All the Reasons to Visit Walt Disney World in September


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}

Earrings - Mother's Day

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


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


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


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


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 […]

2014 in just two words


I’m not a big, reflective THIS YEAR’S GONNA BE DIFFERENT kind of gal. I generally take life one day at a time. I finish projects at the last minute. I plan spontaneous vacations. I don’t usually think about what to have for dinner until dinner time rolls around. There are some pros and cons to living […]

If Charlie Brown blogged on Christmas


Poor longsuffering Charlie Brown. He’s always been one of my favorites and I love his Christmas special. It inspired my holiday message to you.   Merry Christmas to all my readers! Thanks for coming back and reading my little old blog. I hope you have a wonderful holiday and enjoy the spirit of the season!

Don’t Forget To Stuff Your Stockings

Peppermint Bark

When growing up, you assume that every household celebrates Christmas in exactly the same way. Even the Jewish ones because as a youngster, I pretty much thought the world was almost exactly like mine. As I got older I learned that everyone has their own traditions, particularly when it comes to celebrating Christmas. Sometimes Santa […]

Merry Blogmas 2013! Also, Hit Me With Your Best Post


It’s that time of year when the world falls in love. Every song you hear seems to say “Merry Christmas. May your new year dreams come true.” Those aren’t my words. Those words come straight from Frank Sinatra’s lips to my ears every year when I listen to “The Christmas Waltz,” one of my favorite Christmas songs. […]

Family Holiday Movies That Are STREAMING Good

Streaming Good Holiday Movies

That’s meant to be a play on words in the title up there. Instead of SCREAMING good, I used STREAMING good. I realize that if I have to explain it, it probably isn’t a very good play on words but I needed to do it anyway. I’m just not cut out to do straight up […]