The amount of money, time and effort that goes into Halloween sometimes makes my stomach churn. Expensive, one-time-use costumes. Racing home from work to get everyone a real meal before the sugar ensues. Trick-or-treating on a...
Love is in the air and you’re surrounded by red. Chances are you’re stuck inside for stretches of the day during this next week. There is an even higher chance that you’ve exhausted all your indoor boredom busters with...
Allergies and Pinterest have made choosing what to hand out for Valentine's day complicated.  No one really wants their child coming home with a load of candy, which can be hard for families with food allergies anyway. "Non-candy" Valentines became...
Growing up, I always imagined that I would sew all of my kids' Halloween costumes, make all the pretty blankets, and handmade dresses too. I've accepted that while I'm totally "my mother" in so many aspects, I am not...
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...
We failed at making ornaments--you know, those fancy 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 was time...
Christmastime is here! Santa Claus and his eight famous reindeer (nine if you count Rudolph) are getting ready to visit all the good little boys and girls of the world.  But before that day arrives, many of those little...
Confession: I’m a craftaholic! I love anything and everything homemade and artsy. Put on an apron and bring on the the paint, but please hold the glitter. (It gets everywhere - ahhhh!!!) Whenever time allows, I love sharing this outlet...
Even though fall is my favorite season, Halloween is far from my favorite holiday.  However, after my daughter was born, I began to enjoy it a little more when we decided to make it more of a family affair....
Raise your hand if you love Pinterest, but just feel too overwhelmed with ideas and costs. Give me any reason to plan a party or celebration and I'm on it! But it can certainly feel overwhelming if you don't set...
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Trying to get on top of organizing my home with Christmas coming makes me want to scream, “INCOMING!!!” I have three girls. We have many,...