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To the Father Who Only Gets Father’s Day

You are an amazing Father. Your children know you are.  They hang all over you the second the get to walk through the door of their home to see your smile.  They blow raspberries…aka arm farts…on you instead of a hug or a kiss, but they do so as they are already jumping into your […]

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Why I Don’t Want to Travel for Christmas…Preferably Ever

The holidays are a time to enjoy with family, show appreciation for those you love and maybe sip a holiday eggnog or seven and gift a toy or twelve. There is no holiday I enjoy more than Christmas. Call me a softy, but I have the warm and fuzzies all of December and truly, truly […]

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There Will Never Be an Elf on Our Shelf

Christmas is my favorite holiday, hands down, no competition. I unabashedly start brainstorming wrapping paper color themes in October, and selecting the family Christmas card design takes time and careful thought. I’m trying to convince my husband that we need matching Christmas pajamas, which of course we do not because no one does. What I’m […]

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Easter Baskets: 13 Affordable, Non-Candy Treats

If anyone else’s family is like mine, the kids are going to get plenty of candy in their Easter baskets without me contributing to the sugar-rush. Now, don’t get me wrong — I’m definitely including a few sugary treats in the baskets this year (the rainbow Twizzlers were too cute to pass up!), but I wanted some […]

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Gifts from Santa: Can We Tone It Down A Bit?

With the holidays quickly approaching, my newsfeed has been riddled with article after article about why people are going to let go of the “big Christmas” guilt and give their kids everything they want this year. After reading six op-ed pieces about reclaiming present-filled holidays, I’m here to offer an alternative opinion. Gift giving is my […]

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Santa Stays: Why We’re Sticking With Santa Until Santa Doesn’t Stick

I’ve read at least three blogs today about telling kids the truth about Santa. Apparently one of the latest parenting trends is to boycott Santa and his elves in favor of a dose of truth, reality, and the hope of a deeper trust between parents and children. I have to say, I’m all for honesty, […]

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Your Guide to Surviving Family Drama This Holiday Season

We’re coming up on the holidays, and you know what that means! I’m not talking about packed malls, decadent food, and the sweet crooning of Bing Crosby. I’m talking about a holiday tradition older than any of those festivities: Family drama. In recent years I’ve realized that, despite what you might think, absolutely everyone has […]

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23 Things I’m Not Thankful For This Holiday Season

‘Tis the season to be jolly, merry, and of course thankful, for everything we are so lucky to have and experience this holiday season. But let’s not kid ourselves–we’re parents (some of us 8 months pregnant with a toddler and an infant)–and we can’t always be thankful for everything, all the time. Parenthood is filled with […]

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