The Christmas Miracle

I was nine years old when my mother died. She was my source of inspiration, strength, irrefutable joy, and a love that was so deep I felt it when she looked at me. She made life feel livable. Ours was a special kind of bond, and I still feel her around me. Christmas was her favorite holiday. She put love into every decoration, every Christmas tree ornament, and every cookie she baked....more

Gluten Free Christmas Dessert Ideas

Tired of being the only one in the room that has to pass up sweets because it may contain wheat...or eggs...or peanuts?During this holiday season you are more likely to be tempted by all the dessert options presented to you. Lucky for you, this is the year when paleo diets are the new trend, and when more bloggers are sharing mouth-watering gluten free recipes for all to try....more

Deck the Halls with Lots of Memories

I can’t believe that once again it’s time to break out the Christmas ornaments and decorate the tree....more

I Don't Do Santa, I Barely Do Christmas

When I was little, I gave my mom a long list of things that I wanted for Christmas.  It went something like "I want Santa to get me a Rainbow Brite doll, and Twink, and Teddy Ruxpin, and Grubby, and a Cabbage Patch Kid and a bike, and a car, and some books, and some paint and..." My mom looked me dead in the eyes and said "There ain't no damn Santa Claus, I'm Santa Claus and we'll see what you get!"  I don't think I was sad, I just felt naive and slightly confused but mostly I wondered if that meant that I couldn't get everything I wanted.  My mom was very matter-of-fact abou...more

Why I'm Giving My Daughter Presence This Christmas

 “Mommy, put your phone down. Pway with me.”Those were the words that made me reassess who I am to my daughter....more

Quiz: Which Christmas Movie Mom Are You?

At this joyous time of year, many things are top of mind in terms of importance: Family, giving, and kindness to name a few. If you're a mom, you probably have a few other things on your mind like keeping Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer on a repetitive loop, referee-ing fights over whose turn it is to do the advent calendar, and trying to volunteer to bring paper plates instead of tiny finger sandwiches to your child's preschool class party....more
Home Alone. Told my kids Santa wasn't real.more

Christmas Brunch Menu

Christmas is just 2 days away, and I am so excited! If you haven’t quite decided on your Christmas Day menu, then this “Tips Tuesday” post is just for you....more

The Power of the Shelf Elf

I did something kinda bad last night.I made my kids cry, and deep inside, where my cockles are, it gave me a HUGE happy.They were being ROTTEN, and I WANTED them to cry.(Ok, in their defense, I didn't try to redirect them, or pay attention to them, or feed them, but STILL, acting like the end of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, is no bueno.)So, the Elf on the Shelf, named Shredder, has a lot of power in my house. At least for a minute or two. Telling the kids that Shredder is going to tell on them helps keep them in check for about 56.8 seconds....more

Angels and Demons - a Christmas message

I am not a religious person, but a post on website garnered my attention over the weekend.  Kendall F. Person has developed one of the most compelling artistic blogs I’ve encountered in my fledgling experience so far, combining the thoughtful written word along with song and visual art to stimulate both mind and senses.  ...more

10 signs it's almost Christmas

I wasn’t going to write this week so I could take a break. But gung-ho Erin just can’t relax. I am driven to succeed! ...more