Posts tagged "Holidays"

Black Friday 2013: Make it a Light Friday instead

Black Friday 2013: Make it a Light Friday instead
I hate Black Friday. I could say that it’s because Black Friday is the embodiment of all that is wrong with society today. Or because big corporations are evil. Or because we shouldn’t go straight from counting our blessings on Thanksgiving to chasing luxuries the following day. But honestly? I just find Black Friday exhausting.... Read more »

Logging Off for the Holidays

Logging Off for the Holidays
I was talking with a friend on Skype the other day, enjoying a great catch-up on each other’s lives. Since she lives on the east coast, it’s the best way we can connect, and the video component, it feels more intimate than just talking on the phone. So, we have coffee dates. It’s one of... Read more »

Giving In During the Holidays: When Persistent Whining Gets the Best of Parents

Giving In During the Holidays: When Persistent Whining Gets the Best of Parents
Earlier this month, something went terribly awry with our Advent calendar…(Or, maybe I was lacking sleep December 1st and had no patience for whining.) My mother purchased two Play Mobile Advent Calendars, each depicting a different scene – 1 a dainty forest for my 3 year old daughter, the other a kingly styled layout for... Read more »
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Beware the Holiday House of Horrors - A Christmas Cautionary Tale

Beware the Holiday House of Horrors - A Christmas Cautionary Tale
The decorations in my house had multiplied and like Gremlins fed after midnight, they were turning vicious! When we moved into our house almost ten years ago, all of our Christmas decorations could easily fit into three medium-sized moving boxes, which even included our table-top Christmas tree with ornaments already attached. Apparently someone opened the... Read more »

Lessons From Your Mother

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Advice. Who hasn’t been graced with a few words of wisdom from their mother? We can all remember cringing when our mom talked to us about sex, rolling our eyes when she dabbed toothpaste on the enormous pimple on our chin, and sighing when she tried to reason with us that leaving the house bare-legged... Read more »

Busted! A True Story about a Fourth-grader, his Adoring Mother and her Horrible Memory

I would have gotten away with it, at least for another year had it not been for my horrible memory.  And I scoffed at all those advertisements for the Nintendo Brain Age games.  Ha! What a fool I was!  If only I had spent my mornings solving cross word and Sudoku puzzles instead of watching... Read more »
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Surviving holiday travel...with children

The holidays are upon us, bringing with them the promise of large get-togethers with friends and family.  And unless all of your friends and family live within throwing distance, chances are that gathering also means traveling. If you are the lucky one that gets to hit the highway or the skyway this season to visit... Read more »

Centerpieces, side dishes and short people tables

I could be the queen of email subscribing.  I love receiving newsletters from businesses and publications inspiring me with tips to personalize my holiday home.  Recently, I was on a mission to find centerpieces for my 25 person Thanksgiving table. When I think of fall, I automatically think of colors such as pumpkin or cranberry,... Read more »