Half the Christmas I Used to Have

I come from a long line of Christmas excess enthusiasts. My maternal grandmother boasted over 200 snowmen on display each Christmas, a fact she reminded us of annually. “I have over 200 snowmen out!”¬†she’d chirp. Admittedly, they were pretty cute. But she didn’t stop there. Her home had Christmas festoonery in every corner. Elves peeked…

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Battling Back to School Madness: Get Refreshed

Parenting responsibilities kick into overdrive when back to school time begins. Shuttling kids to activities, packing lunches, attending school events, and adhering to stricter schedules can cause stress and press us for time. It’s hard to feel refreshed. My husband and I tend to collapse on the sofa on Friday evenings in September. We are…

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Battling Back to School Madness: Meal Planning

One of the hardest adjustments for me to make once my kids go back to school is planning meals. Summertime allows for a later dinnertime and accepting invitations to barbeques. I can throw things together on my own schedule without meal planning. Once school starts, a more efficient system is needed to make sure activities,…

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