I generally thrive on routine and schedule, but this time of year, I really love the spontaneity, indulgence and carefree spirit of the season. I don’t have specific memories of traditions my parents did with our family when I...

The Jig Is Up

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Christmas is right around the corner, and my family is ready. This is such a magical season. Celebrating Jesus’ birth, Christmas trees, lights, parties, parades, presents, family time, traditions, and of course, Santa, make this an exciting time of...
Unpopular opinion: I don’t really like Santa. Well, at least not the celebration of Santa during December. I told my Mom that we wouldn’t be “doing Santa” this year. Much like everything, I am leading my kids and home back...
I never feel ready for the Christmas season. Wasn't it just here? Didn't I just do this? As you get older, each year represents a smaller sliver of your life, so perhaps my mind is sincerely shocked at how...
Last Christmas

Last Christmas

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I’m still the “Too Much Stuff” mom. I still hate the thought of my children receiving piles of plastic junk for Christmas that is either going to get stepped on or broken or eaten by a dog. I still don't...
The Essential Christmas

The Essential Christmas

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Over the last year I’ve been working to determine what is essential. What is it about my life, my career, and my focus that is non-negotiable? What am I simply not willing to push aside for the sake of...
There's something special about Christmas lights. They transform ordinary places into something magical. I’m hard-pressed to find anyone, young or old, who doesn’t smile at their sparkle. Below I have listed places where you can visit to experience the holiday magic...
Christmas trees are hands down my favorite tradition. Maybe you have several trees scattered throughout your house in various coordinated themes and colors. Maybe you don’t do an in-house tree, but decorate the large evergreen in your front yard....

DIY Holiday T-Shirts

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During the first week of November, I traveled to visit my family for a week. While there, my mom and I started talking about Thanksgiving crafts, which left me with the desire to make a holiday t-shirt for my...
With Thanksgiving around the corner and Christmas not far behind, nostalgia and childhood memories are filling the air. I’m not sure if it’s the fact that my family isn’t all in the same place anymore or that we now...

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