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What Do You Say – Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas

Teens By December 7, 2015 Tags: , 23 Comments

I’m not here to argue the politics of religion (or dancing for that matter) but more the phrases people use this time of year. The topic always pops up in December.. do you say “Happy Holidays” or “Merry Christmas”? If you don’t celebrate Christmas, does it really offend you if someone doesn’t use “Happy Holidays”? In my 30+ years (I’m…

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The Lies We Tell For Santa

Parenting By December 4, 2015 Tags: , , , , 14 Comments

What Lies Do You Tell Your Kids? Monday night I posted a question on my Facebook page asking the question “does Santa wrap gifts in your house”. It’s a question I ask people every year and I’m always fascinated by the huge variety in answers. I’ve deduced that for the most part, it’s a Northern/Southern thing. Santa wraps in the…

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My Nightmare Before Christmas (Or Why I Hate the Elf on the Shelf)

Blogging By December 23, 2014 Tags: , , , , 7 Comments

Cristi and I met 28 years ago in youth group at First Lutheran Church in Greensboro. We’ve shared more laughs and tears together over the years and probably know more about each other than 2 people should. We’ve married each other off and now are going thru motherhood together. That my friends, is an awesome way to live your life. She’s a…

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Santa – Old, Fat and Jolly With One Hell of a Left Hook

Blogging By December 22, 2014 Tags: , , , , , 1 Comment

One of the highlights of the past year was the day I came across Josh Wilner, aka TheJackB. I don’t know how he pumps out the volume that he does, but everything that he writes is this side of brilliant. The funny thing to me is that we cross paths in both the personal blog side AND the professional side….

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Our Favorite Christmas Movies and a Netflix Giveaway!! #StreamTeam

Netflix StreamTeam, Reviews and Giveaways By December 10, 2014 Tags: , , , , 17 Comments

The Best Christmas Movies Remember yesterday when I told you the things that I wasn’t doing this Christmas? Well, one thing that we definitely do during the holidays is watch movies (you already know that the Rooster and I go into hibernation mode after Christmas to majorly binge watch some shows..) and who else would be turn to but Netflix…

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4 Things I’m Not Doing this Christmas (and 1 that I am!)

Blogging, Parenting By December 9, 2014 Tags: , , , , 3 Comments

Oh my God, who isn’t stressed to the nth degree right now? Places to be, gifts to buy (when did it become MY responsibility to buy even my own gifts?!), gifts to wrap (I draw the line at wrapping my own gifts), cookies to bake, houses to decorate… Stop the madness!!! This year, I said no more and instead of…


Have a Holly Jolly (Viewing) Christmas

Entertainment By December 22, 2013 Tags: , , , , 2 Comments

Need to keep the kids entertained until Christmas? We have never traveled for Christmas. Once our first was born, we made the decision that if family wanted to see us for Christmas, they would have to come to us. I don’t buy into that “Santa ships” mentality like some do. I’m not knocking it, but I remember growing up and…


It’s Christmas: Pass the Eggnog – Ladies Only Blog Share

Blogging By December 19, 2013 Tags: , , , 5 Comments

Stressed over the fact that Christmas is less than a week away? Then let me offer you a blissful thought.. this time in one week, it will be O-V-E-R. Your living room will look like Geoffery the Giraffe threw up in it and you won’t have showered in two days, but you’re good to go for at least another 10…