Best Christmas Tree Photo Contest

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Jingle bells, jingle bells, Christmas is coming early this year. Starting this November 29, 2018 The Young Mom blog will be holding a Christmas tree contest. To enter the contest upload a photo of your Christmas tree  HERE .

Your tree can be in your house, on your porch, or outside. Be creative as possible.

The contestants with the best photo wins a prize and their photo will be featured on The Young Mom blog. First place winner wins a beautiful Christmas glitter tumbler cup designed by Nicole Searels. Second place winner receives a $25 gift card for The Honey Baked Ham.

The deadline for this contest is December 11, 2018 10:00 p.m EST. We will announce the winners on The Young mom website December 13, 2018 at 10:00 a.m EST. Anyone living in the U.S can enter and must be 18 years of age or older.


  1. You must only send photos of your Christmas tree.
  2. The photo must have no nudity, drugs, or sexual/violent content.
  3. Participants must be at least 18 years of age or older.
  4. Only people residing in the U.S can enter.
  5. Participants do not require to purchase anything to enter.
  6. We will not disclose any photos and personal/ private information without the contestant’s permission.

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9 Easy Side Dishes for Thanksgiving

Every year we celebrate Thanksgiving with my family at my parents house. Usually, my mother prepares the main course, such as turkey while I’m responsible for the side dish. This year I’ve been super busy so I wanted to cook something quick and easy. I found nine delicious easy-to-make sides.


green bean casserole
Photo by Lotherington from Flickr

1. Green bean Casserole

The Campbell Soup Company created Green Bean Casserole in 1950. This American dish compliments turkey or ham. Also, it’s a good side dish for vegetarians since it includes no meat. I’ve never made this dish but I’m considering making it this Thanksgiving.

Read  Best Green Bean Casserole Recipe from Allrecipes.  


cauliflower rice
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2. Cauliflower Rice

If you’re trying to lose weight and want a healthy side with little calories then try cauliflower rice, a rice substitution; its only 70 calories. I found a recipe that only takes 10 minutes to cook from Fooducate. You can find the ingredients for this recipe at Publix.  




sweet baked potato
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3. Baked Sweet potato

This is one of the easiest sides on the list since it requires few ingredients and little preparation. Preheat stove to 350 degrees. Place Japanese/Garnet sweet potatoes on a greased pan then let them cook for 45 minutes. When the potatoes are done, cut them down the middle long ways. Add butter, brown sugar, and maple syrup. I buy my sweet potatoes from my local farmer’s market. 


fried rice
Photo by Sonia Goyal from Flickr

4. Stir-fried Rice

Stir-fried rice, an Asian dish is nice because it’s delicious and compliments anything. Also, It only has three ingredients and takes 10 minutes to prepare. It’s so easy even my husband (who hates to cook) makes it. He cooks his stir-fried rice with frozen stir-fry vegetables, minute rice, and beef chunk vegetables. He seasons it with Yum Yum sauce. You can find all these  ingredients for this recipe at you local Target/Walmart. 

Read this Stir-Fried Rice Recipe from Allrecipes for more details.


Photo by citymama from Flickr

5. Cabbage

Boiled cabbage, a European dish is not only tasty but also healthy. I have never cooked boiled cabbage, however, I have a great recipe for it from Divas Can Cook.





Photo by Elvert Barnes from Flickr

6. Collards

Nothing better than greens. In the south, where I am from this is a traditional Thanksgiving side. 

Watch How to Make Southern, Soul Food Collard Greens, an American recipe originated from the south by Divas Can Cook. Typically, I buy my collards from my local Kroger/Farmer’s market. 



mac and cheese
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7. Baked macaroni and Cheese

Baked macaroni and Cheese is a crowd pleaser. It’s originally from England. This side takes longer to prepare than any other side on the list but is well worth the time. I have never actually made baked mac and cheese but I’m considering making it this Thanksgiving. I got a great Baked Macaroni and Cheese recipe from Food Network.



potato salad
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8. Potato Salad

Potato salad is a traditional southern Thanksgiving dish that originated from Europe. It was introduced to America by European settlers in the nine tenth century. Potato Salad is one of my favorite sides. I love to make it with mustard, mayonnaise, celery, sweet pickle relish, chopped boiled egg, pepper, and salt. It tastes amazing and requires little or no cooking. You can find all the ingredients for this recipe at your local Publix/Walmart. 

Read Old Fashion Potato  Salad from Allrecipes.


Photo by Vitchakorn Koonyosying from Unsplash

9. Garden Salad

I love salads because they’re healthy and compliment any dish. I make fresh salad with chopped green leaf lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, onions, and smoked bacon pieces. Also, I season my salad with a little pepper, oregano, and Kraft’s Thousand Island Dressing. I buy all my ingredients from my local Kroger. 








I still haven’t decided which dish I’ll cook for Thanksgiving but hopefully I’ll get an idea soon. I told you all my side dish ideas. Tell me some side dishes you plan to make for this Thanksgiving.

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