to invite, we sat down and thoroughly went over the list. We had to be mindful of personalities, attitudes, sarcasm, sense of humor and possible history with some of the invited guests. With all of that in mind we considered the individuals who were an absolute yes and crossed out those we were sketchy about inviting. You have to remember, knowing everyone personally, you can sometimes tell who would get along and who wouldn’t. Be firm in your decision making because you may need to tell them (if asked) why they weren’t invited.
Once we agreed on a solid list, we sent out invitations. With those that RSVP’d, we then created a menu. The menu was the fun part of planning because I personally love food. Now we included the traditional dishes that come with Thanksgiving Dinner but according to our guests’ likes, dislikes, allergies and our budget, we were able to decide pretty quickly what we would have. And also coming up with the menu allowed for us to prepare the grocery list at the same time. Why not kill two birds with one stone? In preparation of the grocery list, we viewed our local sales papers and wrote next to each item which store had the best deal of the particular item we would need. At the end of our grocery savings list, we planned out days to shop, which items to get from which store, a rounded dollar amount and it was off to the grocery we went.
Below I will list a few ways for you to ensure the rest of your planning and hosting go as planned.
- The night before Thanksgiving, cook your meat and all of the dishes that take lots of time to finish. This saves you a headache and your guests from starving when it’s time to eat.
- Assign 1 or 2 guests to come a little earlier to help you set up your home with decorations, last minute food prepping and anything else that will make you light on your feet and less stressed. Ask those same helpers if they wouldn’t mind staying after your guests leave, to help tidy up a bit. (Make sure these are people you are very close with so they would be happy to jump to the chance of helping you instead of feeling like they’re being used).
- Confirm the day of with those who RSVP’d. There is nothing like making too much or too little food for everyone who does/doesn’t show. Plus, everyone should practice being a little more punctual anyway.
- Spice up your home with holiday music, candles/fireplace burning and nice holiday aroma filling the air. You want to set the tone before your guests arrive so when they come in, they are comfortable, cozy and ready to enjoy your party.
- Greet your guests with appetizers and drinks. Think creatively (Google works too) and come up with drinks that are for the occasion. Pumpkin spice tea, hot peppermint cocoa, festive cocktails, etc. Even though they are all friends and family, you still want to entertain and make them feel just as welcome as you would a stranger.
- Have optional entertainment. If the food isn’t completely done or it’s too early to eat, you don’t want bored company or people dozing off wishing they went to their in-laws. A sports game on television for the men, a classic movie, Scandal (it’s Thursday people) and fun board/card games never get old.
- Assign seats with place cards. If you’ve invited 2 of your single friends that you know may hit it off, sit them next to each other. And go from there. Name seating may sound childish to some but it’s truly considered thoughtful and personable.
- Give thanks and share a prayer. As the food is finished, allow each person to stand and share what they are thankful for this year until each person has named something(s). Once everyone is finished, join hands, pray over the food and enjoy your meal. Let’s not forget the reason you are all gathered to begin with.
Most importantly, don’t forget to bring your manners with you. Please, thank you and a smile can go a long way.
Q1: How do you plan on spending Thanksgiving this year?
Q2: Have you ever hosted or plan to host a Thanksgiving Dinner at your home?
Q3: What are a few tips you would include after reading this blog post?
It always confused me when people get irate, grumpy, lazy and just plain out bitchy on Mondays. I mean, doesn’t it happen every week? I’m pretty sure it will stay that way for the rest of your life.. ya know, until you like, die! Now I’m not here to judge but like the saying goes don’t stress over things you can’t control. cliche cliche. Now let’s see, you turnt up over the weekend? you didn’t get much of any sleep last night? you didn’t accomplish everything you set out to do because you were having way too much fun and now that Sunday is quickly ending, you’re dreading your work week? you’ve realized that you’re trading in your precious time to make someone else’s dreams a reality in exchange for money that’s never quite enough? Talk about reality check..
IT’S NOT MONDAY THAT YOU HATE, IT’S YOUR JOB!
