The holidays can be a very hard time for those in the childcare business. It seems like the last few weeks leading up to Christmas become more and more stressful. It also feels like this is the time of year when our clients forget that we are just like they are.
The other day, I had a bit of spare time on my hands and was feeling quite antsy. My sister asked: “Why don’t you write your Christmas cards?” I busted out laughing. “Single people without children don’t write Christmas cards.” I then went on to explain what said Christmas card might look like: Me by myself smiling at the camera. The letter?
Dear So-and So,
The one thing I thought I had a chance at getting this Christmas was for my kids to believe in all of the magical elements of the holiday for one more year. Santa Claus. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. The Elf of the Shelf.
But, since kids sometimes have a way of doing the very opposite of what we want, that wish is now the one thing I know I won’t be receiving. And, much to my surprise, I am okay with that.
When I was a kid, I felt no stress: Christmas was my favorite time of year. The season started with shopping for a new dress to wear to church and to holiday functions. Next came the trifecta of pageantry: the church choir concert, the elementary school choir concert and then the church holiday play, which was followed by a cookie exchange and presents for the Sunday school teacher, the choir director and anyone else who guided my soul that year.
Christmas is an exciting time of year, especially when you have children. It’s so much fun to celebrate the holiday through their eyes and experience the magic of Christmas as a child yourself all over again. Having said this, I also think with all our joyful celebrations, we can easily lose sight of the true meaning of the holiday season.
Christmas trees. Christmas presents. Christmas custody?
When a couple with children are no longer together, the couple has to decide who will have the children during the holidays. There are some who may celebrate the holidays together in hopes of creating a peaceful holiday for the children.
Christmas shopping, cleaning, Twitter, cookie baking, pie crust rolling, Facebook, wrapping, teacher gifts, Instagram, decorating, errands, Pinterest.
How do bloggers keep from losing their minds while keeping their blog alive during the busy month of December? With some tips to embrace the rich content opportunity that the holiday season brings and by learning to let the season work for you. Here are 9 quick ways to use Christmas to fill your blog.
How often do you look at someone else's social media feed and feel the pressure that you're not living up to some impossibly unrealistic standard? Have you fallen into the trap of comparing yourself to the seemingly fabulous lives others are portraying on social media and feel that you're somehow falling short? It happens to me all the time, and it's not a good feeling. Frankly, it sucks and during the holiday time of year, it's even worse. I'm not some crafty DIYer or chef or baker or candlestick maker.
So you waited until last minute to get a gift or the person lives far away or you just haven't found that perfect... so what about apps? With millions of apps in the mobile marketplace, chances are likely that a specific interest can be matched to a specific app.
Gifting apps for the holidays is a way to deliver thoughtful and contemporary content to friends and colleagues. Do you have a favorite app that enhances your daily life? How about gifting it for your best friend? Ideal for simple and tailored seasonal giving, apps can be sent directly to the recipient. Let's review how it's done.
Whether working in an office or managing the household as a SAHM, there's one thing that all mothers have in common: We are some busy so-and-sos. Like, legit out there juggling, multi-tasking, moving, shaking, and wheeling that mini van like it's a cruise liner.
To show the mama on the move how much you appreciate her hustle game, here are six super cool gifts that she needs this holiday season. Or -- real talk -- treat yourself to one of these brilliant gifts this year.
Be thoughtful. That's the best advice I can give to anyone looking for gifts for autistic friends and loved ones. Ask after what they really like, want, or need, and be ready to embrace free-thinking gifts like jumbo rolls of bubble wrap. If you are after more specific advice, or need more than gift guides of holidays past, please consider these items that my autistic son Leo, his friends, and his community members appreciate.
All right. The Pumpkin Spice boat has cleared the docks. And it's pretty much a wrap on turkey dinners -- both of the struggle plate and hashtag-blessed variety. That means it's time to deck the halls, sprinkle everything with peppermint bark and gingerbread, and get onto the topic that parents of youngsters so enjoy debating.
It's time to talk about Santa Claus. Or, more specific: Is this the year that we unleash the real deal about the man in the red suit?
I did it. I finally got up the nerve to tell my daughter the truth about Santa Claus.
A few weeks ago, we were at the mall and we ran into a North Pole display where the kids can write letters to Santa. She began writing a note to him explaining that she didn’t think he was real. I knew it was time to spill the beans.
If you want to carry over the warm buzz of Thanksgiving and offer up some good cheer for shoppers to open when they get home from their gift acquiring adventures, I present my own version of Cyber Monday.
