Choose Joy!!!!

Life has been a circus for a while now. The norms have been turned on their ears. Everything has been up in the air for way too long. Folks find it difficult to function when there is much change. They are uncertain and afraid.

There are those who believe the powers that be are maintaining the unrest for a purpose. In America this is foreign. We have not lived under tyranny. We have enjoyed peace and trust in the consistency of our government.

If you are one of those who has lost much because of the government shut downs and the uncertainty, find hope. This is not forever!!! Life is returning to normal. Jobs and consistency are returning.

Look to the future and know good things are ahead. Make plans to enjoy time together with your family and friends. Thanksgiving is coming, Plan to celebrate in a big way, As we come out of the darkness there is so much for which to be thankful! Good things are ahead! Be encouraged!

Choose to see the good in those around you! Look for smiles and sunshine! They are much closer than you think! I wish you blessings and joy as you navigate your life!!! So much of the way things will turn out depends upon the way you choose to see it!

I am reminded of a song from the play Carousel. It has been recorded by too many performers to count. It is an inspiration and encouragement! Listen and find hope and joy in your next step!!

Josh Groban – You’ll Never Walk Alone [AUDIO] – YouTube

When you walk through a storm
Hold your head up high
And don't be afraid of the dark

At the end of a storm
There's a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of a lark

Walk on through the wind
Walk on through the rain
Though your dreams be tossed and blown

Walk on, walk on
With hope in your heart
And you'll never walk alone

You'll never walk alone

Walk on, walk on
With hope in your heart
And you'll never walk alone

You'll never walk alone

Molded Ornaments of Baby’s Hand and/or Foot

These ornaments are especially sweet for baby’s first holiday. I encourage you to mold these ornaments the week baby is born. Her hands and feet will never be this small again! If you are able, you can put a hand and foot on the same side of the ornament. Or, you can put one in front and one in back. As your baby grows you will be amazed at how small she was when she arrived!

Grandmas and Grandpas especially love these as gifts because they remember you when you were a newborn. As a grandma I am amazed at how the same overwhelming feelings of love and protection I felt when my own were born returns with grand babies!!!

The kits for these ornaments are available on Amazon, Esty, and other websites. They are not even a little bit messy as the clay is premixed and fairly dry. There are links below to purchase them. Enjoy!!!

Baby Handprint Footprint Keepsake Ornament Kit (Makes 2) – Bonus Stencil for Personalized Newborn New Mom & Shower Gifts.

Baby Ornament Keepsake Kit (CIRCLE & HEART) Clay Handprint and Footprint Casting for Newborn – Best New Mom Gift and Shower Gift – Hand Imprint Mold – Foot Impression for Girls & Boys Print


Bubzi Co Baby Handprint and Footprint Kit Ornament for Baby Girl Gifts & Baby Boy Gifts, Unique Baby Shower Gifts, Personalized Baby Gifts for Baby Registry, Keepsake Box Nursery Decor

Easy Holiday Photo Ornaments

These are my favorite gift ornaments. All year I save the photos I take or receive of my grandkids. As Christmas draws near I watch the ads for Michaels ornament sale. Right now these are $5.99 each. There are probably ten different styles from which to choose. Before Christmas they will go down to $4.00. Closer to Christmas they could go as low as $2.00. After Christmas who knows? I send each grandbaby a photo ornament for their collection. This is a keepsake for them to enjoy through out their lives!


Silver Square 2.5″ x 2.5″ Ornament Frame by Studio Décor®


Red Heart 2.5″ x 2.5″ Ornament Frame by Studio Décor®


Red Dotted Square 2.5″ x 2.5″ Ornament Frame by Studio Décor®

Our family’s most favorite ornaments are of our kids, now in the 30’s as babies. So much fun to pull those out each year and remember those pudgy smiling faces!!! All it takes is a little diligence and a shoebox! Ha, yes, we store them in our favored shoe box. I keep them in my closet so I always know where they are! These are literally one of the few things I would save incase of a disaster! They are irreplaceable!

