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Giving to Others (Christmas in July)

It’s easy to get wrapped up in the Christmas fun that we do for our families. I know. I often have the best intentions to share with others outside of our family, but it doesn’t always happen. For me, I know it is helpful to have a list of ideas ready to slip into the […]

Christmas Ornaments from Hallmark (A Giveaway)

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THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. CONGRATS TO THE WINNERS: stzimmy@, lharrington1205@, joannamattas@ Christmas Ornaments are a precious part of the holiday to me. I remember sitting with my mom looking over our family’s ornament collection. She had ornaments from her grandparents and from her childhood. She made a point of buying special ornaments for us. […]

Christmas in July?

Christmas trees in July? I know, it’s blazing hot out there and you can’t stand to think about toasty fires and cozy sweaters. That’s okay. Think about snowmen and icicles instead. And take a minute to think about last Christmas. What did you LOVE? What was a total pain in the neck? What do you […]

Plan + Ideas = 1 Fun Mom

My friend JessieLeigh has been a joy to watch this summer. She has been using the Summer Survival Guide to teach her kids about a wealth of topics and to have fun with them during their break from school. In her recent post, Setting Up Camp, JessieLeigh reveals what her process was for setting up […]

Life is a Special Occasion: Time to Get Carded

Remember these? When I was a kid, I loved to browse the local Hallmark shop where the owner, Jan, gave you the stink eye if you raised your voice or rattled a shelf. Still despite Jan and her library ninja attitude, I loved those rows and rows of cards with their bright colors, funny sayings, […]

What We Learned About Edible Wild Foliage

It all started with a little red berry. A little red berry and a toddler. I had taken my children to the park to play. My daughter, a toddler at the time, was roaming about the playground, just a few feet away, and then disappeared from my view around a corner. I was after her immediately, […]

An Amusement Park Survival Guide

Growing up in the Los Angeles basin, I saw my fair share of amusement parks. Disneyland, the real one, was a yearly trip. Magic Mountain was a mere five or ten miles from my house. I even worked there one summer after high school. We bought passes to Universal Studios back when it was cheap […]

Teaching Your Kids to Drive Before They Are Old Enough

My boys are aged 14, 10, 9, and 7. None of them is of driving age. But, just as I anticipate a significant increase in my grocery bill and household milk consumption over the next ten years, so do I also realize that my blood pressure and patience may be put to the test as […]