Are You A Gift Card Carrying Mom This Year?

On the second night of Chanukah, I gave my daughter a very pretty Vera Bradley wallet. Inside the wallet, I put an iTunes gift card. She shrieked with joy at – you guessed it – the $20 gift card....more

How to Simplify Your Christmas Shopping AKA How to Stay Sane, and Save Money During the Holidays!

Today is a special edition of Money Management Mondays; The Christmas Edition! If you follow these tips, it will not only save you a bundle, (!) but it will ensure that you will stay sane, and anctually enjoy the Holiday Season! http://www.mypeacelovelife.com/blog/how-to-simplifycheapify-your-christm... ...more

12 Days of Christmas: The Betty Christmases

My mom, Nancy, is posting a different Christmas memory for 12 days. She gave me her blessing to repost them here. It’s amazing how a life story can be told through the lens of a certain day....more

No Room at the In(door parking garage)

There’s nothing that zaps the Christmas spirit right out of you quite like trying to find a parking spot at the mall in December. I turn from Santa to Scrooge in a matter of minutes.Let me recount a recent experience looking for a spot at the mall two weeks before Christmas, with a little help from the songs that I can’t get out of my head this time of year....more

On The Fringe

Yay! I get to do another Holiday Fashion post! I finally completed my portfolio re-do–for the time being (more changes planned, but I can’t get to my data storage right now.) Now for some fun!I had a dilemma about what to call this post, as I came up with several fun ones: Fringe Benefits, Holiday Fringe, All In Fringe, All About Fringe. I finally settled on “On the Fringe” as it denotes “being on the edge,” which just sounded more interesting!...more

Busy, Busy Bee.

image source: http://kdlg.org/post/bazaar-tree-lighting-set-stage-festive-dillngham-weekend...more

Twelve Days of Christmas Memories: 1

My mom, Nancy, is posting a different Christmas memory on Facebook for 12 days. She gave me her blessing to repost them here. It's amazing how a life story can be told through the lens of a certain day....more
What a great idea! Can't wait to see more. I'm a real Christmas person, so the plan really ...more

10 Practical Pottery Barn-inspired Holiday Decor Tips

We moved earlier this year, which means I get approximately 54 catalogs in the mail every month. Well played, home decor stores....more

When Gifts Are Crappy

"It's the thought that counts."From the time we were kids, those words were drummed into our heads, almost as a caution. If someone gives us a present, we shouldn't be greedy, ungrateful, or rude. Rather, we should look past the thing and into the heart of the giver, finding gratitude for the intention behind the gift....more
Oh, my lord this is absolutely hysterical and touching.more

DIY Homemade Christmas Kids' Crafts and Decorations

 Homemade crafts and projects during the holiday season are a fun way to let your creativity flow while creating projects for your home or to give out as gifts to family and friends.  Making DIY items with children keeps their hands busy and allows them to explore their creative side.  If your children enjoy crafting and getting a little messy with glue, paint or glitter, turn on some holiday music and give these crafts a try!...more
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