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You Should Be Here

I look around the room with stinging eyes, the hot tears threatening to spill over at any second making the twinkling lights of the Christmas tree blur like a blizzard before my eyes. The smell of a winter candle fills my nostrils – the clove, the cinnamon, the pine. Christmas music dances through the room […]

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Holiday Gift Wrap: What’s Your Style?

With the holidays quickly upon us, we brace ourselves for the time honored tradition of gifting the ones we love and appreciate. For some, this means shoving all presents into gift bags. But for others, it can be a carefully planned, heartfelt process with color-coordinated and on-trend sentiment. This year, I was able to attend […]

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Teaching Kindness This Holiday Season

Teaching kindness may be more important now than it has ever been. Every day we are confronted with new reasons to turn off the news: gun violence, assault, terrorism, climate change, bullying. We may be statistically safer than we’ve ever been, but it sure doesn’t feel like it. Watch the news, and the world can […]

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3 Movies that teach gratitude

The season of gratitude is here! It’s time to Boo your neighbor, prep for Thanksgiving, and teach your kids to be gracious when they open the extra large value pack of socks from Aunt Matilda at Christmas. Adding one more task to our already full plate seems overwhelming, but with these movies, you can sneak […]

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Thanksgiving Favorites Made Dairy Free

Food allergies can make navigating through the holiday season very difficult. I know this first hand because my 5 year old little boy has an allergy to dairy. The smallest amount of dairy can cause anaphylaxis shock. It’s scary to say the least. Last year, I wrote a post for SMB about ways our family navigates through the holidays with a food […]

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My New Favorite Thanksgiving Tradition: Outsourcing It!

I grew up having pretty traditional family Thanksgiving. Visitors from out-of-town, a huge turkey and all the trimmings, what seemed like as many pies as people. My mom prepared for days, no, WEEKS, for this one giant meal. The menu was always the same, because everyone had their non-negotiable favorites. It was predictable, delicious, and […]

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Tis the Season: Thankfulness vs Commercialism

If the holidays were a boxing match, who would win? Thankfulness vs Commercialism. Oh, how the Marketing Machine of Life keeps us spinning. I ran to the box mart store the other day, with the Little’s in tow, giddy with excitement as they anticipated picking out Halloween decorations 40 days in advance. But as we […]

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