5 Ways to Survive Thanksgiving

As you prepare yourself for spending time with family and friends, consider these points to enjoy the afternoon and relish the meaning of the holiday.

Count Your Blessings
Take some time before the big day to reflect on all things you hold dear. Then, take it one step further and share those blessings in a tangle way. We all know the power of putting something in ink, or on social media. Writing our thoughts down seems to make them more permanent and real. Make sure that you are specific. Instead of just painting your husband's name on a rock, color your blessing with, "My husband helps me reach my dreams."

More Ways To Count Your Blessings

Bring a Treat
Are you hosting this year? You may want to provide the special women in your life with a small token of gratitude. Four-ounce canning jars make an adorable and economical way to gift homemade treats, such as hand and body scrubs. For only $1.25/person, you can whip up this Vanilla Sugar Scrub in very little time. 

In a bowl, mix together 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/2 cup white sugar. Add in 1/2 coconut oil and stir. Adjust as needed for your liking. Next, add the tiniest amount of Pure Vanilla and stir. This usually makes six jars. 

If you are traveling for the holidays, place mixture in a full mason jar as a thoughtful hostess gift!

Other DIY hostess gifts

Conversation Busters
Instead of dreading and then dodging those conversations about politics or other sticky subjects, have a plan in mind when Cousin Eddie finds you on the back porch. Divert the uncomfortable topic to something all can agree on. Mom's delicious apple cobbler, how cute the kids look, or the beauty of the trees this time of year will all work.

Boost Your Immunity
Show up for the big dinner healthy and ready to fight off the unseen germs that guests and visitors may be carrying. Just dealing with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is enough to weaken your body's defenses. Try to drink eight glasses of water a day between now and then. We need to continually flush out toxins from our body and keep ourselves hydrated. Drinking water early in the day will help ensure a good night's sleep. Now, we know that sleep is underrated, but our bodies work best when we are rested and ready to greet the day.

An Easy Way to Get the Water You Need

Just a Bite
My sister makes beautiful and delicious desserts with wholesome ingredients, yet she manages to maintain a tone and slender physique. One of her secrets is immensely enjoying one bite of food. She has a heart for hospitality, so she savors the morsel of cobbler as much as the company she serves. Honor your hostess or your body this week by indulging in dessert. Remember that just one spoon may do the trick. 

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