To many families, the holiday season is not complete without a decorated tree twinkling in the window. Each year, U.S. tree farmers sell an estimated 25 to 30 million pine and fir trees, according to the National Christmas Tree Association. For people with Christmas tree allergies, this abundance of pine and fir needles can make allergy symptoms difficult to control during … [Read more...] about Christmas Tree Allergies
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I have these moments when something happens and it hits me that this is something that I want to write about. The children joke with me and say that when I have those “lightbulb” moments, they know that they are in for a “life lesson” speech. The other night I had one of my “lightbulb” moments. We had gone out to dinner and I had placed my order with the waiter … [Read more...] about In Life, Like Dinner, You Don’t Always Get What You Order
I want to share with you something that I came up with when I was pregnant with my first child. As I decorated the nursery with books and art that reflected who I wanted my child to be, I thought about what I valued in life and the core beliefs I hoped to instill in my children. I ended up writing four core principles - gentle reminders of the ideals that would help guide … [Read more...] about Guiding Your Family to a Better Year
It’s almost that time! Well, if you stepped into any CVS right after Halloween, then it’s been that time for quite a while. The holiday season is here! Sleigh bells are ringing, your children aren’t listening … ever, the slow is glistening and your house is totally decorated and ready for some holiday action. You’ve already scoured all the gift guides and picked out what … [Read more...] about Last Minute Stocking Stuffers
Lately, we’ve been on the birthday circuit. Today was a 2-year-old’s Thomas-the-Train celebration, tomorrow is a 3-year-old pony riding extravaganza, and next weekend 6-year-old twins are celebrating with a gymnastics party. I love birthday parties. When Ava gets invited, it reassures me that she is popular and I can look forward to eating the piece of cake she decapitates by … [Read more...] about $50K For A Three-Year-Old’s Birthday Party!?