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Being Honest About What I Really Want for Christmas

My husband is not a gift savvy person. Christmas is not a holiday he celebrated growing up. Gift hints go right over his head. One year I blogged about my Christmas wish list. The following year I sent him links, in an email, of gift ideas. I still didn’t manage to get through. read more

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5 Ways to Help Avoid Kids Avoid the Gimmees at Christmas

If it’s difficult for adults to fight the “I wants,” it’s even more difficult for our kids who don’t have the filters or self-control to push back against the advertisers’ messages. Here are a few practices I do to help my kids keep Christmas more sacred and less about the stuff. read more

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Holiday Cleaning, The Minimalist Approach

How do we maintain a general order of things at home during the craziest time of the year? Here are a few tricks from yours truly, a self-proclaimed minimalist when it comes to house cleaning. read more

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What Operation Christmas Child Means to Moms

You may have seen and heard what Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts mean to the children who receive them, but what do they mean to their moms? Women who dream of giving birthday or Christmas or “just-because” gifts to their children but know buying school supplies and clothing will be enou read more

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Three Flavors of Hospitality

I am appreciative of all forms of hospitality: the friend who offers me a drink in her tidied home before I even put my diaper bag down, the friend who doesn’t apologize for the Legos all over the floor or the fact she hasn’t showered in a couple days, the friend who stands with me in a crowded read more