A Picky Eater Diversion and $20 Amazon Giveaway

Hey there lovelies!! Today we have a special guest post from our girl, Steph of A Time for Seasons. She’s a banner ad sponsor on Truly Lovely this month! Today she’s talking about overcoming the dreaded picky eater! She’s also sharing a $20 Amazon Gift Card giveaway!!! Take it away Steph!!!

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I am very blessed that I have never had a super picky eater. All 3 of my kids never turned down much food. Yea, my youngest, Little Lady (17 months), doesn’t care for raw broccoli, but that’s an intense texture and taste, so we will just try again later.  

 
I credit most of that to one of our household rules: “You eat what is fixed or you do without… Mom is not a short-order cook!“. Now like I said, my kids haven’t been SUPER picky eaters so this rule worked for us. There have never been any nutritional issues or worries, and I think Rosey Posey (now 11yr) is the only one who was stubborn enough to skip a meal. She only did it once and was happy when dinner time came after refusing lunch. There have been plenty of meals where someone didn’t like the food and was the last one to finish due to the procrastination of eating, but no one has ever really gone hungry.

When doing my meal planning I try to take into consideration the family’s preferences. Bubee (5 years) does not like spicy food. Since I don’t like it and Little Lady doesn’t need it, I really try to stay away from spicy food. Rosey Posey doesn’t like tomato soup, so the only time there is tomato soup is when I’m fixing grilled cheese. That way she still has something to eat.  I also love to get everyone’s feedback on dishes. When I fix something new I like to hear what they think, this way I can plan for next time.
 

 
My only boy, Bubee, eats ALL the time. Our family joke is we are not saving for college, we are saving for a food fund for his teen years. He is the youngest in his class (July Birthday) and the tallest. One of our doctors estimates he will be about 6’8″ when he’s full grown, so you can imagine what kind of food it takes to fuel that kind of growth. I keep a large supply of healthy snacks in the house.

About a month ago Bubee started not wanting ANYTHING I fixed for dinner. I was blind-sided! Getting him to eat was a battle every night and there were many times that 30 min after everyone else was done he was still staring at his plateful. He would always finish his dinner… eventually, but I was getting tired of the struggle.

Then one day while meal planning I had an idea: Let him plan the meals, then there was no way he could refuse to eat! Great idea, but I didn’t want pizza every night, so a compromise: If he eats his dinner each night without complaining, then once a week he gets to pick ANY normal meal for dinner (This way he can’t pick Ice Cream Sundaes or something like that). We chose Tuesday nights since that’s what works with our schedule.

I do all my grocery shopping on Mondays. So now, every Monday he ‘places his order’ for Tuesday nights. This keeps him from changing his mind 5 min before dinner and gives me enough time to plan and prepare. I have been so pleasantly surprised! Of course the first week he wanted pizza, so to make it fun we made a Snowman Pizza. After that it has been nice. One week he asked for breakfast for dinner; This means eggs, bacon, biscuits, and gravy. Another week he wanted fish.

It has been so wonderful! And through out the week usually a quick reminder of his Tuesday night privilege and he’s more than happy to finish dinner. Some nights, if he’s not thrilled with dinner, he will talk about his plans for that upcoming Tuesday night; but he always finishes his dinner now with minimal conflict!

It has been so successful that Thursday nights Rosey Posey gets to pick dinner. I like it because that’s two less dinners I have to plan each week. And with Rosey Posey being 11, some weeks she not only plans dinner, but prepares it too. This has been a great tool in teaching her some household management skills.

 
So now, dinner time has once again become a peaceful family gathering at the dinner table with plenty of joy, peace and love!
 

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Steph Seibert is the WAH, homeschooling, mother of 3. After several years of missing seasonal activities, her family started making seasonal ‘bucket lists’. She posts about these adventures, crafts, DIYs, recipes and more at A Time for Seasons in hopes of helping other families get the most out of each season.

 

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What a great idea, right!?! I’ll keep that in my idea bank for when my little miss is older! Thanks so much for sharing Steph!!