As you see, the date is already on the ornament! Important, because you will forget which photo is from which year. The date makes a world of difference. Always write the first and last name of the child photographed on the back of the photo along with the date. Again, life continues and our memories fade. You want to get it right, be sure to label each photo.

Having may ornaments on the tree allows all to see the progression of each precious child. It is truly amazing! Making these photo ornaments for your folks is a priceless gift to them. Nothing is more precious than a grandchild.

I have also begun making these for relatives as they become grand parents. Again, photos have a hallowed place in our hearts. They allow us to remember those first moments of life. They are priceless.

I am a bargain hunter so I have not checked these out at other sites online. That may be your thing. Starting at this time of year takes the pressure off you as you organize. Figure out which photos you want to use. Print them or have somewhere like Costo print them for you. Have them ready to go when you find the frames you like. Put them together and send them off.

Have a wonderful holiday enjoying your friends and family. This year this time will be more precious than ever!!! JUDY

Home Decorated Wooden Ornaments

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Here is another fun idea for you to create for your friends and family. Each year Michaels Craft Stores have great sales on creative ideas. This week their unfinished photo frame ornaments are $.60 – $1.60 each. They some as unfinished wood, which I love just the way it is! They can be painted, stained, or left in their natural state. There are several styles available: round Christmas ornament style, hearts, gingerbread man, stockings, and more.

They are darling simply with glue, glitter, or buttons glued on. Some have windows for photos, some are more simple. You will need to act quickly, but these will be fun projects and lovely gifts!

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Early Ideas for Life Long Gifts for Baby

Personalized Gold/Silver/Rose Gold Plated Bell Ornaments

Engraved Silver, Gold, or Rose Colored Bells with baby’s name and birth year. These specific bels are selected from the Miles Kimball Catalogue. There are many places you can find them. Solid gold and sliver bells are also available if you wish.

We have these for each year of our children’s lives.  In addition each, of our grandkids has them from the year of their birth.  These are a special holiday memory for them from us.

Advantages of Tummy Time

Babies Need Tummy Time!

A mother and her baby lying on their stomachs while on the floor.

Tummy time is not only an important way to prevent flat spots on your baby’s head, it is also an important part of your baby’s normal growth.

What Is Tummy Time?

Tummy time describes the times when you place your baby on his or her stomach while your baby is awake and someone is watching.

Tummy time is important because it:

  • Helps prevent flat spots on the back of your baby’s head
  • Makes neck and shoulder muscles stronger so your baby can start to sit up, crawl, and walk
  • Improves your baby’s motor skills (using muscles to move and complete an action)

From the day1 they come home, babies benefit from 2 to 3 tummy time sessions each day for a short period of time (3 to 5 minutes). As the baby grows and shows enjoyment of tummy time, you can lengthen the sessions. As babies grow older, more tummy time helps build strength for sitting up, rolling over, crawling, and walking.

Tummy Time Tips

These suggestions1 can help you and your baby enjoy tummy time:

Mother and baby enjoying Tummy Time
  • Spread out a blanket in a clear area of the floor for tummy time.
  • Try short tummy time sessions after a diaper change or after your baby wakes from a nap.
  • Put a toy or toys within your baby’s reach during tummy time to help your baby learn to play and interact with his or her surroundings.
  • Ask someone you trust to sit in front of your baby during tummy time to encourage interaction and bonding.
  • As your baby gets older, your tummy time sessions can last longer, and you can have them more often throughout the day.

Other Ways to Help Prevent Flat Spots on Your Baby’s Head

In addition to tummy time, parents and caregivers can try these other ways to help prevent flat spots from forming on the back of baby’s head:

  • Hold your baby upright when he or she is not sleeping. This is sometimes called “cuddle time.”
  • Limit the amount of time your baby spends in car seats, bouncers, swings, and carriers.
  • Change the direction your baby lies in the crib from one week to the next—for example, have your baby’s feet point toward one end of the crib one week, and then have the feet point toward the other end of the crib the next week.
Illustrations of a baby lying on his back in a crib.