Hello November


5 Mommy Stages of Halloween

Like most holidays, preparation for Halloween falls on my plate. This is mainly because I LOVE any excuse to buy special outfits for the littles. Typically, by Memorial Day, I’ve been scouring Pinterest and Etsy for months in search of the perfect, unique sibling costumes. I order them and anxiously wait for the mailman to deliver the goods in 6-8 weeks. This year, because we are in the throes of Minion Mania, we went with something a little different: the littles are going to be Elves inspired by the Elf on the Shelf....more

Gird Your Loins and Load Your GIFs, Because Here Comes Christmas Already

I'll be the first to admit that I am a lover of holidays. In all actuality, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because of the process of cooking and feeding the folks that I love. But there is just something about the spirit of Christmas that makes me grin from ear to ear and smile in anticipation of it. But I know I'm not everyone....more
Karen Ballum Bring on the glitter!more

Immigrant Story: The First Fourth of July

 It's the end of our day, but my grandmother is packing sliced sausage, a metal tin of saltines, and bottles of Hamm's beer into a brown box. My mother calls out to my father to remember the bottle opener. We are, the entire houseful of us, readying to take flight. I look outside the kitchen window and see near darkness. Where can we be going, and packing food for it? I chew on my thumbnail and my Abuela reminds me to stop or she will dip my finger in aji again. I pull my thumb out. ...more

How To Build a Gift Closet & Give More Generously

When I was younger, I thought I was the first person ever to have come up with the idea of a permanent stash of gift items you keep in your house for those "just-in-case" moments. I pictured a chest of drawers with purchased and homemade gifts and gift wrap for those inevitable birthday party invites my future children would have. ...more
reillysmom16  I think that's such an awesome idea.  We don't have kids yet, but I know I will ...more

The Easiest DIY Easter Egg Wreath

I think I’ve mentioned before that I’m not a craft whiz.  However, while on a walk this morning with Annabelle, I found inspiration!  One of our neighbors had a festive Easter wreath on their front door.  I hang wreaths (store-bought usually…again, I’ve never been confident in my DIY abilities) for every occasion– Christmas, Halloween, etc., but I didn’t have one for Easter!...more

A New Year's Letter of Complaint and Capitulation

If I could write a letter to New Year’s Eve it would start:Little Time31/12/14London Dear NYE,I’m not angry at you, I’m just disappointed… ...more

Valentine's Day Gift Guide for Him & Her

 Today on my blog, I'm sharing a Valentine's Day gift guide for both women and men! Check it out here!...more

Practice Gratitude

Traditionally during the holidays, we collectively remember to be thankful for the blessings in our lives,  or even to recognize we have blessings at all.  It is easy to get caught up in our lives – happiness, sadness, loss, joy, excitement and even boredom.  However, every once in a while, we slow down and remember to be thankful, vowing to never take things for granted again....more