The Holidays are here. (I hope you already knew that.) With the "most wonderful time of the year" comes a lot of headaches. However, making powerful plays to keep things simple can really create a fantastic holiday. Follow these tips to keep your season full of cheer and devoid of stress. Delegate You are not Santa Claus. No matter what level superman/woman you are, the holidays cannot hinge on one person. It is the season of giving, but that doesn't mean you should give everything you have ... Continue Reading
Follow these tips to keep your holiday season full of cheer and stress free.
Ways to teach your kids to give during the holiday season.
The holiday season is by far my favorite time of the year. It's not just the excitement of taking a bite into holiday meals, decorating the perfect tree, or sipping that first cup of hot chocolate with extra marshmallows that bring me pure joy; It's finding new ways to teach my kids how to give. Here are some creative and inexpensive ways your kids (and you too) can give this holiday season: The giving jar. Have your kids throw any loose change they find into a jar throughout the year. ... Continue Reading
Don’t make a misstep this season at the annual office holiday party.
It’s that time of year - the dreaded office party. Whether you bring your significant other or fly solo, the business holiday party often can make or break careers - one wrong move, or one cocktail too many - and you are the talk of the party, and NOT in a good way. You’re here to have fun, and you should. Just not too much. And what should you wear? Here are my tips on how to make it through the season without a fashion misstep: Clue into the Boss(es) A good rule of thumb to follow ... Continue Reading
Steps for keeping your baby happy and comfortable so you can feel more relaxed throughout the holiday season.
You looked forward to your baby's first holiday season. It was to be a magical time of picture perfect festivities. However, your little bundle of joy is wailing and clings to you with a steel grip when anyone tries to hold him. How will you survive a holiday gathering without a happy baby? Breathe deeply and take comfort in knowing that you are not alone. Others have experienced the same let down, exasperating experience. Here's some pointers on how to handle your baby's crankiness ... Continue Reading
Recipes for making sweet potato soup and apple acorn squash soup.
I love to cook and experiment in the kitchen; and the holiday season is the perfect time to test out new and interesting ideas for recipes. One of my favorite meals to prepare is soup. You can add lots of vegetables (complex carbs) and protein sources to add dimension and nutrients to each spoonful of goodness; it's the perfect make-an-extra-batch type of food, that you can freeze (in single servings) and re-heat to enjoy on a cold winter afternoon-coupled with a warm piece of buttered bread. ... Continue Reading
Bring in Autumn with nature walks, leaf collections, apple picking, and more.
Autumn is one of my favorite times of year, the smells, the changing of the weather are truly glorious! In the busyness of a new season of school activities and sports and prep for the holidays, sometimes it is hard to remember what Autumn really brings. Here are our top ten ways to bring the new season. Go on a nature walk Even if you don't live somewhere with mountains or regular hiking trails, Autumn itself brings in nature with cooler weather and the changing colors of the ... Continue Reading