An Open Letter to My Children

Dear Child, My kind, silly, frustrating child. I love you. Ever since you arrived, I find myself constantly catching my breath. Sometimes, it's because of the sheer beauty that is you. Other times, it's because you are about to dive, head-first, off of the sofa. My heart stops whenever I...

I'll Stuff Your Stocking!

First off, this is a helpful guide, not a dangerous threat. Titles can be so misleading. Stocking stuffing is one of my favorite things to do. Even as a kid, I looked forward to picking out little trinkets and filling up my parents’ stockings. Admittedly, however, I was not quite...

Offbeat Traditions

I’m a sucker for traditions. There is something about family traditions that makes you feel safe, secure, and home even if you aren’t at your childhood home. As a child I looked forward to the traditions at Christmas even more than the presents from Santa. Every year we would go...

Choosing To Be A Villager

We’ve all heard the saying at least a hundred times, “it takes a village.” Once the reality of parenthood sets in, you realize just how much truth is in those four words. With a constant atmosphere of judgement and scrutiny, I’ve noticed more and more that so many of us...

Screw Santa! That Present is From Me!

Growing up, I was told right away there was no Santa. It put me in a special, "in the  know" club of kids, but it also made leaving my house a little awkward from October-December. "Have you been a good girl for Santa this year?!?!" Cashiers would excitedly beam at...

Dear Friend Without Kids, Your Help is Hurtful

Growing up, my mother was, for lack of a better term, a hard-ass when it came to manners. She was very by-the-Miss-Manners-book about it all, teaching me how to properly interject in a conversation when I needed the immediate attention of an adult, how to properly get the last bit...

The Shame of Secrets - An Adoption Story

My eyes were loosely covered with a sanitized towel to prevent me from seeing the baby that would soon emerge from my adolescent, girlish body. The dim light of the room seemed to muffle the voices like a blanket, secretive in their purposes to not only aid in the delivery...

2016 Holiday Gift Guide

The countdown to the holidays has begun! Finding the perfect gifts for all of your loved ones can sometimes be overwhelming, so we've compiled a list of twelve of our favorite shops that are sure to have something for each and every person on your "nice" list. All of the shops featured...

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