I Will Honour Christmas In My Heart

I will honour Christmas in my heart,
and try to keep it all the year.
I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future.
The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me.
I will not shut out the lessons that they teach!

~ Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving Day!!

Happy Thanksgiving Day to Everyone!!

I worked last night ( Wednesday) because hospitals do not shut down for Holidays.....

I made my Sausage Stuffing yesterday,will be  throwing in the Turkey soon and Joe will watch and baste it while I get a bit of sleep and then the kids are coming over for 4:00 pm for Dinner.

I am off tonight and Friday and plan to stay home and finish what decorating I can.

If I go shopping at all, it will be on Saturday morning when the stores are usually dead!!

My annual Christmas Tour of our Home will start in a day or two so please come back and visit.........

Have a Happy Thanksgiving and I hope you get to spend it with those that you love!!


Friday, November 22, 2013

Craft and Gift Fair

Holiday Craft and Gift Fair
St. Maria Goretti Parish Center
42 Redwood Drive, Laflin
Saturday, November 23  9:00am - 3:00pm
Sunday, November 24  9:00am - 3:00pm

25 + vendors will be offering these items, perfect for Gift Giving and Decorating this Holiday Season:  Victorian Style Decor, Placemats and Table Runners, Baked Goods and Lollipops, Florals, Swags, Wreaths and Centerpieces, Painted Glass, Candles, Jewelry, Ceramics, Soaps, Lotions, Purses, Handcrafted Snowmen, Knitted and Crocheted Items, Vintage Frames, Maple Syrup, Pet Items, Country Painted Baskets, Ornaments and More!!

Hot Dogs, Hoagies, Whimpies, Potato Salad, Chicken Soup, Piggies and Meatballs will be offered at our Food Stand.  Take Outs will be available.

New this year will be a Specialty Basket & Prize Raffle with prizes valued at $150 – $275 each!!!!  Chances will be sold for $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00
Hope to See You There

Friday, November 15, 2013

Christmas in the Stores: Wegman's & Kohl's

I wan to start off by Thanking these hostesses.....

Thanks to Kathryn, over at The Dedicated House for featuring my Post, Christmas in the Stores : Michaels, as "Your Favorite" from last week's Anything Blue Party!
Thanks, Kathryn!

And I want to Thank Pam over at From My Porch to Yours , for featuring my post,
Christmas in the Stores: Lowes, as the #1 Viewed Post from last week's Treasure Hunt Thursday Party!!
Thanks, Pam!!

And I also want to Thank Maria Elena , over at Our Home Away From Home, for featuring my post,
Christmas in the Stores: Big Lots, as one of the Top Viewed posts from this past week's
Tuesday's at Our Home Party!!
Thanks so much!!

Please take some time to visit and link up to these wonderful parties!!!

Today I am continuing my series on Christmas in the Stores and will be featuring Wegman's Grocery Store.

I do not know if you have a Wegman's in your area but this is where Joe does the majority of our food shopping....

Yes, you read that right....Joe does the food shopping as does his Father before him!!!  My Dad also did the food shopping too!!

Lucky me because I HATE food shopping!!

Anyway, Wegman's always has a wonderful seasonal department and this year, for Christmas, they have some really great merchandise!!
Great displays!!

I love going into Wegman's because it does not have the feeling of a Grocery Store .
 I think it is because of the terra cotta painted ceiling that you see in the background of these pictures.  It creates a very warm and inviting atmosphere because it is not stark white with bright lights!!

I am totally in love with this Cardinal pattern!!

Look at the Tea Pot and Sugar and Creamer!!!
They are marked "Winter Wonderland" so I will be watching for these to go on Clearance because I decorate my Red Kitchen with a Winter Bird tree and Cardinals after Christmas!!
Pretty silver ornament dishes!!
Snow Man Collection!
Very pretty!
Kitchen Carolers and Santas!
Love those spatulas!
 Chopping Boards.....
Spoon Rests....
Now on to Decor!!
Lots of Goodies!!
Love these snowmen.....
More Cardinals.....
Lots of Ornaments!!
Love the Kitchen ones....
And the Cupcakes!
Solar Lights....
Hats and Stockings...
Really Pretty Glassware.....

Again, LOVE those Cardinals!!
Sorry it's blurry.......
Village Collection!
Even Trains!
Gingerbread Houses to Create!
Pillows and Throws....
They were just putting out dish towels and tablecloths but I did not stick around until they finished......