Now she has a $20 Amazon Gift Card to give away to one lucky Truly Lovely reader!! Enter below using the Rafflecopter form. The giveaway will close midnight on Tuesday, January 21st and the winner will be announced the next day! Thanks for entering and good luck!

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Kassi @ Truly Lovely

Maternity Leave – Meet Chrissy

Hey there friends! While I’m away loving on my brand new baby girl and all the stuff that comes with it I have asked a few friends to BABY sit Truly Lovely! They each have a fun post to share with you to give you a little something to hold you over until I can come back and share cute baby pics and the like… ;) So please share a little love with each guest poster here and be sure to click over and check out their blogs!

Today’s guest is Chrissy of Whimsical Poppysmic!

Take it away Chrissy….

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Hello dear friends of Truly Lovely!
 
I am Chrissy from Whimsical Poppysmic
Now you might be wondering what that name means and 
where it comes from. Head on over here for the story behind it.
 
First of all I would like to thank Kassi for having me during her much needed blog break
to welcome her sweet baby girl into this world. Enjoy being a mommy, Kassi!
 
Here’s a little bit about myself
 
I am from Germany, born in northern Germany near Hamburg and somehow ended up in the southern part of the country near Stuttgart. I am married to my best friend and soul mate (I know, totally a cliché, but oh so true), Stefan. We’ve been a couple for 20 years now, 10 of which we have been married. I am the mom to my wonderful daughter, Leonie, who turned 10 this past May (whoa, time sure does fly). I started blogging in late 2010 during our time as expats in the suburbs of Chicago where we lived from September 2008 to August 2011. You can read more about that special time of our lives over here.
 
All in all I was able to spend 7 years of my life in the US – the first 4 years were from age 6 to age 11 with my parents and sister in Ft. Rucker, AL where my dad, who is a retired helicopter pilot of the German Army, was sent as a flight teacher. I always wanted to return to the US, so when the opportunity arose there was not a single doubt on my mind not to go. We loved living there and we hope to be able to return one day for good – that’s how much we love America.
 
Living abroad isn’t as easy as one might assume, but returning home can be way more difficult than leaving, ever heard of the 5 phase of being on the road? It can be hard, really hard when homesickness sets in, it can be very challenging and it can be an adventure you wouldn’t want to miss. I love writing about it  like here or here, but I also enjoy reading about other peoples experiences living in foreign country.
 
I love anything handmade, I even had my own Etsy shop for a while, but since I started working part-time I just didn’t have the time anymore. So now I knit for myself, my family and friends, I love embroidery, I crochet (love granny squares) and I recently started sewing. I have done quite a few handmade trades and am always up for one!
 
I bet by now you already guessed that I write about pretty much anything on my blog. Sometimes you can find a good rant (we all have to let it out every now and then, right), I am participating in Project 52 for the 2nd year in a row and usually post my updates on Sundays
 
I am just a “normal” part-time working mom with “normal” problems, worries and joys in life. 
I would love for you to come over and say hi, cause I just love meeting new bloggers and making new friends! You can find my blog here or you can tweet with me over here, in case you are on Instagram, I am WHIMSIPOPPY and you can also follow me on Bloglovin
 
Please make sure to leave a link where I can find you!
Thanks again for having me!
Hugs,

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Thank you Chrissy!!! It’s so fun to have a friend that lives abroad! Hope you’ll take a second and go check out Chrissy’s blog! Oh, and be sure to check out her Instagram feed as well… She posts the most beautiful photos of her Germany!!! 🙂

Kassi @ Truly Lovely

Maternity Leave – Giant Bubbles

Hey there friends! While I’m away loving on my brand new baby girl and all the stuff that comes with it I have asked a few friends to BABY sit Truly Lovely! They each have a fun post to share with you to give you a little something to hold you over until I can come back and share cute baby pics and the like… 😉 So please share a little love with each guest poster here and be sure to click over and check out their blogs!

Today’s guest is Bobbi of Dats So Cute. She is sharing a fun activity to do with the kiddos this summer!!

Take it away Bobbi….

