When I was growing up, the term holiday stress did not exist in my vocabulary. Christmas was fun, joyful, a time to see my entire family, (aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents) and of course, get presents. And back then, it was easy to be with family during the…Continue
Added by Rachel Braun on December 20, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Your tree is up and decorated. The stockings are hung over the fireplace, and your home is twinkling with Christmas magic. Holiday music fills the air, and everywhere you go people are spreading holiday cheer. This is ordinarily a joyous time meant…Continue
Added by Rachel Braun on December 14, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments
Holiday traditions can be a tricky thing for new families to tackle. Each person coming into a marriage with their own sentimental attachments to everything they did as a child during the holiday season. Thankfully, my husband and I grew up with pretty similar traditions, so it was never a big issue. And…Continue
Added by Rachel Braun on December 5, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments
Thanksgiving is over, the tree is up and twinkling with lights, your stockings are hung, and you have visions of a peaceful, relaxing holiday with your family. Singing Christmas carols, baking cookies, curling up under a warm blanket and drinking a hot cup of cocoa, maybe going on a sleigh ride or attending a…Continue
Added by Rachel Braun on November 30, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments
I love this time of year - lights, decorations, holiday tunes, and even...get ready for it...the MALLS!!!! It's just so festive and fun. This year, I decided to inundate myself with Christmas cheer and channel it into a short story just in time for the holidays. I watched the Hallmark channel incessantly for inspiration, and I hope you love the end result. If you're looking for a sexy, short read with all the feels, check out Christmas in Cabo, FREE on KINDLE UNLIMITED!!!!…Continue
Added by Kristen Luciani on November 29, 2016 at 11:27am — No Comments
People use rental cars for various reasons, but it all boils down to convenience…Continue
Added by Sandra McCain on December 22, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments
This past weekend I hosted my very first cookie swap! After a random idea and a post on a whim on Facebook, I had what I expected to be a good handful of attendees, however, after a lot of illnesses and other medical emergencies of a few of my expected attendees, it ended up being a small house. No worries! That just meant more cookies and wine for us.
If you have never been to…
Holidays aren't complete without the ones we love. If your family lives near, everyone will probably gather at a central location to celebrate. If you have family out of town, travel will more than likely be apart of your plans. Traveling with kids during the holiday season can seem pretty complicated, but it's totally doable! Use these 7 ways to survive holiday travel with the family and you'll…Continue
Added by Jazelle on December 2, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments
This is part one of a three part series on stress and how to deal with it. This is my blog post as it appeared as a guest post on One2One Network on November 3, 2015. I find this to be extremely relevant as the holiday season is upon us.…Continue
Added by Heather Kiser on November 4, 2015 at 7:36pm — No Comments
** 'Tis the season to feel like a walking ATM.
** If you're a fan of torturing yourself, I highly recommend going to the mall two weekends before Christmas.…
Added by Jennifer Weedon Palazzo on December 13, 2014 at 10:34am — No Comments
** If my kids overflow one more toilet around here, they're getting an outhouse for Christmas.
** I could really use an…Continue
Added by Jennifer Marshall on December 12, 2014 at 12:13pm — No Comments
Many people dread gift giving season for a number of reasons, but one of the most difficult tasks can be choosing a gift for someone who has a unique hobby or interest. While it might seem simple to choose a gift for the person who has a niche interest, if the giver is not savvy and up to date on the items within that niche, headaches and a few tears could ensue.
This can be especially true if that person in your life is a car lover. Gearheads, as they’re sometimes referred to, have a…Continue
Added by Mom Bloggers Club on November 20, 2014 at 3:53pm — No Comments
Everyone has a friend or family member who is impossible to shop for. Whether he buys everything he wants himself or just doesn’t have any interests ripe for supplementation, come the gift giving holidays (birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas) you’re bereft, without a clue where to turn. Luckily, there are activities that…Continue
Added by Mom Bloggers Club on November 20, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments
October’s focus is preparation.
Plan out your calendar.…Continue
Some of you may remember this post from a few years ago, and some of you may be reading it for the first time. Whatever the case, it was my own nucking futty spin on the classic tale of "The Night Before Christmas". If your holidays are anything like mine, you'll appreciate the recounting of a Christmas Eve that's not exactly what you might call picture-perfect.…Continue
Added by Jennifer Marshall on December 24, 2013 at 11:16am — No Comments
** Whoever declared the recorder a "musical" instrument was obviously deaf.
** The UPS man has left more on my porch lately than the squirrels have.…Continue
Added by Jennifer Marshall on December 20, 2013 at 8:00pm — No Comments
** The weatherman seems to be telling us all to go back to our warm beds until April.
** It would be AWESOME if I was the octopus my children seem to think I am.
** When you tell your husband to pick up "holiday-ish" paper plates at the grocery store, you evidently need to…Continue
Added by Jennifer Marshall on December 13, 2013 at 12:56pm — No Comments
As I mentioned in my previous blog, we have had an increase in calls to our Family Support Line related to children refusing to go to school. If you did not read the previous blog, it would be a good place to start regarding general information on heading off school avoidance in children.
What is school avoidance? The website, Human Illnesses, defined school avoidance as “when children and teens repeatedly stay home from school or are repeatedly sent home from school, because of…Continue
Added by Stacy Hladek on December 13, 2013 at 12:06pm — No Comments