17 last-minute gift ideas from your pantry

Chances are if the title of this post caught your eye, there are still a few names on your gift list you just haven’t gotten around to shopping for – and now it’s the eve of Christmas Eve. At this point I strongly advise against heading out of the house to shop, for you will (read more…)

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Prepare to be a guest in someone else’s home

With Christmas Day a mere seven days away, many of you might be heading out of town soon.  Your weekend plans may be laundry, packing, and closing up the home for the next few days. Or if you’re staying home, there’s a likely chance you’re about to welcome guests in to your home life for (read more…)

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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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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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