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Christmas shopping deadline TODAY!

Well, this is it! Today is the last day to place your order for guaranteed pre-Christmas delivery!

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Christmas Order Deadline

Hello there! Just a little note that Friday, December 7, 2012, will be the last day to place your order for guaranteed pre-Christmas delivery! If you still need to place Christmas card orders, they are shipping quickly, so there is still time to order your cards!

Happy HollyDays!

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Cherry Limeade Recipe

A couple years ago, for my daughter’s first birthday party we had pink everything- from the decorations to the drinks! One of the drinks we served was a yummy Cherry Limeade. It is almost impossible for me to drive past a Sonic during Happy Hour without giving in to my Cherry Limeade obsession. This week, I decided to remake this recipe (as found on Allrecipes.com) for a refreshing drink on a hot summer day. I wanted to share it because, well, it just wouldn’t be right if I didn’t!

Cherry Limeade Recipe

2 (12 fluid ounce) cans frozen limeade concentrate
1 (2 liter) bottle lemon-lime flavored carbonated beverage (I used Publix brand)
1 (10 ounce) jar maraschino cherry juice (juice only from the jar of cherries – you can add the cherries as garnish) (I used Publix brand for this as well)
1 lime (if you want an extra lime for garnish, it is optional)

Directions

Stir all ingredients together. Squeeze Lime into mixture. Add lime slices and cherries as garnish. Pour over ice into a mason jar & enjoy!

 

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Busy Weekend

I just returned from a weekend Hugh O’Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership Seminar. We volunteer with the program every year. My husband is on the Board of Directors and I take pictures and help with some behind the scenes responsibilities during the year and at the seminar. I spent most of last night editing and going through pictures I had taken during the weekend seminar… final count – over 600 photos. It was truly a great weekend. We had 278 students attending from all over the state of Alabama. Alabama has the largest seminar in the country and we are proud of that.

 

Here’s a graphic I made to share on the HOBY Facebook Page.
It is the quote we all had on the back of our t-shirts. I love this quote.


During the weekend, the students did a service project and donated 7,462 nonperishable food items to a local food pantry. The food will feed the families they help for the rest of the summer… wow, chills.


I am always amazed at the students and how much change you can see in them after just three days. HOBY truly changes lives. That is why I am such a big supporter and fan because it changed me when I was in 10th grade and every time I return to give of my time, it changes and encourages me again.

On another note, for Memorial Day yesterday, I spent the day with my husband and daughter. We had fun having lunch and then splashing in a little pool in the backyard. We made some homemade peach ice cream. It was so YUMMY!

Homemade Peach Ice Cream (from AllRecipes.com)

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 pounds fresh peaches – peeled, pitted and chopped
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 pint half-and-half cream
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups whole milk, or as needed
 Directions
  1. Puree peaches with the sugar and half-and-half in batches in a blender or food processor.
  2. In a gallon ice cream freezer container, mix together the peach mixture, sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, and vanilla. Pour in enough whole milk to fill the container to the fill line, about 2 cups.
  3. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to freeze the ice cream.
Enjoy!

 

 


 

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Balancing Act

Source: Making Things Happen

Will it matter when you are 80? Wow, strong words I’ve heard before and oh so true. My husband and I sat on the back porch of my husband’s Grannie’s back porch, enjoying the cool breeze and just talking on a Southern Alabama warm and breezy Sunday afternoon.  Now that she is 80, she has stories to tell. We love to sit and listen to her talk about her life and memories that she has made. Funny how I was going through email tonight and working at midnight trying to catch up after not doing much over the weekend (so I could enjoy some time with family) and I found this in an email … one of the many emails I haven’t taken a chance to read until now. It’s about finding balance, doing things that matter, not working for perfection.  Take some time to read this short post from Making Things Happen – you’ll be glad you did. Are you doing what really matters, what really counts today? Is what you are working towards now going to matter when you are 80? Hope so. I’ll have to say I am not the best at doing only things that really count. I have a “no” problem… something I need to work on so I can close some doors, just to open better ones, ones that count. I’m working towards that this year. Making progress, but it is hard to believe we are almost 1/3 of the way through the year… I have so much further to go. Are you with me? It’s Monday, a great day to start.

