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Thankful Thursday #3

(PC: The Berry)

I do love all of those things. I love food. I love cats. I LOVE cats. I love my friends.

I’m thankful for having my BFF of 14 plus years living 2 minutes away from me (in traffic). We have known each other since we were 14 or 15 and met at camp. Then we went to rival high schools and shared mutual friends. We were roommates our freshman year of college. She’s one of those friends that you can pick up right where you left off, even after not speaking or seeing each other for 6 months. Well, 5 years ago we reconnected after a few months of not speaking. Randomly, we both live in the same neighborhood. Fate. Destiny. Whatever; it makes me beyond thrilled to have a friend who is more like a sister this close to me. Our relationship is just easy. She gets me. I get her. There’s no pressure. She’s been there for me in my darkest times and is a HUGE part of pulling me out of some of my deepest depressions. She’s the kind of friend that I don’t think many people are lucky enough to find in their lifetime. And I found her! Female soulmate! She also loves cats just as much as I do!

While she got her cattoo with another one of her best friends, we both ended up with cat tattoos on our left forearms. That’s pretty stellar. Also, she looks like Gwen Stefani with dark hair, so that’s pretty cool. She’s outgoing to my shy. She makes me feel strong and helps me get out of my comfort zone without being pushy. Having the quality of friendship that we have is the most amazing feeling in the world.

I also have other very close and amazing girlfriends. So I’m thankful for my female friendships. I didn’t always appreciate them. There is all this pressure to compete with other women. We are conditioned to think that everyone is our competition. I don’t think I started fully appreciating how wonderful it is to have quality women in my life until I became a mother. They fill parts of me the way a man never could. I’d be lost without my girlfriends. I have some that I’ve known since middle school and we get together for birthdays and Christmas.

I have one of my best friends that I met in an Addictions class. That also felt like destiny. Girl gets me. We can say morbid things and just laugh. We can call each other on our BS and I don’t usually get mad. She spends the night at my house sometimes, so has seen me at my worst and still loves me. She deserves an award for that. My daughter loves her and she loves my kiddo right back. She is thoughtful and is always there for any of her friends, taking care of us. She lets me be moody and I let her be moody, but we also can tell each other when we are being awful. Every girl needs a friendship in their lives where they can call you on your stuff.

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These are the kind of friends I have. These make the best kind of friends!

I also have one of my dearest friends at my current job. She’s so classy and reserved compared to my nonexistent filter. She has amazing insight and is so thoughtful with everything she says. I admire that. I love that we aren’t just co-workers, but friends. When you love the people you work with, it makes the job that much better. Even on the days I don’t want to go to work, knowing that I have one of my favorite people there makes it worth going in. It makes a difficult job do-able when someone gets it. And she’s safe. Easy to talk to, to confide in, supportive. She’s one of those types of friends that makes you want to be the best version of yourself. She’s another rare find.

Yes, today I am beyond thankful for my female friends in my life. I may not always say it, but I treasure each and every one of you. They each fill a piece of my life that would be missing without them. Having strong girlfriends make marriage, and motherhood more fulfilling. I didn’t ever think I would be so grateful for girls in my life, which is funny since now I don’t know how I would live without them. I hope everyone gets to have at least one of the types of girlfriends that I have. I may not have a lot of friends, but I have the best of them.

 

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Thankful Thursday #2

(PC: The Berry)

Today I am especially thankful for having both sides of our family living close to us. We have an entire household that either has the stomach flu or food poisoning. We were able to call my sister-in-law up and she came over to help take care of the little rascal while we are resting. She also brought some ginger ale, anti-nausea medicine, crackers and Pedialite. So thoughtful.

That is not our only benefit. We are fortunate to be able to see both sides of our families for the holidays. My daughter gets to grow up knowing both sets of grandparents and cousins. We don’t have a lot of expensive holiday travel to see our loved ones. I might have mentioned this before, but we also get free childcare. My mom keeps my mini me safe, I will never be able to express my gratitude for the peace of mind. Knowing my child is in amazing hands while I’m at work is a blessing.

This time of year it can be easy to get caught up in the holiday hype. It’s also easy  to reflect on all the things we are already blessed with. With my job, I work with people who are chronically mentally ill, homeless, have addiction issues and/or have limited to no support systems. I am so grateful to have shelter, enough food, loved ones and stability in my life.

