Enjoy Holidays More by Shifting Your Attitude

Use These Words to Make Your Holidays Happy

The holidays can be warm, fun and amazing…but they can also be stressful as we try to figure out how to fit it all in.  After all, most of us have full schedules already and that’s without any trees that need trimming, gifts that need finding or cookies just waiting to be baked. This season, […]

The Spirit of Christmas: Say Thank You

At lunch yesterday, our waitress and I were talking.  She said while she always appreciates a good tip, it’s even more meaningful when someone takes the time to write “Thank you” on the receipt.  She said it makes her feel great because the person took the time to let her know her service mattered.  She […]

How to Easily Find Great Holiday Gifts

How to Easily Find Great Holiday Gifts: GUARANTEED

Whatever you are doing when you read this, I can pretty much guarantee my 12-year old daughter would like to trade places with you.   Though you may be stuck in traffic or wading through an overstuffed inbox, she is Getting Braces right now.  She’s been dreading this day since she lost her last baby tooth […]

Thanksgiving Math: Apple Pie is the New Common Core Curriculum

Years ago, a friend’s son said that he “absolutely, positively, always and forever” hated math.  It was a struggle each and every night to get him to do his math homework and by the time he got to fractions, he was nearly in tears. A few months after our conversation, my friend went to visit […]

Thanksgiving Dinner: Music to Eat By

No matter how many times I entertain, no matter how much time I’ve spent preparing  food and drinks,  I always wish I had an extra hour or two before my guests arrive.  Always! One of the things I tend to leave until the last minute is the music, which is just plain silly:  music can […]

A New Tradition for YOU: StoryCorps’ Great Thanksgiving Listen

Chocolate turkeys and scratch-off lottery tickets. That’s how you knew it was Thanksgiving in my family. A Russell Stover chocolate turkey stood proudly at each place setting, and under each dinner plate, my Auntie had hidden a lottery ticket. Each year we completely forget about the lottery tickets—my family is full of good eaters!—until my […]

Best Hostess Gifts this Thanksgiving

Picture this:  you wake up late on Thanksgiving morning and the first thing you are grateful for is that you have received an invitation to dinner and don’t have to peel a single potato.  You decide to turn on some of the parade before catching the football game.  Your biggest concern?  Making sure to eat […]

A Stranger Shares Her Story: A Most Unexpected Gift

I’m lousy at returning unwanted purchases to the store.  The search for the receipt, the desperately hoping you made it to the store within the return period, the standing in line just to admit defeat:  you bought something you didn’t want/couldn’t use/wasn’t as you expected.  You made a mistake and now you were standing in […]

I Smell Presents! Why Birthday Traditions Matter More than Ever

Like many traditions, I don’t remember when this one started. It was at least 10 years ago, though it could have been longer. I have a foggy memory of wanting to slow down the unwrapping of birthday gifts to make the sensation last a little bit longer, though maybe it was because my kids had […]

Top 10 Father’s Day Gifts to Delight Your Dad

Father. Pops. Daddy-O. Daddy. Dad. Guy who lent me $20 so I could go to the dance with my friends. Whatever you call the special man in your life, get him something special this Father’s Day.  After all, of all the men in this world, he’s lucky enough to have YOU for a kid.