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How to eat healthier at your next holiday potluck

Potlucks are a fun and convenient party plan, especially for the host.  Less cooking means more time to relax, let loose and spend time with your guests.  But if you’re making an effort to eat healthier in your day to day life, potlucks–whether you’re hosting or not–can pose a few problems....more

The Afternoon Nap - Chapter 3, Chili & Bread

I had no idea what I was going to eat for dinner and I was too tired to care. I had never made the much-needed grocery store visit that had been last on my list of errands today but luckily, there was take-out food.It had been a long first part of the day and I was exhausted. My errands began at the gas station and each leg of the trip around town became more frustrating, probably more from my lack of the “ability to deal” with the growing pile of errands gone wrong....more

The 12 Trips to Walgreen's

On our first trip to Walgreen’s, my true love gave to me, one Elf on the Shelf and a partridge in a pear tree. On our second trip to Walgreen’s, my true love gave to me, two liters of Pepsi, one Elf on the Shelf and a partridge in a pear tree. On our third trip to Walgreen’s, my true love gave to me, three trashy paperbacks, two liters of Pepsi, one Elf on the Shelf and a partridge in a pear tree....more

Gingerbread Sticky Rolls

Yummy Gingerbread Sticky Rolls that make a perfect holiday breakfast....more

Truth, Lies and the Elf on the Shelf

My oldest daughter, who loves holidays, came home from school and told me she wants an Elf on the Shelf."What's that?" I asked. "It's this doll who comes to life at night and causes mischief!"I stopped putting away groceries. "You mean Chucky?" "No!" she exclaimed.The traumatized preteen inside me who should never have seen Child's Play at the mall breathed a sigh of relief. I put away a box of macaroni. "So, what kind of mischief does this elf thing cause?"...more

10 Stocking Stuffers For Kids

Boy, this time of year crept up fast! Here we are already talking about "everything" Christmas. I have compiled a short list of 10 stocking stuffer ideas for kids. 1) Favorite candies- I am sure everyone is full of candy coming off Halloween and Thanksgiving as well as Christmas parties, but who doesn't appreciate a few of their favorites. 2) Personalized paper pads and crayons/markers- There are several places that print personalized paper pads very cheaply. ...more

Spiced Mulled Wine

I was pretty excited to try a mulled wine recipe for the holidays because I’d never had it before. I’m always apprehensive because I really prefer dry red wine and I’d always thought mulled wine would be way too sweet. This recipe is a great balance between a warm, spicy drink while still having a bit of dryness to it. ...more

Don't Let Depression Steal Your Christmas

This won't be the usual "How to Survive the Holidays" post. I won't recite to you what you can find on WebMD, PsychCentral or the Mayo Clinic's website about holiday depression. I probably cannot give you tips on how to make it through the next few weeks with some sense of sanity. I can't write that post because I absolutely LOVE Christmas. It's not something I simply want to get through. Even though it threatens to kill me every year. ...more
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