Three Steps to a Simpler Saner Christmas

Today’s the day to give myself a simpler saner Christmas! It’s Sharpie Day!

This is my fifteenth Sharpie Day, so you would think I’d have it all figured out by now.  I thought I did.  I really thought there was nothing about Sharpie Day that would surprise me.

But this year, things are a little different.

What is Sharpie Day?  (You mean you haven’t heard of this awesome day? It should be a National Holiday and you’ve never heard of it?)

Sharpie Day is a simple, 3 step process that simplifies Christmas and restores my sanity (and quite possibly saves my marriage).

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When a gift is not what it seems

This morning, as I was sorting through a box of “treasures,” I found them again.  They are faded and stained, they were imperfectly made, and quite frankly, they aren’t exactly my style. But they are a treasure.

They were a gift from an elderly relative, one I was reluctant to receive because they were useless and unwanted. But the real gift… was the story. [Read more…]

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It’s OK to touch Jesus

I had a little guest in my home last week, and it was my delight to tell her calmly

It’s OK to touch Jesus.

She was transfixed with the nativity scene I had set on the hearth of my fireplace. I watched with joy as she reached out hesitantly and caressed baby Jesus. Just like my own kids, she scooped the tiny figure into her hands and cradled it as she sang him a lullaby.

That’s when her mom walked into the room and began to scold.  “No, No, No! We do NOT touch.”

I looked at the mom and calmly repeated.

It’s OK to touch Jesus.

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Three gifts every mom needs

This is my third installment of gifts every mom needs (and can give herself).  No matter your budget, age, size, or hair color I can promise you that these gifts are a perfect fit!

In 2012, I shared a guest post on Mothering From Scratch and recommended that every mom give herself the gifts of Simplicity, Significance, and Perspective.

In 2013, I suggested that every mom give herself the gifts of Grace, Laughter, and Peace.

It’s 2014 and I’ve dreamed up three new gifts to give yourself.

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10 Ways to Mess Up a Turkey

I’ve cooked a turkey at least once each of the last 15 years and invariably something goes wrong.  I’d like to save you some heartache by listing out the very worst ways to mess up a turkey.

I’m hoping you’ll learn from my mistakes.

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Cinco de Mayo Fun (and why I love tacos)

It’s Cinco de Mayo (the 5th of May).   Have you SEEN Pinterest this morning?  It’s an explosion of tacos, margaritas, and salsa.  Between that and all the Kentucky Derby pins they completely crowded out all the photos of Ryan Gosling and nail polish that I normally see.

Since you asked, we are having tacos for dinner tonight. Given that tacos are my default meal, that’s hardly cause for celebration.

Why tacos?

  1. Everyone eats them.
  2. I can include leftovers without anyone noticing.
  3. Prep once, eat twice.
  4. I can make them in less than 10 minutes. (See the “how” below).
  5. My personal taco configuration can be as low cal, low fat, high protein, and high vegetable as it needs to be.

(My taco? Corn tortilla with fresh spinach, sautéed onions, bell pepper, grilled poblano peppers, avocado slices, and grilled chicken. I’d put salsa in there, but I ran out of room If I’m calorie crunched, it turns into taco salad.)

In honor of Cinco de Mayo, I’m highlighting some of my favorite Mexican recipes from blog posts past.

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10 things NOT to include in your summer planning

Happy May! Today is my official summer planning day and wow… I feel like I’m running behind.  I’m trying to plan out blogging, vacation, summer camps, budgets, business, and menus all in one go.

Fortunately, I’m not starting from scratch. I’ve done summer before. Some of them were better than others. I tend to keep a log of lessons learned. For each major holiday or season, I jot down what works and what doesn’t.   Today’s post is inspired by lessons of summers past. [Read more…]

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Eggs, Bunnies, and Jesus

I have to admit, after this round of egg jokes and egg related fun, my brain is a little fried.  I’m not egg-actly done with egg jokes, but I’ve gotten it out of my system for the year.

Perhaps it was the hard-boiled state of my brain that made it hard, but the other day when my kids asked me

Mommy, why does Jesus like eggs and bunnies so much?

I really struggled to answer them.  A lot of thoughts flitted through my scrambled brain, but giving my boys a thoughtful and honest answer they could understand required me to sit down in my thoughtful spot and have a good think.

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Egg Humor in Video and Movies

In the quest to make this a multi-media egg-stravaganza on Egg Humor,  I’m sharing my favorite egg related videos from around the web.

Why?  Because I can.

 (More accurately, because I’m still amusing myself with egg humor… and because it appears to be annoying my family.  The kids aren’t egg-actly enjoying all the bad jokes either.) [Read more…]

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Eggs are bad for my marriage

Yup.  Eggs again.  I can’t promise this little egg-stravaganza will go all the way through Easter Sunday, but for now, let’s just roll with. After the conversation I had with my husband yesterday, I really don’t have any other option but to keep popping out the egg yolks… for at least a few more days.

If I quit now, it would look like I was backing down. I can’t do that.

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