8 tips for handling extended family stress during the holidays

As the holidays are upon us, many of us will be spending time with extended family. Whether you’re traveling to visit parents or they’re coming to stay with you, time spent with family can be filled with blessings — and also lots of stress. My father-in-law aptly stated it this way: one of the best (read more…)

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Big trips with little kids: yes, it can be done

The week of Thanksgiving, my family and I went to Paris.  It was the first time we’d ever taken a big vacation together, and it was so much fun.  It was cold, windy, and rainy, and the prices were exorbitant, but we had planned well enough and saved up enough cash to still enjoy our (read more…)

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Winner of the Nativity Hurricane Trio from Dayspring

Congratulations to Susan of The Confident Mom — you’re the winner of the nativity hurricane trio from Dayspring!  Check your inbox for an email from me. For everyone else, Dayspring is passing along a coupon code just for Simple Mom readers.  Enter the code DSTENOFF, and you’ll get $10 off a hurricane trio.  The code (read more…)

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2 weeks till Christmas: make your food gifts

Can you believe that Christmas is almost here?  It seems like yesterday I was writing about 12 Weeks Till Christmas on a balmy September afternoon.  And now, here we are. The gift buying frenzy is hyping up, and hopefully you’ve made most of your purchases.  But there are still those people in your life that (read more…)

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A holiday giveaway: Dayspring

This giveaway is now closed. Today I’ve got another giveaway for Simple Mom readers, just in time for the holidays.  Dayspring, who runs (in)courage, where I’m a monthly columnist, wants to bless someone with one of their best sellers — this beautiful Nativity Hurricane Trio. This is a set of three frosted candle luminaries, each (read more…)

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