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"Mama? Are you Santa?" Those words are etched into my heart to this day. Big was 7 and, still believing in Santa, gathered around the Thanksgiving table with both sets of grandparents for some pie.  Her attention turned to Christmas...
When life gives you snow, go sledding. We set a goal of visiting every public sledding hill in the area – and I’m proud to say, that after 8 weeks, 7 sledding hills, 4 gallons of hot chocolate, and 3...
Can we just take some time to celebrate two of the greatest things that help us survive the holidays? Amazon and Hallmark Christmas Movies. As you know, it's a season that is filled with a lot of stress. Your calendars get...
I'm all about experience gifts for kids this year. Yes, I hear you. You are saying that experience gifts sound like a great idea, but, “They need something to open!”  No worries, I’ve got you covered! The Gift of...
Grandparents are invaluable, especially when they are some of the very best. It can also feel impossible to shop for grandparents at Christmastime. There is very little they need and they also often have the extra time and money to...
Who else struggles with gift ideas for their kids? Whether it's for the holidays, birthdays, or a special occasion, I feel like I could have always done better. If you are at a loss, we are here to help....
Don't get me wrong; the holidays are great but post holiday stress is EXHAUSTING. You pull out your cozy sweaters, sit by the fireplace, and drink hot cocoa. You bake cookies and sweet breads with your family as gifts for...
Holiday gifts for teens & tweens can be challenging! If you are like me, you dread the inevitable question this time of year. “What do the kids want for Christmas?” It is hard enough to think of gifts to...
Instilling the real magic of Christmas can be an exhausting task.  After years of trying to make the holidays magical for my kids, I finally learned where the magic really was. Let Christmas Begin! Every year after Thanksgiving, I haul up...
We failed at making DIY ornaments -- you know those homemade salt dough ornaments? I had the kids help measure, mix and roll out the dough. They chose their shapes and cut out the ornaments. We baked them. It...
 
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