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...

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...
In years past, I was the queen of meal planning and prepping. I wrote lists, shopped seasonal items for best priced options, and chopped and prepped ingredients every Sunday to make sure the following week always started on the...
I had a moment yesterday. It was just another moment like the ones I’ve been having all year. Another realization of something that won’t happen because of COVID.  My kindergartner came home with a big smile, telling me about this...
School holidays—love them or loathe them, they come every fall & winter and remind us how much we love our kids’ teachers. If you’re looking ahead to Thanksgiving and Winter Breaks and thinking, I’ve got to find something for...
Well, hello October! I'm so glad you're here - I feel like I can officially start celebrating all things fall-ish. Seeing as how it's still in the high 90's (Are we done? Will it stay cool now?) the -ish...
COVID has canceled everything -- school, sports, concerts, Fiesta. But this mama is putting her foot down for Halloween. I believe in the Great Pumpkin and human ingenuity too much to give that up! Even if trick-or-treating looks wildly...

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Your Guide to the Best Holiday Light Displays in San Antonio...

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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...