Christmas Countdown: Minecraft Advent Calendar

Minecraft advent calendar

Counting Down Christmas -- Minecraft Style! One of my boys' favorite holiday traditions is to countdown the days to Christmas with an Advent calendar. When they were toddlers, I used a wall-mounted, wool felt calendar to help them get through the days leading up to Christmas. I still hang it in the … [Read more...]

100 Stocking Stuffer Ideas

stockin stuffer ideas

Stocking Stuffer Ideas Stocking stuffers often get overlooked in the rush to buy Christmas presents. But they are one of my favorite parts of Christmas. There’s something so fun about little gifts small enough to be stuffed inside a giant sock. If you need some inspiration for your family … [Read more...]

Tasty Cooking ~ Black-Eyed Pea and Sausage Soup

Tasty Cooking blackeyed pea & sausage soup

This is my husband's favorite dish that I make. Just the other day when it was cool outside for a split second, he asked when I was going to make it. It also transitions well into a simple New Year's day dish - black-eyed peas for a little luck and throw in some steamed collards for some money. ~ … [Read more...]

10 Christmas Date Night Ideas

Christmas Date Night Ideas

Christmas Date Night Ideas: Taking care of your marriage during the Holidays Guest post by Carmen Overton, Right from the Start The holidays are intended to be a season of joy and happiness. But, we all know that all of the effort that goes into making sure that things are merry and bright can … [Read more...]

Choosing an Age Appropriate Pet for Your Family

Smiling child and his cute dog.

What to know before you adopt a pet Are you thinking about adopting a new pet? If you have little ones at home, be sure you choose a pet that is both safe and age appropriate for your children. With some research and careful planning, you can bring the right pet into your home. Questions to … [Read more...]

A Christmas Cookie Tradition

Anderson Cookies

A Christmas Cookie Tradition By: Alexa Johnson Anderson I don’t let a total lack of artistic talent stop me from decorating cookies every Christmas. This lack of cookie-decorating talent goes back decades. In fact, there is not a single Christmas that I can remember where I didn’t decorate … [Read more...]

55 Family Holiday traditions

Holiday Traditions

55 Family Holiday traditions The holidays are a wonderful time to build lifelong memories with your family. Some of my favorite memories include baking with my mom, attending performances of Handel's "Messiah", and watching "It's a Wonderful Life" on Christmas Eve. Now that my siblings and I are … [Read more...]