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A simple ritual to fight the winter darkness

I am not made for winter. I don’t know how I possibly could be, considering that I was born smack dab in the middle of June in Houston to parents whose air conditioning had gone out the week before. Something about those miserable conditions imprinted on my DNA, so I’ll take a relentless sun and (read more…)

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It’s no puzzle: keeping holiday traditions simple

I don’t remember exactly when it started. Sadly, I suspect I may have rolled my eyes a bit the first time someone pulled out a box and started to pour the cardboard pieces on the recently cleared dining room table. Putting together a puzzle? Really? THIS is how we’re going to spend our Christmas? Really. (read more…)

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Creating gift tags from your child’s art

In our family, the holiday season is closely connected with crafting. I remember making ornaments with my mom as a child and I love sharing those same memories with my own children. As much as the kids and I love a fun holiday craft project, in an effort to simplify  this year, we decided to (read more…)

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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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