{My husband and daughter last week after her first ever on-stage performance
at church and art show in her classroom… now this really matters!}

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Free Shipping & GIVEAWAY!

I really cannot believe it is already February 1st! I am so excited to tell you about our FREE shipping offer we have going on through Saturday! Just spend $25 or more and use code “SWEET” at checkout and your entire order can ship for FREE! Also, for fun, we are giving away a free set of 25 Valentine Tags or Stickers on our Facebook page every day this week starting today through Friday! Become a new fan and LIKE US on Facebook and comment below the giveaway announcement on Facebook each day (yes you can enter one time per day) to be entered to win*. The winners will be announced on Saturday!

 

 

*If you have already purchased 25+ HollyDays’ Valentine Tags or Stickers for 2012 or purchase the tags/stickers during the giveaway period, you will be reimbursed the purchase price including tax (if applicable) for 25 Valentine Tags/Stickers. If you have already purchased fewer than 25 HollyDays’ Valentine Tags or Stickers for 2012 or purchase the tags/stickers during the giveaway period, you will be reimbursed the purchase price including tax (if applicable) for the number of tags/stickers you purchased and given a credit for the remaining tags/stickers. OPEN TO US RESIDENTS ONLY. Facebook Giveaway Disclaimer: Facebook giveaways are in NO way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. Information collected is NOT collected by Facebook. In signing up for this promotion, participants release and indemnify Facebook from all liability.

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Goals: Write it & Claim it!


Here I am just getting a chance to write out my goals for you for 2012. I now have a new perspective on New Year’s Resolutions. I have always been like the typical person, starting off January first like a whirlwind, attempting to accomplish daily what I set out to do. Of course, what I find is that by March, I am given out and discouraged. Maybe I was able to accomplish what I set out to do and I was tired, but more often than not, I wound up discouraged because my hopes of keeping to my resolutions faded a little every day because of distractions that caused me not to be able to check all the items off on the list for the day. Now, with a 2 1/2-year-old in tow, I realize my life needs to be lived differently. Rather than overwhelming myself with a daily checklist of this and that, I have a list of written out goals for the year that I want to accomplish by December 31. After all, as a wife, mother and business owner, I probably would overwhelm myself with what I actually do daily if I saw it all on paper (are you with me on that one!?!). Anyway, back to the point of this post: I have written out my Goals for 2012 or as I like to call it, my “Write It & Claim It List”. It’s a list of all the things I would like to either focus on or accomplish in 2012! During the year, some goals can be added or changed, but it is like a running thought process of where you want to go in 2012.  Ok, so here it goes: I’m listing out all of mine below and I will delve into them deeper in upcoming blog posts. Also, keep reading because below, I’ll have a FREE download for a form to help you make your own “Write It & Claim It List”!

Here they go (in no particular order):

  • Read at least one book per month
  • Blog 3 times per week
  • Cherish Family Time
  • Write out my goals & set myself up for success
  • Teach my daughter to read
  • New HollyDays branding identity
  • New HollyDays website
  • Hire a new additional employee
  • Live my own version of success
  • Be a “Grace Based Parent”
  • Look at a blank piece of paper more rather than the computer… imagine possibilities instead of obstacles
  • Don’t let comparison steal my joy
  • Send Birthday Cards
  • Get published in one magazine
  • Get published on at least one website
  • Have one day a month of random acts of kindness for my daughter
  • Pray & Keep a journal seeing how God answers prayers
  • Be a better friend
  • Live my life so others see my love for Christ
  • Have a dinner at least one time per month… dinner parties here we come!

Ok, so that is what I have so far – all attainable, but not too easy. So here it goes, want to write out your own list and keep it handy so you can refer to it daily/weekly to track your progress. After all, writing it out helps you visualize the outcome! I can’t wait to see what we all can accomplish this year! Click the text below the image to start downloading the PDF printable file.

Click Here to Download the “Write it & Claim it Goal Sheet”

Good luck and I can’t wait to hear from you about what you have planned to accomplish this year! Set yourself up for success!

