Candy Cane Chex (Or how to eat a half-pound of white chocolate in an hour)

I am a firm believer that Christmas decorations should stay up until at least the second week of January. It's sad enough going back to work after 2 weeks of vacation and half-days, so why is everyone rushing to turn their house back to boring?...more

DIY Gift Tags

Homemade Angelfish Ornament

Angelfish Ornament...more

Word of Advice: Don't Discuss Controversial Current Events Topics With Your Family Over the Holidays

Ah, the holidays. A joyous time of year spent with loved ones; eating delicious food, giving and receiving generous gifts, listening to seasonal tunes and arguing with your family about hot-button political issues.Wait, what?Listen. I'm all for a healthy debate and voicing your opinions on current events and controversial topics. I think it's important to take a stand on something and to believe in a cause and to want to have a discussion with your peers, regardless if they agree with you or not....more

The Power to Choose

The holiday season can be a time of mixed emotions. In our darkest moments there’s always a little hope! - See more at: http://carpediemwithjasmine.com/vlog-the-power-to-choose/#sthash.0nt99ifS.dpufThe holiday season can be a time of mixed emotions. In our darkest moments there’s always a little hope!...more

Christmas Magic from the 'Me' Generation

Many people will say that the current generation of young people are in the "Me Generation". That kids are only about themselves or that they feel entitled to luxuries as staples in their lives. That they're ungrateful or uncaring. But, today, I want to tell you about a group of kids who make many adults I know look like chumps....more

What Are Your Favorite Christmas Songs?

As far as I’m concerned, there are two types of people out there:Those who love Christmas music, and idiots....more

The Days of December

It'll soon be Christmas Eve at our house, and my first son will be home from college. I think of how my second boy will have just one more Christmas with us, then he'll be on his own, too. I've got the third littlest still with me for a good chunk of years, but we all know what they say about time, and how it flies....more

Affordable Tech Gifts for the Holidays

It's the most wonderful time of the year – and the most spendy, too. That's good news for the people on the receiving end of holiday gifts! According to the 2014 National Retail Federation’s Holiday Consumer Spending Survey, the average person celebrating Christmas, Kwanzaa or Hanukkah will spend $804.42 and most of that will go toward presents. As for what kinds of presents, gadgets are hot....more

Down-to-earth, uncomplicated holiday decorating inspiration

I have a mini panic attack whenever I see those big plastic bins people use to pack up their Santas, ornaments and wreaths for 11 months out of the year. I don’t have it in me to worry about the whereabouts of snow globes and porcelain nativity scenes during the off-season. It all just seems like too much of a commitment. How am I to know if I’ll still feel the same way next year about a set of Christmas dishes?! I just can’t get locked in like that, man....more