Family Holiday Movie Night-Elf

Son of a nutcracker!  Elf is really one of my favorite Christmas movies.  It’s a three way tie between that one, A Christmas Story and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.  Elf is just pure comic Christmas gold.  It’s family friendly and full of fun Christmas lore with an important message about the power of believing. And,…

Happy Thanksgiving!

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.  ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy  I couldn’t be more thankful.

Advent Activities!

Last year, I posted about our advent calendar.  Last year’s advent activities are still living on the web, so if you want to use that template and those ideas, they’re still accessible via google docs. But, I had to rethink and re-do a few things this year to reflet our new location and the changes…

Christmas Countdown-5 Weeks to go!

I don’t want to stress you out, but Christmas is coming.  This week is Thanksgiving! My goal every year is to have a less stressful Christmas season without giving up anything.  I realized that in order to do that, I have to start early, divide my tasks and delegate  where possible.   One thing I’m doing…

Menu Plan Monday

It’s Thanksgiving week!  The gateway to Christmas!  Quit booing and hissing!  EMBRACE IT! As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I’m writing my Monday menu plans from our last week’s menus.  That way, if we run across a stinker, you won’t be too tempted to make it for your family.  While most of you will…

Cookie of the Week

Mexican wedding cakes. Russian tea cakes. Snowballs. Whatever you call them, they’re delicious.  Little powdered sugar covered, walnut filled buttery balls of cookie deliciousness. I think these are my favorite cookies of all.  I think.  It’s like picking my favorite book or favorite song, though, so I might fall in love with a different cookie…

Family Holiday Movie Night-Fred Claus

I feel at this point that it would be redundant to tell you about how much I love Christmas.  That’s obvious, right?  And while I keep myself in check and don’t decorate until the week of Thanksgiving, it’s never to early to start partaking in another one of my favorite Christmas activities. Christmas Movies! Yes,…

Thankful for Link Love

Thanksgiving is next Thursday. Less than a week away.    In years past, it meant a drive to Northern Michigan and an early Christmas with my Dad, his girlfriend and my siblings.  This year, we’re changing it up a bit, but there is still plenty to be thankful for. Still looking for fall or Thanksgiving decor? …

Who Needs Sleep (The Misadventures of a Sleep Deprived Mom).

Once upon a time there was a Mom.  And she had a beautiful little baby girl. At the tender age of six weeks, the baby girl began to sleep through the night every other night.   By two months of age the baby girl slept through the night ever single night.  There were occasional bedtime struggles…

Christmas Countdown-Six Weeks to Go

If you want to read last week’s countdown tasks, check out Seven Weeks to Go Thanksgiving is next week.  This year has flown by.  This year, for only the second time in 12 years we won’t be having Thanksgiving with my family.  We’ll be taking the 8 hour car ride to Illinois to spend it…