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Just Say NO to Holiday Stress

Just Say NO to Holiday Stress

12. 3.2014
When my husband and I started a family, I assumed that my babies would hand me a one-way ticket to holiday bliss. I couldn't wait to introduce...
Oh, There's Other Places Than Home for the Holidays

Oh, There's Other Places Than Home for the Holidays

12. 1.2014
It was the first holiday in over a decade that I did not go to bed filled with a sense of longing for a "real" holiday. Making my own agenda...
Who Are These Children in my Mailbox?

Who Are These Children in my Mailbox?

12.31.2013
I gather all the Christmas card photos we received in the mail and slowly peruse them, an undertaking I never have time for during the...
What Marriage Looks Like in the Second Act

What Marriage Looks Like in the Second Act

12.30.2013
The second act is watching the joy my wife gets being around her two girls... or the pride I get when they grab my hand to hold it just...
The Holiday Card No One Ever Sends

The Holiday Card No One Ever Sends

12.29.2013
This year, we went to Playa del Carmen, made the varsity cross country team, and scored a gorgeous goal from 20 yards out. But really,...
How To Survive A Road Trip With A Toddler

How To Survive A Road Trip With A Toddler

12.26.2013
Going on a long road trip with kids is kind like watching a Ken Burns documentary. You have a feeling you should be enjoying it, but you're...
The Question That Haunts Me Every Christmas

The Question That Haunts Me Every Christmas

12.25.2013
Friendships end, but more often they ebb and flow, even those that last a lifetime. And not without some heartache along the way.
Here Comes Santa Claus!

Here Comes Santa Claus!

12.24.2013
With Santa's arrival imminent, The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) has a firm lock on a glowing object moving quickly...
What I Wish Santa Had Said To My Daughter

What I Wish Santa Had Said To My Daughter

12.24.2013
This isn't all your fault, Santa. The focus on girls' appearance to the exclusion of everything else is so deeply entrenched in our culture...
The Search For The Best Worst Holiday Card Is On

The Search For The Best Worst Holiday Card Is On

12.23.2013
Getting entire families to pose for a holiday-card-worthy photo is notoriously difficult. Yet, for some reason, most parents brush aside...
5 Ways to Keep the Magic of Christmas

5 Ways to Keep the Magic of Christmas

12.23.2013
As I frantically search Amazon for the perfect Lady Bug costume that isn't too itchy, has antennas and comes with a tutu (but not a black...
Why I'm OK With My 10-Year-Old Still Believing In Elf On The Shelf

Why I'm OK With My 10-Year-Old Still Believing In Elf On The Shelf

12.23.2013
Now, she is 10 years old. A fifth grader. None of her friends believe in Santa anymore. My husband and I struggle with how long to keep...
9 Ways to Make Christmas Meaningful for Kids

9 Ways to Make Christmas Meaningful for Kids

12.23.2013
Instead of showering your kids with a pile of this year's hot clothes, toys and electronics (which, let's face it, will probably be collecting...
Christmas Cards From Mom

Christmas Cards From Mom

12.23.2013
Now that I'm an adult with my own kids -- I'm expecting another one early in the new year -- I find a whole new plateau of pleasure in...