Ringing In the New Year

Ringing In the New Year I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes...you're Doing Something.  ~Neil GaimanWell here we are, 2014!  Happy New Year!...more

Cookies for Santa

My grandmother was sitting in her bed at a rehab facility, passing time until she was released home. "You better have the kids leave cookies for Santa and carrots for the reindeer," she reminded me.A few days later, I'm at home with my kids, watching Peppa Pig, when Mommy Pig reminded Peppa and her brother, George, to leave out a mince pie and a glass of milk for Father Christmas, and carrots for the reindeer....more

Saying Grace on Thanksgiving

Editor's note: Mata, BlogHer's longtime and much-loved contributing editor on religion and spirituality, passed away in May of 2013. I can think of no better tribute than re-running this post she wrote in 2009, on giving thanks. -- Julie ...more
On Thanksgiving and before every meal.more

Sending Your Kids to Camp Can Help You Grow Up -- As a Parent

Our family just returned from a week-long camp at Mount Hermon Christian Conference Center in Northern California. This is our 11th year of what has become our family tradition. When we arrived at Mt. Hermon for the very first time, our kids were only ages 4- and almost 2-years-old. We were all at Main Camp together in one cabin, sharing two beds amongst the four of us. We ate every meal together and played ping pong until late at night. We swam at the pool and hung out at the Fountain for ice cream and snacks with new friends. Except for the times when the kids went off to their own camp programs, we were constantly together and built memories as a family. ...more

A Tribute to my Grandparent's Sunday Dinner Tradition

Sunday Dinner a cherished Family Tradition As long as I can remember my family celebrated Sundays together feasting on delightful homemade food and baked goods. My grandparents immigrated to American from Italy leaving their family behind. No other members of their family left the mountains of Abruzzi to come here to start a new life. Having just each other as soon as they started to have a family they began their Sunday tradition of bountiful family dinners. My grandmother started cooking early in the morning before the family left for church....more

#Election Day Traditions

Do you have any election day traditions?Depending on what area of the country you live in, there may be different community gatherings to celebrate such an exciting day.Perhaps you go to a pancake breakfast.Maybe you go to a spaghetti dinner....more
@JennaHatfield I know! I'm trying not to think too much about the actual election. I will ...more

Halloween Postponed

I loved Halloween as a kid.  I always begged for the store bought plastic costumes like Snoopy or whatever superhero was popular that year, even though I could never see or breath out of the little slits that were provided.  We would get dressed up in our costumes and go door to door to the 5 houses on our small township road.  Pretty sure the trip took about 15 minutes and honestly I think most of our candy came from my parents.Continue reading on Long Days, Short Years...more

Chocolate Caliente

One of my most cherished teenage memory, is having late night snacks with my mom. We would sit around the kitchen counter late at night (by her standard) and talk and eat some delicious concoction that she had made. There are a couple of favorites in her repertoire, and maybe some day I will get adventurous and share them. Right now, though, I am dreaming of "arepitas" and "chocolate caliente"....more

Is Scrapbooking a requirement of motherhood? If so, I am failing

I have to admit to being a slacker mom when it comes to pictures.  I take TONS of pictures.  The thousands of pictures I have taken are sitting on my iphone and computer  unorganized.  We have random physical pictures from other more organized people, strewn about about the house that get loved on so much that they end up falling to pieces.  While I can whip out my phone at any time for the kids to look at it doesn't feel the same as a photo album that they can take with them....more

Sunday Lunch: Slow Roasted Suckling Pig w/ Friends: AROMA CUCINA

Sunday Lunch: Slow Roasted Suckling Pig w/ Friends: AROMA CUCINA http://bit.ly/IGuSPK Sundays are for sharing, and share we must! Food and friendships: what could be better? One fills the stomach, the other fills the soul; both with love.  Buon domenica tutti! ...more