Sure, one of these years I'd love to have iPads, televisions, bikes, and the like under the tree, but I can say without any reservation that even though we don't have money, I have never gone to bed on Christmas night feeling poor.
They look at you, these women, as you unwrap what they've given because they know your actual reaction will be evident in your facial expression even as your mouth is forming the words "Oh! How wonderful!"
Put your smart phone or iPad down and pay attention to your kids. Spend time doing things with them -- and I'm not talking about fancy ski trips or lavish holiday parties. I'm talking about everyday life kinds of things like wrapping presents, playing a game, or baking Christmas cookies.
I love the holiday. I love the decorations, the lights, the decorated windows, the traditions, the baking (especially when it is not done by me), the snow, the news stories sharing amazing acts of holiday kindness, and the smiles of the children.
With Christmas Day just around the corner, I'm sure many of you are thinking, "Why in the world is this woman still talking about gift ideas?". Well, to be honest, I am one of those last-minute shoppers who always has the best of intentions at the beginning of the season.
This can be tricky, since they tend to have every gadget and gizmo you could imagine, but fear not, here is a little guide to get that person the perfect holiday gift.
My daughter taught me that she is not me and her way of doing things is not my way. "Different" doesn't necessarily require fixing.
Yes, it's the season of busy days that turn into busy nights. Of course you are running more than normal and your wallet is draining fast, but before you complain too much, look at it from a different prospective.
My husband and I save during the year in order to pay for Christmas presents in December. This requires adhering to a pretty tight budget when buying gifts.
So typically a VIP Lounge during a film festival, be it Cannes, Venice or DIFF, is a place where mere mortals aren't welcomed. It's reserved for the celebrities and their producers, an oasis where they can get pampered, fed, rehydrated and then released with about ten to fifteen bags in tow.
With the holiday season upon us, we have an opportunity to both foster our children's love of these apps as well as provide holiday presents that are extremely low in cost.
As a techie with an addiction to the latest, greatest tech gadgets, I have put together a short list of the best tech gifts for holiday shoppers this season. These gifts range in price so there's something for everyone.
I am counting my blessings this season and especially during my week-long visit to my hometown, Chattanooga, Tennessee. I've found that southerners ha...
Flashback to the winter of 1980. I was only four years old when, together with the help of my older sister, I was scribbling my wishes for Christmas onto a piece of paper.
If your gift wrapping is golden-retriever-puppy cute, who cares what's inside?! Here are 11 DIY gift wrap ideas proven to please even the grinchiest person on your list. No matter your gift, these awesome ideas will ensure that it is dressed to impress!
There are gifts and there are gifts. Typically the ones we exchange during the holidays are perfectly fine. (Anyone wants to send me chocolate, you've got my email.) But face it, despite the stressing about what to get and how much to spend, most of what we give and get is just not that memorable.