Coping with Your Kid’s Holiday Hangover

By Gena KittnerI think my 3-year-old is suffering from a holiday hangover. After 10 awesomely jammed-packed days in Ohio over Christmas, our return to Arizona has resulted in a moody, tired kid who doesn’t want to eat. You know the feeling....more

Holiday Bourbon Truffles

Holiday Bourbon Truffles - they may look sweet, but look out! They are wickedly good!See the complete recipe HERE...more

Super-Easy Waffles You Can Make From Leftover Mashed Potatoes

Not only are these mashed potato waffles delicious and SO easy to make, but they're a great use of leftover holiday mashed potatoes. And you can use this technique all year round! Mashed potatoes aren't just for the holidays. We like to indulge in their buttery goodness as often as possible!  ...more
It's great for all year round too!  So that's an added bonus!more

Christmas In Our Times

Just a thought on this most special of holidays, Christmas. If we can have peace on one day, wouldn't it be nice to have it last longer? If peace is an lack of conflict or injustice or violence, what other time than now would we search for peace? If only our short-term 'goodwill towards all men' could last more than a few hours or a day....more

Holiday Life Hacks for a Joyful and Sane Holiday Season

With our busy, go-go lives, how can we survive the holidays and keep the family entertained without having a mental breakdown? Over the years my co-founder, Claudine Ryan and I have developed our own “holiday life hacks” to keep us sane as we juggle life at our start-up with our active families.  This year we’ve also had the pleasure of speaking with some of our favorite family-oriented bloggers to discover their best December tips....more

I Don't Do Santa, I Barely Do Christmas

When I was little, I gave my mom a long list of things that I wanted for Christmas.  It went something like "I want Santa to get me a Rainbow Brite doll, and Twink, and Teddy Ruxpin, and Grubby, and a Cabbage Patch Kid and a bike, and a car, and some books, and some paint and..." My mom looked me dead in the eyes and said "There ain't no damn Santa Claus, I'm Santa Claus and we'll see what you get!"  I don't think I was sad, I just felt naive and slightly confused but mostly I wondered if that meant that I couldn't get everything I wanted.  My mom was very matter-of-fact abou...more

Hostess with the Mostess

“And I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy.” -F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby I love throwing parties. I’ve been doing it since college. Whether it is an intimate dinner, my own birthday party, a New Years Eve bash, or a backyard soiree, I genuinely love planning these types of events.I have my mother to thank for that....more

Teaching Kids About Being Self-Less: Ideas for Acts of Kindness

Random acts of kindness is something we should all work toward throughout the year but the Christmas spirit comes alive even more when we are able to show acts of generosity, self-lessness and compassion toward others in need during this beautiful time of year.  The holiday season is the perfect time to teach our children about being self-less and to show acts of kindness toward others without expecting anything in return.  Although this Christmas season is supposed to be a joyous occasion, many people are suffering, not able to celebrate it with their families or do not have thei...more

This Year I Struggle To Find The Light Of The Holiday

I used to love the holidays. We’d string multi-colored lights around our family room and nestle a homemade Styrofoam gumdrop tree in and among the wisps of angel hair gracing our fireplace mantle. Wrapped gifts would rest on the hearth and trickle down onto the floor. No evergreen in sight, but it felt a little like Christmas, even as we lit the menorah all eight nights of Hanukkah. ...more
Parthenia Queen  I do believe we find the greatest joy in giving to others. I hope 2015 is an ...more

#MicroblogMonday - Less Violence. More Love.

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too....more