Christmas in a Minor Key

  "Do you remember that first tree?" Henry asked me the other night with a smile. He was watching me attempt to hang a few more ornaments on our already-stuffed Christmas tree after the kids had gone to bed. Some trick of memory and light had made him think he'd spotted a gingerbread ornament from years ago. I was having trouble finding room for another single solitary ornament. Our tree tells the story of many Christmases....more


"She who buys what she does not need, steals from herself." unknown         ...more

The Secret to Transform Your Holiday Stress

Is holiday stress getting to you? Does it seem as if there is so much to do? Are you worrying about how it will all turn out? . . ...more

Five Things I Meant To Do In 2009

You know those things that seem to become fixtures on your perennial to-do list? Those resolutions you make every. single. year? Yeah, those things. Well I've got a few of my own and I'm going to share five of them with you. Why? Because I love you. ...more

Thanks for your kind words, Karolina and I wish you the best on shifting your mind to where you ...more

Hidden Messages in Gift Giving

Early in my marriage many December moons ago, my mother-in-law and her husband traveled from California to visit and stay with us for the holidays. My son was about a year old at the time. When Christmas morning arrived, I fixed a big warm breakfast while my husband and his relatives sat around and chatted. After breakfast and clean up we went to the tree to open our presents. It was fun watching my baby open presents, the wrapping paper probably made him as happy as the gifts. We took many cherished photos....more

It’s Almost 2010 – What Is Your Game Plan?

It’s that time of year again! How quickly it came. You know, the time of year when people start thinking about making resolutions, life improvements, and figuring out their game plan for next year. Often people make resolutions to head back to the gym. I love gyms in January! They’re completely packed. You can’t get a bloody machine if you tried. All the resolutioners are pounding the pavement… hard… literally… for like five minutes. Then, by January 20th, the crowds calm down to normal levels and those people return back to their old habits....more

Loosening My Grip: Learning to Let Go of Fear

I knew I had a problem when I became a bit obsessive about tracking and getting back a small plastic container I had loaned out, something that would cost me less than a dollar to replace. Why was this item so important to me and why couldn't I just graciously give it to the person using it? Probably I have reached my breaking point - a natural resting place where I need to stop and replenish some of the soul reserves that have been depleted of late. ...more

I hear ya....I hear ya....I hear ya!!!  After my divorce, my favorite method of ...more

#22 Poetic Justice: Out of the mouths of babes.

#22 Poetic Justice: Out of the mouths of babes....more

Pumpkin Spice Latte & Frugalista Chic

Ahh... the holidays are upon us... Images of sugar plums dancing in our heads while dreaming if Santa Claus will be providing us with treats (or a big fat lump of coal) under our Christmas trees. Who am I kidding?! That is what I want.. those images on the books I read to my son at bedtime. ...more

I love the holiday drinks. I splurge on Starbucks too. That is actually one of my favorite ...more