40 Christmas Cookie Recipes to Treasure

40 Christmas Cookie Recipes to Treasure

Cookies are a traditional treat for Christmas. Whether you only bake a batch for Santa or prepare dozens for friends & family, it’s always fun to add a new recipe to the mix!  Midwest Living offers us a BIG selection of cookie recipes from which to choose this Christmas! Pick one or two. Let your kids pick a new cookie to make. However you decide, it’s guaranteed to be a Simple Joy!

Christmas Cookies

9 Easy and Affordable Holiday Crafts

9 Easy and Affordable Holiday Crafts

Sometimes, it’s difficult to admit our shortfalls but when we do, we have an opportunity to help others. Years ago, I was so fixated on making things perfect that I failed to budget. I felt perfection, appearances were more important than the cost. I won’t bore you with details but you can see the problems this would cause down the road. Over the years, I have seen other families fall into this trap, spending to not just keep up with the Joneses but to surpass them at all cost. Not good!

Christmas can be one of the worst times of the year for overspending. Mr. D always reminds me to avoid guilt spending, feeling an obligation to buy expensive presents out of guilt. I have learned many lessons over the years & I work to learn even more. One lesson I have learned it that we can have a beautiful home during the Holidays without spending a fortune. One way to accomplish this is by making our own decorations. right now, our home is filled with handmade decorations I have been working on the last few months. They didn’t cost much & they allow me to create a low cost version of the beauty & perfection I could never seem to buy.

This year, avoid spending so much on Christmas that you spend all 2015 paying for 2014! One way to avoid this is by making decorations like these 9 craft projects from All You.  Homemade decorations & gifts allow you go create unique items unlike any other. And to me, that is the best Simple Joy of all!

Affordable Holiday Crafts

Christmas Countdown C -24

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You Deserve to Celebrate Too!

Your focus at Christmas is your family. You spend most of your time making certain everyone around you has a wonderful Christmas. Well, you deserve to celebrate too! At Simple Joy, we believe women must take care of themselves first or they won’t be able to care for others. If you focus entirely on everyone else this season, you may forget to enjoy yourself. Take time throughout December to do things YOU enjoy! Remember, we are the hearts of our families. The way we feel impacts the way the entire family feels. If you are stressed, focusing only on others, you may develop a not so nice attitude that eventually affects everyone around you. Taking care of yourself first is NOT selfish. It is the best & most effective way you can care for everyone else!

The Guilty Mommy Christmas Survival Guide #3 Advent

Christmas is a time of celebration and joy. It is also a time of stress and chaos for the women struggling to keep up with Holiday preparations on top of their regular responsibilities.

The Guilty Mommy  Christmas Survival Guide helps you discover ways to find peace and joy in the season once again.

Each episode offers you a tool to reduced Christmas stress, increase Holiday joy,& control the fear that causes you to overreact.

Jean Ann offers advice, tips, ideas, and more to help you prepare for Christmas one day at a time. Jean Ann helps you reduce the stress of the season by breaking down all the tasks that need to be accomplished into daily bits and pieces.

In this episode, Jean Ann discusses the power of Advent & faith this Christmas..

The First Wednesday in Advent

Perfect Love

Jesus has given us so many gifts. One of these is His perfect love. I remember when I first met my husband. I was so filled with love, I felt I could do anything. I feared nothing. This is the way the perfect love of Jesus should make us feel. Unfortunately, we let our overactive imaginations take control. We imagine all the things that could go wrong. Then we become frightened.

Fear is such a terrible thing because it drains us of our energy, our creativity. Perfect love increases our energy. It helps us become more creative as we consider ways to tackle the tasks and events that lay before us. How are you able to let the perfect love of Christ overcome your fear? Well, I believe we must first work to eliminate our fear by having faith that everything is going to work out for us. As the fear leaves us, we must pray to have the void filled with the love of Christ. As that love makes us stronger, more of our fear is driven out until, at last, we are only filled with love.

The Guilty Mommy Christmas Survival Guide #2 Your Lists

Christmas is a time of celebration and joy. It is also a time of stress and chaos for the women struggling to keep up with Holiday preparations on top of their regular responsibilities.

The Guilty Mommy Christmas Survival Guide helps you discover ways to find peace and joy in the season once again.

Each episode offers you a tool to reduced Christmas stress, increase Holiday joy,& control the fear that causes you to overreact.

Jean Ann offers advice, tips, ideas, and more to help you prepare for Christmas one day at a time. Jean Ann helps you reduce the stress of the season by breaking down all the tasks that need to be accomplished into daily bits and pieces.

In this episode, Jean Ann explains why your lists are so important to you this Christmas..

 Put the joy back into your Christmas one day at a time with The Guilty Mommy Christmas Survival Guide.

Creative Christmas Wreaths

Creative Christmas Wreaths

One of the best things about making wreaths for my gift shop is being able to hang them throughout our home this Christmas. I keep them on display so clients are able to see them as they might look in their own homes.

You can also hang wreaths throughout your home when you create your own using these ideas from BHG. I LOVE the wreath in the photo, using gift boxes in a variety of sizes to make a wreath. Such a colorful, cute & simple idea! Have fun! And craft on!

Christmas Wreaths

The First Tuesday in Advent

Anxious? Not Me!

Do you feel anxious as each day brings you closer to Christmas? Wow! There always seems to be so much to do and so little time in which to do it. The Holidays can be overwhelming even on the best days. You are already so very busy and you simply add all your Christmas activities and tasks to your busy lives. I remember one Christmas when I began to cry because I didn’t have time to grocery shop!

In today’s verse, the apostle Paul reminds you that you should never be anxious, not about anything. Instead, you need to go before the Lord in prayer, asking Him about your needs and thanking Him even before He has done anything. You are simply to have faith God will provide for you no matter what. So today, cast aside your anxiety and have faith God is in control.

The Guilty Mommy Christmas Survival Guide #1 Your Plan

Christmas is a time of celebration and joy. It is also a time of stress and chaos for the women struggling to keep up with Holiday preparations on top of their regular responsibilities.

The Guilty Mommy Christmas Survival Guide helps you discover ways to find peace and joy in the season once again.

Each episode offers you a tool to reduced Christmas stress, increase Holiday joy,& control the fear that causes you to overreact.

Jean Ann offers advice, tips, ideas, and more to help you prepare for Christmas one day at a time. Jean Ann helps you reduce the stress of the season by breaking down all the tasks that need to be accomplished into daily bits and pieces.

In this episode, Jean Ann explains why a plan is the #! tool you need this Christmas..

 Put the joy back into your Christmas one day at a time with The Guilty Mommy Christmas Survival Guide.