Making Christmas Memories With Kids

Merry Christmas! I woke up this morning to this message on my kids’ white board, created by my eight-year-old and my two-year-old. So much excitement! The kids are busy making last-minute Perler bead gifts – a great way to stay busy on Christmas Eve. The stockings are hung, and slowly being filled with child-made gifts […]

Christmas Family Time: Decorating the Tree

One of my earliest memories is of wrapping my hands around a Christmas tree light and admiring the way the light shone through the cracks between my fingers. Every year when we decorate our Christmas tree, I enjoy watching my kids enjoy this same phenomenon of light captured in their hands. Christmas is my favorite […]

Turn Holiday Stress into Simple, Meaningful Memories

Last month I was invited to speak to a group of women about my family’s Christmas traditions. Some were quite surprised by our family’s fairly simple gift-giving traditions, and they asked if I planned to continue such minimalist gifting as my kids grow older. My answer? I think we will. I hope we will. Keeping […]

Create Meaningful Holidays Within Your Means

Growing up, my parents gave me the gift of simple yet meaningful holidays. They created family traditions that were designed to focus on gratitude and giving, and spending time together as a family. Suntrust Bank is sponsoring a series of three posts on this blog that will hopefully help more families have this same experience […]

After School Learning and Fun for Kids!

I had a fun sewing project for kids planned for today, but that will post on another day because, although I have pictures, I spent my weekend enjoying having my parents in town instead of writing up a tutorial. They are on a grand retirement tour of children and grandchildren, so we only get to […]