Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Celebrating a Simple Thanksgiving

In past years, Thanksgiving has always been a very hectic time for me. No matter if it was having relatives over at my Mom's home, having loads of friends over at my own place, or having new family join us at our tiny table, everything that went into having a wonderful Thanksgiving was stressful: making a shopping list, getting the house ready for company, and the hours of cooking for food that would be devoured in less than 5 minutes. If I look back now, I'm wondering why I did all of that. Why did I spend so much time, money, and energy for something that I hardly remember now? If you're on the same boat as me, how about joining me this year and having a simple Thanksgiving. X the long list, forget the meticulous cleaning, and shorten the cooking time by not having such an elaborate buffet of food. And oh, skip the Black Friday shopping. Yep, you read that right. Think about it: is there something you truly need, not want - need, at any one given store that is worth the long lines, the possible accidents that may happen during the rush, and the time away from sharing real memories with your family and friends? Is there really another "thing" that you can't possibly live without? Think about the many people in this world right now whose lives have been altered by climate changes, political tensions, unemployment, religious persecutions, criminal acts, or medical conditions. I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure that the one thing that they are most grateful for this Thanksgiving is having the breath of life, and just knowing that they have another day to live on this magnificent planet of ours is nothing short of a miracle. My family and I are fortunate enough to not be facing any of these challenges at the moment, but nonetheless, we are also most grateful for our lives and will be celebrating this Thanksgiving just the way it was meant to be - being truly thankful for everything that we have without wanting more than what we have been given.   

So this year when all the dining has concluded, warm up with a hot cup of cocoa or a large glass of wine, watch a movie or play board games with the family, relax and know that you will be among the many who have also chosen to sleep in and get well rested. Smile and be glad you have decided to just have a simple Thanksgiving this year. I know I am.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Win A Holiday Gift From The Melissa & Doug Terrific Twenty List

This past week, I posted about the top 20 items from Melissa & Doug that you could win on their Facebook page. If you have won already, congratulations! If not, you still a chance to win. And best of all, you could win one of the gifts here as well. Melissa & Doug will be giving away an Animal Rescue Shape-Sorting Truck Wooden Toy to one (1) lucky The Green House fan.

Enter today to win this prize right in time for Christmas! Good luck!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Keep Your Little Ones Warm With Tea Collection

If you are on a hunt for beautiful, fashionable, and versatile children's clothing for the cooler months ahead, Tea Collection has many cozy options to choose from. Head over to their website and find many vibrant items that will sure to add lots of color and culture to your child's wardrobe. I am personally eyeing the adorable pajamas for my little ones. They are so cute, I wish they offered them in my size.


I also can't help but wanting to add the lovely dresses, kick-butt shoes, and super comfortable jackets to my kids' holiday lists. I love all the worldly styles and just can't get over how easy it is to pair different articles of clothing with one another to give a new, classy look each time. Believe me when I say, you'll want to add every item to your shopping cart.

Give your child(ren) the gift of comfort and warmth this holiday season with Tea Collection. Spend $150 or more and get free shipping. All other orders have a flat rate of $7. Happy shopping!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Melissa & Doug Terrific Twenty List and Giveaway

For the past few months, the hubby and I have been pretty particular about the toys we want our three young children to have for play and to receive as gifts. We are always ecstatic when they are given toys from Melissa & Doug, especially since they provide my children with countless hours of fun, enjoyment, and many times, education. Many of their products are wooden which make them more admirable as we try to steer clear from plastic items. With the holidays upon us, choosing quality gifts for our children is very important in our household. With that being said, Melissa & Doug has announced their 2012 Terrific Twenty list. These top 20 items are the cream of the crop for this holiday season. And to celebrate, Melissa & Doug is having “20 Days of Terrific Twenty” Giveaway on their Facebook page. Check back every day as they are giving away an awesome item a day from their Terrific Twenty list. If you don't LIKE Melissa & Doug on Facebook yet, now is the time. Good luck!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Kushies Offer from Mabel's Labels

Fabulous deal alert! Through December 31, when you spend $25 or more at Mabel's Labels, you'll receive a 20% off coupon to shop at Kushies sells quality baby products and accessories that are adored by moms everywhere! Offer valid in United States only and while supplies last or until the expiration date is reached. Enjoy!

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