I had the pleasure of creating and donating this great basket for a local organization that rescues dogs. They're putting together a fundraiser and asked me if I wanted to donate some of the products that I sell in my Etsy store. I jumped at the chance; clearly I'm obsessed with my two pups and I would love to help other dogs find their forever homes.
Living outside of the U.S. and having married an Italian, I work extra hard to keep up American traditions that are important to me. Thanksgiving remains one of my favorite holidays, even if it is just a regular work and school day for everyone else wherever we are.
Part of that tradition is, of course, practicing gratitude. But I found that asking my children to reflect on something for which they were grateful resulted in bland choruses of "I am thankful for my family."
My favorite part of Thanksgiving is hanging with my crazy family, followed closely by my mama’s homemade dressing and gravy. My least favorite part is watching my family spend the holiday and the entire next day binge-watching football and lackluster Lifetime movies.
My goal for the 2015 holiday season is to make my Instagram a bit more "holiday-ready." Instead of snapping and posting, I want to slowly create a holiday presence on my feed, and make it feel just as cozy as my home. I want you to look at my feed and think "I definitely want to curl up by her fireplace with a mug of hot chocolate and a warm blanket."
As Halloween passes and you finally finish packing away the costumes and the candy, turning the calendar to November can seem as painful as wearing a beaded thong to the gym. The holiday season becomes a catch 22 for most people who have gone through (or are going through) a divorce. You love the idea of the holidays; but your mind inevitably goes full blown Christmas Carol on you and you’re being tortured by the Ghost of Christmas Past. Only now, he’s got a buddy – The Ghost of Christmases That Will Never Be.
The holiday season is upon us and that means amazing culinary treats and possible weight gain. This is the Superbowl season for all food lovers. Some of us will spend days in the kitchen preparing for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and other holiday events. It's the most wonderful time of the year, but it can also be a very tiring time.
I see you: finger hesitant on my doorbell and costume half-hearted.
I see you: never alone, the safety in numbers, fearing a monster much different than that which scares ghouls a full head or more smaller than you.
These Halloween Bat Cupcakes are made with a moist, rich chocolate cake, a simple chocolate frosting, and store bought cookies to create a bat-tastic Halloween treat!
It's the third week of October, and I have Halloween on my mind. My Halloween Pinterest board is packed with so many easy, festive Halloween treats that it was tough to choose which one to create first.
October is the start of a festive few months in our lives, beginning with Halloween. It's a fun time of the year! So many of us are planning our Halloween makeup, and considering how much time and effort we put into the day, it's important to think about keeping your makeup on your face.
A couple of years ago, a hurricane was predicted to hit my region on Halloween, so trick or treating was cancelled in my town. My kids were devastated; I was thrilled. No opportunity to collect dozens of pieces of sugar and preservative-filled candy? Aw, that's too bad. Here's an apple; let's watch a movie.
When you eat gluten-free (GF), sometimes the holiday festivities can be a bit less than festive since we often find ourselves spending a great deal of time worrying about what is and what isn't safe to eat. Meanwhile, we’d rather be enjoying the festivities just like everyone else.
Well, here it is... Halloween. That both dreaded and long-awaited time of year, when we strain our poor brains and abuse Google and Pinterest to find the best costume for the most creative holiday of the year. It's okay though, because we LOVE it! But wouldn't it be great to find a costume that we can make with what we already have? And one that wouldn't ruin or stain our clothes in fake blood? Uh, YES!
First of all, what? An apple? A toy? Gluten-free bar? A box of raisins?
Before you beat me with your broomstick, let me tell you that I understand. I respect and appreciate all the reasons why we need to be politically correct, understand our differences, know that not everyone says trick or treat (but still goes trick-or-treating), and that some of us are allergic, trying to live healthy, trying to be gluten-free.
Oh, Champagne, how I love you—and how difficult you are to drink all night long. Palates fade, and your second (or third) glass starts feeling less sparkly and more sticky-sweet. It's a sacred tradition to begin and end any New Year's Eve party with bubbles, but it's tricky to keep a cocktail party going without … well, cocktails.
Winter is the season to shine, glitter, glimmer, sparkle, and glow! Between New Year's and Valentine's Day (and the dark days in between), you need bright rhinestones, colorful crystals and gorgeous, luxe-looking items to keep you keeping on.
Conceived in 1966, Kwanzaa is an African-American holiday, celebrated between December 26 and January 1. The seven days represent seven principles to unite African-American communities. On each day, some families gather to reflect or demonstrate a principle.
Lean Pockets have no artificial flavors, a good source of protein & have 100% real cheese. Read our bloggers posts where they will tell you their guilt free experiences with Lean Pockets. Plus get a chance to win $100! Read more