When I was little, every holiday had a mascot. There were the usual suspects (Santa, Easter Bunny), and then there were the ones my mom made up. Like the one for Valentine's Day.…
Added by Lauren Markman on February 14, 2014 at 7:36am — No Comments
I cannot be the only one…who feels like they have been wrapping (and unwrapping…pun intended) this past week up for days now. A holiday in the middle of the week, mixed with cookies and cocktails, can throw a Mama off her game. I have offered reflections of this Christmas, our attempt to find the perfect balance in the right…
Added by Janice Perry on December 29, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments
I cannot be the only one…who is more than a little relieved that all the salutations of seasons greetings have been said, all the festive meals have been eaten, and all the wrappings have been unwrapped for this years Christmas. Now that the season has been said and done it is time for us to review, recap, and recite some of the holiday happenings.
First, allow me to start with the gifts not purchased from the multitude…
Added by Janice Perry on December 27, 2013 at 4:21pm — No Comments
** Next year, I really need some elves, dammit.
** My twins now have nicer phones than I do. Thanks, Santa.
** Candlelight church services with kids make…Continue
Added by Jennifer Marshall on December 27, 2013 at 12:21pm — No Comments
My mom taught me to write thank you notes (thanks, Mom!), because we are civilized, polite people who have respect for our loved ones and an overall fondness for the complex social cues found in Jane Austen novels.
She gave me the basic formula when I was little:
Thank person for…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on December 27, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments
I cannot be the only who…doesn’t really have much to do on Christmas Eve, thankfully my mom still puts together the big family shindig, so we usually spend the morning relaxing. With all this unusual spare time, I decided to conduct an interview with the fantastic Mr. Sonny Boy, to learn his five year-old thoughts on what is happening with Santa now that he has officially started his magical trip around the world.
Me: What do you…
Added by Janice Perry on December 24, 2013 at 3:20pm — No Comments
In “Central Bark at Christmas,” Tennyson has just been dumped by her arrogant and insensitive lawyer boyfriend. She swears to stay away from men, believing they’re nothing but bad luck. But then, while walking her dog she…Continue
Added by Mayra Calvani on December 24, 2013 at 5:32am — No Comments
I cannot be the only one…who managed to fit in at least two weeks worth of work, chores, holiday to do’s, and family drama all in one week. I am not sad to see last week go, but before I kick it on it’s backside on the way out, I offer you this weekly wrap up.
In a mad dash to finish all of my holiday gift shopping, I made the foolish decision to visit the Downtown Disney shopping mall, my good intentions turned sour when I spent forty-five minutes being waved through overcrowded…
Added by Janice Perry on December 22, 2013 at 7:08pm — No Comments
Although it may be the holiday season, as far as presents go that doesn't mean a whole lot to Millennials. Like so many other issues, they have their own ideas about gift giving. Apparently what they want is cash, mostly to pay down college costs and other debt.
So much for the negative stereotype that those born between 1980 and 2000 are lazy and have a sense of entitlement. Millennials are laboring under a collective $1 trillion in debt from student loans and still…Continue
Added by Sandwiched Boomers on December 22, 2013 at 6:39pm — No Comments
I am sitting at my computer, listening to my son play a few feet away from me. (Yes, I know I should be standing.) He is singing a brilliant mashup of "Frosty the Snowman," "Abracadabra," "Little Red Caboose," and "All I Want for Christmas Is You." (Trust me; it's brilliant.) He sings a few lines of one song, then moves…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on December 20, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments
Are you buying gender appropriate gifts this holiday season?
As the mother of three boys, whose husband travels for work, I spend A LOT of time with my little men. It would only make sense that they have a lot of feminine exposure. If I come home with a new pair of shoes, they want to see them and tell me how cool they are. When a commercial comes on…
Added by Ellie Hirsch on December 19, 2013 at 10:57am — No Comments
I cannot be the only one…who cringes when they receive a Christmas card from that relative that takes it upon themselves to put together the Christmas Family Newsletter, also known as the “Humble Brag Letter." Upon holding the envelope in my hand, I start to run through my quote unquote accomplishments of the past year in my mind, and unless successfully keeping my family in clean socks is an achievement, my portion of the letter may be less than riveting.…
Added by Janice Perry on December 16, 2013 at 6:21pm — No Comments
Added by Lisa René LeClair on December 16, 2013 at 8:56am — No Comments
Do you have family traditions during the Holidays? I remember when I was a child, every Christmas we'd get new pajamas. The night before Christmas we would wear our new PJs and I couldn't wait to be able to open the presents in the morning. I loved waking up to Christmas music and Christmas breakfast! I even looked forward to those traditions as a teen.…
Added by Ronda on December 16, 2013 at 8:56am — No Comments
I remember when Scott and I went to get our very first tree together. I remember buying ornaments and taking a zillion pictures of it decorated. It sent a thrill right through me to see our very first tree sparkling in the living room of the apartment we were renting. It almost made everything we were doing, building a life together, seem truly, truly, true. If you know what I mean.…Continue
Added by Mary Thomas on December 14, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments
Tiger Tales Books Presents The Best Snowman Ever!
Added by Kristi Bernard on December 13, 2013 at 8:17pm — No Comments
Sometimes my mom let us eat cake for breakfast. (Maybe "let us eat cake" is the wrong phrase. Maybe I should say "turned a blind eye while we devoured leftover cake.") It wasn't often, but it's something I have vivid and fond memories of from my childhood. (Now that I think about it, I am pretty sure she was eating that cake with us. So, thanks, Mom!)
So, I think of that…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on December 12, 2013 at 7:01am — No Comments
I cannot be the only one...whose family is not known for being list makers, no to do list, no grocery list, and absolutely, positively no Christmas lists. I know this sounds silly, how could we possibly expect to receive any gifts we really love if we don't let people know what it is we want, but we never take the time to sit and put pencil to paper to create a list. My family's aversive attitude towards holiday wish list is going to have to change because I have somehow become the PR…Continue
Added by Janice Perry on December 10, 2013 at 6:05pm — No Comments
I cannot be the only one...who hates to sound like a Scrooge, but sometimes when a thought gets in this old head of mine I have to go with it, no matter how curmudgeonly it is, such as my displeasure with Sonny Boy's school holiday boutique. I am sure you are wondering how could something as genial, warm, and inviting as a kid friendly holiday shopping event be annoying, we'll let me explain.…Continue
Added by Janice Perry on December 4, 2013 at 4:33pm — No Comments
My family and I will be creating ornaments for our tree every night for the next 21 days out of treasures found in the woods, recycled materials, and left over craft supplies.
Feel free to link up your own creations!
We're going with…Continue
Added by Kelly on December 1, 2013 at 3:46pm — No Comments