Over and over again, I’ve been asked what family traditions we take part in over the holiday season. Over and over again, I’ve felt slightly ashamed when I explain that we really didn’t do any traditions this year.
No, I’m not the Grinch — I actually love the holidays. However, I refuse to let a “but we’ve always done it that way” get in the way of me and my family enjoying this time of year.
Over the years, I’m sure the number of times I’ve said “that’s good enough” is astounding. I catch myself saying it ALL THE TIME — and honestly, I’m not sure that’s such a bad thing.
Today I’m sharing why “good enough” is good enough for me!
If you’re looking for an ultra-simple, no-bake, last-minute appetizer to take to an upcoming holiday party (or really any gathering throughout the year) I would highly recommend this “recipe”.
You won’t disapoint anyone’s taste buds and, better yet, you won’t spend all day in the kitchen!
Since I get SO many questions about how I store and organize my digital photos, and since most people take a bazillion photos over the holiday season, I figured it was time for a blog post dedicated to digital photo organization.
Today, I’m sharing my relatively quick and simple 3-step process to store, organize, and backup all my digital photos.
Guess what friends? Today, you get to read a guest post from one of my all-time favorite people… Dave!
I think what he has to say will be encouraging to SOOOOO many of you stay-at-home and work-at-home parents who sometimes feel like you have little to nothing to show for yourself at the end of the day — besides stained clothing and a pile of dirty dishes in the sink.
We’re just weeks away from another new year — a fresh start, a new beginning. And while I definitely don’t want to rush through the holiday season, I can’t help but be excited to flip over my calendar on January 1.
If you share my enthusiasm, yet feel like you’ve been struggling to “really live” your best and most fulfilling life, today’s post might be just what you need to get excited about another new year.
I’ve said it before and I’ll continue to say it over and over again — automating our savings and our investments has been one of the most important reasons we’ve been able to stick with our lofty savings and investment goals for the past 8+ years.
As we approach another new year with new goals, I’d encourage you to set up a monthly auto-deposit into a specific savings or investment account that you are committed not to touch for a while.
If the next few weeks at your house look anything like the next few weeks at our house, you’ll be hosting and/or attending MANY holiday parties. And what’s a great party without great food?
I know there are hundreds of “holiday recipe round-up” posts out there right now — so I’m not going to share specific recipes with you today. Instead, I’m going to share some of the things I personally consider when I’m bringing a dish to pass.
I’ve gotten several questions asking what we’re giving Nora and Simon for Christmas — as well as requests for holiday gift suggestions for children, teens, adults, etc.
So today, I’m sharing what we’re giving our kiddos, and some of my favorite gift ideas for kids 2-6 years old!
Although the holiday season is often filled with consumerism and spending money, there is also a HUGE amount of charitable giving that takes place this time of year.
Today, I’m sharing my thoughts on a few recent conversations with donation centers and volunteers… definitely something to consider the next time you’re ready to head to your local donation center or food pantry.
Maybe it’s the fact that the holiday season is crazy busy, or that Simon is the 2nd child, or that the months are going by SOOO fast — but I honestly almost forgot about today’s 9 month post!
It wasn’t until just a couple days ago that I remembered (while in the shower, of course) that… DUH, my little boy is 9 months old on December 4th.
Since it’s almost that time of year, I’m sharing my new planner today — and offering a couple great giveaways from Personal-Planner.com!!
If you’re looking for a super simple, last-minute appetizer idea to bring to a holiday party — or just a really quick side dish for dinner tonight, this recipe should satisfy!
Are you looking for a few great stocking stuffers? Would you like to know what my favorite organizing containers are?
It’s all in this month’s “favorite things” post!!
I know I’ve said it before, but Thanksgiving is hands down my most favorite holiday of the year.
I’ll be away from my blog the rest of the week, but just wanted to pop in to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!
Pasta is one of my favorite comfort foods. Thankfully, Dave and Nora share my love for this super frugal, super simple weeknight meal.
However, I recently had the desire to try substituting Spaghetti Squash for pasta in some of our favorite recipes… and today, I’m sharing our thoughts on this healthier swap!
Nora turned 3 on Saturday!
We celebrated with a super fun Curious George birthday party… complete with costumes
When it comes to parenting, I’ve had a 3-year crash course with one of the toughest instructors around — my 3 year old, highly-anxious, overly-sensitive, never-slept-through-the-night little girl.
So, since Nora’s THIRD birthday is tomorrow, I figured now would be the perfect time to share a few more of my thoughts on parenting…
It’s official, my friends… after over 2 years of living with a front door that opens directly into a wall (and creating a very awkward situation for all our guests) we FINALLY have a front door that opens the right way!
Not to mention, no more fancy glass or brass accents!
Dave and I are hosting Nora’s birthday party this weekend, then we’re celebrating Thanksgiving, 5 other immediate family member birthdays, lots of Christmas parties, a New Years party, hosting out of town guest, and more… all in the next 6 weeks.
Because of all these celebrations, I felt a post on how to simplify holiday entertaining was timely. I hope it will be helpful for many of you as well!
Baking Powder Drop Biscuits were a favorite of mine growing up — and now that I’m the cook, I realize how super simple they are to make (not to mention how easily they can adapt to many allergy restrictions).
If you’re looking for an impossibly easy dessert recipe that everyone will love, give these baking powder drop biscuits a try!
In the next couple of weeks, Christmas and other holiday cards will start filling up our mailboxes… but what will we do with those cards in another couple months, when the holidays are over?
Today, I’m sharing what I do with our holiday cards, and I’d love to know if you have any simple ways to reuse holiday cards.