Shop Local – Small Town Holiday Shopping

Shop Local – Small Town Holiday Shopping

After the rush of Black Friday shopping, we spent some time the next day enjoying Small Business Saturday by shopping locally. Living in a suburb of Indianapolis, I am lucky to have multiple cute little towns full of unique boutiques. If you still have shopping to do, I highly encourage you to check out one of these towns or a small town near you. Shopping at local businesses keeps more of your money spent in that town and helps these entrepreneurs thrive. We started the day in Carmel, Indiana. I’ve mentioned this town before as a fun place to shop, but today we just visited Silver in the City (and purchased some fun Christmas decorations), The Olive Mill and had lunch at the Pint Room. Next, we headed to Zionsville, Indiana which was about a twenty-minute drive. Zionsville has a charming downtown complete with brick streets, multiple restaurants and a nice variety of shops. I especially loved the local butcher shop and local gourmet foods shop. Both were the perfect places to pick up consumable gifts which are a good choice for those people on your list who just don’t need more stuff. Finally, we headed home to Noblesville, Indiana. I find it’s easy to take our downtown for granted which is a shame as it’s truly wonderful. With a historic square and at least a dozen interesting local shops, it’s a fabulous place to do holiday shopping. We enjoyed stopping at Alexander’s on the Square for a hot chocolate and then finished up the day strolling the streets and picking up unique gifts. Shopping small towns and purchasing locally...
Holiday Gift Guide for Everyone in Your Life

Holiday Gift Guide for Everyone in Your Life

Looking for some unique holiday gifts this year? Since I get tired of gifting the same old chocolates and sweaters I thought I’d share some of my favorite ideas for everyone in your life: Family Gift Ideas: Museum Memberships and/or event tickets. For a family, I think this is the perfect gift! I’m all about experience versus “things” Games! Add a gift certificate to a local pizza restaurant if you want to make it really special. Some of our current favorite games are Yamslam, Codenames and Winning Moves RACK-O, Retro package Card Game always go with us when we travel (even for a weekend getaway). A subscription kit such as Wonder Crate or Kiwi Crate For the Fashionista: GYPO Style Challenge – very soon she’ll be offering the annual membership which is the BEST way to enroll, pay for it once and enjoy it all year long. I always sign up for the annual membership myself. UPDATE: Winter 2018 is now open for enrollment – don’t miss out! A subscription box such as GlossyBox (I got my daughter an annual subscription to GlossyBox one year and it ended up being her favorite gift – she looked forward to that box every month). For the Entrepreneur or Blogger in your life: A few months of a meal planning kit or service like EveryPlate or Eat at Home – free up their shopping and food prep time! A fun productivity course such as Make Over Your Mornings, 4 Weeks to a More Productive Life or a great business book. Add a coffee shop gift card to make it really special. A few of my all-time...

Color for your Thanksgiving Table

It’s the time of year most of us think about cranberries.  Even if you don’t normally enjoy them, you might consume some cranberry sauce this week while enjoying your Thanksgiving dinner. However, we really should be eating cranberries much more often than once a year!  Cranberries are chock full of antioxidants, vitamin C AND they are great for your digestive system. If you’ve ever had a urinary tract infection, you may have been advised to drink cranberry juice.  That’s because cranberries contain proanthocyanidins.  This helps prevent E.coli bacteria from sticking to the walls of your bladder. Thanks to all those antioxidants, they also help our body get rid of toxins that can cause our immune system to weaken – and a weakened immune system makes us more likely to pick up an icky bug. If you’ve never had real cranberry sauce – this is the year to start.  Here is my favorite recipe – it’s incredibly simple, delicious and can even be made a few days before you want to serve it. Other ways to add more cranberries to your life include drinking them (make sure it’s real cranberry juice and not a bit of juice with tons of additional ingredients), adding fresh ones to baked goods, or dried cranberries to your salads.  Or just snack on them raw – yum! This is also the time of year to stock up on cranberries – they can be pretty hard to find at the grocery after December.  Buy an extra bag or two and stick it in your freezer.  They’ll even keep in an airtight container in your refrigerator’s crisper...
2016 Christmas Round-Up

2016 Christmas Round-Up

Wow!  I can’t believe Christmas is a few days away!!!!  Are you ready?  I’ve got all the presents wrapped and the Christmas Eve menu planned so I think I’m good to go.  The kids have a few more days of school, and then they are off for two weeks.  YEAH!!! Need a little help and inspiration?  Here are some of my favorite holiday posts – both mine and others.  Enjoy! Healthy Tips: Healthy Holidays Game Plan 5 Quick Healthy Holiday Tips:  Replay Enjoy the Holidays: Make the Season Special Great stocking stuffer ideas from Modern Mrs. Darcy Spread some Christmas Cheer Your elf didn’t move?  Here are some reasons! Any great last minute tips?  Please share your favorites while we all still have a few days! If you’re new here, welcome, I’m Pam and I’m a coach for busy working moms who love their kids, but feel tired, stressed out and overwhelmed.  They want to do it all but can’t find enough hours in the day.  I help them balance family, health and work so that they can go to sleep each night feeling fulfilled and guilt-free.  Interested in learning more?  Check out ways I can help you HERE!...
Thanksgiving Round-Up

Thanksgiving Round-Up

Happy Thanksgiving!  Hope you all have some fun and fulfilling plans for the next few days.  Today I thought I’d share a round-up of my favorite Thanksgiving posts and recipes. Everything Thanksgiving, all in one place! Recipes: Fresh Cranberries – I made these last night for the Thanksgiving I’m hosting Saturday.  Perfect to make ahead and check them off your list! Cranberry Mimosas – I’m totally adding these to my holiday gathering this year – YUM! Green Beans – so much better than the traditional green bean casserole Easy Cheese Plate – people love to snack on this while waiting for the turkey to finish cooking Traditions: Thanksgiving “Awards” – a fun family tradition my daughter created a few years ago – always a hit! Thanksgiving Leaves – this year I’m planning on adding this as a new tradition – simple and meaningful Burn off that dinner! – We’ve had kickball games, walks in the woods and other kinds of fun – I don’t know what it will be this year, but we’ll do something active after we eat. How will you spend your Thanksgiving holiday?  Are there any traditions that must be followed for your family? Ready to kick start a healthier and happier life?  Check out Make the Most of Every Day and stop letting life pass you...

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