My Best Self plans ahead for each and every worst-case scenario while en route to Grandma's house for the holidays. Real Life, however, likes to kick me in the kneecap. While humor is the best defense, here are some...
I don’t know about you, but my Januarys usually just stink. The post-holiday let-down and re-entry struggle after vacation are REAL, as are the slightttttly tight pants, a house full of glitter and laundry to put away, and overwhelming...
As parents, we all want to provide our children with a wonderful Christmas, while teaching tradition and the spirit of giving. So the question is, how do you balance the struggle between your Christmas past with Christmas present, without...
Can you believe Christmas is almost here?! I’m all about crafts for each holiday as you can tell by most of my blog posts. My favorite crafty holiday is definitely Christmas. I have searched the internet and found some...
The Christmas Holidays are just around the corner and only a couple of weeks away. Often this time of the year, I like to put my “crafty mama” skills to use for my family, friends and my kids' teachers....
Holiday Excitement and Commotion The holidays are buzzing. It feels like we just polished off the last bit of Thanksgiving stuffing from the leftovers plate, and now we are thinking about Christmas lists. All of this excitement and commotion...but how...
It's the holiday season and my 3-year old and 9 month-old sons are bound to get tons of presents from generous family members and friends. After all, it's so fun to pick out toys and books for little ones....
As I prepare for Christmas with my daughter (now 18 months), it occurs to me that the execution of our prep work is slightly different from the grand dreams I've had floating around in my head for the past...
We are constantly bombarded with holiday media telling us to buy, buy, buy. It can be tempting to get just one more good deal in the form of a toy for our kids at Christmas. But what do you...
I love baking. It is hands down one of my favorite holiday activities. Admittedly I don’t love baking with my kids. I tend to be neurotic about cookies that aren’t equal or perfectly round; or overflowing cups of flour...

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What My Children Know About The Loss of a Loved One

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My father passed away 11 years ago this month. I was with him and watched him take his very last breath. He was my...