Christmas List Carnival

In the spirit of the holiday season and BlogHer's Holiday Guide, I'm hosting a carnival on Monday, November 12 and asking participants to list at least five items that may be a little different than the run-of-the-mill socks and underwear we usually give as gifts. Your list can include pre-made items (linked to the store where we can purchase the item) or items to make (linked to tutorials). You can read more about the carnival at Don't Try This at Home. ...more

The Year's Biggest Toy Giveaway Begins!

First, let me start with a few announcements. ...more

What do you want for _______?

I have a confession to make - I hate the winter holidays. No, I'm not a scrooge. I just hate the question "What do you want for Christmas?" When I say "I don't know" or "Nothing" the reaction from family members is not good, to put it mildly. As soon as Halloween passes, I begin to fret about who the first person will be to ask me this question and what I will say. As the weeks pass and I begin to hear the question more frequently, I begin to get very, very grouchy. Before I know it, I'm snapping at people I love and they are snapping back at me. This year. I'm trying to do better. ...more