How to host a memorable holiday cookie swap

Enjoying homemade Christmas baking is highlight of the season for many families, but making everything from scratch can be time consuming and a lot of work. So how does you stock your freezer with a delicious assortment of cookies and bars without spending several days in the kitchen? By hosting an old-fashioned holiday cookie exchange! (read more…)

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6 weeks till Christmas: create a new family tradition

Traditions are great around the holidays because it bonds the family unit, it gives you something unique to look forward to, and it invites a shared past that children can pass on to future generations. But there’s no reason to purposely create a tradition if it doesn’t fit with your family culture, or if it (read more…)

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7 weeks till Christmas: organize your family’s holiday calendar

Christmas can easily become such a stressful time of year -– too many events and not enough blank boxes on the calendar, too many people on the gift-giving list and not enough in the wallet.  Too many expectations, real or perceived, and not enough hands to do it all.  The idyllic holiday scene in your (read more…)

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8 weeks till Christmas: brainstorm decor ideas

With Halloween tomorrow, Christmas decor might not be at the front of your mind. But this time of year is the second-best spot on the calendar to score some great deals for decorating your home for the season (the best time is just after the holiday season, in January). So if you enjoy decorating for (read more…)

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10 clutter-free gift ideas for kids

This morning, our four year old daughter told me, “I don’t want a bunch of things for Christmas. I just want one thing: a pogo stick.” We are constantly cutting back on the number of toys and parts and pieces that are so often underfoot in our home, so the approaching holiday season has me thinking (read more…)

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