15 Non-Toy Gift Ideas To Give Kids At Christmas

Ready or not Christmas is around the corner. For many, this brings excitement. For others, it brings stress. I’m speaking to several groups this holiday season on moving from stress to simplicity to splendor during the Christmas season. I thought it would be fun to take a little poll to see what stresses everyone out and solutions they have discovered. I will be sharing tips to simplifying the season over the coming weeks....more

“It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like”…Naw, Too Soon!

I’ve held off and was able to control my shock and horror when I saw the “Christmas in July days” advertised on assorted Home Shopping channels. I’ve even refrained from snarkish mutterings while rolling my cart past twinkling displays in Costco. A TV channel (not to be named) is launching Christmas themed movies on Halloween. I am NOT a Grinch, but, it is too soon....more

5 October Christmas Mystery Releases

I've got some great mystery selections to stock your TBR for Christmas. Click the links to read more about each one on their Goodreads pages. These all release in October and center around murders....more

Three Cheese Yummy Filo Cigar Rolls

Cheese goes well with everything; it makes everything taste a lot nicer too. Cream cheese is my favourite of the week and here is how it can be used – as a spread in baked filo pastries for a nice weekend afternoon snack.Read more from 'Three Cheese Yummy Filo Cigar Rolls'....more

The last hurrah of Christmas...

It is January 5, and I am officially printing my Christmas letter (for 2013, lest you should think I am working ahead). One printer refuses to print the bottom part of the border, and the other printer doesn't like my purchased paper, and so instead of handwriting envelopes to the 60+ people on my Christmas card list, I am sitting by the printer feeding it old paper and making sure it does what what I want.It isn't. It is printing crooked, and my perfectly square page border emphasizes that fact. What was it Winston Churchill once said?...more

Holiday Travel, Part 2

Although I intended to get this up before now, I didn't. Nonetheless, here's a quick catch-up recap of our trip to Florida for Christmas 2013....more

Cooking Disasters are Frequent in this House

Oh, the cooking of the holiday family meal. The joy, the happiness, the horror....more

It wouldn't be Christmas without a banana bunker

A Christmas-scape, the newest addition to my holiday decor. Last year, yours truly got crafty and hot glued all of those medium-sized trees....more

Sunday Snapshots

Hope y'all had a very Merry Christmas...we spent the holidays in sunny (and hot Florida). I'm sure you've seen most of these pics (you can follow me on Instagram and Facebook). ...more

Assembly Required - On Christmas Toy Setup

Christmas toys. They come in boxes. They look small and tidy. And easy. They lie.  Take the teeny, tiny trampoline I got for my girls for Christmas this year, for example. It came in a small, flat box, it's only about 3.5 feet wide, max, and it didn't even have springs! Piece of cake, right? Hell, I could set that up myself. Or not. ...more