Merry Christmas

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Warm wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Love, Lindsay


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How to Relax and Enjoy the Holiday

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With all of the holiday hype, preparing, wrapping, and baking it’s so easy to get overwhelmed. Here are a few thoughts to help to inspire you to take it easy.

  1. Start the day off with a relaxing breakfast. Enjoy your breakfast with a cup of tea or coffee. Spend the morning with your family.
  2. Take photos. Take time to document Christmas, who knows, you may get a new camera for the holiday!
  3. Take a mid-day walk. Get the family together and talk a walk around the block or in nature. Breathe in the fresh air and enjoy the world around you.
  4. Enlist help! If you’re hosting delegate your responsibilities, guests are usually ,willing to help. With everyone pitching in the sooner you will get to open presents, play games, or watch a favorite holiday movie. If you’re a guest offer to help the host.
  5. Enjoy your meal, take time to taste your dinner and dessert.
  6. End the day with a relaxing tradition.

Does the day seem to fly by? What are your holiday traditions?

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12 Homemade Christmas Gifts

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If you read last week’s post How to Christmas Shop with a Budget you saw the suggestion of making gifts for your family and friends. Today we have 12 homemade Christmas gift ideas to help fill stockings and warm hearts.

  1. Calendar – Christmas is a great occasion to give your loved ones new calendars to plan the new year. If you have a little computer or crafting skills you can put together a gift that keeps giving all year long.
  2. Ornaments – Homemade ornaments can personalize the holiday and make your tree special. Find ideas here, here, and here.
  3. Scarves – As I said in this post, my sister crocheted a scarf for me that I wear every winter. If you’re a beginner, try reading this how to article. Don’t forget that a friend or family member might be happy to teach you, my Grandma taught me how to crochet.
  4. Baked Goods – Everyone loves baked goods! Try these cookies or this banana bread. If you’re skilled in the kitchen be sure to put these skills to good use.
  5. Wreaths – A wreath welcomes family and friends to your home and they’re pretty easy to make. Follow my tutorial here.
  6. Photo Album / Scrapbook – Organize photos and souvenirs from vacations, weddings, trips, and memories in a photo album or scrapbook.
  7. Put Together A Video – Your computer may come with a simple movie editing system like iMovie. With some time and thought, you can put together videos of school plays, baseball or softball games, add a bit of music and you have a gift to watch over and over.
  8. Build a Gingerbread House – This is a great idea to do with kids, not only can you decorate the house with fun candy you can eat it too! For more ideas check out this site.
  9. Candles – These teacup candles are adorable!
  10. Gift Basket – Put together a themed gift basket. For example, put together popcorn, candy, and a movie or Netflix subscription. If you’re looking to save money on buying a DVD, write a coupon for a TV movie night. 🙂 Try making baskets with tea or coffee or make a basket full of lotions, body scrubs, and bubble baths, use your imagination!
  11. Etch Glass – Shop at a thrift store and etch designs or monograms in the glass for a new and personalized look! Fill the jars with candy or treats.
  12. Body Scrub – Every girl likes to have soft skin! A jar of body scrub can be expensive. Make your own body scrub with salt or sugar. Find recipes here and here. Re-purpose an old jar and put in a gift basket. Bonus points for etching the jar!

Are you done shopping or are you planning on making gifts? What are your go to homemade gift ideas?

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Happy Thanksgiving | What I’m Thankful For

Happy Thanksgiving! This Thursday it seemed fitting to share a few thinks that I am thankful for this Thanksgiving.

I am thankful for my family.

Lindsay and Steve

Lacie, Lindsay, Tori, Mom, and Dad

Dad, Mom, Lacie, Zack, Lindsay and Steve at PNC Park

My side of the family at our wedding.

I am thankful for my friends

Amanda, Laura, and Lindsay

The Girls

I am thankful for Roxy and all of my animal pals.


Bailey and Roxy

Our sweetie Hannah.

Lastly, I am thankful for you! Thanks for visiting and reading Lindsay Ann Loft. I promise lots of fun things to come!

Love, Lindsay

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Happy Halloween! | 5 Halloween Treat Ideas

Happy Halloween! I wanted to share a few Halloween treat ideas. I hope you have a spooktacular Halloween!

Pumpkin Seeds – While carving that pumpkin, rinse and roast the pumpkin seeds. Heat the oven to 325 degrees and roast until brown about 20 – 25 minutes. Sprinkle a bit of sea salt or sweet spices before roasting.

Sugar Cookies – Decorate sugar cookies in shapes of pumpkins and use candy corn as eyes!

Witch’s Brew – Heat apple cider on the stove top with mulling spices. Add cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and orange slices. Place spices in a large tea infuser or in a pouch made from cheesecloth. Simmer for 45 minutes.

Orange Cupcakes – Decorate orange cupcakes (yellow cake and drops of orange food coloring) with chocolate icing, top with candy corn!

Herbed Popcorn – Pop air popped popcorn and sprinkle Parmesan cheese and Italian seasonings, or use sweet spices and sprinkle cinnamon, ground cloves, and ground allspice on the popcorn.

What are your favorite Halloween Treats? Do you make anything special every year or do you stick with traditional candy?

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