Valentine Gifts For The Girls

 If you don't want to give just candy to your kiddos and if you like to splurge on Valentine's Day, here is our wrap up of fun ideas for girls.  (Boys are scheduled for tomorrow!)...more

I Could Shoot the Person Who Gave My Child a Toy Gun

NERF UnOfficial event "NERFest" EX-2 in Japan (Photo credit: HK-DMZ)...more

Free Gifts My Body Gave Me in 2012

I've been in 'reflection' mode since the beginning of December. Ahhhh...another end of a year. Another 365 days have pushed passed me, grabbed me and dragged me along for a ride I could have never imagined. Again. Such is life, right? Well, the answer to that question I'll answer in another blog. (Please don't expect it any time soon, it's a biggie.) I was thinking about my body and how it has changed since January 2012. I realized that without my asking, my body gave me many free gifts this year. Imagine that. Free gifts my body gave me in 2012:...more

Creative Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas

A small holiday confession: I hate wrapping gifts. The process of picking colors that aren't 'too girly' or 'too babyish', the excessive cutting, and running out of invisible tape goes to waste as soon as my children come down to the Christmas tree and rip the wrapping paper to shreds. It's a lot of work to throw all that wrapping paper away! So this year, I decided to do something different for Christmas presents. ...more
Love the wreath and sprig of holly.  Simple and beautiful.more

My Green Spiral Notebook Refuses to be Found!!!!!

I swear my spiral notebook ran away!!!!   Menus, shopping lists, who's bringing what to the family dinner, what gifts I had already for bought for family, it was all in my green spiral notebook.    The one that I took with me to the Doctor's office Monday while I waited to be worked in for an appointment.    I called them first thing Tuesday a.m., no notebook.  I  called the pharmacy this morning, no notebook.  Going to ransack my truck (again!) and then start on the house.    The recyclables have been...more

Gift-Giving Tips From a Gift-Giving Contrarian

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve become a gift-giving contrarian. Christmas-time, birthday-time, anniversary-time -- it doesn't matter. I don’t buy into the hype, I don’t buy into the guilt, and many times, I just don’t buy. So, just in time for Christmas, I’m here to give you the benefit of my contrarian notions about how not to make yourself nuts over gift giving. ...more
@carrien There's no better time than Christmas to get kids thinking about the needs of others ...more

Remembering Others This Holiday Season

Remembering Others This Holiday Season The gift buying season is upon us. Every year I sit down and make a list of the people I need to buy for and struggle to match that list to gift ideas. Face it, some people are harder to shop for than others. Since I'm probably not the only one with this problem, I thought I would share some of my ideas. Today's list is about  giving to others....more

Gifts For Them That Help You

Gift giving is about the receiver, but sometimes you can give them a gift that helps you out too! Kids are by far the easiest ones to buy for in this category. Pretty much any new toy will keep a kid occupied for a little while, but the ones that keep them occupied for longer periods of time over and over again are the best ones. Below is my list of my favorite gifts for them that help you!...more

8 Great Books To Give To Your Favorite Foodies

No matter how much time I spend looking up recipes online, I'm still happiest when I'm curled up in my favorite chair, flipping through a hard-copy cookbook for just the right recipe to make next. Cookbooks and food books are great gifts for anyone who loves spending time in the kitchen. Here are some of my favorite picks from books released by bloggers in 2012. ...more