Fadra’s 3rd Annual Highly Unusual Gift Guide

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Are you ready for some Christmas? Or Hanukkah? Or whatever reason you have to rush out and buy something to show someone how much they mean to you? Then I’ve got just the right thing for you. I don’t know why but this year I’m actually ready for Christmas. I mean, I’m not physically ready […]

Hosting A Casual Get-together in 3 Easy Steps

3 Easy Steps to hosting a casual get-together

Big holiday parties are easy to plan. In fact, planning is always the easiest part. We often host Thanksgiving or Christmas Eve dinner. And next month I’m hosting our book club/holiday party in the the neighborhood. I can plan with the best of them. Plan the food: Sometimes heavy, sometimes light. Perhaps one item in […]

What to Do When Your Kid Asks for a Sip

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I make a lot of parenting decisions based on instinct and not necessarily from parenting books, parenting experts, or even friends and family. Every child is unique. Every family is unique. And every family situation is unique, especially as it relates to alcohol. In my household growing up, you couldn’t find any alcohol in the house, not […]

How to Stay Unstoppable During the Holidays

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It was the best of time, it was the worst of times… If you’re a total fan of Charles Dickens, you’ll know that those are the immortal words of opening narration of “A Tale of Two Cities.” Or, if you’re like me and you can’t stand anything written by Charles Dickens (except for “A Christmas Carol”), you […]

Scary Netflix Movies for Everyone

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Today is Halloween. Tomorrow is the Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos). And on top of all that, it’s also time for Daylight Savings to come to an end (fall back – yay!) So I encourage you to sit back, crack open that bag of your kids’ Halloween candy and stay up late getting the Dickens […]

All the Reasons to Visit Walt Disney World in September

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I had my first real introduction to all things Disney when my entire family (and my sister’s boyfriend) piled into a rented Ford Aerostar minivan and headed south to Florida. We arrived at our destination at around 2am and began our weeklong vacation of a lifetime in the blazing hot month of August. Despite heat, […]

Do Something Uncommon for the Mom in Your Life {Giveaway}

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When I was a daughter only, Mother’s Day took on a totally different meaning. It was all about my mom: card, flowers, and sometimes dinner. Now that I’m a mother in addition to being a daughter, the day takes a different turn. It’s taken me years to learn how to properly celebrate my Mother’s Day […]

Reinventing Valentine’s Day

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I have to admit that most of the sentiment I read over the past week would have me think love is dead. Or dead on Valentine’s Day, at least. The excuses ran from “too much commercialization” to “every day should be Valentine’s Day, not just one day to show someone you love them.” While both […]

Knights and Swords and Little Boys’ Birthdays

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Remember when our parents would feel generous enough to let us have birthday parties when we were kids? In the early years, it was putting on a party dress, eating cake and ice cream, and playing Pin the Tail on the Donkey. We might have even worn party hats and had streamers. It was fun, […]

A Chocolate Love Story

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Once upon a time, I visited a conference and tried chocolate unlike any I’ve ever tried before. It was dark chocolate and milk chocolate made with amazing ingredients like BBQ potato chips, beef jerky, peaches, peanut butter, and more. (Not all at the same time, of course). The name was Wild Ophelia and I liked […]

Facing the Post-Holiday Blues

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I was going to title this post “Beating the Post-Holiday Blues” but then I realized that my whole point is that I’m trying to beat them. And if I’m feeling this way, I suspect at least one other person out there is as well. New Year’s Eve has never been one of my favorite holidays. I’ve […]