New Years Eve 2016 Party Ideas

Who is ready for 2016??  To be honest, I am not entirely sure I am but it's going to make its way here whether I am or not.  This year, I did something I don't normally do and that is put away most of our Christmas decorations a few days after Christmas.  We usually wait until after New Years Day to put them away but I wanted to put up silver, gold and 2016 New Years decorations because it is going to be a big year for us.  To help ring in the celebration, I've been hunting down some New Years party ideas, games and decor.  Here are so...more

Divine Divinity (or, who knew childhood memories tasted so sweet?)

So in my house, the shopping is done (almost), the tree is decorated (kinda), and I’ve finished all of my baking (yay!).  My goodie gift boxes have been handed out at work, consisting of Peanut Butter Haystacks, Big Bad Boozy Balls, Spiced Pecans (you’ll get that recipe next year ), and finally, my mother’s Divine Divinity....more

Charities to Help This Christmas Season

Christmas will be here in three days.  A whole lot of anticipation is happening here in our home with the countdown to the BIG day.  My kids have now received their Santa videos from the north pole (we used the service, Portable North Pole) and they have received their letters from Santa.  As we finish up our shopping list and finalize our menu for both Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas dinner, we are also working hard to complete our acts of kin...more

8 Things Parents of Young Children Will Encounter on Christmas

If you have children under 5 years old, you can almost guarantee that Christmas (or any holiday) may bring unique challenges along with the usual merriment. ...more

Give Yourself the Happiest (and Surprisingly Healthy) Holiday Gift: Volunteer

We are natural born givers. Oh, you may not think so, especially when your rent goes up (again), or your brother refuses to lend you his wheels, or the pizza place won’t honor your one-day-expired coupon. But we are.I’m not even talking about the more obvious forms of giving: contributing dollars to charity, donating to Goodwill, sponsoring a foster child in a far away country. I’m talking about the ordinary, everyday, giving that we do spontaneously, without hesitation....more

10 Creative Ways to Give Back to Others This Christmas

Christmas is an exciting time of year, especially when you have children. It’s so much fun to celebrate the holiday through their eyes and experience the magic of Christmas as a child yourself all over again. Having said this, I also think with all our joyful celebrations, we can easily lose sight of the true meaning of the holiday season. ...more
This is a great list! I would also add, "Let someone who seems frazzled (or is shopping with ...more

Finding the Peace within

Early morning after a quick breakfast snack we climb into our Land Rover for our morning Safari.  What will we find today?  What adventure will cross our path?  The ranger and tracker are alert for any animal tracks and signs of animals nearby.  Sounds of crackles and squeaks suddenly permeate the still morning and the ranger picks up the radio.  There is something ahead....more

Feeling Festive

Amazon Prime Love Poem

You’ve been there all alongBut I ignore you,Choosing to get trampled in the mall.You send subtle emailsHinting I am still here,I delete your words with one finger fall. I won’t be efficient! Or use common sense!I’d rather go to that place that makes me cranky, tired and tense!I prefer to stand,iphone in hand,In a sluggish line twelve deep,Tripping around Santa’s sleigh and hut,Thick with many a diapered peep. Why do I pretend that you do not exist?...more
This was so much fun! true :-(more

Surviving Infertility During the Holidays

The season of never-ending gatherings has begun. It's during this time that our hearts will ache even more. The holidays have a way of bringing out the Grinch in some of us because they remind us that our family building hasn't gone the way we planned. Seeing your siblings and cousins with their children can remind you of what you don't have, and that, of course, never easy. If you're feeling stressed out just thinking about your next holiday get-together, here are some tips to surviving infertility during the holidays. ...more
I wrote this because, it feels like I'm always there. Always at this crossroads of happiness and ...more