Category: Holidays

Why Mother's Day isn't always happy

Why Mother's Day isn't always happy
Tomorrow is Mother’s Day, a day to celebrate your mom and/or being a mom.  For some of us, though, Mother’s Day isn’t always happy. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for celebrating the amazing women that are called “mom.” It’s just that for some of us, Mother’s Day is also a reminder of what’s NOT... Read more »

The Easter Bunny left the building with Santa Claus

The Easter Bunny left the building with Santa Claus
Last November, my youngest directly asked me if Santa was real, which then led to the conversation about Santa, the Elf on the Shelf and the Tooth Fairy. I’m not sure why she didn’t ask about the Easter Bunny; perhaps is was not on her mind as much as the other two. However, after that infamous... Read more »

Top 10 list of awesome posts for this blog in 2013

One of the challenges of being a blogger is writing consistently. I’ve produced 70 blog posts since July 2013. So, to simplify your reading pleasure, I’ve created two top 10 lists for you. The first top 10 list is my “most read” list according to Google Analytics. So here goes: #10 – I survived returning... Read more »
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20 things I learned today while making chocolate cookie truffles

20 things I learned today while making chocolate cookie truffles
Chocolate cookie truffles are my family’s favorite Christmas treat. I spent the better part of the day shopping for and making them. Some people call them Oreo truffles, but I shop at Aldi, so nothing is brand name. Here are 20 things I learned about making chocolate cookie truffles today: Buy your supplies from Aldi.... Read more »

2013 Christmas update letter

In a previous post called Are you on my Christmas cards list?, I talked about the update letter I include with all of my Christmas cards. Since there is zero chance of me ever being able to afford to send all of you a Christmas card, this is as good as it gets this year. (Some... Read more »

Are you like George Bailey?

You know George Bailey, right? He’s the main character in a Christmastime movie favorite It’s a Wonderful Life. Most of you know the story line in the movie, but for those that don’t, here is a summary: George Bailey is a small-town man whose life seems so desperate he contemplates suicide. He had always wanted to... Read more »
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Are you on my Christmas cards list?

Are you on my Christmas cards list?
It’s that time of year! It’s Christmas cards season. Hooray! Are you on my Christmas cards list? My hubby thinks Christmas cards are a complete waste of money. On some level, I agree with him a teensy bit (but don’t tell him that). I do love to get Christmas cards, so I have to be... Read more »

The 7 foot love-hate relationship

I really do have a 7 foot love-hate relationship. It’s 7 feet of slim, green beauty and frustration. It’s my Christmas tree. Every year, after Christmas and the New Year, it gets boxed up and put in the attic. This is no small feat. The attic is really hard to get into, and only my... Read more »

Elfis our Elf on the Shelf has been outed

Elfis our Elf on the Shelf has been outed
One more year. I thought we’d be able to get one more year out of our youngest for that special Christmas “magic” that exists only when little kids believe in Santa, flying reindeer and elves. As of last night, that magic has left the building. Elfis, our Elf on the Shelf, has been outed. She’d... Read more »
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20 profound questions for Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving Day is 2 days away. I have hosted Thanksgiving for most of the last 19 years. I really do have it down to a science. However, as I sit here mentally planning and scheduling and making lists, 20 profound questions for Thanksgiving Day come to mind. Can you put cheese AND hummus on a... Read more »