The crazy year/decade/century of 2020 has given us all pause. Even socially distanced, this year has proven how interconnected we really are—and the impact that we can have on others seems clearer now than ever before. And the community...

To Santa Or Not To Santa?

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Well, I don’t know about you, but Christmas snuck up on me this year! 2020 has felt simultaneously like the blink of an eye and a million years all rolled into one. A few weeks ago, I opened my...
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Right? This year has been so wild. I feel like we just finished The Longest Spring Break Ever and now it’s December. DECEMBER, y’all. If anyone deserves a treat this December,...
The 4 Gift Rule. Maybe you've heard of it. It's where for Christmas (or Birthdays!) you decide to gift your children only 4 gifts. Those gifts are: Something They Want Something They Need Something to Wear Something to Read I...

Come Up for Air

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The holiday season is officially upon us, pumpkin spice is battling it out with peppermint mocha, and kids are on a constant sugar high. Hallmark is rewarding us with binge-worthy feel-good movies, and shoes are on deep discount at...
My children feel like the only ones in the world to whom Santa does not send an “Elf on the Shelf.” They are eternally bitter about it. And I relish it. To any parents out there who feel obligated to...
When I filed for divorce in 2018, I had so many things I was worried about. How would I survive financially? How would I manage to move cities alone? Would I ever get married again, or would I be...
If ever there was a year that needed a bit of extra sparkle, 2020 is it. The glow and twinkle of holiday lights seems to make everything brighter, cheerier, and festive. And even better: you can walk around and...
As we all know by now, 2020 is a year like no other. Beloved events and activities that have become family traditions will likely be very different this year, or cancelled altogether. We’ve done our best to update this...
I stopped drinking about ten years ago. Recently, I’ve had several people reach out to me who are newly sober, asking for advice on how to handle the holidays when you’re not drinking. Some of these people tried a...
Create a Gratitude Tree We started this as a way to recognize all of the things we’re grateful for. How we do it has changed over time:  one year we used sticks and glued a leaf each day, one year...
Answer honestly–how often do the following things happen to you: You get a Facebook message from a girl you barely remember from high school asking if you'll buy essential oils or nail polish strips from her? You see a...

A Spicy Season of Thanks

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This post is brought to you by Bolner's Fiesta Spices. The cooler weather and changing of the leaves allow us to shift our mindsets in preparation for the upcoming holiday. There has been enough change this year to leave our...
Navigating the holidays while living a military life can be tricky. There's usually more questions than answers. Do you travel home? Do you save the money and stay put? Will holidays feel less magical if we are so far...

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If ever there was a year that needed a bit of extra sparkle, 2020 is it. The glow and twinkle of holiday lights seems...