All Blog Posts Tagged 'holiday' (173)

Things I've Learned This Week

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** 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…

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Added by Jennifer Marshall on December 27, 2013 at 12:21pm — No Comments

Thank you notes - even if you are doing them, you're doing them wrong

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…
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Added by Lauren Markman on December 27, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments

A Christmas Interview with Sonny Boy

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…

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Added by Janice Perry on December 24, 2013 at 3:20pm — No Comments

Book Review: ‘Christmas Dog Tails’ by Jennifer Conner

Here’s another delightful romantic short story collection about Christmas and dogs from Jennifer Conner.

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…

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Added by Mayra Calvani on December 24, 2013 at 5:32am — No Comments

Wrapping it Up

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…

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Added by Janice Perry on December 22, 2013 at 7:08pm — No Comments

Millennials and the Holiday Spirit

 

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…

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Added by Sandwiched Boomers on December 22, 2013 at 6:39pm — No Comments

Surviving mashups and meltdowns

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…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 20, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments

Is your House Gender Appropriate? Why?

 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…

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Added by Ellie Hirsch on December 19, 2013 at 10:57am — No Comments

A Humble Brag Letter, But Where's the Brag?

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.…

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Added by Janice Perry on December 16, 2013 at 6:21pm — No Comments

What's that you say? A cool, low budget gift for Christmas? That's right... And you don't even have to kill a tree!

The pip and I like to play this game where we take turns drawing pictures and the other person has to guess what it is. Most of the time, the picture is that of a poorly drawn …
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Added by Lisa René LeClair on December 16, 2013 at 8:56am — No Comments

What are your Holiday Traditions? Plus Giveaway!

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.…



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Added by Ronda on December 16, 2013 at 8:56am — No Comments

That Year We Got the Biggest Tree Ever

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.…

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Added by Mary Thomas on December 14, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments

The Best Snowman Ever!

Tiger Tales Books Presents The Best Snowman Ever!

 
The best gifts are ones you can share over and over
 or even snuggled up by the fire.
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Added by Kristi Bernard on December 13, 2013 at 8:17pm — No Comments

Why you should eat cake for breakfast and tips for other family traditions

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…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 12, 2013 at 7:01am — No Comments

The Second Bah Humbug: Wish List Making

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…

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Added by Janice Perry on December 10, 2013 at 6:05pm — No Comments

The First Bah Humbug

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.…

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Added by Janice Perry on December 4, 2013 at 4:33pm — No Comments

Simple and Special- A nightly craft

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.

Details can be found http://sagetribe02.typepad.com/blog/2013/12/simple-and-special-daily-crafting-begins.html

Feel free to link up your own creations! 

We're going with…

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Added by Kelly on December 1, 2013 at 3:46pm — No Comments

Things I've Learned This Week

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** It's not a road trip in our family unless it ends with a souvenir bag of puke.

** Thanksgiving without a nap is like Christmas without a Santa.

** You never…

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Added by Jennifer Marshall on November 29, 2013 at 11:33am — No Comments

Book Review: ‘Christmas is in the Air’ by Cary Morgan Frates, Danielle Lee Zwissler, Jennifer Conner, and Karen Hall

This is the second Christmas romance anthology from Books to Go Now that I have read this month. I loved the first one,Christmas Romance, and this the…

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Added by Mayra Calvani on November 24, 2013 at 6:46am — No Comments

Christmas Gift Ideas – Great Gift Ideas for Music Lovers

If you have a music lover in your house, you should check out these great Pre-Black Friday deals on the following electronics.   Don’t wait until wait to start your Christmas shopping on Black Friday, beat the crowds and check out these great deals.  These offers below will end on November 23 and subject to end at any time.

I have included the following reviews and Pre-Black Friday deals:…

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Added by Christy Garrett on November 23, 2013 at 9:22pm — No Comments

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