I may start posting a Thankful Thursday every Thursday instead of just in November. I want to focus more on the positives in my life. If you’d like to share what your grateful for I’d always love to hear what makes other people happy, fulfilled and feeling blessed.

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Thankful Thursday #1

I thought about focusing on what I’m thankful for this month. That’s what I love about November, people seem to be more reflective and thoughtful this time of year. Thanksgiving seems to be one of the least decorated holidays, but you can still make it festive. Use pumpkins, turkeys, pinecones, pilgrims and indians and you are all set.

The first thing I am thankful for is that I get to be a mostly stay-at-home mom. It seems like the past 2 years have already flown by. I love that we are fortunate enough that I can spent so much time with my little love. Even if she drives me crazy half the time. Seriously, have to get my roots touched up all the time because she had turned me grey!

I’m also thankful for free child care! Woohoo! Thanks mom! No, seriously; thank you! We’d be lost without you. I cannot even begin to tell you how much of a relief it is to know that my child is safe and with someone trustworthy when I am away. This is one of the greatest gifts I could ever be given.

I’m so grateful that my hubby lets me shop on Zulily and at Target…..a lot! Might be silly, but having a thoughtful, non-controlling husband is pretty great! I also appreciate how hard he works so we get to have such a comfortable life.

I’m thankful for pretty decorations that make a house feel like a home. The little things can really make a big difference. It could also be because my mom is so stylish and always had our house looking amazing while we were kids. So putting out themed decorations reminds me of my mom. As you all know, since I write about it frequently, I’m obsessed with my mother.

And in this moment, I’m thankful for naps. I’m thankful for a worn out toddler who is passed out next to me. Naps are infrequent in this house. I appreciate that she is asleep right now so mommy gets a much needed break! What are you all thankful for?

I’m planning on every Thursday this month, focusing on what makes me happy, thankful, grateful and/or blessed.

Treat Tuesday – Pumpkin Cake Squares

This recipe comes from my aunt. For the month of November I will be posting recipes that work with a Thanksgiving feast! I will start the month off with something sweet.

What you’ll need for the cake:

* 1 Cup Sugar

* 2 Eggs

* 1 Cup Canned Pumpkin

* 1/2 Cup Oil

* 1 Cup Flour

* 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon

* 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda

* 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder

* 1/2 Teaspoon Salt

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9X9 pan. I don’t have one so I used what I already have. Beat sugar and eggs for 2 minutes. Add the pumpkin and oil. Beat together with the sugar and eggs. Add the remaining dry ingredients and beat for 1 minute. It should have a silky consistency. Bake for 25 – 30 minutes. Let the cake cool.

For the Frosting:

* 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

* 4 Tablespoons Butter

* 1 Teaspoon Vanilla

If you think that will be too much frosting cut the recipe in half. You will mix all ingredients until the frosting is fluffy. When you first start mixing the frosting it will be crumbly, keep going it will turn out right! Frost the cake once it has cooled. Enjoy!

November: Let’s Get Thankful!

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While I would love to start getting out the Christmas decorations, Thanksgiving deserves some glory. Thanksgiving is my moms favorite holiday. It’s where you enjoy the company of your loved ones without the pressure of presents. You have a yummy meal and focus on all the blessings we have in our lives.

What I love about September – November is that most of the fall decorations carry on throughout all 3 months. Pumpkins work for the entire season. For September add some hay and scarecrows and you are ready to go. In October keep the pumpkins, then add in all kinds of fun Halloween decorations. It can be as mild or scary as you’d like. Then you’re all set. For the whole month.

For November you can keep up the pumpkins and fall leaves. You won’t even need to change your wreath, unless you had up a specific Halloween one. Keep the same color scheme of reds, yellows, oranges and browns. The rich colors will make your house feel welcoming. I don’t have as many Thanksgiving decorations as I do for Halloween or Christmas, but a little can go a long way. I put a Thanksgiving table runner on my dining room table, with my turkey dish. I place some decorative dried corn (aka Indian corn) around the turkey and have some candles in pumpkin candle holders. Then I place a couple of pilgrim decorations on my mantel and I’m good to go.

I have a wall vase that I put in dried flowers, pumpkins, leaves, and greenery changing with the seasons. I also swap out my summer pillows for ones that have more oranges and browns in them. Little changes to your every day decor can really make your house feel so festive while putting in minimal effort!