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Is your calendar overwhelming you? During times when we're overworked and overscheduled it's more important than ever to take care of ourselves.

Taking Care of Yourself When You’re Overscheduled

Most of us would describe our daily lives as busy.  We rush from home to work, to daycare, then back home.  We don't get enough sleep, and probably rely on takeout more often than we should. But sometimes our busy lives get too busy.  Whether because of bad timing, over-scheduling, or something completely beyond our...
Love crockpot applesauce? Try this delicious variation with a touch of ginger!

Ginger-Cinnamon Crockpot Applesauce

Does anything say fall better than applesauce?  It's sweet and tangy, and there are a million different ways to make it!  Making applesauce in your crockpot is super easy and it makes your whole house smell delicious. I started making crockpot applesauce several years ago after we went apple picking and had an...
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 kids...
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,...
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...
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...

Stay Healthy This Holiday Season with These Winter Wellness Tips

The holiday season is all about spending time with family and friends. The last thing you want this time of year is a nasty cold or the flu. Luckily, there are several ways we can prevent these illnesses during the cold winter months. Follow these winter wellness tips to stay happy and healthy this holiday season....

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 thing...

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