Is It Possible to Break Up with Elf on the Shelf?

The elf on the shelf—it began easily enough: a flurry of imagination and excitement, visions of a new avenue to pave with fond family memories. And so year after year, this delightful little visitor would show up to make mirth, merriment and messes ...more

Harness the Power of Solstice to Forgive Yourself as a Parent

New year’s resolutions are great. There’s a natural momentum to a new year that packs the gym and inspires us to make our beds or refrain from watching reality TV. However, the time before the new year—namely, the Solstice—is also a ...more

My Family Doesn't Need a Perfect Holiday

As usual, I went into the holidays with Pinterest inspired dreams. I dreamed of a perfectly decorated tree and a house that Southern Living could do a feature on. Of course this was completely unrealistic for many reasons. ...more

Don't Have Kids If You Want to Be Happy

If you want to be happy, you shouldn’t have kids. That’s a fact. Or at least, Time magazine and the sociologists who conducted this study so. Parents get less sleep, have less money, and less independence. Parents have more stress, more marital ...more

No Chimney? Leave Santa a Magic Key!

No chimney? No problem! Ease those curious minds by leaving a magical key on the front door so Santa can let himself in on Christmas Eve. ...more

This Year I Struggle To Find The Light Of The Holiday

I used to love the holidays. We’d string multi-colored lights around our family room and nestle a homemade Styrofoam gumdrop tree in and among the wisps of angel hair gracing our fireplace mantle. Wrapped gifts would rest on the hearth and trickle down onto the floor. No evergreen in sight, but it felt a little like Christmas, even as we lit the menorah all eight nights of Hanukkah. ...more

Can You Get Christmas Cheer From A Conversation With An Elf?

Last night as Michael was readying himself for bed, he got into quite a lengthy discussion with Fred. Well, monologue I suppose would be more apt. My husband and I relaxed in the family room, my daughter already asleep in bed, when I heard a soft, uninterrupted murmur coming from the other room. As the conversation continued, my husband and I began to wonder. ...more

4 Fantastic IOUs All Moms Will Love This Christmas

Lucky for last-minute or financially-strapped buyers, moms love IOUs. Plus, IOUs give the gifter a plethora of thoughtful choices that can have a huge positive impact on a mama's life. Considering the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it's nice to take some down-time after the New Year by cashing in an IOU....more
For the last two years my budget has been tight.  IOUs have been the perfect way for me to gift ...more

Mind Right Monday

Happy Monday Errybody. Ok….so it’s almost Tuesday. Sue me ....more

Keeping Christmas Simple

I am not a theologian or a biblical expert or scholar in the slightest, I’m a 100% imperfect human, and I know that not everyone believes what I believe. That includes dear friends and beloved members of my family. And I’m totally okay with that ....more

La Chureca

Peter assisting with the pinata.... Yesterday, we had an opportunity to participate in a family service project. I have been trying to find one for a long time, and bounced many ideas back and forth ....more

Don't Take Facebook Personally...Really

 Facebook has become the yardstick of how people compare themselves. There was a parenting blog that was asking what people thought of posting photos of your kids with their pile of Christmas presents they were opening....more

Ho, ho, ho who the hell knows?

Every year, I hide Christmas presents from myself. I mean, like hide them and can't remember where I put them. In the past, I've found presents I hid in like February ....more

Marriage. For Reals.

So, Larry and I had a cocktail party to go to on Saturday night. ...more

The Tradition Goes On {and on and on}

Once upon a time, I thought it would be a good idea to take an epic Christmas picture. Just once turned into every year And now, continuing on with that crazy tradition I started five years ago ....more

His gifts... always what we need in advance.

The house is peaceful with the quietest strains of Christmas music filtering through the house, and the kiddos are out playing with neighbor friends. I've had a message on my heart to share and whenever I feel that press, I try my hardest to sit down and let the words flow, as it's for a reason- an often timely blessing to my own heart, as I process out loud, exactly what God is speaking to me....more

Ipsy Glam Bag Review – December

The theme for December’s...more

Randoms for the week

This is an old picture and those measly little snow flakes are just about all the snow we've seen this Winter and that was probably a month ago. ...more