In the Gift Department....
I collection Bearington Bears and I usually buy them here for 75% off after every Holiday!
Love these too!
Totally love these!!
So cute and would look good in my Kitchen!!
Not too bad for a Grocery Store, huh?

I also want to Thank Wegman;s for their donation of a $30.00 Gift Card to the Basket Raffle that Joe and I are running for our Church in conjunction with the Craft Fair.
If interesting in seeking a donation for a non profit organization from Wegman's, you apply online 2-3 weeks before you need the donation for and you will then be notified if your donation was approved and you can pick it up at your local store.
If you missed my post on our Specialty Basket Raffle, please Click HERE

Again, I am receiving no reimbursment from Wegman's for this post.

Now I wanted to show all of you the ton of pictures that I took of the all beautiful things that Kohl's has to offer for the holiday season this year.....


The Store Manager informed me that it is Kohl's Corporate Policy not to allow any pictures to be taken in their stores except by Kohl's itself.

He was very nice and apologetic about it and he himself thought that featuring Kohl's on my Blog would be a great thing and great for advertising but he is bound by Kohl's Corporate Rules so I , respectfully, will not share all the pictures I took in Kohl's.

UNLESS, I hear from Kohl's and they allow it........

Anyone from Kohl's out there????????

I am so glad that everyone seems to be enjoying this series on what the stores are offering for this Holiday season.

 I enjoy seeing for myself too!!

If you missed Part 1, Christmas in the Stores: Michaels, please click HERE

If you missed Part 2, Christmas in the Stores: Lowes , please click HERE

If you missed Part 3, Christmas in the Stores: Big Lot's, please click HERE

By the way, I mentioned that I was waiting for the set of two 4 1/2 foot trees for $50 to go on sale in Big Lots.....
Well, they did this week for $40.00 and one is perfect for my new Kitchen Tree!!
 I already added my Candy lights to it and it is waiting to be decorated!
 The second Tree of the set is going to my son, Joey, who will use it in his apartment in place of the small 3 foot table top tree that he has been using for Christmas.

And for those of you who have been following my Weight Loss Journey over on Debbie-Dabble,
this is what I now look like after losing 46 pounds so far......
 15 pounds to go by March to achieve my Goal of losing 60 pounds in a year!!

 I will be linking up to these great parties this week:
From the Farm Blog Hop
Pink Saturday
Party Junk
 Strut Your Stuff Saturdays
One Great Idea Saturday Party
 Finding the Pretty and Delicious Party
Saturday Show and Tell 
  Serenity  Saturday
 Saturday SHO W-licious Craft Showcase

Seasonal Sunday
Bouquet of Talent Linky Party
That DIY Party
Inspired Sunday( Formerly Vintage View Sunday)
Submarine Sunday
Share It One More Time Sundays
DIY SHowcase 
 Clever Chicks Blog Hop 
Sunday Showcase 

Wednesdays Make, Bake and Create party
 Fluster's Creative Muster Wednesday's
Wow Us Wednesday
Sizzle into Summer Party
 Lovely Ladies Linky Party
What's It Wednesday
Wonderful Wednesdays
 HOME Party on Wednesdays
Creative Wednesdays 
 Wednesdays Adorned From Above Linky Party
 Ducks in a Row Wonderful Wednesdays Blog Hop

Home and Garden Party Thursday
  Homemaking Weekend Link Up Party
Time Travel Thursday
 Open House Party
Share Your Cup Thursday
Vintage Thingie Thursday
Transformation Thursday
Inspired Creations Linky Party
Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop 
  Grace at Home Party
All Things Pretty Thursdays
Create it Thursday 
 Catch a Glimpse Thursday

Home Sweet Home Friday
Be Inspired Fridays
Thrifty Things Friday
Simple and Sweet Fridays
 Show and Tell Friday
Tickled Pink Party
 Flaunt It Fridays
 Fabulously Creative Friday Linky Party at Jennifer Rizzo's
 What To Do Weekends
 TGIF Link Party
Inspire Me Please Weekend Blog Hop
 Inspire Me Fridays 
 Anything Goes Linky Party 
Ladies Only Blog Share Linky Party
Anything Blue and Pink Fridays
 Weekend Blog Linky Party
The Party Bunch
Friday's Five Features Party
Friday Favorites
 Let's Get Real Friday Party

Christmas Parties 2013
All Things Christmas

Please take some time to visit these terrific hosts and all those joining in on the fun!
Thanks so much for stopping by today and every day that you take the time to visit with me!


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