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{Kids Service Project}

Once a month I teach Sunday School at my church and here is a SeRviCe PrOjEcT we do from time to time:

Make table tents for hospital patients.

We start off with card stock paper or blank cards.  Then DeCoRaTe with foam stickers & bandaids, sign our name, and wish them well.  I deliver them to our town’s hospital where they are placed on patient’s meal trays.  The hospital PR person tells me they especially like to receive them on holidays such as MoThEr’s DaY, FaThEr’S DaY, Christmas, etc.  It’s easy and is a simple way we can give to those less fortunate than us!!



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I AM…Very Independent

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•Do you or someone you know have a story that could inspire other women?  We would LOVE to feature you!  Email us at suedesofa@yahoo.com

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Lara’s Christmas DIY Projects

I wanted a ChEaP and EaSy way to decorate my back porch for the holidays.  Here is what it normally looks like!

I trimmed up our cedar trees for some FREE decor and added some extra ribbon I had around the house.  The chair and white table were found in my basement and I used some leftover stencils to paint the numbers on the door.  What do think of the traNsformAtion?


A few years ago I decided I didn’t like the look of the back of my upper cabinets. 

So…I bought Rustoleum Magnetic Paint and Chalkboard Paint.  I applied the magnetic paint with a brush first,  let it dry, and then applied the chalkboard paint.  Now it is a place to hang pics and cards as well as write messages to our family!

And for the holidays, it can really add CoLoR to the room by simply using different colored chalk!  I will need to clear some more space as we recently received much more Christmas mail to display!


Need an ineXpenSive way to wrap a gift or gift card?  Check this out!!

Clean out an old soup can and hammer holes in the top…

Use decorative paper to wrap around the can.  Secure with tape.  Hammer two holes on opposite ends of the top of the can…

Use jute rope, string, ribbon, or whatever you pRefeR to secure the top of the can.  I also spray painted some of the tops of the cans white (if you want to hide the aluminum)!  There are so many different ways to make these cans, so have fUn with it!

Merry Christmas!



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What is your favorite Christmas song?

LaRa SaYs: “Well, honestly I have too many favorites.  Can I share 2 of them? AnD ThE AnGelS CrIeD’ tears me up every time.  Love this song…

and my second song, as heard on the movie HoMe AlOnE, always makes me feel like a kid…and everyone wants to feel like a kid now and then :)”


RoByN SaYs: Over the years my favorite Christmas song has changed.  This year I am really into BrEaTh of HeaVeN by Amy Grant.  It helps remind me of the true meaning of Christmas!”


RoByNn SaYs:  My favorite?   Ummm………there is actually no other genre of music where I have so many songs in a dead heat.  This, however, may be one of the most powerful Christmas songs I have ever heard.  It is called, “Mary, Did You Know?”  By Rascal Flatts


Suede Sofa would LoVe to know your favorites this year!


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{I’ll Be Home For Christmas}

This WiStFuL World War II song has special meaning as it depicts so beautifully the yearning of SeRviCe MeN and WoMeN (as well as others who are away) to be home for the holidays.  This song is still a special one and the Suede Sofa wishes you a WaRm holiday season whether you are home for Christmas or there only in your DrEaMs!!

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St. Nicholas Day

Belgium St. Nicholas

Four years ago when my son was a baby, I started a TrAdItIoN that families around the world have been doing for ages.  December 6th is the celebration of St. Nicholas Day.  St. Nicholas was known for his GeNeRoSiTy to those in need and his love for children.

Italian St. Nicholas

In many European countries, on December 5th, the eve of St. Nicholas Day children leave their ShOeS outside of the bedroom doors and wait for St. Nicholas to leave them a surprise.  I have my children do the same thing with their favorite shoes and I love to see their excitement when they wake up in the morning to find that St. Nicholas has visited our home.  I feel this is a great way toKiCk OfF the holiday season and teach my children about a Saint who was so giving to little ones like themselves.  You can read more about St. Nicholas at www.stnicholascenter.org.

What family traditions do YoU do to start the holiday season?  We LoVe to hear from our readers so please share your stories!

My son's first St. Nicholas Night 2007


St. Nicholas Night 2010 – Let’s hope my son Nicholas has a better day this December 5th so he doesn’t have to get another letter and underwear in his shoes!


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Pastor D.J.’s Playbook #17 {Play Hard/Play Nice}

The Suede Sofa KiNdnEss ChaLLenGe:

Want joy this season?  Then pLaNt the “seed” of joy in someone else’s life.  You do reap what you sow, afterall!  Here is our challenge to you:  Do two things this holiday season (things that you don’t normally do) for people who have no way of paying you back.  If this is new for you, start with one thing!!  Just do SoMeThing!!

;) Robynn~

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From Pastor D.J.’s Playbook {Play #56 – The Busted Play}

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Homemade Christmas Potpourri

I know I shared this a couple of years ago, but I just had to share this again for anyone that may have missed it!  I LoVe this homemade potpourri!  It is super easy to make and will smell up your entire home for the holidays!  Try it out and let me know what you think!

3 Cinnamon Sticks

3 Bay Leaves

¼ C. Cloves

2 Lemon Wedges

1 Orange Peel

(Top 3 ingredients are found in the dry spice section of the grocery store.)

CoMbiNe all of these ingredients in a small crock-pot.  Add water to cover top of all ingredients.  Leave on low temperature.  As the smell fades, continue to add water and various ingredients to keep the mixture moist for a continuous yummy smell!  EnJoy!

*Be sure to unplug your crockpot at night because all the water will be gone by morning and the potpourri will be burnt!

*If you are ready to start a new batch, drain the water and set out the old potpourri to dry.  Even as dry potpourri it smells AWESOME!  Place the dry potpourri in a pretty bowl on a table as another way to smell up your home and extend the life of your potpourri!

Need a quick X-Mas Present idea?!  Throw the ingredients into a basket or mini-crockpot and give as a gift!  Include a printed version of the recipe by clicking here!



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{Let The Holidays Begin!!}

Tonight Lara’s family and my family hung out together.  It’s TrAdiTioN.  We’ve been doing this on October 31st ever since we met back in 2009.

I’m not into Halloween, but I really am into ThanKsgiVinG AnD ChriStmAs!!  In fact, tomorrow is the first official day of the HoLiDaYs (according to me).   I actually saw my first Christmas commerical today!  Tomorrow I will break out the Christmas tunes and maybe even start hanging up the Christmas WrEaThS in the windows.  So, on that note, I want to leave you with this Christmas tune.

HoLiDaY ChEeRs!!




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