Buying a gift for a child is easy. The toy aisle is flooded with possibilities to spoil them. Men, on the other hand, can be a real challenge to surprise with a worth-while gift. The problem begins with the various...
8 Gifts That Give Back

8 Gifts That Give Back

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One of the most cherished, and sometimes stressful, holiday traditions is gift giving. The perfect present can provide so much joy to an energetic toddler, a cherished aunt, or a beloved friend. How about a complete stranger? It's possible...
You don’t need a huge group of family to celebrate the holidays in a special way! When I was 18, I couldn’t wait to move across the country and be on my own (sorry Mom!) I was so excited for...
It is early November and I decided. I woke up this morning with a firm decision in my mind and I stuck to it. Although it is about 20 days earlier than usual, I still made the decision. I decorated my house...
It's that time of year again. Jack Frost nips at our noses. Twinkling lights appear on every house and street sign as we rush out in pursuit of the perfect gifts. Bing Crosby serenades us through distant speakers as...
​The holiday season is HERE, guys! Can I get an amen?! I don’t know very many moms who don’t love the holiday season; giving gifts to those they love, happy music on the radio, sappy, romantic movies on TV, and...
The countdown to Christmas gets earlier each year. This year, after shopping for school supplies, I found myself wandering into the Christmas aisle. Mid-August in my flip-flops and shorts, I savored every child-free moment in my Hobby Lobby nirvana that...
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...
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...
I am a fiercely nostalgic person. Christmas is the hub of tradition and nostalgia for me. There are things that just absolutely have to happen during my holiday season or it just doesn’t feel right. Putting the tree up on...
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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...