A few days ago, just as everyone was in my house was saying goodnight and heading to bed, I took a few minutes to grab a fresh Bath & Body Works Wallflower to replace the empty plug-in in my...

The Elf Is On Our Shelf

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'Tis the season of wrapping paper, Christmas lights, and a little Elf from the North Pole. Yep, we have a little friend -- well, two actually -- that visit each day during the month of December. And honestly, I...
It's the most wonderful time of the year! The holidays are always a special time to spend with family, celebrate, and unwind before the new year. But there is something my husband and I decided to leave out when...
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There’s No Elf On Our Shelf

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I am the type of mom who loves themed play dates, kids’ birthday parties, coordinated outfits, festive food, Christmas trees in every room, family Christmas pajamas, and décor for every holiday. I have been accused of being a little...
Oh Christmas! It's so easy to get wrapped up in the excitement of the holidays and overcommit, overspend, and over stretch ourselves. Santa sessions, Christmas tree lightings, elf shenanigans, baking, shopping -- it seems everyone has their tried and...
So many things can bring a memory to mind: a scent, a song, a taste. And one time of year -- the most wonderful time of year -- brings back more memories than most: Christmas! Our favorite music, our...
Calling all Extroverted Introverts (you know who you are)! The season is upon us where we must embrace the crazy of busy shopping malls, numerous family gatherings, awkward Christmas parties, and over-excited kids. Walk that line with grace, my...
This will be my third year playing Mrs. Claus for my little ones. As the holiday season approaches, I find myself thinking of gift ideas for my kids and what traditions we want to start with them. Will we...
We all know how it goes; the season starts off strong with well-intentioned plans and oodles of energy. Then, come post-Thanksgiving, the omph is dwindling and the lists are piling up. Even in our house, where I strive ferociously to...
I have one Christmas memory from my early childhood. I've thought about that sentence all day. First, I tried to scan all the corners of my brain, lest I make a liar out of myself on social media to make...
‘Twas the month of December and all through the land, moms were making their perfect Christmas time plans. Plans for cute Santa pictures with no crying, gingerbread house making, and fabulous gift buying… Sound familiar? If you’re like me, it...
The scent of turkey filled the house while my stuffed belly moaned from pure pleasure and I sank into the couch with a pile of ads. With pen in hand and notebook beside me and my mother nearby, I...

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