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Make Something Easy and Delicious (URS: New Year’s Feasting)

Serving simple appetizers is a great way to ring in the New Year without a lot of fuss. Once upon a time, I tried to create fancy spreads for holiday meals. Roast leg of lamb on Easter, roast turkey on Thanksgiving, prime rib of beef on Christmas. What took days to plan and hours to […]

FREE Printable Ringing in the New Year Booklet

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Want to plan a fabulous holiday? A Simpler Season holds almost everything you need to do just that. This guide to planning the winter holidays provides creative ideas , time-saving tips, and budget-minded inspiration for making the most of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. With the busy family in mind, I’ve provided recipes, to-do lists, […]

Time Management for the Holiday Season (& FREE holiday printables)

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photo source The moms I know have pretty full days. Gone are the lazy days of summer when we can go wherever the wind blows us, sleep in, or change plans midstream for an impromptu trip to the pool. Homework, sports practices, games, music recitals, and carpools have replaced a more flexible schedule. However could […]

Create a Memory Page for the Old Year

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People spend hundreds, thousands of dollars every year on entertainment and on ways to improve themselves and their family relationships. While some of that money is very well spent, often we can find less expensive ways of having fun and learning to appreciate our families. One way that you can have fun and fall in […]

New Year’s Foods (Ultimate Recipe Swap)

Summer Rolls

This week ends in New Year’s, so it seemed appropriate that we swap recipes we enjoy this time of year. For our family we don’t do any particularly “lucky” foods. I’ve read those lists of beans and collard greens and what have you. We’ve never done that. I guess since those weren’t things our moms […]

Keeping New Year’s Traditions

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As much as I would like to think of myself as one who goes to fun New Year’s Eve parties where you dress up in fancy gowns and dance the night away, I’ve never been invited to one. And quite honestly, even if we were invited to one, I don’t think FishPapa and I would […]

New Year’s Goals (& A Free Planning Sheet)

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I  love this week of the year. Not only do the kids and I have a week off school and my husband has a week off work, but I usually get a chance to catch my breath and think about the year we’re finishing and the year that’s beginning. I feel like my system gets […]

Easy & Delicious Brunch Recipes (Ultimate Recipe Swap)

Lemon Walnut Coffeecake

Christmas and New Year’s are great occasions to host a brunch. Brunch menus typically do a great job of combining savory and sweet, filling and light, elegant and hearty. And there are many brunch ideas that can be made ahead so that you’re not scrambling the morning of. If I were going to have you […]

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