Did you ever stop to think that maybe, just maybe it’s not so much as the day itself, it’s the way your day is spent. You enjoy life so much doing the things you want to do over the weekend only to end up doing the things you have to do come Monday. As your sister, friend in your head, confidant, blogger, I have to keep it real with you and introduce you to a life of possibilities. And most importantly get you out of the stumper you subconsciously place yourself in.. every Monday. I thought to myself, if people think Mondays are so bad, why don’t they prepare their Mondays in advance? No? Well it works for me and that might be one of the reasons Monday doesn’t bother me.
SUNDAY, MEET MONDAY BUT FIRST YOU MUST PREPARE FOR HER!
I dedicate an hour (more like three) to prepare for my work week. That includes but is not limited to meals, hair, outfits and to do lists. In no particular order of course but that saves me time in the mornings because me and mornings don’t always get along. Now, it doesn’t always happen this way and I’m lucky if I can complete 2 of the 4 tasks (meals and hair are a must). Breaking it down a little further, here are some things I incorporate on Sunday to prepare for my Monday.
- I absolutely have to attend church. Going to church for me sets the tone for my week. I share so many emotions with my savior for me it feels like I’m releasing the stress from the past week, thanking him for my many blessings and getting my new fix, challenge and word to prepare me for the week to come. Some of you choose not to go to church but it doesn’t hurt to find yourself spiritually whether church is involved or not. Practice spending alone time, quieting your space and your surroundings and becoming familiar with that little voice inside of you.
- When it comes to my hair, I have fun with it. For others it’s a stressful chore but for me it’s an expression; a mood cure. I wear my hair natural 75% of the time but please don’t place me in any categories. I simply do what I want and don’t follow any rules. I don’t always have the patience to deal with my during the week so on Sundays I try to find an easily manageable hairdo that can transition from one look to the next with minimal maintenance and very little product. Thanks to youtube I’ve found a few hairstyles that work for me.
- With food, I’ve become such a home cooked meal type of girl it’s ridiculous. There are times when I’m lazy or extremely busy on a Sunday and haven’t prepped any meals for the week. When Monday hits and lunch time rolls around, I have to result to fast food and it always bothers me so I’ve promised myself to do better. Find one main ingredient, cook a lot of it and fill in with different sides. EX: baked chicken breast, broccoli, brown rice. The broccoli and brown rice are usually the first to go which probably only last about 2 days out of the 4. Left over is the baked chicken breast. Yes eating the same thing can become boring but playing with recipes and flavors make it worth a try. I’m not going to cook broccoli and rice all over again to complete my week. Instead I’m going to boil some pasta, chop and sauté’ veggies, and marinate the left over chicken breasts in flavorful sauce. If there is any chicken left over after that, a nice salad will always work.
- Prepping outfits in advance saves so much time, you could probably get another 20 minutes of sleep thanks to your patience on Sunday. Before you start pulling looks, check your weekly weather app so you will know what’s ahead and won’t forget to pack an extra pair of shoes or an umbrella (if needed). Putting outfits together makes you aware of your comfort levels, creativity and even gives you the chance to actually see the clothes you own. No more I don’t have anything to wear stories.
- Creating weekly to-do lists makes my Mondays worth looking forward to. I feed off of accomplishment so for me to set out a goal and see it come to life gives me more fuel than anything. With a weekly to do lists, I don’t put the pressure on myself to complete a task within a 24 hour time frame because yes, life happens but when and only when my to-do list is complete does that give me reason enough to celebrate, hang out, kick it, party, turn up… whatever you choose to call it. If my to-do list isn’t done, it’s more of a disappointment than anything because I don’t like excuses so no celebration for me.
- Dreams? Remember those? Let your dreams be your motivation to keep going. Less talking, more doing. Less complaining, more thinking and being thankful. Less taking, more giving. Our actions and interactions play a major role in our mood and relationships. If you focus more on what matters than what doesn’t, I promise you will be happier and Monday will just be another day to prove to yourself that success is on the other side of the door. Sometimes we busy our lives and minds with unnecessary noise that we don’t always hear it when it knocks. Constantly eliminate people, places and things that hold no value to where you want to be. It’s definitely worked for me.
MONDAY, I’M READY FOR YOU!
Now that you’re ready for Monday, there should be no reason why you won’t wake up wanting to take control over your day. But maybe it’s still just one of those days to you and that’s okay. Were any of my Monday preps helpful? Do you see yourself practicing some of these tips? If so, which ones?