The holidays always come with a bag of emotions. They bring joy to some, sorrow to others and anxiety to many. When you live far from home, they can also feel a little lonely. This rings especially true for...
Christmas is supposed to be a joyous season. They say “it’s the most wonderful time of the year”. But that is not always the case for those co-parenting through the holidays. You are already getting to only spend 50...
Christmas is often such a magical time of the year--the lights, the food, the gifts, the special feeling that comes with being with family and giving. It would be regrettable to gloss over the fact that Christmas is not always...
It’s the busiest most wonderful time of the year!  Classroom parties, work potlucks, and family get-togethers dot the holiday season.  Many of these events ask that you bring some goodies to share, but what to do when you...
Dear Husband, With the holidays fast approaching I want to let you in on a little secret. Although I am proud to be the parent who remembers the kids' sizes, favorite colors, and the newest styles, and even though I...
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, many bins. We have shelves, drawers, and cupboards. We have an entire basement. Do you...
A few nights ago while tucking in my girls, I received the trifecta of tough questions.  My youngest questioned the fairness of her bedtime, a query that always seems to lead to the “life isn’t fair” speech.  My oldest had a...
The holiday season is a truly magical time of the year. It's the perfect time to carry on or create traditions with your family. When our first daughter was born in 2013, a friend shared on Facebook a tree...
Once my kids were born all I wanted to do was give them magical holidays, which is probably why we ended up with a lack of structure around Christmas presents. Looking back, I wish I’d reigned it in a bit...
You hit the streets on Black Friday, trekked to the small shops for Small Business Saturday, and blocked off your lunch hour on Cyber Monday. I trust that the biggest gifts of the season are purchased and en route. But...
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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...