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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....
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,...

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 the...

5 Ways to Honor Lost Loved Ones During the Holidays

The holiday season is a joyous time.  Filled with laughter, love, good food, and good friends.  But for those who've lost a loved one, the joy can be overshadowed by the absence of a husband, wife, spouse, or sibling.  Of course, our loved ones wouldn't want us to miss out on the happiness of the season. So how can...
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...

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...

How Not to Build a Fire Pit

Building a fire pit is a fairly simple home project.  It involves some heavy lifting, but for the most part it can be done by a novice DIYer. That is, of course, unless you're me. I have a natural talent for taking small, simple projects and turning them into epic tasks that end with a trip to the chiropractor. Last...
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...

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