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! We are back from taking a short break for Christmas to spend more time with family and friends. I am so excited about what 2012 holds for us.  2011 was a great year for HollyDays and that is why I am ready for 2012! I just have to share the top 11 things I learned in 2011…

11. Your metabolism does slow down at 30… I return this year wiser (hopefully), 30-years-old (yikes) and 10 lbs heavier than Jan ’11 (double yikes)…

10. Business is about relationships.

9.  I need to set myself up for success.

8. The HollyDays brand is not a logo it is the entire experience.

7. I need to write my goals down to claim them and go after them!

6. Encouragement and accountability are golden.

5. Don’t be afraid.

4. Giving is great. After the April 27th tornadoes, we designed and sold t-shirts in order to donate money to the American Red Cross in Alabama.  We were able to donate over $4,000 thanks to our wonderful customers. 100% of the profits from the shirts went to the cause.

3. HollyDays is about Memorable Moments… that is our whole goal here with the products we create.

2. I should love what I do and do what I love. I have learned that our products aren’t for everyone, but for those whose style aligns with ours, we work to create the best gift or party experience that we can… and we love it!

1. I MUST re-energize, rest and relax in order to be my best and do my best. I also return to work today re-energized {maybe not as rested or relaxed… my 2 1/2 year old has called it quits with napping (another yikes) }

Thank you so much for a wonderful 2011! I can’t wait to share my goals for 2012 (see #7)! What are some of the things you learned in 2011?

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Breakfast with Santa

One of my friends hosted a super cute (& fun) breakfast with Santa at her home over the weekend.  She had Santa come read a story to the kiddos and then they were all able to sit in his lap and get their picture made.  She used some of our cupcake sets and bunting to decorate and had Pinterest inspired goodies.  I thought it turned out super cute!

Sausage Muffins in our Cupcake Sets (what a creative use for them!)

Snowman Donuts

Reindeer Donuts

We had so much fun! It was a perfect special day except when Santa needed to leave his car didn’t want to crank… where are those reindeer when you need them!?

Here’s our family photo with Santa…

Have a great day!

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Thankful

I am writing this post at midnight because it just is the best and only time right now for me to write. We are 3/4 of the way through our busiest season of the year. We only have 12 more days for orders that will be guaranteed for Christmas. It has been much better this year, I have to admit, even though this week has been the busiest HollyDays has ever been. I am so thankful for Jennifer, for the great help she is to me, thankful for all the folks who print and package for me and especially thankful to my husband who believes 100% in HollyDays and me.  I have sleepy eyes tonight, but yet my heart is full of joy and thankfulness, which is actually unusual for me this time of year (I know that is crazy, but keep reading). HollyDays has officially been in business 5 years now and it has truly been a work of heart.  From the outside looking in at a small business, it looks fun, easy and exciting. If it does, it is only because we make it look that way ;) Don’t get me wrong, it is fun, but during the most joyous times of the year, I have not been my best self. As a business owner, I learn and grow in failure and stress.  In the past, I had to stay up until 3:00 am working tediously on orders, extremely stressed and exhausted. I know I’m not the only one, as a matter of fact, I received an email just a couple weeks ago from a business owner in that same situation. Usually, I ended up in tears and our house empty of Christmas decor until just right before Christmas because we felt like it just wouldn’t be right not to put up a tree.  This year, we are getting a tree this weekend and decorating.  This year, Jen has helped more than I can even describe proofing, shipping, customer service and the list goes on.  Yes, I’m still a little tired, but my friend Natalie Chang doesn’t call it “No Sleep November” for nothin’! I am thankful.  Thankful for my wonderful family who I was able to spend Thanksgiving with last week.

{My Dad}

{My Mom}

{Our Thanksgiving Table & Thankful Tree}

Thankful for the Christmas tree and time I am planning to spend with my little family this weekend. Thankful for the little moments that I’m not taking for granted this year.  I’m not writing this to just talk about myself.  You are probably a Mom reading this post, maybe a business owner, maybe stressed, worried, feeling like the holiday season is just something to “make it through”.  Let’s not just make it through this holiday season, let’s enjoy the process.

Goodnight!

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