{[15]} Minute Monday

If you only have 15 minutes today to make your day a little smoother and happier...

 ... Make this fun, delicious, and easy Christmas snack! 
These chocolate-dipped pretzels are not just a delicious tradition, but are also an easy and pretty gift.  These are great to have on hand for when guests come over or to hand out to as quick Christmas gifts. (I made a bunch with my family on our first annual Christmas cookie baking day! More on this later...)

... Do something special for your spouse.
Little surprises or a thoughtful gesture goes a long way.  If you know how good it makes you feel to receive a thoughtful gesture, pass it along! This doesn't need to be purchased or to be big: if your husband likes your cooking, make his favorite dessert or meal; if your wife likes chai tea, stop on your way home and bring her one.  One of my favorite things to do is to leave notes by Ben's pillow when I'm away, one of my favorite things to receive is when he makes dinner or suggests an after-dinner Frosty (my favorite!).

... Take advantage of {Cyber Monday} deals to support artisans from around the world.
I'm not normally a promoter of shopping (more than we already do!), but this site/store is one of my favorite organizations.  Ten Thousand Villages find artisans from around the world who are struggling to support themselves but make beautiful handmade products, and sells their items in stores around the world.  There are quite a few in the U.S., but you can also check them out online.  Today, all their items are marked down as much as 75% off! (The nativity pictured is a gift from their store! We have a number of their beautiful items around our home.)

... Find a minute (just one!) to make a list of all the things that you're thankful for today. 
After Thanksgiving the thankfulness doesn't have to stop.  Devote one minute to writing down all the things you're thankful for today.  At moments throughout the day, look at the list to remind you what you really have to be grateful for.

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