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I’ve read one of the best ways to blog

Is to set a certain schedule and post blogs on certain days.

This one is fine- some days I make 2 or 3 and other days, none.

My other site is based around kid crafts and allergy friendly recipes (focus on dairy and gluten free)

Right now, I have a bunch of Christmas crafts planned but after that, I’m wanting to start 2 days a week coming up with a craft and recipe. What would a good plan be that wouldn’t be too much like everyone else with a similar website?

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Blogmas Day 8- favorite Chrismas/winter drink flavor

I guess since it is December and my last post was about Christmas, I’ll be joining in the Blogmas trend.

I will probably not be posting about it daily, I already missed the first 4 days (never heard about it until Twitter, to be honest)

Today is day 7. I work my day job in product demonstrations. Yesterday I was sampling cocoa- it was a variety pack with 5 different, mostly seasonal and holiday flavors. I had to taste two flavors- white chocolate and mint.

They were the best tasting hot chocolate I have ever drank. I buy peppermint mocha coffee creamer every year and drink the Peppermint Mocha almond milk lattes. Last night I also made myself some peppermint hard candy.

To me, not too much else says “flavor of the holidays” than peppermint chocolate.

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Day 7 Blogmas- gifts I got myself for under 50

I was given 50 to spend on myself right after Thanksgiving.

I had just recieved a catalog from NY and Company, my absolutely favorite clothing company.

I hit their Cyber week sales- 70-80%off plus free shipping and got myself two new sweaters. Later, I returned and grabbed this jacket.

I’ve been wearing it near daily since. Its light enough to keep me from frying when it’s slightly warmer but warm enough for snow.

I also havent really got a new purse for a while and the price was too good to resist so I grabbed one

I also needed gloves and found these. The glove and scarf set ended my 50

The price was so good, I grabbed several sets to give as gifts.

All these were a grand total of under 120 and I got a bit of gift shopping finished as well.

The sweaters are perfect, the coat cost a total of 21- an 80+ value if I had paid full price. I really think NY and Co has some of the best prices

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This month has definitely been crazy

I left my job of almost 3 years and went on to a lower hours/lower stress job.

I ended up starting the job earlier than I thought, and worked 7 days in a row, which wore me out that whole week (only 1 30 minute lunch break and standing in one spot on my feet for 8 hours a day, never knew that was so exhausting)

I am now to the slower schedule (1-2 days a week) and since I had the whole week without working, I looked at my NANO project. In the first 3 weeks of November, I managed to get a grand total of 10,500 words.

As of 1 PM today, November 30th, the final day of the challenge and after nights of going to bed around 1 am, I managed to squeak out 39k words, get 1 1/2 short stories finished and get a very large chunk of my main project.

I did the rebel thing, but one story pretty much ended the first day at less than 10k words, so I had to do something. Either way, between the two projects, it was my first time in 6 years that I won.

I’m making a personal challenge to myself to take all my unfinsihed rough drafts and finish them. Maybe not get them past the edit stage yet, but over the course of 2019, I’d like to see how many rough drafts I can complete. I have close to ten, if not more. I have 2 finished rough drafts and the rest are in varying stages. I just know I’ll never have the chance to publish if I don’t finish them.

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Common Dream Theme- Running from Someone

If you are running from someone you do not know in a dream, that typically means there is a repressed aspect of yourself that you’re afraid of facing.

Running through a maze indicates confusion and being lost.

