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All is Calm…

You remember the excited energy of Christmastime that you experienced as a child, right? Maybe you still even feel it – the buzz of activity, the anticipation of Santa, the burst of sheer joy enjoying the time with family and friends. It’s no wonder little ones can hardly contain their energy! And we all know what happens when children overflow with energy, don’t we? It’s a breeding ground for outbursts and poor behavior choices, which can definitely put a damper on your attempts at celebrating. (Or is that just at our house? *wink, wink*)

I find that the act of creating – whether it be crafts, cooking, music, art – can be a great calming effect on kids as well as adults.

Whether you have a young toddler or older kiddo at home, between the excitement and time off from school, try out one of these ideas for celebrating the … Read More

Simplified Christmas

Last week, I talked about the fact that we’re paring down our holiday festivities this year, and a few weeks back I shared how we planned to simplify Thanksgiving this year. So, today I though I’d chat about what we ARE doing to celebrate our holiday. After all, what’s Christmas (or Hanukkah or Kwanzaa or Winter Solstice…) without SOME form of tradition?


There’s a lot that we simply aren’t doing this year, with a newborn and super active toddler in tow. Given that our little peanut, Harper, is just around 3 weeks and this is a super germ-filled time of year, we’re being those paranoid parents and sticking close to home with her, for the most part. So, most of our shopping was done well before she came along or online, and we’re skipping some of our admittedly favorite activities: namely, our annual schlep to a living history holiday celebration … Read More

Five Parenting Myths, Status: Debunked!

Me and the People Who Keep Me Sane and Drive Me Crazy at the Very Same Time--in front of a Tiny House

Me and the People Who Keep Me Sane and Drive Me Crazy at the Very Same Time–in front of a Tiny House

There’s truly nothing like actually having your first child to help change your perspective on all of things you thought you knew, advice you were given or marketing that was targeted at your “Newbie” status as a parent of your first child. Here are five things that I can tell you, after having three children, are nonsense, though you’ll hear these bits of advice, rude comments or well-meaning old wives tales over and over.

1) Use a soft cloth or a clean finger (or the fancy rubber-nubber finger cot we’re trying to sell you) to rub your child’s gum and new baby teeth. This will get your child “used to having his or her teeth brushed” so that they won’t mind having it done later when they Read More

Winter Break Starts When???

This past Saturday we had rehearsal for the Christmas pageant, followed by a birthday party for a friend of Kate’s who has a December 26th birthday. At some point, I realized that I hadn’t ordered our picture Christmas cards yet so I frantically searched for a “virtual coupon” that would cut enough off of the price that I would feel less guilty  paying extra for the “rush shipping.” We hurried home so I could get the girls asleep before my sister came over to be there while I ran to the airport to pick up Cooper and my husband who had taken a boys’ trip to Tennessee to visit family. We got home at ten.

The next morning we were up bright and early for the Christmas pageant. Between the early arrival and costume donning, followed by dropping off our obligatory edible contribution to the “Pageant Party,” and the obligatory … Read More

Elf on the Shelf Emergency, Status: MIA


Cover of "Elf on the Shelf"

Cover of Elf on the Shelf


The first day of the Advent,
The first day of December.
Our Elf should be arriving
But I can’t seem to remember

Where in this house I stuffed him
Over eleven long months ago.
But the kids did not forget,
Looking high and low.

I hid him somewhere very safe
I knew the kids would never look
I put him somewhere in a bag
Or behind a boring book.

I’ve ripped apart the whole garage
My storage bins and shelves
And I’m wondering where other parents
Stash their blasted Elves?

I stuffed him in a closet
Or with the camping gear,
Yet still I cannot find him
And school pick up time is near.

I hope that when I find you,
You little handsome little knave,
That you will work your magic
And help my children to behave

Because while you sit … Read More