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  1. Arts & Crafts
    Does anyone know of any Homemade Holiday Ornament Exchanges happening for this 2019 season? I've participated in some in the past... signing up online, paying a small fee, and the organizer matching me up with someone to exchange handmade ornaments with through the mail. I've tried searching...
  2. Family Life
      What to do with all those gifts from once-a-year relatives, co-workers, and mother-in-laws who mean well but don't quite know you well enough to realize you'll never wear a dickie, eat a Panettone, or use hand lotion that smells like your 80-year-old aunt? The consumerism of Christmas irks...
  3. Family Life
    Santa has become a hot topic lately with more families opting out. Luckily, Santa isn't the only reason why Christmas is so magical. I never imagined Christmas without Santa until I had children. I assumed Santa was the norm and the way to go until my husband and I found our faith deepening. We...
  4. Family Life
    I feel guilty when I think about the piles of garbage left on curbs the morning after Christmas that end up in landfills - packaging, plastic, and those annoying twist ties that hold toys in their boxes. And, oy, the piles and piles of gift wrap. Christmas morning at my house starts with two...
  5. Baby
    Getting breastfeeding going is hard enough without throwing the holidays into the mix. Bringing home a new baby this time of the year may add to the joy of the season, but be careful to balance the merriment with downtime to ring in the new year with breastfeeding success. Breastfeeding, like...
  6. Family Life
    It's ugly Christmas Sweater Time, and the options are endless! Whether you want to be your own unicorn, or family matchy-matchy, we've got ten fabulous picks that are sure to wow (or disgust) people wherever you go! 1. Partridge In A Pear Tree So this is tacky on its very own level, but our...
  7. Family Life
    I grew up the second of five kids and because there were so many of us, Christmas was always fairly simple. Gifts were purposeful and minimal, so the things that made Christmas special were not materialistic. Now that I have three little ones, I want to continue the tradition of emphasizing the...
  8. Family Life
    Christmas is a magical time of year, and in some U.S. places, an event like no other! Here we share five of the most fun and fabulous places you could spend Christmas! James Kirkikis/Shutterstock 1. Woodstock, Vermont This quaint little New England town is exactly what you'd expect an...
  9. Opinion
    The holidays bring in all sorts of fun traditions and festivities! One of our favorite trends is matching jammies for the whole family. Here are some of our favorite matching Christmas outfits! 1. Mommy and Me Rudolph Set. Oh, how we adore this sweet little Mommy and Me set by Franterd! You...
  10. Family Life
    The holiday season varies in different parts of the world, with many traditions probably similar to your own, and others very different. In fact, many people don't even know where holiday traditions in the United States came from. According to World Holiday Traditions, the United States is...
  11. Family Life
    The holiday season can make you want to pull your hair out. If this time of the year leaves you feeling more "bah, humbug!" than "merry and bright," we've got some self-care tips for you! I love Christmas. I always have. I love the holiday season, I love Christmas music, and I anxiously wait...
  12. Family Life
    Happy holidays to all! At this time of year, beautifully diverse celebrations emerge all over the globe as individuals and families celebrate their cultural beliefs and traditions. This month provides parents with an amazing opportunity to embrace diversity with their children by reading about...
  13. Green Goods
    You've probably heard that suicide rates jump over the holiday season. While researching this article, I was surprised to find that this is completely untrue. In fact, across North America, suicide rates go down during the 'most wonderful time of the year.' But the holiday blues are real...
  14. Baby
    It's baby's first Christmas, and you can't imagine anything sweeter! But what do you get your sweet one for their very first holiday season? Here are our top picks! 1. Wood Toy Phone It seems like whether you like it or not, your little one is reaching for your phone! Here's a safe, hand-made...
  15. Family Life
    The holidays are the perfect time to make memories with your children. Homeschooling allows families a great deal of freedom to create a flexible and fun schedule during the festive season. Christmas, and the time leading up to it, is my favorite time of the year. It's more than just the...
  16. Toddler & Child
    Each year, our children receive dozens of toys for Christmas. Handicrafts as gifts introduce a useful and fun skill for your kids rather than toys. Christmas brings dozens of toys for our children when combined with gifts from extended family members. As we embarked on our journey towards a...
  17. Family Life
      Every family has a set of holiday traditions that are uniquely their own. They make the season special and create wonderful memories and moments for your children. Are you looking for a few ideas to create your own unique traditions that your family can partake in, year after year? Here are...
  18. Arts & Crafts
    Hi All, I am a parent of two sweet adorable girls. I am posting this thread as I am looking for awesome, creative ways to stimulate my children over the Christmas season. We have found many great crafts on pinterest as well as some great tools like northpoletube.com where your kids can actually...
  19. Vegetarian and Vegan
    As I promised, here is the second part of my vegetarian recipes for christmas serie. RECIPE 2: DINNER-STYLE ‘FAKE MEAT’ LOAF Serves: 6-8 Ingredients 1 medium sized onion, grated 1/2 a celery stick, grated 1 medium sized carrot ,grated 2 Tbsp vegan Worcestershire Sauce 1 Tbsp soy sauce or...
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