If you’re running away from someone (as I was last night- who kept trying to shoot me) and getting lost in a maze, it typically is trying to show you that there is some hidden aspect in yourself you’re trying to repress out of fear or anxiety. It is also important to take other emotions and other parts of the dream into context. In my case, they kept shooting and missing, there was a large group of other people (both men and women, all strangers) who were telling them they were overreacting, saying I wasn’t the bad person they thought I was and who were standing up for me) but the guy chose to keep shooting. In the end, he did hit me- in the arm and it barely left a scratch. (two small holes, my cat iwl has left worse marks on me)

What the dream seemed to be telling me was that I’m running from some aspect of my personality or self and that I feel a lot of fear and anxiety but it’s all too much of a reaction and if I accept it, it’ll prove to not hurt or leave as much of a mark as I am worried it would. Running through the maze shows confusion (I kept getting lost, stuck and held back from running). It had me literally running in circles and unable to escape the shooter who was right behind me. There were two colors that really stood out- red and yellow.

Red usually shows fear, anger, passionate anger (rage) and yellow can symbolize fear, betrayal, disease.

In retrospect, the dream I mentioned (I had it last night- it ended up lucid with me realizing half way through that I was dreaming that dream a second time) could be a warning about someone who I made mad who is trying to hurt me (betrayal) but other people aren’t buying it (all the strangers trying to talk the person out of shooting me)

When you’re analyzing a dream, it’s best to look at all possible meanings of the symbols, look at the major symbols, and either meditate (or pray) to try to gain clarity. I’ll personally turn to the tarot or even my crystal to gain better understanding.

If you have any dream themes you have that you’d like more insight, message me and I’ll create the same type of dream analysis (or blog post if I feel the theme could help others- I’ll leave personal details out and keep all themes anonymous)

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How I get my kids to eat- a step by step guide

  1. I start early and fix a nice, balanced meal
  2. I sit the girls down at the table
  3. I clean up and scold the two year old for throwing the food when she decides it’s “icky”
  4. I fix a slightly less healthy meal
  5. I sit them back at the table
  6. I clean the next mess up as the two year old (who has ate a few bites from each meal) makes yet another mess
  7. I cave in and feed them what they want- despite it being what I deem as healthy
  8. I clean the last mess up and finally release them from the table
  9. I bang my head against the wall repeatedly while doing the fourth or fifth load of dishes of the day and silently scream because I don’t understand how I ended up with such picky and light eaters.
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I’m 2 months from turning 31

And while I don’t feel different, per se, I am looking at trying to look more “grown up.” I do not agree with the “how to dress in your 30s,” or “clothing to give up in your 30s” articles I have read, I am trying to lean more towards looking more put together and less sloppy. Most of what I wear are baggier shirts, mostly along the lines of shirts from events I have attended, charities, businesses or bands I listen to.

I don’t want to give up my band tees and I like advertising the charities and businesses but I feel sloppy. I do know there is truth to feeling better and more put together when you dress nicer.

30 wasn’t as bad as my mind made it feel but it did push me to reevaulate my life a bit, since I’m no longer college age.

It’s had me decide I’m wanting to start taking more small trips in state and out, write more and stop procrastinating since I missed my goal of having the one book I’m working on published by 30. I’m not sure what I was thinking, I remember turning 20 from 19- was no different, same with the “magical” age of 21.

I guess it just feels weird going from one bracket to the next- but feeling no different. I found some old pictures of what I looked like when my husband and I met and I look almost exctly the same- barely aged between now and 8-10 years ago.

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Happy thanksgiving and tomorrow, happy Black Friday if you shop.

 

If you’re looking for Christmas decorations, check me out and use coupon code CYBERWEEK120 to save 10.00 off orders over 40.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be adding to the store and finalizing it.

Right now, I’m offering 20% off all orders over 40 in both

https://www.etsy.com/shop/newagedreamchick and

https://www.etsy.com/shop/bethcessoriesdesign

 

Hope you all have a great season.

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How to enjoy a Gluten Free Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is celebrated by sitting around the family table with your extended family eating a huge, calorie laden dinner. It’s easy to eat until you’re bloated and too full/ tired to function but it’s a huge pain when you’re on a gluten free or any other restricted diet and need to avoid getting sick. You see the sweet potato pie, pumpkin pie and stuffing and already know you can’t eat those but what are your alternatives? Are there any other foods to watch out for?

