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An Easy, Fun, and Meaningful NYE at Home with the Kiddos

Last year, with the pandemic raging (as it still is a year later 😩) and me six months pregnant, it was clear we would not be going out for New Year’s Eve. Let’s be real — since having kids, the vast majority of our NYE festivities have taken place at home anyway. And we’ve had…

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A Gift to Yourself for the 2022 Holiday Season

It’s the MOST…WONDERFUL…TIIIIME of the year! 🎡🎢🎡 For much of December, that sentiment rings true for me. I love belting out holiday tunes, putting up the tree, and decorating the mantle. I love lighting the menorah, having our solstice dance party, and pairing up with my mom to make the best cut-out sugar cookies that…

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Planning for a Merry, Love-Filled Christmas Day at Home

The stockings have been raided, presents opened, cinnamon rolls consumed. And it’s not quite 10 a.m. How will we spend the rest of Christmas Day? This is a question we face a lot of years. Since we celebrate with my family on Christmas Eve and Mike’s family doesn’t get together for Christmas (they’re Jewish and…

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How We’re Celebrating the Winter Solstice

For me, the hardest part of this time of year is the darkness. With walks, for example, I can slip on boots and my long, toasty-warm coat to protect against the chill, but there’s nothing I can do to prevent the sun from slipping away well before 5:00. I’ve mentioned I’m embracing hygge and bringing…

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This Holiday Season, Ditch the Mom Guilt

I’ve felt a bit off kilter this December. It stems from taking the must-do, should-do, could-do, won’t-do (MoSCoW) approach to my holiday preparations this year. Take Christmas cookies, for example. I mentioned in my previous post that, after consulting with Evan and Nate, I moved “bake at least two different types of cookies” from my…

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Holiday Decorating Update: What I’ve Learned Through the Zones Approach

A couple weeks ago, I wrote about my holiday decorating plans, explaining how I was going to put up my decorations only in specific zones. I added a note at the end of the post saying I’d update it later that weekend with photos because in my mind it was going to be that straightforward….


The Key Tool You Need to Keep Holiday Stress at Bay

When it comes to opportunities for making memories and establishing family traditions, December is like an all-you-can-eat buffet. In an ideal December, I would select only the most delicious items from that huge spread and enter the new year feeling satisfied but not stuffed. Unfortunately, that never happens. Of course I tell myself we don’t…