Silent Night

All is calm, all is bright…

In the silent shadows of night

a peace blankets the Earth

in light.

Somewhere angelic  choir voices

ring in harmony

People spread love wherever they go

and an everlasting joy thrives.

Do you feel it and live it?

Let’s believe in peace and joy. 

God Bless you all

All My Best,

Heart and Soul 🌈

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Nurturing Your Pet During the Holidays 😻

Around the hectic but thrilling Thanksgiving season I started noticing my pets’ anxiety heighten. The holidays are usually a season of rush and stress for humans but do you know that this rubs off on your precious pets? I’m thinking of ways to alleviate that strain for your fur babies. 

  • Try to keep your daily rituals with feeding and snuggling the same
  • Make sure your pets are eating healthy and drinking plenty of fresh water. Don’t give chocolate or sweets to them as they can be toxic. 
  • Have quiet moments throughout the week without company, loud music or television so the fur babies can rest. 
  • Provide play toys for cats and chew toys for dogs to entertain them
  • If you have sleepover guests, make sure your pets have their same sleeping spot
  • Keep poinsettias away from pets. Poinsettias are said to be toxic to your pets. If leaves are ingested, it could induce vomiting or drooling. That’s enough for me to not have the plants around. 

Remember that during the stressful rush of the holidays your pets are stressed too. Try to keep their life as normal as possible. Nuture and love them too!

All My Best,

Heart and Soul 😻🐶

Annual Cookie Day!

If you read my blog posts often you may already know that my family has an annual cookie day. I enjoy hosting my mom, my sister Barb and my niece and goddaughter Ella Kate. Everyone brings a chosen cookie dough, their special cookie cutters and extra cookie pans to work with. Anything goes…most years Barb brings old picture albums for us to peruse. Ella Kate brought paper angels to decorate and lovingly put one on my Christmas tree. We bake, reminisce of past Christmas memories, listen to angelic Christmas songs and drink cocktails. This year we drank mimosas and last year it was homemade egg nog. I get out my special Christmas wine glasses for our drinks. 

This year my mom made gingerbread men with her granddaughter decorating them with her. Barb brought sugar cookie dough while I made chocolate and peppermint kiss thumbprints. 

Although Ella Kate had a little cold and was tired, I think she enjoyed herself. I asked her to check my advent calendar and get out December 8th and hang it on the little tree. She liked that and found my snuggly bear my mom made me years ago.

All in all the day was happy and joyous! I wish for us to continue every Christmas with love. I wish you, my friends, much happiness with your holiday traditions. Old and new traditions are moments to cherish! 

All My Best,

Heart and Soul ❤️😇

My advent tree that I bought from QVC years ago. 
Today’s miniature tree ornament is a Santa with a tree in hand. 

Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

This is my favorite coffee cake recipe. I posted it last January and it seemed popular. When I make it memories flood back.

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I missed making this treat for Christmas so managed to get it done this weekend.

 

 

 

I remember that many years ago my mom made a cream cheese Bisquick Raspberry coffee cake for Christmas morning. She had a special book in the eighties with the recipe and now my sister has the book. It’s a delicious and easy coffee cake to try for your family.

I don’t usually buy Bisquick but I do especially for this delicious coffee cake!

 

 

 

I’ve made it several Christmases, switching the raspberry jam for strawberry and it still had the same delicious taste! It’s been a few Christmases since I’ve made this , so this weekend I decided to try it again. It’s yummy warm and accompanied with a cup of coffee.

The recipe- Bisquick Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

You will need for the cake:

1 ( 3 oz) pkg…

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Christmas Classics

What genre of music do you listen to during the holidays?

Classic Dean Martin, sassy Frank Sinatra and Johnny Mathis tunes all play in our little home. Once Thanksgiving nears,  I itch to play my Christmas classics! I think I cherish these oldies because our family used to listen to many of them while trimming the tree. It plunges me back in the 70’s and 80’s, a time when my world was innocent, the way it should be for a young child.

What is your favorite Christmas melody and why?  

My favorite Christmas song is Silent Night. I love the Bing Crosby version but listen to Elvis’s version. The modern Stevie Nicks version is beautiful as well. I don’t know when I fell in love with it, perhaps in my twenties. My sister and I attended a Christmas Eve service in our hometown church. I remember the lights, the lit candles and the angelic melodies filling the church with joy. When I heard Silent Night, it brought  me to tears. It was so beautiful and brought me such joy that ever since it still speaks to my soul.

What are you presently listening to and have you discovered an old ( but new to you) tune? 

The other day I was listening to my generated Christmas song playlist on Spotify and when the list plays in its entirety, a new recommended song follows it. The deep and soulful voice of Nat King Cole was artistic beauty to my ears! He sang O Holy Night with such a graceful presence that I had a need to replay it again and again!

Hopefully you have a music library that you resort to during the magical holiday season. I find that music calms me and most importantly brings me true joy. What do you listen to in December and do you have a favorite song?

All My Best,

Heart and Soul ❤️

Staying In Your Power

You have the power to build your life into what you wish it to be. No one else can do this but you. It’s deep inside you waiting to surface up, exactly like it’s been hidden in me.

This post is about staying positive and happy and feeling fulfilled with your life. Exercising is one key to positive thinking and feeling good. Movement boosts Seratonin levels as well as your confidence.  For the last few months I exercise everyday in some form or another. Three or four days a week I exercise to my Denise Austin dvd with weights. It’s customizable to you and you choose which parts of the body to work on, five minutes each. The other days I walk, ride my stationary bike or do an exercise or yoga routine from my iPad. Soon with winter coming I’ll be snowshoeing as well.

My advice to stay in your power is to do what you love, always! Obviously we humans have to do things and chores we don’t wish to do and that just is the way it is. But you have the power to choose activities, hobbies and attending events that you empower you, make you feel alive and feel the joy of life. Don’t do something if your heart isn’t in it….focus on making yourself fit and fulfilled. You won’t regret it!

If there is valuable personal lesson I have learned the last few months it is this…that I have power within me. Maybe most of my life it remained deep within coddled but now I’m aware of its presence. With Gods guidance and my generated confidence, I intend to plow forward with a steadfast pace taking on life’s everyday challenges.

I feel the best that I have in a long time…losing weight and investing in myself has nurtured the whole me. Instead of raising children and focusing on that most of my life, I’m focusing on building myself up as I turn 50 in June. It’s also time for cementing my marriage and spending valuable time with my husband. 

I wish you all these blessings as well. Enjoy life. Savor every moment and most importantly, invest in yourself and your happiness.

All My Best,

Heart and Soul 💕

Sparkling Lights Aglow

My old nativity scene ( handed down from my mom, the barn was my grandfather’s as a child) invaded by my old girl Katy.
My lil village of lit houses, something I look forward to displaying every December!
Kitchen bar in luminescence 

December is a joyous season of light and hope. Glowing lights seem to be everywhere I roam, from home to downtown. They instill a sense of tranquility in me while I think of the starry night in Bethłehem with the North star lighting the way for Mother Mary, who would give birth to a king.

This Sunday morning I am still and pensive. The glow of the lights is calming and sets a stage of meditation.  There’s a profound peace in sparkling lighting, whether it be by candles, strung lights, quaint little village houses or beautiful Christmas trees.

Our Christmas tree 2018 

My favorite lights in our house adorn the Christmas tree. By spinning my comfy chair towards it, I can sit and enjoy and bathe in the colorful mosaic of beauty. I’m beyond grateful for these moments!

I hope you can bask in the serenity of your lights and that you have many in your corner of the world!

All My Best,

Heart and Soul 🎄