Top Ten Reasons to Get Excited About School Vacation

School vacation is almost upon us. A lot of parents have mixed feelings about vacations, feeling excitement over some aspects of their kids being home and dread over others. I’m not a fan of dwelling on the negative, so here’s a list of awesome things about school vacation ....more

Week 47: This Guy I Know

There’s this guy I know. He was born 10 minutes after his brother and I’m pretty sure they were mischief-makers from that moment forward. This Guy I Know In school, they would wait until the teacher left the room, then climb up on a chair and set the clock ahead so she would let them […] ...more

Losing Faith in Humanity

I originally wrote this post several days after the Newtown tragedy. I’m sharing it today, on the anniversary of that day, unedited. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with the many families affected ....more

You’re Thinking of Buying Her WHAT for Christmas?!

Disclosure: Guys, this post if full of ideas about what NOT to get your wife for Christmas. However, in case you decide to ignore my advice, I’m including affiliate links to some of my anti-suggestions. You won’t pay a penny more than normal and I’ll get a small commission ....more

How to Decorate a Gingerbread House: Candy Ideas {Printable}

How to Decorate a Gingerbread House: Candy Ideas {Printable} Every December when I was a kid, my family went to my aunt and uncle’s house to decorate gingerbread houses. As the years passed and we gained experience, we got more and more creative with our houses. There was the year that my uncle decided a […] ...more

Week 46: So Long, Pacifier!

I’ve been dreading it for months. Actually, that’s not true. I’ve been dreading it for years ....more

One New Food: Roasted Red Potatoes Recipe (Sort of)

I’m the kind of girl who needs a recipe to follow. My hubby can just toss things in a wok and end up with delicious fried rice, but if I tried something like that it would be completely inedible. HOWEVER ....more

Santa: Benevolent Do-Gooder or Creepy Old Man?

A version of this post first appeared on my Bangor Daily News blog in December 2012. I was sitting in the living room watching Eric and Samuel hang ornaments on the Christmas tree. White lights twinkled, the pellet stove blazed, Bing Crosby crooned in my head (we didn’t actually have music on… I’m trying to […] ...more

My Five Favorite Christmas Books

If you’d like to spread some holiday cheer, use my affiliate links and please have no fear. You won’t pay more, but I’ll get a few cents, to keep my blog running by paying the rents. (Okay that last line needs some work, but my point is: This post has some affiliate links ....more

Week 45: Five Tips for Setting and Meeting Goals

November is over and so is NaNoWriMo. In case you missed my post at the beginning of November, I made a very last minute decision to participate in National Novel Writing Month. The goal was to write 50,000 words in the thirty days of November ....more