Wine for the Holidays: How to Find the Perfect Wine with Zero Stress

I’ve been working in the wine industry for 13 years now.  Through all of the years that I’ve been the wine selector for holiday meals with the family, holiday parties with friends, or wine events that I’ve hosted and organized for wineries/wine companies I’ve learned a few things. And what I learned is to simplify because getting complicated about wine just isn’t necessary....more

My Quest For the Perfect Pumpkin Pie

So I’ve been MIA since the end of November, and NaBloPoMo.  At first I got myself all worked up because I honestly was having a hard time thinking of something to write.  I started to think maybe I have less to say then I thought.  I quickly realized, though, that I always have PLENTY to say, especially when it comes to food.  Going back to work after six weeks off was rough for me, and I was too exhausted everyday to even think about writing.  I haven’t even really cooked anything exciting in the past couple weeks.  We’ve been eating a lot of eggs, sausage, an...more

Sitting… Waiting… Wishing…

Loving || That the holidays are here! I love everything about Christmas! Our house is decorated… we are hosting a cocktail party with my husband’s college buddies tomorrow night (stay tuned for some never tried before appetizer recipes) and I’ve been shopping non-stop for my husband and family!...more

The 7 Steps to a Happy and Relaxing Holiday Season

 As over-scheduled moms, we tend to bite off more than we can chew.  We over-extend ourselves with our kids, our work, and our social lives.  We time our schedules perfectly so that we are able to pull off logistical feats.  We have our ‘systems’ down to a science.  We know that if we leave home at 7:37am, that we can get child #1 to school, child #2 to practice, and get ourselves to work on time.  We run our morning routines more tightly than an army unit.  And, most days, it works....more

I've changed my mind about our Elf on the Shelf.

Holiday traditions.  Every family has them.  Many are universally celebrated, and some are as unique as the people who celebrate them.  I grew up in a family that cherished our traditions and the holidays took on a certain rhythm of shopping, cooking, travelling, and then ultimately celebrating together.Fast forward to parenthood.The pressure is on. ...more

When Your Kids Don't Need More Stuff This Holiday Season

Dear Mouthy Housewives, I can't get motivated for Christmas shopping this year. My kids have so much stuff already. I know I can make a donation in their names instead, but I'm not sure my teens will appreciate it. What should I do? Signed,Drowning in Too Much Stuff _____________________________________ Dear Too Much Stuff, ...more
Well said! This year our family has forgone the gifts and instead we met in Florida.. It's what ...more

Make A Thankful Plate

I saw this idea last year on Pinterest in a baby shower theme and thought it could be worked into a fantastic way to celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas, birthdays, or any special occastion. ...more

Kick off the Holidays with a Hot Toddy!

Are you still on a turkey hangover? I know I am! The end of Thanksgiving marks the transition from fall to winter for me. Once the turkey feast is over, I'm ready to put away my orange and brown decorations and haul out the red and green. Our house makes an amazing transformation on Black Friday. For me, Black Friday is not about shopping; it's about putting up the tree, decorating the house and enjoying a hot Tom and Jerry. ...more

A Fantastic Christmas/Hanukkah Gift Idea

Adventurers! I came across this amazing Christmas/Hanukkah gift idea and — seeing as the entire site is 30% off at the moment — couldn’t wait to share it with you!...more