Holiday Wreath

I love the holidays; the parties, the lights, the decorations, the incredible spirit of giving, and of course – gifts! Years ago, I took a quick quiz to find out what my Love Language was (see the book here.) While the quiz revealed that my primary love language is acts of service, gifts came in […]

Housewarming

More like House Warning.  I think the worst thing in the world is showing up on someone’s doorstep with an awful gift.  Housewarming gifts should be specific to the person whose home it is.  You wouldn’t buy an ashtray for someone who doesn’t smoke, any more than you would buy a cocktail shaker for someone […]

Red Roses

Valentine’s Day is coming up and I’ve been planning valentine’s cards, and class parties and a date night (and I’m exhausted!)  I’m re-using these red, pink, and white pom-poms I made last here, and this year if I find the time I may experiment with using multiple colors for each pom-pom; I know, things get wild […]

The Greatest Gift

The Greatest Gift ever given was Jesus.  I just had to say that out loud, I guess (’tis the season and all that jazz.)   But all religious differences aside, let’s talk about the greatest gift you’ve ever given (or received.)  We know it’s the season for gift-giving (and let’s face it – receiving), gift-guides […]

Gift Guide: for Her

I’m still in shock at how quickly time flies.  I hate to be cliché, but seriously – bat an eyelash and bam! your children are grown. Or Christmas is only two weeks away.  I’m stockpiling gifts in my bedroom, in the basement, in any empty space I have left to hide gifts before the big […]

Child at Heart

Today I want to talk toys and gifts.  Not adult toys (sorry!) but children’s toys.  I’ve mentioned my love for giving gifts, but when Christmas comes around and my sons start writing out their extensive lists of toys, video games and more……I want to pull my hair out; I would love nothing more than to […]

GIFT GUIDE: MEN

Quite possibly the most difficult gifts to give are for men.  In my experience (a father, four brothers, The Mr and various family friends), picking out the perfect gift for a man can be like shopping blindfolded (at a store like Ross Dress for Less – the official sponsor of this post.)  You grab something […]

GIFT GUIDE: ENTERTAINING

The season of gift-giving is here and I couldn’t be more excited.  If you’ve ever read (or even heard of) the Five Love Languages, then you would understand that gift-giving is my secondary love language; the careful process of thought, searching, wrapping and giving a gift is so important that I would rather not give […]

College Survival 101

 I recently had not just one, but two occasions to spend some quality time with my oldest niece, a soon-to-be college student.  Maybe it’s her youth combined with her attempt at maturity (she’s a great kid) but her stage in life has me both reminiscing about those glory college days and planning a super-special care […]