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How to Manage a Time Change with Young Children

Time changes are an annoyance for everyone.  So if you're traveling to a different time zone or just facing a daylight savings time shift, get ready for a bumpy ride. In the US Daylight Savings Time ends November 1 at 2 am this year.  Whether or not getting an "extra hour" on the day after Halloween is a good...
Turkey may be the main event, but side dishes are just as important. Check out this collection of delicious sides for your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.

22 Super Sides for Your Holiday Dinner

Sure, the turkey gets all the attention, but the side dishes are just as important.  To help you get that spark of creativity I've gathered up some of the internet's best side dish recipes.  Some are classics, some have a new twist to them.  But they're all sure to be a big hit! Potatoes Whipped Garlic Mashed...

27 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

Halloween is coming and I love to decorate... but I suck at crafty stuff.  Even just carving a pumpkin like a normal person doesn't come easily to me.  Last year I actually over cleaned the pumpkin dug right through the bottom.  Oops.  And, sadly, Miss O seems to have gotten my crating ability. So if I want cute...
Whenever my husband tells me I've made "The best meal ever", it always includes my 2 secret ingredients. And you won't believe what they are!

My 2 Secret Ingredients

Not every dish you prepare is going to be a home run.  But I've found that every time Mr. O pronounces something, "The best I've ever made," it usually contains very simple items... and my 2 secret ingredients. Pardon me, but I'm going to string you along for a bit.  See if you can guess my 2 secret ingredients as...
Black Friday has some great deals, but is it really worth the hassle? Here are 6 reasons you should stay home this year.

6 Reasons to Stay Home on Black Friday

My Black Friday shopping strategy: Don't leave the house! The only thing better than scoring a great deal is scoring a great deal while still in my jammies with hot tea and leftover pie in hand.  Seriously.  Thanks to my social anxiety, I don't do crowds well.  They make me very uncomfortable, so the internet,...

15 Mouth-Watering Ways to Cook a Turkey

Turkey Day is coming, and that means.. well... turkey!  And except for the lucky bird pardoned by the President, Americans will consume nearly 50 million turkeys - that's 800 million pounds - on Thanksgiving Day (and the days that follow). Personally, I love Thanksgiving.  I love the gathering of friends and...
A favorite tradition in our family is to read holiday themed books to get into the spirit, but I've never thought to do it for Thanksgiving. This year, since my daughter has finally discovered she loves to read, we're going to give thanks on more than just one day.

12 Amazing Children’s Books for the Thanksgiving Season

Thanksgiving is a great time to share seasonal books with your children. Not only do most these books have a fun fall theme, but Thanksgiving stories typically celebrate wonderful characteristics like community, family, and sharing. If you’re searching for some great Thanksgiving-related tales to share with your...

50 Things to Do With an Extra Hour

The end of Daylight Savings Time is coming and that means we all get that hour back that we painfully gave up last spring.  Rather than letting that hour go to waste, here are some things you can do to make the most of your extra hour this weekend. Sleep Read Have sex Clean Play Candy Crush/ Angry Birds/ game of...

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