Dec
24
2013

Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt

Free Printable List

Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt

One of my favourite family traditions at Christmas time is our yearly drive to look at all the Christmas lights. Hot chocolate in hand, (except for the driver!) we are amazed every year at how creative and fun some of the Christmas light displays are.

The best part is that every year it's different. Different displays, different houses, different ideas. And if it's been snowing, that's even better; Christmas lights are always gorgeous against a snowy backdrop.

Enjoy some time this year to have a Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt with this free printable list. I've even left space on it for you to add some of your own ideas to find when you're touring the lights! Just click on the image below for the free printable PDF file.

I wish you a very Merry Christmas, with many happy, precious memories with friends and family.

And of course, lots of lovely Christmas lights to make you all smile.

 

Dec
18
2013

This Is Why Pinterest And Christmas Are Best Friends

As perfect together as cocoa and candy canes

This Is Why Pinterest And Christmas Are Best Friends

The thing about best friends is that sometimes you can’t imagine life without your best friend, and other times you wish they’d never shown up. Best friends build you up, bring you down, make you feel awesome and give you a shot of reality.

That’s kind of why Pinterest and Christmas go so well together.

Every day my social media feeds are filled with photos and videos of Christmas perfection. Food, decorating and crafts that would make Martha proud.

And then there are people like me, with photos of something entirely different.

Case in point:

Believe me when I tell you that this does not look like the photo I found on Pinterest. Not even close.

However, I am happy to have given so many of my Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter followers a good laugh. You’re welcome.

Fast-forward a few hours the same day, and I decided to give Pinterest a chance to redeem itself.

As soon as I saw a pin titled “Christmas Tree Pull-Apart,” I knew it had to be mine.

So I put it together for dinner, and just to be safe, I threw some mozza sticks and delicious spuds in the oven as well.

JUBILATION!

This was obviously a keeper.

Martha’s sitting in her Pinterest browsing chair, jealous of my success, I’m sure.

So Pinterest, you are back in the good books again. I’m sure the #Pintervention is just around the corner for me. Maybe in 2014.

In the meantime, before I get put into Pinterest-rehab, take a look at YMC’s Christmas Pinterest board for more holiday recipes, crafts and decorating ideas.

 

Dec
12
2013

Think Twice About Using Your Technology On Friday The 13th

What To Look For, What To Avoid.

Think Twice About Using Your Technology On Friday The 13th

I was raised in a household where certain events, dates, times had a Welsh superstition attached to it. I’m not talking about your basic walking under ladders kind of superstition, I’m talking about much more than that.

On the 1st of every month, the first words out of your mouth should be “White Rabbits.” If you see the moon through any sort of glass, obviously spit on your money and turn it over. If your foot is itchy, you are going to travel. If you left hand is itchy, you are going to lose money. Right hand, get money. Bird flew into the house? Yeah, someone’s going to die. And whatever you do, never, ever leave a house from an entrance different from the one that you entered in. Trust me.

So, you can just imagine how I am around Friday the 13th. I become a walking encyclopedia of dos and don’ts that is borderline Sheldon Cooper fanatical.

And because technology sometimes has a tendency to kick us all in the butt sometimes, I am VERY cautious around my technology when Friday the 13th rolls around.

Here’s what you should look for and what to avoid with your technology on Friday the 13th. Please don’t ask me for the reasoning behind this. Just do as I say.

  • Don’t reboot your computer.
  • Don’t buy or sell any technology.
  • Don’t even think of opening up an email that looks like a chain mail letter.
  • In fact, ignore your email for the entire day.
  • Those Facebook posts that say “share if you agree”? Unfriend the person that posted it.
  • Be very careful of what you post on Facebook on Friday the 13th. Whatever you do, do not mention that it IS Friday the 13th.
  • When tweeting, make sure you do NOT have 13 characters left in your tweet, or write a tweet that is only 13 characters. Seriously.
  • New apps and software updates? They can wait until Saturday the 14th.

Essentially what I’m saying is, if you’re like me then tread lightly on Friday the 13th for anything to do with technology. Treat your devices, laptops, and computers with the ultimate care. Don’t overwork them. Let them sleep.

Trust me on this one.