Weekend Reading: November 20, 2010

daddy & daughters
I love this man, and I love these girls.

This weekend my dad, his wife and her boys are coming to hang out for the day. We love when they come to our house, and we’re especially looking forward to it this time since “Jammie” — as the girls have christened her — is bringing lunch and dessert. Sean appreciates having the boys (who are 11 and 14) in the house to bond over things like the Wii and remote-controlled airplanes. He’s never been one to need sons, but it’s fun for him to have time with them all the same!

Have you noticed a trend throughout the blogosphere this week? With Thanksgiving less than a week away, one thing is on all of our minds: avoiding the stress and busyness of the holiday season so we can really focus on what matters. I’m sharing some of my favorite posts on the topic to help you have the kind of holidays you’ve always dreamed of.

As always, check out what I’m reading to see the other posts that make me stop and think. You’ll find new posts all week long!

Be sure to download or print your free Thanksgiving Your Way ebook and printable planner, and visit Simple Organized Living for a ton of Thanksgiving links to help you prepare for next Thursday!

Holidays Your Way {Gift Giving}

Christmas Gifts That Really GIVE: Top Ten Tuesday | Oh Amanda

Homemade Holiday Link Round-up | Simple Organic

Simple Gift Giving: Want, Need, Wear, Read | Simple Kids

Make Christmas Clutter-Free with Consumable Gifts | Money Saving Mom

Holidays Your Way {Avoid the Stress}

How To Keep It Together This Holiday Season | Zen Family Habits

How to Have a Restful, Memorable, and Meaningful Holiday Season | Life As Mom

Strategies for a More Peaceful Holiday Season | Steady Mom

Can We Talk About Holiday Anxiety? | Sorta Crunchy

Holidays Your Way {Embrace the Season}

Coffee Filter Wreath and Tree and Things of That Nature | Nesting Place

Ruffled Burlap Table Runner Tutorial | My Blessed Life

Keeping Santa Sane: Budget Holiday Decorating | Wise Bread

Holidays Your Way {It’s All About the Food}

How to Host a Memorable Holiday Cookie Swap | The Art of Simple

7 Easy Make-Ahead Appetizers for Thanksgiving Day Lingering | The Motherload

10 Easy Holiday Appetizers | My Blessed Life

Holiday Recipe Exchange | Good Life Eats

Have a great weekend!