DIY gift numbering

I wasn’t an overly sneaky kid, never once did I secretly unwrap gifts for a peek! Promise. I was however an eager gift-shaker. And a great guesser. By Christmas morning I had a pretty good idea of what treasures were coming my way. So my clever Mom came up with a plan: she numbered all (read more…)

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Avoiding over-commitment and enjoying the week of Christmas

The families were coming, wagons drying off in the garages, gloves and hats laid out by the front door. They had all responded to our invitation for our annual night of caroling through the neighborhood. Snow or rain, about 40 people – from big grown-ups down to the wee little babes – would pack into (read more…)

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There’s still time: 20 great Christmas gifts on Amazon

Okay, so unlike other years, I’m going to START this annual post of mine with its disclaimer: Yes, I love shopping locally, and I love supporting mom-and-pop shops. It’s my preferred way to shop when everything lines up well. And I encourage you to do the same as much as you can. BUT. Amazon truly (read more…)

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20 favorite monthly gift subscriptions

One of my favorite gifts is a really stellar monthly subscription box that will surprise me each time with fun, unexpected things. I’m not talking about fruit or cheese of the month (though those are arguably pretty awesome in their own right) but more along the lines of toys, beauty products, handmade gifts and goods (read more…)

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6 steps to a relaxed Christmas: strategically feed your family

A note from Tsh: I asked Jessica of Life as MOM to write this next step in our Relaxed Christmas series. Why? Well, she’s awesome, for one, but also because this mother of six knows how to feed an army—she recently released a book called Not Your Mother’s Make Ahead and Freeze Cookbook, and her (read more…)

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