Behind the Scenes of a Christmas Card Meltdown!

Nothing brings my family closer together during the holidays than our annual Christmas Card photo shoot. The tears. The bribes. The clenched teeth. The drained camera battery. Click, click, click!It’s my own fault. Each year, I try to do something clever by type-casting my kids as reindeer and creating something more outrageous than the previous Christmas.  Our friends and family start asking about the card in November. Talk about pressure!...more

So glad that this made you laugh -- it really is the best medicine. Your 20 year old might like ...more

Home for the Holidays

Oh, the holidays! Fa la la la la. Such fun, so festive, a time of celebration! Or, as it’s known in my world, HOLY SHIT ARE THERE REALLY ONLY 10 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS???????  The fact that the past year has been a complete blur isn’t really surprising to me. However, the fact that we’re 18 days away from the New Year is shocking. Where has all the time gone? And now it’s the holidays! Do I have a tree? Nope. Gifts purchased? About 5 percent of what I need to get. Holiday plans? Not-a-one, unless “sleep until noon every day” counts. ...more

The Childfree & Christmas

At this time of year, people without children by choice can come up against inaccurate assumptions others make about them. One common assumption about this growing segment of the population is that we are more likely not to celebrate Christmas because we don’t have kids. We don’t have to do the Santa thing and all that surrounds it....more

Where the Heck is the Tape?

I am the worst wrapper in the history of present wrapping.  I always start out with such good intentions.  I'm going to cut my lines straight and even.  I'm going to line the corners up and crease my folds.  I'm going to use very little tape so that you can't even see it.  I'm going to put ribbons and bows on every present.  They are going to be beautiful.These ideals last only until I lose the scissors the first time, which is to say, the first time I put them down.  They're scissors.  They're big and heavy and bright red.  How did I los...more

Well, I heartily thank you both for your support in my wrapping-challenged life! I figure I'll ...more

The Best Holidays are Bittersweet

I LOVE the holidays!  I love the warmth and the cheer.  I like the brightly decorated tree and the decadent food.  It is also a time for friends and family.  Which brings us to the bittersweet.  In those family times there is intense love and joy and there is pain.   We always miss the ones who are...more

holiday swag coney island style

Perfect Moment Monday: Season of Joy

My Perfect Moment for this week …...more

Holiday Spending Up: Are We Blowing Our Budgets?

The news looks good: Holiday spending is up. Way up. 12% from last year, which equals about 22 billion dollars more than we spent in 2009. As Jolie O'Dell of Mashable says, "Recession? What recession?" Of course, all of that means nothing if we're charging all of our gifts and creating another black hole of debt. The better news? We're not. ...more

Holiday season is being taken advantage of by sheer commercialism...Being with your family ...more

Show & Tell: NieNie Asks -- What's Your Favorite Holiday Memory?

What is your favorite holiday memory? Me: I have so many, but what came to mind was the planted amaryllis and paper-whites my Mom would grow in pots all over our home growing up in November/December. I have them all over my house now, and they remind me of her. Share your favorite memory in pictures or words. I want to know! ...more
I will never forget staring out of the kitchen window one snowy Christmas Eve, watching the snow ...more

In Honor of the Upcoming Holiday: 20% Off All Consultations!

Over these next two weeks: - We will overeat. - We will over-schedule. - We will have lots of last minute things to do. -...more