My Sentiments Exactly

Finding the perfect greeting card should be easier.It’s such a frustrating routine of: reach for non-cheesy-looking card, read it, unleash my best eye-roll, angrily return card to its slot—repeat, repeat, repeat. I’ve bought more blank cards than ever this year because it’s simply easier to write my own sentiments....more

I Choose Him Over Family This Holiday Season

The Boyfriend and I are six months in and the holidays are creeping up. He’s an LA implant so choosing where to spend the holidays would be simple if this were an ordinary situation, but it’s not. My dad is not a fan of this relationship so for the first time ever I have to choose; spend the holidays with my family or with the boyfriend?...more

Three Ways to Beat Holiday Stress

Holidays are the best time of the year filled with parties, celebrations, gifts, food, family, and friends.Or are they?...more

Season's Cleaning Tips From Merry Maids

The holiday season brings with it the excitement of gifts, joy of family dinners and the usual warm, fuzzy feelings. Underlying all of that is often the fear of being judged on the cleanliness of your home, not by Santa, but by your own near and dear ones. This year, Debra Johnson, home cleaning expert for Merry Maids, shares her tried and tested “Season’s Cleanings” tips that will satisfy even the most difficult in-laws and keep your name from ending up on the naughty list....more


The first few Then and Now articles made me chuckle. I totally remember lightning bugs and flashlight tag and staying out to play until I heard my mom yell from down the block. Awesome!!!...more

The New Parents' Holiday Survival Guide

The holidays are fast approaching and this may be the first holiday with your new little one.  Often, there is a lot of pressure from family and friends to attend holiday gatherings so that everyone can see your new baby.  Even more often, there are grandparent wars.  Your mother-in-law may bare her fangs for the first time when you start discussing where your baby will be spending Christmas Day....more

Making Thanksgiving Meaningful: FREE Thanksgiving Activity EBook

Thanksgiving is such a terrific time of counting blessings, but it is also a fairly overlooked holiday in the shadows of Halloween fun and Christmas hoopla. I created this ebook to offer some fun activities leading up to Thanksgiving to celebrate this important holiday. It is refreshing to see the kids get excited about a holiday that does not involve obscene amounts of candy or presents and Christmas music overload. The ebook is FREE and can be found on Smashwords in various formats or on Barnes and Noble or Apple iTunes store. ...more