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There are so many great things about summer that I love!  One of the main things is spending time with my boys, and finding inexpensive fun!  For those of you with boys, you understand that they are always doing something, they don’t just sit and read or chill, so I’m always trying to think of things that I enjoyed as a kid to keep them entertained.
Last spring we had the pleasure of having giant bubbles made for us, and not only did the boys love them, all of the adults did too.  When we went to the beach last summer, they were once again a huge hit!  We enjoyed them so much we had to get the recipe for them, and I thought I’d share them with all of you! 
 
What you’ll need:
1 gallon of Distilled Water
2 tubes of KY Jelly
1 bottle of original dawn (THE BLUE KIND)
1 large disposable pan
butterfly nets (cutting all but a little bit off)
It’s very important that you use exactly these things and not make any exceptions, trust me, I tried and they didn’t work.  
 
Pore the water in the pan first, then add the KY, lastly the bottle of ORIGINAL DAWN.  Lightly mix with the wand, when you lift the wand, slowly raise in the air and huge beautiful bubble arise.

 

 

 

Everyone that walked past couldn’t help but stop and either pop one, or ask to make them.  They are fun for all ages!
I hope you all enjoy!
Come by and check out the blog sometime, new posts are coming soon!
Thank you Kassi for letting me post over here today!  Congratulations to you and your family on your new bundle of joy!  Enjoy every second, they grow way to fast!
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Thanks so much Bobbi! What a fun idea this is!! Don’t forget to pop over to her place and say hello friends!
Kassi @ Truly Lovely

Maternity Leave – French Vanilla Mousse Recipe

Hey there friends! While I’m away loving on my brand new baby girl and all the stuff that comes with it I have asked a few friends to BABY sit Truly Lovely! They each have a fun post to share with you to give you a little something to hold you over until I can come back and share cute baby pics and the like… 😉 So please share a little love with each guest poster here and be sure to click over and check out their blogs!

Today’s guest is Jerri of Simply Sweet Home! She has a delicious French Vanilla Mousse recipe for you to try!!!

Take it away Jerri….

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Hi Lovelies! I am so excited to be guest posting here today! My name is Jerri and I’m from the blog Simply Sweet Home. It is a lifestyle blog covering everything from home & garden topics to recipes, product reviews, and even a little beauty and fashion! We also have a weekly linky party called Friday Favorites. Oh! And I have a little jewelry shop on Etsy called Simply Sweet Creations!

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In the summer time I have always loved eating cool sweet treats. This French Vanilla Mousse is great for parties, picnics, or just a quick snack on the back porch! And it’s very versatile. You can serve it up in parfait dishes or use it in a trifle (perhaps layered with angel food cake or pound cake and fruit!). And I’ve also just poured it up into a graham cracker pie shell! And it’s also super quick and easy! Check it out!

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Recipe for French Vanilla Mousse
Ingredients:
1 (14 oz.) can Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 cup cold water
1 (4-serving size) package French vanilla instant pudding mix
1 (8 oz.) container frozen light whipped topping, thawed
Nila Wafers (or other cookies to garnish with)
Directions: Whisk sweetened condensed milk and water in large bowl. Add pudding mix. Whisk 2 minutes or until well blended. Chill 5 minutes. Fold in whipped topping. Spoon into serving dishes. Chill. Garnish as desired. (I layered with Nila wafers.)

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Thanks so much to Kassi for having me here today!
Please come by and see me over at my blog and shop.
Also, follow on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
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Yep, I’m all about cool, sweet treats! So yummy! Thanks for sharing Jerri! Please leave her a little bloggie love friends! Thanks!
Kassi @ Truly Lovely

Maternity Leave – Beer Margarita Recipe

Hey there friends! While I’m away loving on my brand new baby girl and all the stuff that comes with it I have asked a few friends to BABY sit Truly Lovely! They each have a fun post to share with you to give you a little something to hold you over until I can come back and share cute baby pics and the like… 😉 So please share a little love with each guest poster here and be sure to click over and check out their blogs!

Today’s guest is Alli of Simply Alli. She’s got a delicious drink recipe that I would love to try in… oh… a year or so…. haha. But for you non-preggos out there, it sounds amazing! 😉

Take it away Alli….

