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Getting through the holidays one sniffle at a time

December 12, 2012 – 4:44 am

A red nose here. Some green snot there.
Ah, the holidays are upon us.
Since just before Thanksgiving, someone in my family has battled “something” just about daily. Just when I felt I was done with the …

Service project starts holidays season right

November 19, 2012 – 12:45 pm

Last week, I wrote a column for the Tribune’s Money page about holiday spending anxiety.
A reader commented that teaching kids about service leads to appreciation.
I know the reader didn’t realize this, but just that morning, …

Moms: How do you set your priorities during this season of change?

October 1, 2012 – 2:35 pm
Another season of change (and my favorite season), means a time to reflect on priorities. How do you determine yours?

I’m still in shock: How did it become October? How is fall break next week? Where did our summer go?
I haven’t blogged in more than two weeks. So here’s a quick recap: School, work, golf, …

Do you give your kids’ teachers a holiday gift?

December 19, 2011 – 2:09 pm

Each year, I try to remember and give my children’s teachers a gift. Most years, it’s a coffeehouse gift card. Sometimes, we make it personal. I try to remember the after-school care instructors and bus …

When blogs go silent for a bit

December 19, 2011 – 6:56 am

Sometimes, life catches up with you.
That’s been very true the last few weeks. So this is me, apologizing, for being silent on the blog.
Do you blog? Do you find you have dozens of ideas about …

What are your family holiday traditions?

December 7, 2011 – 1:16 pm

Monday night when we arrived home, I pulled out a 9′ inflatable, holiday polar bear – to put up in my living room. Last year we didn’t put it up – I was afraid my …

Holiday illness knocks us down, but not out

November 28, 2011 – 1:01 pm

I feel like I’ve lived in the “Twilight Zone” for the past week.Eight days ago, my youngest was sick with a cold, pink eye and the tummy bug. Before Thanksgiving, four of five members of …

Holiday baking: Decorating cookies

December 19, 2010 – 9:42 pm

My sister in law held her annual cookie day this weekend! I’ll post a few of the recipes we used (as soon as I find them!) but in the meantime, I’ll share her decorating tips.
I love …

Holiday traditions: Capturing holiday memories

December 11, 2010 – 3:27 pm

With so much that goes on this month, I’m snapping away with my phone camera. Each year, I create a digital scrapbook (using Shutterfly.com) to make a photo book of memories. I usually just capture …

Holiday favorite: Christmas-themed books

December 3, 2010 – 4:33 pm
The newest edition to our holiday book collection.

I have not pulled out our boxes of holiday decorations yet, but I have pulled out the box of holiday-themed books. I love bringing them out each year. And I try to add at least …