All I Want for Christmas

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All I Want for Christmas

All I Want for Christmas

Disclosure: I’m a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam which means that they pay for the streaming service  in exchange for me posting once a month about the service. All opinions are my own.  In less than 48 hours, it will be Christmas. Most of the time, I love this holiday. This year, though, I’m on the fence. 2016 sucked, big, especially in the last few weeks. Since Thanksgiving, I’ve had two deaths in my family (a brother-in-law and a cousin), two daughters with ear infections, a broken down minivan that won’t get out of the shop until the end of

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The End of Christmas

I never thought I would utter these words, but I’m glad Christmas is over. Today, my family put away the tree and the decorations. We moved our furniture back to how we prefer. We packed up Christmas for another year, and it feels great. It feels amazing. Normally, I dread the end of Christmas. I drag my feet and try to convince my husband to keep up the decorations for a few more days. After all, there are 12 days of Christmas, ending on January 6, the Epiphany (although, if you want to get technical, the last day of Christmas

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12 Movies of Christmas + Netflix Giveaway

Oh, how I love Christmas! From the music to the movies to the spirit of giving, I love it all!  Since having my girls, I find I enjoy it even more. It’s fun watching my girls’ eyes light up as they see all the lights and decorations. Or when Santa comes on TV, how they stop and stare, then my oldest talks nonstop about him and how she’s a very good girl (well, that’s questionable).  I adore Christmas so much that I watch all the cheesy Christmas movies found on ABC Family, Hallmark, and Lifetime. Watching the new ones bring

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2014 Gift Guide for Little Ones

I’m eagerly anticipating this coming Christmas! My oldest, Ginny, finally understands Christmas, Santa, Jesus’s birthday, and presents. Of course, like most kids, she’s most excited about Santa and the presents she might receive. When a toy commercial comes on TV, she will declare, “I want that! I need to ask Santa!” Recently, she and I made a trip to Toys R Us. She loved nearly everything she saw saying, “I want that and that and that,” as we walked through the aisles. After getting a couple of toy catalogs in the mail, Ginny pointed to every toy she wanted (about 80%

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10 Great Gift Ideas for Cooks

Every year as I write down my Christmas list for my husband to peruse, most of the items I ask for are gadgets and small appliances for our kitchen. What can I say? I love cooking! And, cooking is always better when you have the right tool to use.  I have to admit that non-cooks might not get as excited about receiving a set of nesting measuring cups for Christmas as someone who enjoys spending time in the kitchen. So, I created this list of great gift ideas for cooks!   1. Microplane® Grater-Zester ($14.95) I have had the hardest time trying

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Sunday Summary: Christmas Edition

Sunday Summary: Christmas Edition

It is hard for me to believe that Christmas Day has passed, and we are about to welcome in 2014. Time does move rather quickly. Too quickly at times. This week was no exception. Early in the week my husband and I busied ourselves with preparations for Christmas Day. We had wrapping and cooking to do. I had planned on baking more cookies, but found myself lacking the motivation to do so. I never did make more cookies, candies or even Christmas pies. Even the Jesus birthday cake we ate was a cheat. It was store-bought.  The day after Christmas

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Our Family Christmas

One of the downsides to being the wife of a meteorologist (for the NWS, not on T.V.) is that weather is never-ending. It is 24/7 and 365 days a year. Because of this, meteorologists are hard at work 24/7 and 365 days a year. I knew when I married my husband that he would be gone more holidays than he would be at home. It is one of the many reasons the spouses of NWS meteorologists are referred to as “Weather Widows” (or widowers). It doesn’t make it easy though. This year, for the second year in a row, my

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Iowa Travels

Iowa Travels

Once again, it is Sunday and time for a summary of my week in life and in blogging. My husband took this past week off of work, which has been wonderful. I married him for a reason and love getting extra time with him. However, we were both busy this week. As I mentioned last week, we were in Iowa with my in-laws celebrating Christmas. On Sunday, the girls opened their gifts from their grandparents and aunt and uncle. They were thrilled. Ginny received a Doc McStuffins tent and a Minnie Mouse tea set, but her favorite gift was a

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Sunday Summary 12/15/13

Sunday Summary 12/15/13

I had a pleasant enough week. It was fairly quiet and uneventful. I got some Christmas baking done; making oatmeal raisin, oatmeal chocolate chip. and white chocolate macadamia nut cookies plus divinity. My husband was on overnight shifts all week. I hate those shifts. They are a necessary evil, but I never sleep well when DH is on these shifts. The nice feature to these shifts is he is home during the day. On Wednesday we took advantage of that fact. We went shopping to get Toddler #1 some new boots. She was very excited! Then we had lunch at Chili’s as part

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Sunday Summary 12/8/2013

Sunday Summary 12/8/2013

After a week of traveling and spending time with family, it was good to be home this week. My week was fairly quiet for a change, thank goodness. On Monday, my husband returned to work, for only 3 days. Then, on Thursday, DH and I spent our morning and afternoon cleaning and picking up around the house. I wanted everything clean before we pulled out the Christmas decorations. With that done, we were able to put up our tree and other decorations on our fireplace mantel during nap time.  Part of me is a little sad this year. Our decorations

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