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Hello there, I’m Alli and I blog over at Simply Alli.  I’m stoked to be here today to share this fantastic summer drink with all of you! It’s perfect for these hot summer days.

 

Just the name of this recipe makes my mouth water, Beer Margaritas!  This fun, summer drink is amazingly refreshing and oh so tasty!! Just be careful though, one too many of these and you’ll forget where you left your shoes the night before…just saying…

Ingredients:

1 can of pink frozen lemonade-thawed

Tequila – you pick how much 🙂

Sprite

1 bottle or can of beer

Pour the can of pink lemonade into a pitcher.  Fill the empty can with tequila (we like them strong) and pour that into the pitcher.  Next add one bottle or can of beer to the pitcher and fill up the reminder of the pitcher with Sprite.

You’ve been warned!

Have fun and enjoy responsibly 🙂 

 

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Thank you Alli!!! These are the perfect summertime drink!!! Be sure to say hello to Alli over at her place as well! Simply Alli!!!
Kassi @ Truly Lovely

Bethani’s Breakfast Casserole Recipe

Hey there lovelies! Happy Monday! Hope you had a great weekend! We have a sweet lady for you to meet today, Bethani of Cheers, Bethani! She’s got the prime position on our sidebar this month!

<—– Over there on the left, under sponsors. Yep, that’s her. And we just adore her. She’s a new mommy, a wife to her fun hubby (shown below) and a sweet Texas gal! 😉 She has a yummy breakfast recipe to share with you today! First, take notes on the deliciousness, then please take a second and tell her hello over at her place. While you’re there meet her sweet baby boy, the cuteness kills me! Thanks dolls!

Here’s Bethani….

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hey gals (and guys)! my name is bethani and i blog over at cheers, bethani where i talk about just about everything. seriously. what i’m loving, hating, family adventures and of course food!

i recently become a mommy to the sweetest, most handsome little boy ever & will be married to my love two years in april! life has definitely changed over the last few months, but this chapter of my life has been the best so far, especially since i get to be a stay at home mom with him, while just working a few hours in the evenings and on weekends.

one thing though that hasn’t changed is my love for food. and one of my favorite foods ever is breakfast! anytime of the day too. so today i’m gonna share one of my favorite breakfast casserole recipes that i live for. its so simple & can feed a crowd. even if you don’t have a crowd to feed, this recipe makes great for leftovers the next morning.

ingredients:

6 large eggs

1 can crescent rolls (the pillsbury i have found work the best)

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1 can (the small can) green chiles

1 lb breakfast sausage, browned

1 regular size bag shredded cheese

salsa (optional)

the hows:

the night before you want to eat this yumminess:  mix together in a glass bowl the eggs, mushroom soup & green chiles. cover and refrigerate overnight. this gives everything to time merge flavors.

when ready to cook: preheat oven to 350 degrees.

brown sausage in skillet and drain of grease.

set aside.

grease 9×13″ baking pan with your preferred cooking spray (PAM).

roll out & press crescent rolls into bottom of pan, sealing any gaps to create a solid layer on the bottom.

sprinkle browned sausage on the layer of crescent roll evenly.

dump egg, soup, chile mixture on top of sausage and crescent rolls.

spread bag of shredded cheese on top evenly. (my dad cant have cheese so we always leave a corner without when he dines with us)

bake at 350 for 45 minutes to 1 hour. (i check to see if its cooked by gently pressing on the top and if it bounces back or not and/or jiggles.)

enjoy with salsa!

i hope you enjoy this recipe as much as our family and friends do.

thanks again to kassi & kayli for letting me take over their blog today & for residing on their sidebar during april. be sure to stop by my blog & subscribe for more recipes, tips, & more on my life.

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Kassi @ Truly Lovely

Meet…. Chelsea!!!!

Hey dolls!!! Here’s to hoping you had a lovely Christmas!!!
Since we took a few days of to celebrate with our family, let’s dive right back in with an introduction…
Meet Chelsea!!! She’s our XL ad sponsor for December and a really fun chick!
Take it away Chelsea….
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Hi Everyone! I’m Chelsea and I blog over at the Big, Beautiful & Broke blog! I would like to thank the girls here at the Truly Lovely Blog for letting me visit you today!

