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Resolving Family Conflicts Before Thanksgiving

October 26, 2020 It’s a common storyline in holiday films (and households) in our society. After family members gather together at the Thanksgiving table, all of the issues festering in their hearts and over their heads create tension that builds and leads a huge blow up. We might laugh when we see the antics unfold…

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Halloween at Home: Spooky Good Fun for 2020

September 10, 2020 It’s hard to know what Halloween will look like in 2020, but it’s reasonable to assume that many families will be skipping trick-or-treating this year. While it’s disappointing in many ways, it doesn’t mean that the celebration has to end. Here are some ways to celebrate Halloween at home and still have…

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Nerdy Moms

April 14, 2020 It’s hard to believe, but Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Have you finished your shopping? While there are plenty of ways to show your love and appreciation without spending a single dime, sometimes a sweet gift can really mean so much. You’ll find many traditional ideas listed in gift guides…

A Simpler Holiday: 5 Shortcuts to Traditional Activities
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A Simpler Holiday: 5 Shortcuts to Traditional Activities

December 9, 2019 It’s the holiday season. Everywhere you look, there are snowflakes (real or decorative), red and green colors, and commercials of smiling children happily doing scenic activities. Let’s acknowledge the reality. Most parents are busy juggling a budget, end-of-the-year work, a schedule that includes more parties and school events than the rest of…

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Holiday Gift Guide for the Crafty Kid: 8 Gifts That Guarantee Hours of Creative Play

December 5, 2018 Looking for the perfect gift for the crafty, artsy, creative girl or boy in your life aged 8-12? Here are our picks for high quality natural and imaginative toys that help bring out a child’s natural curiosity and creativity. Crayon Rocks Kids love creating beautifully textured drawings with the pebble-like-shaped Crayon Rocks….

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Learning to Stress Less and Savor More at Christmas time

November 26, 2018 Christmas is the favorite holiday for many people. For some it’s for religious reasons, for others it’s about cherishing family and festivities. For most, it’s a combination of both! Unfortunately, it can get very stressful for many people. It is overwhelming to budget for gifts, host out-of-town guests, plan and host holiday…

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5 Tips for Surviving Thanksgiving

November 15, 2018 Much has been made in movies and pop culture about the downright craziness that can surround the holidays, particularly Thanksgiving. While it’s meant to be a day for showing love and gratitude, tempers can flare when extended family members—some of whom may be estranged—try to gather around the table for a meal….

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Thanksgiving Rules You’ll Be Thankful For

November 18, 2017 The holiday season is here—which can be both exciting and anxiety-producing. In theory, it’s wonderful for everyone to gather and be festive, but the reality is that bringing many people together can be stressful. While you can’t anticipate or prevent all conflicts or hurt feelings, you can follow some rules to maintain…

Well, That’s Awkward: 4 Videos Show the Funnier Side of Thanksgiving
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Well, That’s Awkward: 4 Videos Show the Funnier Side of Thanksgiving

November 24, 2015 This week, it would be hard to miss SNL’s Thanksgiving spoof that includes good ol’ Aunt Kathy who pulls out every politically incorrect or rude comment you could imagine from a relative. In case you haven’t seen it, the youngest family member makes convenient and increasingly hilarious use of Adele’s newest hit….

A Way for Kids to Give Back This Holiday Season
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A Way for Kids to Give Back This Holiday Season

November 6, 2015 Every year, as the holidays approach, I hear people asking for a good place to let their kids volunteer. Perhaps a local soup kitchen or church. Not everyone wants to publicly help though and it can be difficult to find a good location and time that works with your schedule. It’s also good…

Expectations: Setting Yourself Up for a Joyful Year’s End
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Expectations: Setting Yourself Up for a Joyful Year’s End

November 3, 2015 Every year as I walk around the neighborhood on Halloween night, I think to myself, and now it begins. From this point on, time and events seem to launch themselves at me from now until the end of the year. Not only do we feel the weight of all our plans, stores…

Enjoy a Realistic, Happy Valentine’s Day
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Enjoy a Realistic, Happy Valentine’s Day

February 11, 2015 It’s a familiar scene – the “most romantic day of the year” ends in a fight, hurt feelings and, possibly, tears.  For whatever reason, many of us get upset because that special person in our life has failed to make us think that we are important or loved by them because (gasp) they didn’t…

Holiday Gifts for the Family That Won’t Break the Bank
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Holiday Gifts for the Family That Won’t Break the Bank

December 9, 2014 I’ll admit that I spent dozens of hours in November browsing online, forcing my kids to nail down specific items they’d like for the holidays, and shopping for the best discounts and deals! I thought Black Friday/Cyber Monday would’ve been the perfect time to finish my shopping, but sadly many of the…

What to Do When Mom’s Thanksgiving Helpers Disappear
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What to Do When Mom’s Thanksgiving Helpers Disappear

November 24, 2014 My mom refused to let my dad in the kitchen except to eat. For her generation, the kitchen was a woman’s seat of power and Mom wouldn’t even delegate dish drying to any male. Of course, she had no problem ordering me around especially during the holidays when company was coming. “Unload…

Dia de los Muertos: 10 Things You Might Not Know
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Dia de los Muertos: 10 Things You Might Not Know

November 3, 2014 This weekend saw the celebration of the Mexican tradition of Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead. We might recognize a few of the popular symbols or associate it with Halloween, But this festival developed from a history and a celebration very different from the Celtic origins of Halloween. Here are 10…

It’s Almost Passover: Four Ways to Celebrate!
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It’s Almost Passover: Four Ways to Celebrate!

April 10, 2014 It’s almost time for Passover, or Pesach, which is a beautiful Jewish holiday commemorating their freedom from slavery in ancient Egypt over 3,000 years ago. The eight-day festival is celebrated in the early spring, from the 15th through the 22nd of the Hebrew month of Nissan – which falls on April 14th through…

Fun Ideas for a Nerdy Valentine’s Day
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Fun Ideas for a Nerdy Valentine’s Day

February 12, 2014 Valentine’s Day rolls around every February and, with it, comes the pressure to produce a day filled with romance that your partner will remember and cherish forever. Of course, most people try and fail miserably but it’s the thought that counts, right? The holiday can be especially difficult for those who are…

Learn to Spend Less on Seasonal Gifts
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Learn to Spend Less on Seasonal Gifts

November 14, 2013 Over the last few years, people have become more interested in learning how to save money. Times have been tough and everyone seems to be reevaluating the importance of material things. Still, it’s understandable that most of us still want to be festive during the holiday season while simultaneously hoping we can…

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Halloween Fun with Food Allergies and Other Restricted Diets

October 1, 2012 Most children look forward to Halloween with great anticipation. For the parents of children with food allergies and other conditions requiring dietary restriction (such as celiac disease or diabetes) Halloween can be a cause of some concern. But there’s no reason to be afraid on Halloween. Even with dietary restrictions, children can…

Three Easy Steps to Stress Free Holiday Gatherings
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Three Easy Steps to Stress Free Holiday Gatherings

December 14, 2011 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…