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The Gift of Giving

A simple pleasure: giving something meaningful

Your holiday shopping is still not completed. It’s not that you can’t find anything, it is just that nothing is good enough for your family. Your family already has every updated model of the iPhone, iPad and every other electronic. Don’t stress.

Everyone gets caught up in the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season and forgets that the best gifts come from the heart. Gifts don’t have to be expensive and high-tech. They should be simple and thoughtful. By lending a helpful hand or by making a special gift for someone means more to a person than anyone could imagine.

Not only do you make someone else happy, but you make yourself happy, too. It is almost impossible to feel anything but happy after you give something meaningful.

Stop your holiday shopping. Think a little bit. Begin to create something personal and meaningful for that special someone. There are thousands of ways to make your own unique gifts. Martha Stewart also provides several creative and unique ways to make homemade gifts for the holidays.

A personal favorite of mine is to make a Fleece Tie Blanket. The blanket is very easy, inexpensive and makes the perfect gift for anyone at any age. Everyone can use a soft, cozy blanket to curl up with during the winter season.

On Christmas morning, instead of watching everyone open gifts that they may or may not use in a few months, give them something personal. Watching their face light up with appreciation will make you have a perfect day.

Let giving be part of your perfectly blissful day.

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Simple Treats

A simple pleasure: desserts

You enter your childhood home. The warm, comforting smell of your favorite homemade dessert begins to make your mouth water. Your mother sure knows how to bake. You wonder why the skill was never passed down to you.

Even you can bake like your mother with delicious, yet simple recipes. Kraft Food’s website is an incredible source to find easy to make dishes. Also, blogs are another great source for easy recipes. The blog, Picky Palate, posted a very simple recipe for No-bake Chewy Cookies and Cream Bars.

After finding a few great recipes, destroying your kitchen and setting your smoke detector off once,  you realize that baking is actually fun and simple, once you get the hang of it.

Now, it is time to invite your mother over for dessert. As she walks in, she says, “It smells delicious in here. It smells like home.” A smile instantly appears on your face.

Let baking simple treats be part of your perfectly blissful day.

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Carving a Creation

A simple pleasure: carving pumpkins

You look outside. The leaves have changed colors. Shades of browns, oranges and yellows fill the great outdoors. Fall has finally arrived.

There is not a better way to spend a perfectly blissful fall day than to carve a pumpkin.

To carve a pumpkin you only need a few simple things.

  • A pumpkin
  • Knife
  • Marker
  • Candle

Cut a circular lid out of the top of your pumpkin. This way you can clean it out. Later, you will need the lid to place your candle inside.

Now you must dig out the guts of the pumpkin.  Grab a handful of the gooey insides and seeds. It’s a texture you can hardly describe. If you must, using a spoon works and helps, too.

At last, let your imagine wander. Decide between a scary jack-o-lantern or a goofy face to greet trick-or-treaters. Ehow Home gives great step-by-step instructions and helpful tips on how to carve a pumpkin for those who need more insight.

As night comes, you light the candle inside your pumpkin. Glowing is your perfect creation. It’s the end to another blissful day.

Let carving a pumpkin be part of your perfectly blissful day.

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