 I’m a registered nurse, working in a busy emergency department in Saginaw, Michigan. I was just accepted into graduate school where I will earn a master’s degree in Nursing Education.

Some people ask me why I named my blog “big, beautiful & broke”. Well, I struggle with a few things in life…those being my weight, self-acceptance and money. I have been overweight, or big, my whole life. I am not lazy. I work-out and am very active. But I love food. I eat my feelings. I wish I was one of those girls who didn’t eat when they get stressed out…but…when I am upset, I generally like to eat EVERYTHING in sight. 

Even though I am overweight, I think I am beautiful. I have struggled with accepting myself for many years, but finally as a young adult I realized I don’t need to be skinny to be beautiful.

Last, I love shopping. My mom says I have champagne taste on a beer budget. Ugh, it’s so true! Hence, broke.

Anyways, enough about me. Meet my better half, Bob:

We were married March 10, 2011…but our formal wedding celebration was June 2, 2012 (it’s a long story…just go with it!). Here is one of my favorite pics from the wedding:

3 generations of kisses (Totally Pinterest inspired!). From left to right: My Parents, Me & Bob, My Grandparents. Isn’t this classic? I love it.

When Bob and I were married, I became the step-mom to two wonderful children. Chelsea (yep, same name. Makes family get togethers interesting) who is 15 and Bryson who is 7.

We don’t have any kids of our own (yet!) But we do have 5 (yes 5) fur babies! One dog, 2 cats and 2 ferrets.


So, that’s a little bit about me and my family! I hope you all come visit me! I’m a master at nothing but dabble in attempts at crafts, attempts at baking, cleaning, organizing. You’ll also likely learn that I love and am obsessed with the Detroit Tigers. Hope to see ya’ll soon! 🙂


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Go say hello at her place, won’t you!? 😉

Kassi @ Truly Lovely

Tips for Growing Your Blog

Today we’d like to introduce you to our blog sponsor, Tess of The Framed Lady!
She’s recently seen some growth in her blog numbers, so she’s here to share what’s worked for her and what might work for you as well!
Be a dear and tell her hello won’t you! 😉 Especially because these tips are all great ideas for anyone wanting to grow their following!

Take it away Tess!!!!

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Hey everyone!

I’m Tess from The Framed Lady! I’m super excited to be here on Truly Lovely! Here’s a little about me and my blog.

I live in San Diego with my husband and chinchilla. I’m a college grad (woohoo!) and I’ve recently thrown my weight behind my blog and seen some awesome growth in the last couple months. Networking and growing my blog is one of the most fun, fulfilling things I can imagine (aside, obviously, from motherhood, I guess). I just hit 600, and I’m already almost at 700!

I wanted to share some of the tools and techniques I’ve used that have been successful for me. You can view the original post here.

As a starter, you should just focus on getting some attention. A good way to do this is to follow and comment on other people’s blogs, and leave your URL so people can check you out if they want. Be genuine in your comments, and never say “Follow me back!” Also, never expect someone to follow you simply because you commented. I set a goal to comment on 5 blogs a day, whether I’m a new or old follower.

Another good way to get some attention is to sponsor other blogs, and have the option to sponsor on your blog. Prices will vary based on blog size. A lot of blogs offer an ad “swap,” where you can trade buttons and advertise for each other for free. You generally do ad swaps with blogs that are equal in size to your blog. You can also enter giveaways to win ad space if you don’t have a wide budget for sponsoring (plus, it’s really fun to win). As your blog grows and people want to sponsor you, this will turn into a way for you to make money.

Start a Facebook page! Invite your friends to like the page, and use “liking the Facebook Page” as an entry for giveaways. Post all your blog updates and posts onto this page so that followers can get the latest! Also start a Twitter for your blog (or just yourself and use it for both). I also linked the two together, so that when I post something to Facebook, it also goes onto Twitter (on Facebook, there’s an option to do this). 

Once you get to 50 followers, you can host your first giveaway! If you have a shop or blog who wants to do the giveaway for you, great! If not, use your own creativity. Giveaway something you made or something of value. I’ve even seen giveaways for gift cards! Using Rafflecopter is a really good way to make giveaways more organized (versus counting a bunch of comments and choosing one at random). Have giveaways as often as you want to.

