Ten Favorite Things- Holiday Edition

1. CHRISTMAS TREES- They smell like heaven, they have an amazing way of getting you in the mood for the holidays, and they create the perfect ambient light!More......more

The Right and Wrong Ways to Request Time Off This Holiday Season

It's officially December, and that means family vacations, extended holiday celebrations, and, of course, getting the annual flu shot are in our midst. With all of the fun and festivities of the season, it's also the time of year where making up a schedule also requires checking it twice and then remaking it once more, to accommodate everyone asking for time off (regardless of whether they've been naughty or nice)....more

Chocolate salami cookies - no eggs no bake

No bake, no eggs cookies. Fun to make, incredibly easy and festive. I used to prepare the chocolate salami cookies when I was a child and now it’s time for my little Luca to prepare it with me and have fun together mashing the cookies and kneading the dough…and tasting some of it during the process (there are no eggs…no worries!!)....more

25 Days of Good Deeds (Christmas Countdown)

It's almost Christmas!!  Well not really, but it's getting a lot closer, a lot faster.  We still have to write our letter to Santa and I need to plan Christmas Eve and Day meals.  Yes I know when I said we split our holidays that it giv...more

To Elf or Not to Elf?

I feel like I'm watching an epic battle... or a ridiculously overpaid sports game...  or an insidiously petty cat-fight.The Elf on the Shelf (EotS) is becoming the epicenter of the holiday's version of mommy wars.It's no longer SAHMs vs Working Moms...It's EotS moms vs Anti-EotS Moms. ...more
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The Elf isn't the Problem

I have a confession to make…I don’t hate the Elf on the Shelf (EOTS). Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t love the damn Elf either, but hate…well that’s kinda a strong word for a little dude that has brought smiles to my kids....more

Peppermint Swirl Double Fudge Brownies (Optional: Adorable Spoon-Licking Toddler)

  If you love mint chocolate chip ice cream, or peppermint york patties, or candy canes, or perfectly chewy brownies, or buttercream birthday cake icing, or chocolate in general - ok, basically if you are breathing, you will most likely love these brownies....more

Cranberry Pomegranate Spritzers

Image Credit: Because I Like ChocolateThere is nothing like a festive drink for the holidays. Seasonal fruits like pomegranates, cranberries and pears make these spritzers perfect for any Christmas get together!...more

And so it begins...

The holiday season.Many of you have been looking forward to the holidays.  Thoughts of turkeys roasting, pies baking, shopping madness, and time spent with family and friends have you filled with nostalgic happiness.I normally am a big fan of the holidays.  But I've been dreading this particular holiday season for quite some time now.  And now here it is upon us and I'm not sure how I feel....more

Holiday Gift Ideas For Under $100 - Fabulous Holiday Gifts For Women

Happy Thanksgiving! May you and your family celebrate this warm and wonderful occasion with good health and happiness....more