holidayentertaining

Keeping the joy in entertaining

Keep entertaining simple. There are so many ways to host a holiday party, like an appetizer or dessert party, a potluck, an open house, a sing-a-long party with hot chocolate, caroling with chili, cornbread and cider, or even a simple sit-down dinner (remember you can buy pre-made food from local restaurants or markets – bring (read more…)

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My favorite gift picks on Amazon

It’s time for this annual post of mine, and if behind-the-scenes numbers are any indication, it’s one of the most popular posts of the year. I always appreciate good ideas when I can’t think of much, so think of this as a friend of yours sitting across the table, tossing out holiday gift ideas. Yes, (read more…)

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DIY Autumn decor: fabric leaf tree

It was a cool, grey morning – quite fall-ish, if I may say. What started as a quick walk to take the dog outside (we’re watching her while my parents travel) turned into a spontaneous nature walk. As I watched my kids get more and more excited about bringing the goods home (“Wait! I’ll go get (read more…)

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Where’s home: the place or the people?

Most of you know that I’ve moved quite a few times in my life—three different countries, one summer in a fourth country, and two different states in the U.S. (not to mention countless apartments and homes within each locale). I don’t love moving, not at all, but I do have a knack of how to (read more…)

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Lessons from our positive home-buying experience

So last week I showed you guys a glimpse into our home, where we’ve lived for a little over a year now. You all were so kind in the comments, and though it’s not perfect, the place is home right now, and I love that. We don’t know how long we’ll live there, so in (read more…)

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