A Patriotic Summer Holiday Shelf!

Happy Memorial Day, everyone!

I’ve always said that I come from a military family. No, neither of my parents served, but my grandfather did, as well as an aunt, two uncles and three cousins. Hey, I could sing the entire Marine Corps Anthem by the time I was two years old, thanks to my grandfather! (And yes, I can still sing it…no YouTube video for your viewing pleasure, unfortunately!)

Happy Memorial Day!

My grandfather (left) and Jerrod’s grandfathers (center and right)

When Jerrod and I got married, I discovered that he came from a military family, too. Both of his grandfathers, plus three uncles and two cousins.

Happy Memorial Day!

Our military family members: Uncles, Aunts and Cousins!

Memorial Day is the first military holiday of the year, and then will come Independence Day, and after that, Veteran’s Day. All of these are summer-related here in Florida, even thought Veteran’s Day isn’t until November…it’s normally still pretty durn hot here. So this year, when I was thinking about what I was going to do with my holiday shelf, I thought I should take it completely and personally patriotic, just in time for Memorial Day.

Keep in mind that today (Memorial Day) is meant to honor those who gave their lives in battle for our country. Can you even imagine?! The thought alone is sobering, to say the least. Our families were fortunate in that none of our own were killed in the line of duty, however, we hold those who gave the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf very dear to our hearts. If YOU have a family member who gave all, please know: our respect and honor is with your family today!

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The 2015 Spring Holiday Shelf!

Well, Valentine’s Day has come and gone, so, of course, I’ve redecorated my Holiday Shelf! For those of you who are newer to the blog, I’ve always wanted a mantel to decorate to match the changing seasons, but we haven’t lived in a house with a fireplace yet. So in each home we’ve lived in, I have set up a shelf that I can decorate and have a bit of fun with as the time goes by. If you’d like to see last year’s Spring Holiday Shelf, CLICK HERE! And HERE is the one from 2013!

But, for now…

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There she be! I call it: Spring is Coming! Here’s why:

On the right, everything still looks kind of “wintery”, right?

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Overnight Salad

Happy Monday, all!

I’m pretty excited today! Why, you ask? Because today my first post as a regular contributor over at Lou Lou Girls is premiering!

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Isn’t that exciting?!

So today I’m gonna ask you to head on over to Lou Lou Girls and check out my post! You’ll get an awesome family recipe from me called Overnight Salad! (And with all the holiday eating going on, don’t we ALL need some SALAD?!)

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To visit my post, CLICK HERE!

Hope you all have a fantastic day!

On the Road in November!

Well, here we are at the beginning of another month. The month of DECEMBER, no less! I’m still having a hard time swallowing THAT one!

Nevertheless, it’s time to look back and see what the top five posts here on The Road to Domestication were last month!

5. Free Christmas Printables You NEED! – This was a brand new set of Christmas printables that I created just for this season! They’re still totally free, if you haven’t gotten the chance to download them!

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Holiday Sanity Savers (2014 Edition)

Do you know what tomorrow is?

Tomorrow…is Saturday. It’s October 25. It’s TWO MONTHS UNTIL CHRISTMAS.

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Wow. How is it this late in the game already?!

I LOVE Christmas. LOVE. IT. It’s a wonderful time of fun and fellowship with folks we don’t get to see very often, and, of course, the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

Even so, it tends to be kind of a stressful time for me. Let me explain:

  • I’m wrapping up all things end-of-the-year at my full time job (insurance marketing) and planning for the next year, so there’s a lot going on there. Plus the mailings and special promotions and parties.
  • Oh, the parties. I think people should space out their gatherings so there aren’t 25 people wanting to have their Christmas Open House on the same Saturday in December. But, between our friends, family and coworkers, there are a LOT of PARTIES we jet around to. And I’m normally in charge of bringing something.
  • I’m planning and prepping and baking for all the folks I do baked goods for.
  • I’m planning and shopping and prepping and wrapping all the gifts.
  • We’re rehearsing and perfecting and performing all of our Christmas musical events with the choir and worship team from our church. These normally include color-coordinated clothing mandates, so then I’m shopping and coordinating and making dry cleaners runs galore!
  • Oh, and Christmas is one of the busiest times ever for me and my photography business (when I offer specials and rush turnarounds, etc.) Most nights I’m up into the wee hours of the morning editing and prepping packages. Roughly 4 hours of sleep per night in the Christmas season, yep, that’s about what I get.

It’s pretty sad how excited I got just typing all of that stuff up! No matter HOW crazy it gets, I STILL LOVE IT, and every year I try to perfect my strategy, so that our Christmas is not like our first Christmas together.

It’s funnier now than it was then, actually. It was 11:55 p.m. on Christmas Eve, and I was just getting started in the kitchen on the food for Christmas Day. I was exhausted already, so I wasn’t really enjoying the food prep.

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