Once you reach 100, you can start deciding on your permanent blog name. Hopefully at this point, you’ve developed a style and a specific audience. Decide on a concise, catchy blog name, and get your own URL! You can use sites like GoDaddy.com. To find out if your blog name is taken, simply search for it. I considered the name “I’ve Been Framed” when I got to this point, but when I searched ivebeenframed.com, it was taken, and the people who owned it wanted to sell it for $10,000! I decided on The Framed Lady, which was available for $12.99/year, which is a pretty typical price.

When you know what you want your permanent blog name to be, you can also invest in a blog design. I’ll tell you now that just because you pay more doesn’t mean it’s a better design. You can find some great designers who are just starting out and are willing to give you a great deal. My designer found me and asked if I’d be interested in a $20 blog makeover. I jumped on it. You don’t need to pay $200. Do some research, or barter with a friend.

At this point, you’re doing all of the major things to get attention for your blog.
Have a button
Sponsor/be sponsored
Ad swaps
Facebook page
Twitter
Giveaways
Have a name and a design

Remember that these guidelines are not hard rules – they are just what worked for me. One of the biggest things to remember as a blogger is to be genuine. If you find that your pageviews (and confidence) are low, or that you’re writing more for the attention than you are for yourself, consider taking a break from the attention aspect. I did. When you’ve regained your perspective an motivation, try again. A good thing to notice is that if blogging ever starts to feel like a chore, you’re doing something wrong.

I recently started doing blog consulting, where I help you implement these and other growth strategies. It’s a really tailored approach, specific to your blog. You can read more about that here.

You can connect with me via: Blog//Facebook//Twitter//Pinterest//Instagram

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Thanks for sharing Tess!!!! Please let us know if you have any other questions for Tess (or us here at Truly Lovely) about how to grow your blog! We’re all glad to help someone else just starting out… after all, we were there once too! 😉

Kassi @ Truly Lovely

Thanksgiving Gratitude Advent Calendar

Hey dolls! We’ve had a busy last week over here with all this Twenty Wishes business… So today let’s focus on a fun craft!

Our friend, Britney of Jesse’s Girl, is here to share her Thanksgiving Gratitude craft with you. Britney is one of our XL sponsors for November, she is an absolute sweetheart, has a hilarious husband, the cutest little boy and we can’t wait for you to meet her!

Take it away Britney!!!

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Hi Truly Lovely friends! I’m Britney, but you can call me Jesse’s Girl. I’m excited to be guest posting with Kassi and Kayli on Truly Lovely today!


Today I’m going to share with you my Thanksgiving Gratitude Advent Calendar that I made for November. In my opinion, the whole month of November leading up to Thanksgiving, should be dedicated to gratitude. It’s a month that should be spent finding and recognizing the blessings in your life and sharing your thankfulness with those that helped bring those blessings to your life.


When I thought about making an advent calendar for Thanksgiving, I knew that it had to include gratitude. Here is what I came up with:


Supplies:
Fall scrapbook paper (I used 6 designs and 5 plain colors)
Paper cutter
Fall embellishments
Mini envelopes
Glue
Twine
Mini clothespins


Directions:
1. Count out 22 envelopes (one for each day of November up to Thanksgiving). 

2. Fold the envelope flaps inside the envelope (or cut them off). You won’t need the flaps for the project and they will just get in the way.

3. Cut out 22 rectangles of scrapbook paper to glue to each envelope. I cut mine to 3.25″ x 2″ and made 2 of each of my 11 papers.

4. Glue one paper to each envelope.

5. Add embellishments to each envelope.

6. Cut the twine to the length you need for where you’re hanging it.

7. Using the clothespins, attach the envelopes to the twine. 

8. Cut out strips of paper to write what you’re thankful on. I chose to use one color of paper for each person in my family, so I cut 22 green papers for Jess, 22 orange for Ryan, and 22 yellow for me.

9. You can either place all the strips in the envelopes to begin with, or you can make a pile of them and stick them in each day when you write on them.

