Revamped and Restyled Retro Christmas Village

My mother recently gave me her old Christmas village. These little snow-capped ceramic homes decorated my parents' house all through my teenage years. My three-year-old son is slightly obsessed with the miniature "winter wonderland" displays at our local craft store, and Mom still had all the pieces of her village boxed up to pass on for Baxter to enjoy. The catch: I was not in love. I'm a Kitschmas kind of gal, and this village was way too traditional for my taste. Lucky for me, there is nothing a can of spray paint and some glitter can't fix. ...more
I have a sudden urge to go thrift store shopping to find things to paint.more

12 Days of Christmas: The Betty Christmases

My mom, Nancy, is posting a different Christmas memory for 12 days. She gave me her blessing to repost them here. It’s amazing how a life story can be told through the lens of a certain day....more

My Neighbor's Decorations Are Ruining My Christmas

Dear Mouthy Housewives,One of my neighbors really loves Christmas. Like, really, really, really loves Christmas. ...more
Take the Grinch stick out of your bum! It's Christmas, who cares if she has a ton of ...more

These Speculoos Christmas Cookies Are a Party In Your Mouth

What could be perfect on your dessert spread this Christmas than homemade traditional Speculoos (Biscoff) Cookies? These spice cookies are a huge hit in Europe, specifically Belgium at Christmas, but are now popular all over the world. ...more

No Christmas Spirit Here

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Gratitude adjustment

“I wouldn’t know: I’ve never not had a garage,” she sniffed (haughtily, I imagined. In all fairness, though, it was nostril-freezing cold out.)I snapped, “Well, maybe in the next snow storm you should leave your car in the driveway so you can see what it’s like.”It certainly was not one of my most tactful moments....more

Twelve Days of Christmas Memories: 1

My mom, Nancy, is posting a different Christmas memory on Facebook for 12 days. She gave me her blessing to repost them here. It's amazing how a life story can be told through the lens of a certain day....more
What a great idea! Can't wait to see more. I'm a real Christmas person, so the plan really ...more

Say Yes to the Annual Christmas Letter!

Write a holiday letter. I know, I know, maybe it isn’t your thing. But this life is flying by so fast and a holiday letter will do two things (even if you don’t send it!) –...more

Elf on the Shelf Ideas (from a busy parent)

Love him or hate him, if you have small children and have adopted the Elf on the Shelf® tradition for your family you are likely beginning to run out of steam by now. Chances are you've been at it since Thanksgiving and are in the third week of making sure that the little red felt menace has moved since the day before. ...more

Holiday Rice Krispies Treats

It’s “Tips Tuesday”! So today I'm sharing an easy tutorial for you and the little ones to enjoy this holiday season. My children recently had a fun and festive Christmas party with a few of their friends. One of the desserts we served, that the kids and their parents absolutely loved, was rice krispies pops. Since I was busy getting the activities and other details for the party together, I knew I needed the dessert process to be quick and easy, and it was just that!...more
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