November 26, 2012

Weekly Cheer: Christmas Trees

With Thanksgiving officially over, everyone is gearing up for Christmas. For those who have not already, its time to put up the Christmas decorations and the annual Christmas tree. 
Most people put up a tree in their homes whether it is fake or real but many don't put much thought into how they are grown. 
I highly recommend this video! If nothing else, its something to chat about while decorating with the family.

video by geobeats on youtube.

Do you decorate with a real Christmas tree or a fake one?
We used to use real ones when I was a child, but now we use a beautiful fake one every year. I like the fake more for a few reasons:
1) the lights are already strung! This saves so much hassle!
2) It saves money, we dont have to buy a tree every year!
3) Less mess! No shedding needles to sweep up every day and you dont have to make sugar water for it.
4) and finally, I'm a tree hugger! I love nature and cant stand the thought of cutting a tree down from the mountains or even at a farm. Sorry, but I'm a hippy at heart. ;-)

What do you think? Real or fake?




P.S  - Whether your tree is real or fake, it would be a great contestant in our Christmas Tree Contest! Details coming soon.... 

November 23, 2012

Its Black Friday!!!

Good luck out there and stay safe everyone!! :)
 Heres a video to get you pumped up for the shopping madness:

P.S - Details about A Whimsical Christmas's annual Christmas Tree Contest coming soon!

November 22, 2012

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
 Today is a day to give thanks for all that we have in our lives: our health, our loved ones, ours homes, and our happiness. But if your like me, and you wonder the history behind every holiday, here is a 5 min long video that give a great overview of how Thanksgiving came to be.
Happy cooking, roasting, frying and baking! :-)

Please don't forget, when your saying your thanks to remember our troops over seas who cannot be with their families this holiday season and to say a little prayer for them and their loved ones.



November 21, 2012

Turkey Tips for Even the Seasoned Professional

I found this great video on YouTube of some really helpful tips that are perfect for someones first time taking on the task of the turkey or even someone who does it every year!

video by wcfoodies on youtube
Better get started now! ;-p

November 19, 2012

Weekly Cheer (Video of the Week)

I love funny commercials! They seem to get really good around the holidays.
I like this one because I think we can all relate! 


hehe, Happy Thanksgiving and good luck!


November 12, 2012

Weekly Cheer (Video of the Week)

After 14 years of living in Colorado, I finally saw wild turkeys last fall. Luckily, I grabbed my camera in time to take a video as proof or my family would never believe me. ;-)

Seeing this little flock of in the harsh environment of the mountains, with almost every predator you could think of (mountain lions, foxes, coyotes and bears), I started to wonder: how could turkeys possibly survive if they had no defense?

I went online to test the theory that we've all heard a thousand times; turkeys cant fly. Well, guess what, they can and they are actually very graceful and beautiful in the air.
Check it out: 

So how do they survive? They fly into the branches of the sky scraping trees! I'm one of the few that thinks turkeys are amazing and gorgeous creatures, so knowing they can take flight, makes me a little more cheerful! ;-)



Still not convinced? 



November 08, 2012

Activities for Snow Days - Guest Post

Hi everyone, I am honored to have a guest post by Vistaprint.  I use VistaPrint for many of my business needs, so I jumped on the opportunity!
Check out their guest post filled with snowy day activities. 

Snow Day Activities for the Whole Family
While the weather may still be pretty good at the moment, inevitably winter will hit hard and bring its usual offerings of snow, ice and bone-chilling cold. This causes treacherous road conditions, which in turn leads to every child’s school day favorite – the snow day. For parents, horrible winter days are not much fun to think about (unless you’re one of those crazy winter-loving people), but it doesn’t have to be all bad. If cold weather chaos leaves you and your children stuck at home, you may as well make the most of your time off. Here are some ways to do that:
Get a jump start on Christmas – If a snow day happens sometime before the holiday season, use the extra time to pick out your Christmas cards. You don’t even have to leave the house. Just use an online printing site to create your cards and then order. They’ll be printed and sent right to your door. If you’ve already got your cards then you can use the time to fill them out with your holiday messages. You can even get the kids in on the action by having them seal envelopes and put on stamps.
Speaking of the holidays – If you’re a crafter or party thrower, snow days give the perfect opportunity to work on some creative projects for the holidays. If you were hoping to make a bunch of holiday decorations or gifts this year then now is the time to do that. Again, you can get the kids involved here and it will speed up the process (probably) and provide the opportunity to spend time as a family and work together on a project.
Get outside and enjoy the white stuff – If it isn’t too cold and blustery outside then you may as well get out and have fun in the piles of fresh snow. At the very least, send the kids out to play for a while. Sleds, tubes, garbage bags and boxes are all great for sliding. There are also forts to be built and snowball fights to be waged. Besides, being outside for a while makes a steaming mug of hot chocolate taste even better once you come back in.
Stay in and play – As suggested in an article by Carol Sarao on Livestrong.com, snow days are not always so outdoor activity friendly. If you’re stuck inside and the kids are getting out of control it’s time to get them involved in a more organized activity. There are plenty of games that can be played indoors and some of them can even provide a learning opportunity as well as being fun.
Create some comfort and warmth – What’s better on a frosty day than being inside a warm house with the smell of delicious comfort foods wafting through the air? If you enjoy cooking or baking you can use the time to make some big batches of your favorite cold weather treats. Work together as a family or get the kids settled in with a movie and enjoy the time to yourself. Either way, you can get some tasty food tucked away in the freezer for one of those hectic work days, as well as having wonderful warm meal to enjoy that night.
So next time you find yourself snowed in with the family, don’t despair. You don’t have to drive each other completely up the wall. There are plenty of activities to fill the time and many of them even offer the opportunity for some family bonding.

November 05, 2012

My Ornament Wreath Booth

Hi everyone! As you know, I had a booth at a local holiday craft fair this weekend. I was pretty proud of how my booth turned out. My man built me this great wall to hang my wreaths on an a rolling table to display them as well. I just wanted share some pictures with my bloggy friends. ;-)




Turned out nicely  I had a great view of the mountains behind me and I was surrounded by sparkly things, so I was pretty happy :)

November 01, 2012

Its November!!!


Happy November 1st everyone! I thought this day would never come! I like Halloween, but I was sooo looking forward to November!  
I'm hosting a booth in a craft fair this weekend selling my wreaths and aromatherapy products. I have been preparing for that like crazy and I'm getting very excited that its only a few days away. 


I'm thinking about doing some Christmas decorating next week once my event is over. What do you think, is putting up a tree next week too soon? It does make the house feel more festive for Thanksgiving to have twinkling lights outside the window.  Last year, I waited until the day after Thanksgiving, which seems more appropriate but I'm debating that this year.

When do you decorate? 

Hope you all had a spooky fun Halloween and your kids brought loads of treat home!