Christmas In Our Times

Just a thought on this most special of holidays, Christmas. If we can have peace on one day, wouldn't it be nice to have it last longer? If peace is an lack of conflict or injustice or violence, what other time than now would we search for peace? If only our short-term 'goodwill towards all men' could last more than a few hours or a day....more

Holiday Life Hacks for a Joyful and Sane Holiday Season

With our busy, go-go lives, how can we survive the holidays and keep the family entertained without having a mental breakdown? Over the years my co-founder, Claudine Ryan and I have developed our own “holiday life hacks” to keep us sane as we juggle life at our start-up with our active families.  This year we’ve also had the pleasure of speaking with some of our favorite family-oriented bloggers to discover their best December tips....more

I Don't Do Santa, I Barely Do Christmas

When I was little, I gave my mom a long list of things that I wanted for Christmas.  It went something like "I want Santa to get me a Rainbow Brite doll, and Twink, and Teddy Ruxpin, and Grubby, and a Cabbage Patch Kid and a bike, and a car, and some books, and some paint and..." My mom looked me dead in the eyes and said "There ain't no damn Santa Claus, I'm Santa Claus and we'll see what you get!"  I don't think I was sad, I just felt naive and slightly confused but mostly I wondered if that meant that I couldn't get everything I wanted.  My mom was very matter-of-fact abou...more

Hostess with the Mostess

“And I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy.” -F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby I love throwing parties. I’ve been doing it since college. Whether it is an intimate dinner, my own birthday party, a New Years Eve bash, or a backyard soiree, I genuinely love planning these types of events.I have my mother to thank for that....more

Teaching Kids About Being Self-Less: Ideas for Acts of Kindness

Random acts of kindness is something we should all work toward throughout the year but the Christmas spirit comes alive even more when we are able to show acts of generosity, self-lessness and compassion toward others in need during this beautiful time of year.  The holiday season is the perfect time to teach our children about being self-less and to show acts of kindness toward others without expecting anything in return.  Although this Christmas season is supposed to be a joyous occasion, many people are suffering, not able to celebrate it with their families or do not have thei...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
Parthenia Queen  I do believe we find the greatest joy in giving to others. I hope 2015 is an ...more

#MicroblogMonday - Less Violence. More Love.

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too....more

Merryish and Brightish

 May your days be merry and bright! Well, not every day that we did a Christmas activity was merry and bright.  But it's okay....more

12 Gifts that Give Back

With only one week until Christmas, I am sure you have all your shopping done. But if you’re like my dad, then you might enjoy a little last minute pressure when selecting gifts. This year I’ve tried to purchase all my gifts through Amazon Smile, which donates .5% of eligible purchases to your charity of choice, or from retailers that give back a portion of the proceeds for the greater good. So to help all of you procrastinators, here’s a list of some gifts that will give twice this holiday season! (And they have nothing to do with ladies dancing or pipers piping.)...more

Holiday Gift: Stove Top Potpourri + Free Printable

Christmas is just around the corner and if you're anything like me, you're feeling a little overwhelmed! I can't believe how quickly it snuck up on me! Of course, I probably say that EVERY year. Oh well. If you're still looking for that last minute gift idea for your neighbors, co-workers, friends, your child's teacher,'s a quick and easy way to give them a pretty awesome gift! Supplies Needed:...more