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

Divorced In-Laws During the Holidays

Nothing says "happy holidays" like a set of divorced parents bickering over who gets what time with the kids and the grandkids.  What's worse, when they are your in-laws!  There is constant maneuvering to get the "best" times and days and the discussions start months in advance as each one tries to beat the other to the punch.  ...more

In the Spirit of the Holidays: Donating to Charities and Avoiding Scams

A Giving Spirit Once upon a time, I volunteered, freely giving of my time and money, as much as possible....more