Thanksgiving Countdown Challenge: Introduction


Thanksgiving can be very stressful. It falls during a work week and involves food that can’t be bought weeks in advance. Too many tasks must be done last minute, wedged in between all your regular activities. No wonder Thanksgiving causes so much stress! However, it doesn’t have to be that way. With careful planning, anyone can get a firm grip on all those Thanksgiving tasks, scratching them off your lists one by one.

Everyday between now and Thanksgiving, I am sending you a daily task. Just one thing for you to do that day. Now some tasks are larger than others but none are so large than you can’t easily complete it that day. Some tasks may not even apply to you so you get a break that day!

Finally, I would like to share ONE big piece of advice. If you decide not to follow any of the tips or ideas I’m sending you in November, please, please PLEASE do this one thing:

Find a way to make it work for you & do things that way!

I’m giving you permission to do things your way. The way that creates less stress for you. And if someone doesn’t like it, then THEY can host Thanksgiving next year & do things THEIR way!

So take a breath, relax & let’s do this together!

Jean Ann

This Week’s FREE Digital Book From Amazon: Stressed Out Moms’ Devotions to Go

Stressed Out? Living in the fast lane? Need to get off the highways and onto the byways of life? What mom doesn’t need to slow down and take a break from juggling kids, work, meals, laundry and the household? What about just a few minutes of down time?

Good news for the frazzled and frenzied! Stressed Out Moms’ Devotions to Go is full of encouragement for stressed out moms and will provide that break. Each of the 30 devotionals offers you practical advice from the trenches of real life.

9 Festive Wreaths to Make for Thanksgiving

9 Festive Wreaths to Make for Thanksgiving

You KNOW how much I LOVE wreaths! Especially now that I have learned how to make them! I am enjoying my time spent developing ideas for new wreaths & then creating them. I keep my wreaths simple so they may be personalized by the women who buy them. Each wreath is unique to every other wreath I make. The wreaths also allow me to create a new welcome for my front door each season, event & holiday!

Offering guests to your home a warm welcome this Thanksgiving season is a blessing. The perfect wreath allows you to let each guest know how special they are to you even before they ring the bell. Creating your own Thanksgiving wreath doesn’t need to be difficult at all. To prove the point, Good Housekeeping offers 9 beautiful wreaths for you to make for Thanksgiving. While you might not make all 9 of them, you may find it hard to stop at one! Wreaths add such a touch of Simple Joy, not just to your front door but throughout you home this Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Wreaths

Ideas for Fall Decorating

Ideas for Fall Decorating

As much as I love Christmas decorations, I like to wait until Thanksgiving weekend to put them up. How do I fill the void between Halloween & Christmas then? By letting Autumn  inspire me! Using natural decorations & the vivid colors of Fall allows me to decorate my home for Thanksgiving without having to use turkeys & pilgrims everywhere!

BHG shows a variety of ways to decorate your home for Fall. Simple ideas that add color to your home & will be easy to take down when it’s time to bring out the Christmas decorations! As the weather turns cool, then cold, add warmth to your home when you bring Autumn inside!

Autumn Decorations

30 Effortlessly Beautiful DIY Fall Centerpieces


Centerpieces make a lovely addition to your table, especially on special occasions like Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, centerpieces can be VERY expensive to purchase & often very hard to make yourself. Not a problem! Country Living has put together a collection of fall centerpieces that are beautiful AND effortless! I like to shop the $ stores for florals to save money on my centerpieces as well. When you can add inexpensive to the list, you can really be thankful!

24 Day Thanksgiving Countdown Challenge


Thanksgiving can be an INCREDIBLE source of stress. It falls in the middle of the week. You can only prepare so much ahead. It is food prep & labor intensive. Gee, it makes you tired just thinking about it!

This year, I want to help you work smarter, not harder. By planning carefully & working along every day until thanksgiving, you & your family can relax & enjoy your celebration this year, whether it is your 20th time or your 1st!

Sign up to receive daily tips & ideas to help you schedule a task every day from November 1st until Thanksgiving Day. When you sign up, you automatically receive a copy of The 3 Rules for a Joyous Thanksgiving which offers you a few more tips to make Thanksgiving less stressful & more joyous!

This year, be truly thankful when you are able to relax & enjoy celebrating with your family & friends on Thanksgiving Day. And remember, we never share your information with anyone! Promise!

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22 Thanksgiving Crafts to Make for Your Harvest Celebration


I love to decorate my home for different Holidays or occasions. It doesn’t have to be hard or expensive to do this. All it takes is a bit of creativity & the $ store! There are so many ways you can add Thanksgiving touches to your home. In fact, I try to decorate for Halloween in a way that makes it easy to covert to Thanksgiving!

Not sure where to begin? Good Housekeeping offers an extensive list of craft ideas to help you prepare your home for Thanksgiving. Invite some friends over to your home & have a craft party to increase the fun! Enjoy!