this year the elf is too much…

I’ve known for a couple of years that we never should have allowed The Elf on the Shelf in our house. But once it’s in, how do you get the little bugger out?? The kids love to find it. They feel like it’s part of their Christmas joy. I guess. So we continued, for the […]

Gifts for Moms

Not all moms are the same, so I can’t tell you what kind of gift every mom you know might like. But what I can tell you is that at this point in my life, after being a mom for ten years, I don’t really care about presents. I’m just too tired to care and […]

Whatever: Gifts for Tween Girls

November 2016 has been a historically crazy month. Thanksgiving gatherings no doubt will also be historically crazy this year. But pay attention, my discombobulated friends: Christmas is coming. And your tween girl is already rolling her eyes about it. Probably. I mean she’d actually have to be listening to you to roll her eyes at […]

You didn’t ask, but here’s what you can get me for Christmas

Christmas is coming. The goose is not getting fat, but my kids’ Christmas Lists are bursting at the margins. Yet no one — not one person — has asked me for MY Christmas List. Perhaps I am an intimidating presence, what with my ability to carry two loads of laundry at once and all. I can […]

christmas and cookies and CALM DOWN

Perhaps I’m a Scrooge. Perhaps I just think it’s fun to say “Bah humbug!” and that makes people think I’m a Scrooge because everyone is so quick to judge. Or maybe, just maybe, all y’all need to calm yourselves down about Christmas. That’s right. I said it. CALM. IT. DOWN. First of all, you are […]