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Christmas and My Own Consumerism

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Christmas and consumerism. I just had an eye-opening discussion with my oldest daughter about Christmas and consumerism here in the United States. It made me question my own purchase as I hit the “Buy Now” button on my computer screen to purchase a new iPhone case for myself. Somehow, somewhere along the line, I made a somewhat unconscious decision that it was “ok” to spend money not only on others but myself during the busiest shopping time of the year…. More

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Mama’s Chocolate Bacon Brittle

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Brittle, specifically peanut brittle is one of my favorite things to make every Christmas season. The rest of the year I periodically snag a box of brittle at the dollar store or at the grocery store (our bakery makes it year round). But, store bought brittle just isn’t as good as homemade. When I check Pinterest for awesome bacon inspiration I have seen a few bacon brittle recipes. Generally they involve whiskey. I decided to create my own Bacon Brittle (with no whiskey) and I added a bit of chocolate, because why not? Mama’s Chocolate Bacon Brittle is SO, SO, SO GOOD!… More

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Staying Sane On A Road Trip With Kids

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It’s the holidays, and you know what that means: Hallmark movie marathons, mistletoe, and War and Peace-length letters to Santa. And, if you’re like us, road trips to visit family. There’s nothing like being around loved ones this time of year. It’s getting to their house that can be tricky. Especially when it means driving over the river and down the highway — with small people who don’t understand the meaning of “quiet, Mommy’s trying to drive.” If you’re facing a road trip with kids this holiday season, don’t panic! Here are a few simple tips to stay sane and assure that everyone makes it intact to 2018…. More

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Take The Pledge to Slow Down & Savor The Holidays

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Oh the rush…I mean, JOY, of the holiday season. It’s gotten a little bit ridiculous, don’t you think? Christmas tree displays are up in stores before Halloween, fist fights pop up in shopping aisles on what should be a day of thanks…it’s ABSURD. And for us parents, there is so much pressure to make the holidays magical for our kids. I mean, do you really need to move a creepy looking stuffed animal around your house late at night just to convince your kids that Santa is watching? Most likely not—but if you do, that’s cool. Do whatever works for best for YOU and your family. For six years I have given in to the hustle and bustle of the holidays because I too wanted to have the picture perfect holiday card and Instagram feed (I mean, I am a blogger, after all). But this year I am taking a stand to slow down and truly savor the holiday season. NO racing around, no keeping up with the Joneses…none of that. And I am THRILLED. Shake the fear of missing out and take the pledge to slow down and savor the holidays along with me…. More

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