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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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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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