After receiving a couple of Christmas cards in the mail this weekend, I realized that if I was going to pull off my plan of having Christmas cards printed with a picture of the kids on it and actually get them in the mail, I needed to get crackin’ – like actually taking a picture! So on Sunday, with the help of 8 inches of snow on the ground translating into a lot of natural light reflecting back into the house (I need all of the help I can get in the winter), I attempted to take some pictures of the kids. First I didRead More →

Thank you to Heather at October Daisy for this great holiday green tip. Instead of throwing away all the holiday gift wrap most people accumulate from gift giving, save it! Run it through a paper shredder and use it to stuff gift bags or baskets. The finished result is beautiful! And here are some more ideas: Another use for use wrapping paper is when taking down your Christmas tree, use wrapping paper to wrap delicate ornaments, and to provide cushioning between ornaments wherever they are stored. Also wrapping paper can be shredded and used to protect items you have to ship throughout the year. Lastly,Read More →

Yes, we are crazy. We braved the cold and all of the snow (we must have 8 to 10 inches) to go to the parade of lights and a holiday lights walk tonight. Lots of bundling and layering was done to ensure adequate warmth. And I had my little heater (Julian) strapped to the front of me. :) Other than some grousing by Jody as we drove there (well, he drove as he cursed the windshield wipers that were not doing their job) and walked five blocks (he with Ava on his shoulders, and me with Julian in the Ergo) to catch the parade beforeRead More →

It’s been snowing all day, the current temperature is 18 degrees and feels like 6 degrees and it’s not even dark yet, but we’re planning on taking the kids to watch a holiday parade of lights tonight. Are we crazy? Quite possibly, yes.

I saw this carnival over at Penny’s blog and thought this week’s theme – guilty pleasures – seemed like a fun one to jump in on. My newest guilty pleasure is Celestial Seasonings’ Chai Tea – Vanilla Ginger Green Tea flavor with some honey and rice milk mixed in. It’s divine I tell you, and a lot cheaper than picking one up at Starbucks. :) I’m drinking some right now. It’s really the perfect drink for cold snowy mornings, like today. My old stand-by guilty pleasure is chocolate, and of course, ice cream. What better thing than to combine my two loves with vanilla iceRead More →

Am I the only one who’s been feeling slightly less enthusiastic about blogging since NaBloPoMo ended? I admit having the pressure of posting every day removed has allowed me to be a bit more lax in my blogging efforts, and I’m enjoying the break. It’s allowed me time to take the kids to the park when the temps nearly hit 70 degrees on Tuesday (fun!), and to catch up on cleaning, grocery shopping and laundry (not so fun). It’s allowed me time to submit some pictures to a magazine photo contest – America and the Sea (crossing my fingers). It’s allowed me more time toRead More →