Stay sane this Christmas by making wise decisions

Today I’m on (in)courage, talking about simple, practical ways to not go nuts this Christmas (or any time of year, really). From the post: “Perhaps you’ve got a baby this holiday season, so traveling a long distance through inclement weather sounds like a nightmare. Maybe your husband’s (or your) workload is unusually heavy this season, (read more…)

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Q&A: choosing gifts for your kids

In the spirit of the holiday season, today’s Q&A is about Black Friday. How do you decide on your gift giving purchases? Does your family set limits with some sort of tradition? Our family’s is pretty simple. Watch the video below for today’s question and to hear how we choose what gifts to give our (read more…)

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Quick and easy holiday decorating ideas

This time of year can get overwhelming fast. Before the turkey has even settled in our stomachs, it’s time to plan putting up the Christmas tree or getting ready to race into stores for Black Friday sales. I personally end up feeling like the entire reason for the season gets lost in the chaos of (read more…)

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How to be a guest in someone else’s home

After a few posts talking about how to prepare your home for guests, several of you commented that you were going to be the guests this week. So to celebrate this week of Thanksgiving (at least here in America), I’m republishing this post, first written on December 18, 2009. I just tweaked it a bit (read more…)

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Plan your peaceful Christmas: maintaining your home during the holidays

On Wednesday, Tsh talked about “guest-ifying” your home now, before the holidays are in full swing. Cleaning, decluttering and preparing for guests ahead of time is an important step, but once you clean and declutter, then what? If you have young children, things probably won’t stay neat and tidy for very long on their own, (read more…)

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