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Together Tuesday: Potluck with the Coworkers

Today we had an end of the year potluck at work and I went even though I technically didn’t really have to be at work. My staff was covering the minimal (and frankly unnecessary) hours the library was open.

I made my amazing macaroni and cheese, which was almost completely devoured and cupcakes, which I am sure everyone will eat tomorrow. There are three holiday birthdays (not including my own), so I made this batch to cover them.

Coworker cupcakes will resume in January. The 19th, I think, unless that’s a weekend – I haven’t looked yet.

I also brought my daughter to work with me, which was fun, but then I pulled a muscle which was not fun and led to me crying while trying to get her in the car seat. Fun times.

Now I need to try to do some cleaning and figure out what’s for dinner.

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Savings Sunday: Coupon Cabin … Yes or No?

The verdict is in.

A little over a month ago, I signed up for Coupon Cabin in an effort to save a little bit of money.

I have done one of their % cash back coupons – and one of their “members only” deals, which was $40 back on $40+ at Children’s Place.

I am happy to report that on Friday, I received my cash back for the $40, so I essentially only paid tax on the purchase (shipping was free based on a promotion from the store that needed no additional coupon.) In all, I am pleased with the experience, but I can see where others may not be. There are a lot of rules for using the coupons, and I have seen several stores on their list that I just know I would screw up by not thinking and applying coupons that would void the Coupon Cabin deal. But, if you can be careful, you too can get cash back!

I am going to try another one of their member deals in the near future, and will report back when I get that cash back (between 30 and 90 days, depending on store return policy.)

Self-Care Saturday: Keep Your Routine

This is going to have to be short, since I’ve already failed (for today anyway) to keep my own advice. But, my lesson can be your lesson, too.

Humans are creatures of habit. You know that your kids function best in a schedule, right? Well, so do you. Yes, you are an adult and can process changes better than kids, but why waste the brain power? Do yourself a favor this hectic holiday season, and try your best to maintain your normal schedule and normal routines.

This post is brought to you by the fact we have to grocery shop today (instead of our normal Sunday) and my realization that I’m not going to have my normal weekday morning coffee for the next 6 weeks or so, unless I break out my Keurig (I usually don’t drink coffee on the weekends, so this literally just occurred to me…)

Running off to fix that coffee problem now! Ta ta for now!

Motivation Monday

Running late on posting today, for a variety of reasons – including that the holiday season fast approaches!

So, in that spirit, I will leave you with the following for your motivation (if you’re like me, you’re going to need it) :

Our many different cultures notwithstanding, there’s something about the holidays that makes the planet communal. Even nations that do not celebrate Christmas can’t help but be caught up in the collective spirit of their neighbors, as twinkling lights dot the landscape and carols fill the air. It’s an inspiring time of the year. – Marlo Thomas

Self-Care Saturday: Turn off Work

This is a short but friendly reminder that there are in fact times that you are off the clock. For certain professions, that time might not exist in massive quantities… but it should exist. My mother is a nurse and even she manages some her-time.

I am by nature a work-a-holic, but last night, I decided this weekend, I was not checking email or working on proposals or anything this weekend. Friday was unexpectedly stressful at work, and at home, we were under a boil water advisory, which was challenging. So I had to let something go, at least for 48 hours or so…

And lucky me, I can rejoice in the knowledge that I only have 5 more days until my winter vacation.

Time To… Thursday: Time to Decorate!

I usually do all of my Christmas decorating on the weekend after Thanksgiving. It seems perfect, because I have time off. I was even all set to write a post about how it went today. I planned a whole post out and was just going to fill in the details.

This year, however, I did not do any decorating over the post-Thanksgiving weekend. I still have my harvest decorations up, inside and out. Part of that is because I have been overwhelmed this year, especially the latter half of it, and part of it is because Thanksgiving was so darn early this year – there had been a whole extra week of November!

Tomorrow though, that all changes. It will be the first day of December, and I’m bound and determined to get some of it done- even if it’s just the inside decorations. If the weather holds, we’ll try to do more.

I did get a lead on some free greenery at one of the Christmas tree places – they have a dumpster full of trimmings that they occasionally let people pick through, and I may take them up on it if they’ll let me.

Stay tuned!

Together Tuesday: Thanksgiving!

So, after all the talk all month about Thanksgiving, here is how mine went:

I baked all day on Wednesday. I made the rolls, the pie, and the homemade bread! And then we went out to dinner at this little drive in, in town. The drive threw part was closed, because they were getting ready to close for the holiday, so we went inside, and when we did, they gave Baby Girl a little ice cream cone while we waited!

After dinner, we started a new tradition: we hauled the guest bed mattress out into the living room, and made a nest of pillows and blankets to cuddle in while we watched TV. That stayed up until Sunday afternoon!

Thursday was a breeze. With no company, I wasn’t too worried about getting everything done perfectly on time. Baby Girl went down for a nap at the perfect time, though, and everything did get done on time. It was awesome.

Baby girl stayed up too late (probably too much sugar from the sweet potato casserole that she loved and ate way too much of) but I still got up for Black Friday shopping! Headed out of the house at around 6am, grabbed a cafe breve (that’s a cafe latte made with half and half)! and shopped until Baby Girl got up at 10 am and the husband texted me to come home.

Then, when she went back to sleep, I went back out for more shopping.

All in all, it was a great weekend, but I’m looking forward to my Christmas vacation (Nine days and counting!)