10. Hang it up and enjoy!
I’m so excited to take a couple minutes each night to sit with my family and write down something we are thankful for! What a great month it is!

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You still have time to whip up a CUTE November gratitude advent! And regardless… you still have time to be thankful for your blessings!
Thanks for sharing your fun idea with us Britney!!!!

Kassi @ Truly Lovely

A Gift Guide for Sisters

Hey there!
We have a lovely lady for you to meet today!
Amanda from Dragonflight Dreams!
She’s an XL ad sponsor of Truly Lovely for October and has a fun Gift Guide for Sisters to share with you dolls today!

Take it away Amanda…
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Hi Truly Lovely readers! I’m Amanda from Dragonflight Dreams. I was struggling to think of a guest post idea when I suddenly though of something so apt. This lovely blog is run by two sisters, and I have three sisters myself, and I thought with Christmas coming up a sisters-themed gift guide would be perfect! So I’m here today to share some of my gift-giving strategies for sisters.

I’m the type that likes to give multiple gifts instead of one big gift. So each sister will get one thing especially for her, but then I also like to sometimes buy things that are a set but with a unique aspect for each sister, so we all have the ‘same’ thing but it’s still individual. Because sisters all share the same blood, but we each have our own personality as well.

My sisters & I aren’t the overly sentimental type, so I’m not going to buy them things plastered with the word ‘Sister’ or their names. We run on a more practical bent. And to me, there are three things that my sisters (and a lot of women) are guaranteed to love: wine, chocolate, and jewelry. So here some of my picks for ways you can buy each sister a similar thing but with a unique twist for each one:

Wine

Middle Sister Wines

Middle Sister Wines

This is particularly appropriate for me, since I am the middle sister, but I don’t think you have to be the middle sister to have some fun with this. Each wine has its own personality – the moscato is the Sweet & Sassy sister, the malbec is the Wild One, the chardonnay is the Smarty Pants. Pick a wine to match the personality of each of your sisters. And if you’re all able to get together in person, have fun seeing if everyone’s taste buds match up to their wine personality. Bonus? These are available at Target.

Other sister-themed wines: Four Sisters and Wine Sisterhood

Chocolate

Chocomize

Chocomize

I haven’t tried this out yet, but I really want to – build a custom chocolate bar for your sister! They’ve got dozens of different ingredients to chose from (everything from normal bits like peanuts to more exotic things like candied violets). They are about the same price as a fancy European chocolate bar, and you don’t have to buy bulk – you can just buy one. Bonus? They donate a portion of each purchase price to your choice of three charities.

 

Custom M&M’s

Custom M&M's

Pick your color of M&M’s, and up to 4 custom text messages to be in the mix, and voila! Personalized M&M’s. This one I’ve actually done. I got a big batch one year for all my sisters, my mom and myself with the custom text being ‘Cobb Women’ on some and ‘Love You’ on the others. My sisters thought it was cool, and my mom may have teared up a bit.

Other chocolate options: gift boxes of chocolates from 3 Sisters Chocolate

Jewelry

Birth Month Flower Necklaces

Birth Month Flower Necklaces

A little more unusual than doing a birthstone or zodiac themed gift, but still personalized for each sister. These are handmade and quite pretty, and there are earrings to match if you want to do a whole set. Each necklace is unique (even compared to other necklaces for the same month), and they come in 100% reclaimed cotton jewelry pouches, which is also a cool touch.

Custom Literary Bracelets

Custom Literary Bracelet

This one makes the bookworm in me so happy. My sisters are all voracious readers as well, so it’s doubly fitting. You can choose a book from her list of what is readily available, or contact her about using a different book. There are a couple different bracelet finishes/settings to choose from, AND you get to pick which words from the book if you want to get really specific. Bonus? You are supporting a handmade shop on Etsy, and she accepts the new Etsy gift cards.

Do you have sisters? If so, what are some of your gift-buying strategies or favorites?
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What a great gift guide, right!?! Well done Amanda!
Several of these items are gifts that both Kayli and I would LOVE to give and receive!

Happy shopping lovelies!!!

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