Main Dish

The turkey (or ham) is the default with Thanksgiving. Make sure the seasoning is safe. If they use anything other than normal herbs and spices, it could have hidden gluten and not be safe. The gravy is another big no- unless you make it specifically yourself, you cannot be sure what it’s thickened with and it’s best to avoid.

The best ways to be safe are to make sure your turkey has no skin and no topping but spices. Keep away from gravy, or take some broth before it’s made into gravy and add your own ingredients to thicken it.

Sides

Stay away from stuffing, unless you get a gluten free bread or stuffing mix and make it your own. Stuffing is bread, so it’s obvious that it will not be safe traditionally.

Stick with normal veggies. You can ask about the ingredients in the sweet potato pie and there is a decent chance it’s safe, but is it worth the risk? To know you’re safe, stick with green beans, spinach or any other side that contains no additives. If that sweet potato pie only contains sweet potatoes, brown sugar, marshmallows and a few other items they can easily list (or show you) it’s safe. (Yes, sweet potato pie is my favorite dish)

Stuffing- gluten free version

Stuffing isn’t hard- take your favorite gluten free bread and tear it up, add it to broth (or gluten free gravy) and let it soak, then toss it with the celery, onions and anything else you use and wrap it in aluminum foil and bake it the way you normally bake your stuffing.

They also have gluten free stuffing mixes for people who don’t cook it totally from scratch- located in the gluten free section of the local grocer.

Hot Rolls

Rolls are another obvious issue- they are nothing but flour but there are gluten free options out there, more than other subs. You can find frozen gluten free rolls, normal rolls in the bread aisle and there are countless recipes out there for gluten free rolls, so you have many options. My personal favorite is to take a normal hot roll recipe and convert it- they taste almost the same and are a tried and true recipe.

Deserts

Pumpkin Pie

I think it’s safe to assume, the pumpkin pie is one of most peoples’ favorites. The pumpkin itself is fine- pumpkin, milk (or milk sub), cinnamon/ginger/nutmeg/whatever other spices you use, sugar, eggs- all of that is gluten free. You can bake it all in a pan to make a pumpkin pie pudding type of dish or you can head to the local Kroger (it’s the only store around here that sells them) and pick up an extra gluten free frozen pie shell. (Wholly Wholesome makes a really good crust- but pay attention to the label because some of their crusts are whole grain- meaning wheat and they are usually together in the frozen coolers).

Pecan Pie

There are plenty of recipes out there to make gluten free pecan pie and I’m not sure, besides the crust how much needs to be avoided.

Use your other Wholly Wholesome pie shell and find one of the many pecan pie recipes and test it out

 

It may be a bit more time consuming on your end and you may end up offending family members by your “diet choices” but it is very possible to be included in the big family Thanksgiving meal while staying safe and not getting sick.

If this is your first year, it will be more challenging but just remember- your body won’t care if your aunt was offended by you not wolfing down her rolls. Your body won’t care that you had a moment of weakness and took a few bites of that pie or stuffing- your body will mind that you just put an ingredient in it that it cannot tolerate and your comfort is more important than someone’s feelings. If it’s store bought, always look for the gluten free label and if you’re in doubt, keep away.

 

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This past week has been crazy

Since leaving my job, I have been working on my Nano project- which turned into a short story I will be putting out somehow when I get it finished and a novel I am wanting to self publish when I get it finished. I have decided that, instead of trying the traditional route, I’m going to go ahead and self publish. I’m still looking into the different platforms but I still have time.

On top of that, I’m trying to prepare Bethcessories for the holidays- including my first print advertisement for local business. My word count for Nano is suffering, but my businesses are picking up right now. I guess you always have to sacrifice one thing for another. In the very near future, I’m going to be working more on my DIYmommy page, I’m trying to come up with a good domain for it since DIY mommy is taken. I want this to be different from this website but I’m not sure what to name it.