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Realistic Expectations For Blended Families During The Holidays

Honey Good | Posted 12.19.2016 | Fifty
Honey Good

You are gearing up to make the holiday season a special one for your blended family. You plan on being inclusive, nurturing, giving and loving. Dear...

Bill of Rights for Grieving Mamas

Melanie DeSimone | Posted 05.24.2016 | Parents
Melanie DeSimone

Navigating the death of a child is a treacherous journey. I understand that those who have not travelled this path may not think about how hard it is and some of the little things that can make it easier or harder.

10 Activities for the Fearsome Child in Extreme Sport Capital Queenstown, New Zealand

A.S. Chung | Posted 05.17.2016 | Travel
A.S. Chung

Queenstown is an action packed alpine resort town filled with kid friendly activities from parasailing to bungy jumping. This extreme sport capital of...

Getting Over a Holiday Grudge: The Lightness of Letting Go

Hilary Lauren | Posted 12.21.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Hilary Lauren

Whether you are striving to put distance between yourself and an historically prickly relative this holiday season, or a Facebook friend on the wrong side of the political table, you can do it. The power of the mind moves us forward into an almost physical realm of serenity and charity: forgiveness.

The Gifts My Parents Gave

Kerrie L Cooper | Posted 12.21.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Kerrie L Cooper

The start of the holiday season when I was growing up was marked by the appearance of Santa Claus at the end of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. My...

These Families Totally Nailed Their Holiday Cards With These 13 Fun, Inspiring Photos

The Huffington Post | Posted 12.15.2015 | Parents

Score some seasonal inspiration for your own festive photo shoot.


Melissa Levis | Posted 11.27.2016 | Women
Melissa Levis

I'm spending Thanksgiving differently this year. It's very quiet at our Vermont country inn, the first year in 28 years that we haven't served Thanksgiving dinner. Dad loved hosting the holiday. It was the perfect excuse for him to miss Thanksgiving with his in-laws at the Wasserstein Thanksgiving in Manhattan.

One Stepmom's New Year's Resolution: Interludes in the Woods

Holly Robinson | Posted 03.01.2015 | Women
Holly Robinson

It's easy to be miserable after the holidays. Maybe you created a perfect holiday with your family, and you're grieving now that family and friends are leaving.

Boomer Season's Greetings and Fond Memories!

David Kanegis | Posted 02.28.2015 | Fifty
David Kanegis

As we all enjoy the holiday season, let's keep in mind what's most important in life. While I can't speak for other Baby Boomers, it's my guess that for the vast majority of us, family and friends are what count most.

What No One Wants to Talk About During the Holidays

Madeline Wahl | Posted 02.16.2015 | Women
Madeline Wahl

It's like once the most wonderful time of the year hits, everyone smiles and gives thanks and acts nice and looks ahead to the new year. Everyone seems to check out of reality and focus on the happiness surrounding them.

This Is What The Black Voices Family Is Thankful For

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 02.01.2016 | Black Voices

This year, Thanksgiving came at a time of great unrest in the black community. Thousands of protesters disrupted calm across the whole of America a...

The Thanksgiving Traditions That Remain Sacred

Dianne Harman | Posted 01.26.2015 | Fifty
Dianne Harman

As we age, there's a tendency to let go of some of the traditions that have always been part of our holidays. They often seem like a lot more work than we're willing to do, and since many of us now spend our holidays at our children's homes, allowing them to start their own traditions, why bother? Looking back at past holidays, we often wonder how we were able to do it all.

Why Your Thanksgiving Toast Is Like the Macy's Parade

Peter Paskale | Posted 01.24.2015 | Good News
Peter Paskale

Thanksgiving is one of the most uniquely American holidays. One of its traditions however, is the Thanksgiving toast, and for the family member assigned the "honor" of making it, composing that toast can seem more than a little stressful.

5 Tips Millennial Men Need to Survive Family Holidays

Kara Kamenec | Posted 01.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Kara Kamenec

We're a generation that has learned to quickly use our phones to distract ourselves from uncomfortable situations, and instantly block, de-friend, or delete those who don't make us happy. But when it comes to our family, we're stuck with no digital tools of assistance.

A Thanksgiving Tale

Erin Donovan | Posted 01.21.2015 | Comedy
Erin Donovan

Thanksgiving of 1621 was a minor feat compared to the one of 2003. Sure, the Separatists aboard the Mayflower faced their fair share of tribulations. ...

Put Down the iPhone: Top 10 Travel Toys That Don't Need a Charger

Cheapflights | Posted 08.24.2014 | Travel

If you're searching for ways to let your child unplug on a trip, here are our 10 of the best travel toys on sale this summer -- that don't start with the letter "i."

The Christmas I'll Carry

Janell Burley Hofmann | Posted 03.12.2014 | Parents
Janell Burley Hofmann

For me, it seems that to honor the holiday, I must honor the everyday.

Ski Apache-Style in Ruidoso, New Mexico

Fathom | Posted 02.17.2014 | Travel

New Mexico is an unlikely state for a ski trip. And Ruidoso isn't fancy. If Ruidoso were a shoe, it would be a Hush Puppy. No frills, but reliable and gets the job done.

5 Ways to Stop Bad Relatives From Spoiling Good Times

Deborah Pegues | Posted 01.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Deborah Pegues

Whether it's Opinionated Oscar, who disdains anyone with a different viewpoint, Sensitive Samantha, who gets offended by the slightest thing, or Critical Candace, who must point out your recent weight gain, you need an extra dose of patience to navigate the field of party spoilers.

Happy National Genocide (Thanksgiving) Day!

Nicole Breedlove | Posted 01.25.2014 | Black Voices
Nicole Breedlove

In 1637 the body of a white man was discovered dead in a boat. Armed settlers -- which we tell our children were God fearing, gentle, sharing, kind Pilgrims -- invaded a Pequot village. They also set the village, which included many children, on fire.

'The Christmas Candle': Miracle of Faith Renewed and Hope Restored or Light of the World?

Larry Ross | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Larry Ross

As a pastor, Max Lucado is confronted with the needs of others on a daily basis. The Christmas Candle is a theatrical film based on a book he wrote. It tells an engaging story about a London minister who finds himself faced with the darkest hour in his life after his faith has slipped away.

5 Ways to Have a Happy Mother's Day

Debbie Gisonni | Posted 07.01.2013 | Women
Debbie Gisonni

Instead of wishing the day after Mother's Day couldn't come fast enough, why not embrace it and have fun? Here are five things you can do to have a happy Mother's Day.

Why is This Seder Different from All Other Seders?

Jill Patir | Posted 05.26.2013 | Parents
Jill Patir

Last night wasn't just special because it was a holiday; it was special because it was another opportunity for my husband and I to pass our beliefs and traditions down to our daughter.

The Kids Grew Up Alright

Ronna Benjamin | Posted 02.26.2013 | Fifty
Ronna Benjamin

I'm glad the world did not end so I could enjoy a few days of Forced Family Fun with some pretty awesome adults.

Why My Heart's A Little Broken This Christmas

Mary Kate Sheridan | Posted 02.23.2013 | Women
Mary Kate Sheridan

We were made to be sisters, and it was clear right from that first Christmas how well we balance each other out. Nothing makes this bond as clear as Christmastime.