Archive for the Holidays Category


Easy Ways to Save Money on Baggage Fees!

Remember the good old days when liquid items of any size were allowed in carry-on bags? It was great…I would get off the plane and exit the airport with barely a glance at the people waiting for their items to appear at the baggage claim. Though I’d love to be out of the airport that […]

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Christmas at great-grandma’s

We are back to work and school today, but I came across this picture on my phone this morning. The kids had a blast running around Chase’s grandma’s yard with their cousins on Christmas day. It is pretty amazing that Chase and his family played the same games, in that same yard, for the past 35+ years. Sometimes […]

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Baking cookies for Santa

So glad Toll House invented pre-made cookie dough. $4 and 12 minutes and Santa’s cookies are ready

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Stocking stuffers

When we were kids, Santa put our gifts in a “huge” stocking. My dad kept it and still used it for us as adults. When he passed away, my stepmom gave it to me. It doesn’t seem nearly as big as it did when I was a kid, but to Avery and Clay, it’s still […]

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Trimming the tree

Chase put up our outdoor Christmas decorations on Saturday, and the kids and I did the indoor decorations yesterday. When Chase got home from golfing, we worked together to do the tree. The kids were awfully proud of their hard work. I’m just proud I had the sense to buy the “unbreakable” ornaments when I […]

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Halloween kitty

We used to have a black cat. This one is cuter.

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Homemade Halloween costumes

I hope I didn’t fool you with the title of this post – I am not going to offer any tips for making Halloween costumes. I got an email from Real Simple this morning, linking to an article about DIY costumes, which I am happy to pass along for those so inclined. They make it sound so […]

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Hot dog hangover

I hope everyone had a great 4th of July! We had a fun day with friends at a festival and a barbecue and then we all walked down the street to watch fireworks. It was a great day, but a long one for adults and kids alike. We are strict about the kids sleeping in their […]

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House cleaner day is like Christmas

Today is my favorite day, it’s house cleaner day! Similar to Christmas, but the gift is a clean home. Like the living room on Christmas morning, it’s a mess again before you know it, but it’s great while it lasts! Years ago, when her personal training business was first becoming successful, my friend Sara shared an anecdote from one of […]

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I’ll take 90 percent

My little brother and his wife often say they’re not going to have kids. They are still young, so we can harrass gently encourage them to change their minds. They love our kids, and the kids are equally smitten. But nearly two years into their marriage, they also enjoy doing what they want, when they want, which is understandable. I […]

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