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My husband is a very thoughtful gift giver.  Because "gifts" is not one of his love languages, he has to work at thinking of something that would make another person feel cared for and valued.  He often says, "take the money you would buy me a gift with and buy one for ____________ (fill in Read More

Today my niece turned 13, and in our family we have a unique ritual for that.  It's so meaningful. My sister and I have a saying, "A little intention makes all the difference," and it's true.  When we put out just that little bit of extra effort to plan and organize something out of the Read More

Classroom parties are the best.  Growing up, these were my favorite days.  They were a break from the constant drum of math, language arts, and spelling.  Now I get to help create these special moments for my kids. It is also such a gift to our teachers, who are already overloaded, when we take the Read More

Mud pie for birthday dessert is a strong tradition in our family. Every year I ask the kids,“still want mud pie?” “YEP!” they answer without an ounce of hesitation. Mud pie is easy to make, but requires days of preparation. First, I bake the Oreo crust that has been run through the food processor, and mixed Read More

  “Mom, promise me we’ll do the Advent activities this year,” my 16 year old said the other day. I looked at her surprised. “Really? Are you being serious?” I replied. And she was.   Traditions matter, no matter the age. They provide a strong anchor of family identity and also make the season special Read More

This past weekend, we held our annual Hootenanny.  It's a tradition that warms the very core of my heart and soul for so many reasons. This is my big sister.  10 years ago, I told her I wanted to start a tradition -- a big fall party called The Hootenanny.  And in Kendra-style, who is Read More

Happy November!   I adore this month because we are focused on giving thanks.  It's built in to the seasonal rhythms we follow. But gratitude is not seasonal - it's life-changing.   When we carve out gratitude in our lives, our capacity for joy expands.  We discover that what we already have is enough.  That Read More

An amazing teacher at our elementary school hosts a homemade Valentine's box competition every year in his classroom.  It is so much fun to see what the kids come up with and how excited they get over their creations.   I love it because it brings the homemade spirit back to the celebration.  I know everyone Read More

When my daughter joined the Varsity team at her school this year, there were a few BIG games, especially because they went to the state play-offs and made it to the semi-finals.  I wanted to come up with something that would encourage the team - to let them know how excited we were to be Read More

  Last night 23 of us - mostly family, a few friends, and a couple of strangers - hiked up a hill and skied in a torchlight parade down the mountain to ring in the New Year. It was cold this year, but with the chilly temps also comes crystal clear skies and stars that Read More

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