Want to throw a great Friendsgiving? I have hosted ours for several years now and I’ve learned some wisdom along the way in my years of hosting. Here are some friendly tips I thought I'd share, though it’s okay...
The day I had to sit down in the mediator’s office and discuss which holidays I would be able to see my kids was one of the hardest days of my divorce. I love my children and all our holiday...
Why do I love fall? There are so many reasons. I’ll share a few and hopefully remind you how much you love fall, too. With the chaos of last year and all the fun activities, social get-togethers and family celebrations missed,...
We’re on eleven months of quarantine and social distancing now, with no clear end in sight. I think most of us are getting a little COVID-fatigued. I’ve honestly never been a big fan of Valentine’s Day, but lately, I...
We are not a big Valentine’s Day-celebrating family.  My husband and I choose not to celebrate with each other; sometimes we get cards but we mostly let the day pass by like any other.  However, we have always gotten...
I remember when I found out the truth about Santa Claus.   I was in third grade.  A group of classmates and I were sitting at a table in the back of the room when a boy in my class started...
I started a thing this year. I think it might be a new holiday tradition at our house. I didn't even do it on purpose, but I'm loving it. It all started with visions of a gingerbread village. I've...
I am crazy. I am crazy. I am crazy.  My advent calendar has sat unattended for a few years now. It’s one of those adorable wooden ones with the tiny drawers. I got it on my son’s second Christmas. Each...
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 (because, seven) and she talked about how great Christmas was the year before. ...
‘Tis the season to be streaming!  There are so many Christmas movies to fit into one short month.  With all of the Grinches, iterations of Christmas plus a prince on Netflix, and holiday specials for every franchise, it can...
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Tips for Dealing With COVID in Your Family: The Sickness and...

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You have taken all precautions that you can… Staying within your “bubble” for the most part. You rarely go out to eat at restaurants...