3 weeks till Christmas: menu plan & batch cook for December

December is typically a very busy month for most families — holiday parties, school events, and shopping lists keep us hectic and busy.  Keeping up with typical household tasks feels a bit intrusive and even a bit of a seasonal damper.  Who wouldn’t rather bake Christmas cookies than tackle the laundry? Dinner easily falls to (read more…)

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20 ways to stay healthy (and happy) this winter season

The change in seasons is well upon us and it’s a perfect time to take a look at ways we can keep ourselves healthy and balanced. As the cold moves in, we need to shift our wellness routine to respond to the changes it brings. Here are 20 ways you can create a winter wellness (read more…)

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4 weeks till Christmas: decorate your home

This week’s task for our 12 Weeks to a Peaceful Christmas series? It’s a fun one. Decorate your home for the holidays. If you’re American, you might still be relishing in the Thanksgiving leftovers and college football. As you enjoy that sweet family time, start pulling out the Christmas decor, a little at a time, (read more…)

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Handmade gift ideas for tweens and teens

Those of you who have been following along with the 12 Weeks to a Peaceful Christmas series probably began your Christmas shopping weeks ago. For others, these final days of November (especially Black Friday here in the United States) are when the inertia and adrenaline of the holiday shopping season kick into high-gear. As I (read more…)

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5 weeks till Christmas: address and order your holiday cards

About six weeks ago, we talked about gathering your mailing addresses and exploring holiday card ideas. So because those things are already done, this week’s task is a simple one — address those envelopes. If you can whip out the envelopes in one sitting — preferably with a mug of cocoa and while watching a (read more…)

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