Ahh the holidays…the food, the decorations, the family…the travel. Any of you ever travel with kiddos in tow? It’s Monday morning and most of you are either a.) back at work and sitting in front of your computer  “easing”...
While I love the holiday season, December is always the busiest month of the year. I really enjoy going to cookie swaps, but they require time and preparation, often when I don't have much spare time. Then I face...
Earlier this year, my son’s daycare had a Castles and Dragons-themed week. The kids were invited to dress up for the occasion. A few weeks prior, we happened to visit Medieval Times, and our son became obsessed with knights,...
I'm here to talk to you today about Alternative Mother's Day. Now, just so there is no confusion, this is not a post dedicated to a day of celebration for “Alternative Mothers", although goodness knows they need one.  There are plenty...
I knew today was my day to post something but to be honest with you I had no idea what to write about.  I’m in the middle of a series focusing on health and exercise.  While important, it’s not...

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The holiday buzz this year is around the convergence of two holidays - Thanksgiving and Hanukkah. This won't take place again for another 79,000 years! On Thursday November 28, Thanksgiving and Hanukkah overlap for the first time since 1888. ...
Christmas is my favorite time of year. I deck the house out in decorations and watch every Christmas movie ever made. My Mom has always made Christmas a big deal so we have many traditions that we do not skip....
The holiday season is upon us, folks! Suck it up. It's happening. Ready or not, here it is! Along with the holiday season comes the Dalziel Family Turkey Drive. Yep, that's right! A turkey drive... About 5 years ago, I...
It's that time of year again: mid December .... "Go time" or in my world.... Procrastination central!! With the holidays just around the corner, it's hard not to feel busy! And if you're like me, you've waited to the last...
My parents divorced when I was six. My parents lived in different states and splitting the holidays literally meant splitting each day in half. Halfway through Christmas Day, I was boarding a plane with an “Unaccompanied Minor” badge and...
Kids are back in school, the leaves are falling, and stores are decking their halls with holiday paraphernalia. Good, bad or indifferent, soon the holiday season will be upon us, and each of us will begin to think about how...
  Fall, for many reasons, is my favorite season of the year. Not only is it a time for family, food, and festivities, but a time of reflection, thoughtfulness, and gratitude as we look toward the New Year and celebrate...
Gingerbread cookies are such a classic treat for the holidays. I have always loved eating gingerbread cookies, but I just bought mine from a store. Making them from scratch seemed like way too much work. Also, while my baking tends...
I just can’t with the Elf on the Shelf. I literally CAN NOT. I am not that mom. Sorry kids. And I’ve made it four Christmases so far without even having to give it a thought. Seriously, someone gifted an...

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