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The hubs and I were married nearly 11 years ago in 2006, and we had an engagement period of about 7 months. We're in the South y'all, and you know we love our PARTIES. My side of the family in particular will find any reason to throw a festivity. My sister's in town? PARTY. That family friend of ours we haven't seen in over 10 years, but bless her heart she recently acquired a kitten that was a rescue?! PARTY (okay maybe that last one is stretching it). This baffles my husband ... why all the pomp and circumstance? Like any good man, he's learned to just roll with it.  But back to our engagement period -- the blessed event...

A Santa-Free Home

Thanksgiving is over, and Christmas is here! Our tree is up, our boys (5 and 3) already got an early Christmas present (a new outdoor play set) and they're watching Christmas movies. The season is all around. And now, at least for families like mine, comes the seasonal question that I must decide upon: should we play Santa or not? Ours is a blended family, and when I first met my husband and his sons from a previous marriage, they believed in Santa Claus. And me, being simply the girlfriend at the time, played right along. Even after we got married, I continued to play Santa. After all, at least in my experience, stepparents don't exactly get a say on ending...
Disclosure :: this post is sponsored by our friend and New Orleans mom, Melissa, who is also the owner of the toy subscription service Little Pnuts.  Subscription Boxes :: A Comprehensive List {Featuring Little Pnuts} Subscription boxes are officially all the rage. There are options for men, women and children. This post focuses on subscription box options for kids because if you’re anything like me then you are always looking for ways to keep the toys in your house fresh and engaging. A subscription box is the perfect way to do that, and I was recently sent a free box from Little Pnuts so I could see what the hype is all about! Little Pnuts describes their toys, often sourced in Europe, as...
Holiday travel season is upon us. Some of you will hunker down, and family and friends will come to YOU. Some of you drive 30 minutes to see family … some drive full days. And some of you will fly. WITH KIDS. If you have never flown with a toddler, let me be the first to encourage you: it’s not that bad!! I do it a lot. I live in Baton Rouge and work based in DC requiring travel about once every 4-5 weeks; most of the time my parents watch my son when I travel, but my toddler travels with me every third or fourth trip. In fact, I just booked his 26th and 27th flights!! What does prepping for a...
Goodbye Halloween, HELLLOOOOO Christmas! I know what you're thinking. I can see the eye rolls through my screen. What about Thanksgiving? you ask. Stop rushing through November and let the turkey have his day, you say. I get those points, I do. However, it's my house and I'll put up my Christmas tree early if I want to! Christmas is a very special time for my family. We absolutely love the joy that fills our home by the simple sights of Christmas decorations. The mere tune of a Christmas carol sets our hearts aglow like the wood burning in our fireplace. Baking Christmas goodies and setting them out for all to enjoy gives each of us a warm and fuzzy feeling that we wish to never end. Hallmark Christmas movie nights accompanied by...

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