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When To Put Duracell Batteries Into Gifts…And When Not To!

[The following post is sponsored by SheSpeaks and Duracell.] When I was a kid I loved gadgets (nope, nothing has changed!). If it was on my Christmas list, chances are it made noise, lit up, moved on its own, or all three. And for sure it needed batteries. Batteries that we never seemed to have […]


Comparison Shop At Local Stores With Price Patrol

[The following post was sponsored by Price Patrol.] There have been so many times in the past when I’ve needed something right away – a gift for a birthday party I’d forgotten about, an item I needed for a project, or something that I just didn’t want to wait on for home delivery. If I’d […]

Holiday Cleaning With The Swiffer SteamBoost

This holiday cleaning tips post is brought to you by Swiffer® as part of a Type-A  Parent Community Sponsored Post. I’ve always found holidays to be a great time to take stock of how my house is doing and get things in order. There’s always some extra chaos and mess anyway (pine needles, etc.) so […]

Some Things I Learned This Christmas

It costs $105 to buy a big, good-looking Christmas tree in our neighborhood when you don’t wait until the last minute (which we usually do, but didn’t this year). For about $20 more, you can get one delivered to your door from North Carolina, and you don’t have to spend an hour cleaning tree sap […]

Christmas Tree Safety With Kidde

[The following post is sponsored by Kidde] Christmas is such a happy time for me. One of my favorite memories from growing up is helping my grandmother put up her tree each year. It was a fake monstrosity that we would drag downstairs in an ancient, falling-apart box, and then we’d stick each branch into […]

Randomosity 12/5/13

I slept for ten hours straight last night. My husband had come home sick from work that morning, and by the evening I was feeling exhausted and run down. I was afraid I was coming down with whatever he’d had, so I put a very lazy dinner on the table (canned everything), said goodnight, and […]

Twelve Things I Learned This Christmas

1) When your kids no longer believe in Santa, you don’t have to worry about what kind of wrapping paper you use. Or change your handwriting on the tags. And the wrapping scraps? They can just go in the recycling bin! And as you buy and wrap presents, you can just put them under the […]

The “Do Not Buy” Gift List 2012

I love doing my holiday shopping online. I don’t have to stand in actual lines. I don’t have to fight crowds. I don’t have to wear pants. But with such a limitless selection of items on the web, choosing gifts for friends and family can be hard. While I can’t really give you a list […]

Christmas cookie Tree centerpiece

A couple weeks ago I saw this video of Gail Dosik, of One Tough Cookie, making a Christmas tree out of cookies. I was totally inspired.   I immediately started searching Amazon for graduated cookie cutters and found a set of star-shaped ones from Wilton. I never make a holiday centerpiece. If we have one, […]

I think @TheToughCookie would be proud!

I’ll put up a how-to post later, along with the video from Gail Dosik that inspired this cookie tree. But for now I have to jump in the shower to get to Christmas Eve service for choir! Originally posted on Selfish Mom, from Amy’s cell phone (so please excuse any weird formatting). All opinions expressed […]