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  • Have you set your New Year's resolutions? If you're like me, you've been thinking about them but haven't put pen to paper just yet. Well, let's change that. I've been thinking a lot lately about how the role of stepparent shapes every aspect of my life. So it occurred to me that maybe we need [...]

  • Are you sweating it out looking for holiday gifts for your teen girl? Teenagers are notoriously difficult to buy for. I remember how completely unsatisfied I was with almost everything when I was a teen. Am I right? But because I love a good challenge, and a good gift idea list(!), I've done some digging, [...]

  • A DIY Christmas Ornament? Made By ME? I love making crafts. I've always loved to walk the aisles at Michael's, imagining the amazing wreath I would make, or painted birdhouse. Or perfectly iced cake. The problem is crafts don't really love me. And by that, I mean, have you ever perused the #pinterestfail hashtag? Or [...]

  • Ah, Black Friday. The one day a year that sales are almost overwhelming in number. Well, except now there's Cyber Monday right after. Whatever - Black Friday and Cyber Monday (or BFCM, as some call the combined holidays - yes. I'm serious.) crowd my inbox every year. And ever year there's some sale that I [...]

  • Do you have someone in your life who is obsessed with their pets? Or maybe the pet lover is, ahem, you? (okay, I may have some experience in being pet-obsessed! I love nothing better than finding the perfect present, and I know we all love our little furry friends like family. So naturally, I have [...]

  • Do you worry about how to instill mindfulness in your teen? Or about his/her anxiety? How about their reliance on social media? Or all of the above? Today's Teens Face Complicated Challenges Teen suicide rates are the highest since 2000 and in today's fast-paced world, teens experience more anxiety than ever before. They're under social [...]

  • Do you have a chef in your life? Or a loved one who just loves to cook? Why not look for cookbook gifts for your next holiday? (or for yourself!) I grew up in a house with shelves upon shelves of cookbooks. My mother has never met a cookbook she didn't want to add to [...]

  • Did you know Savannah, Georgia is known for its shopping? I didn't either! But on a recent long weekend there, which you can read about here, I got to know this charming southern city. And took a first-hand look at the amazing Savannah boutique scene. Unlike many other cute cities (including my home in Old [...]

  • I start looking forward to Halloween decorating in about August. If you follow me on social media, y'all know by now that I love getting ready for the holidays. But there are definitely¬†years when procrastination rules and I'm scrambling to throw together some last-minute pumpkins or ghosts. Or years where I put everything up only [...]

  • Have you ever considered spending a long weekend in Savannah, Georgia? If you haven't, you should. Having grown up just a couple of hours to the south, I've spent time in Savannah over the years. But most of that time was for weddings, parties, or holiday weekends like St. Patrick's Day, which is not exactly [...]

  • How do you decide whether you need to evacuate or shelter in place? I've written about how to develop your emergency plan. Whether making sure your finances are in order or that you have your important documents organized in a grab and go binder, it's important to think through how you'd handle an emergency. And [...]

  • Halloween kicks off our holiday season. But coming up with family Halloween activities can be hard. Ours is a blended family with complicated dynamics - but what's uncomplicated is that we are always looking for fun things to do with the kids. Whether it's for Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving, or Valentine's Day, holidays are a great [...]