Don’t Miss the Special Holiday “Tickety Toc” Episode, “Christmas Present Time,” on Nick Jr.

It’s time to celebrate the holidays with Tickety Toc! The animated hit TV series for preschoolers that airs on Nick Jr. presents the everyday adventures of 6-year-old twins, Tommy and Tallulah, as they work to “chime the time” and keep everything running like clockwork in Tickety Town. Through the hilarious heroes’ madcap adventures, Tickety Toc… Read More »

Do Some Good in Your World — Random Acts of Kindness $25 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway Event [Closed]

The holidays are a wonderful, magical time of year… for a lot of people. But for those who are struggling, the holidays can simply be a reminder of all of the things that they are not able to do, or make happen for their families. That is precisely why while it is so important to… Read More »

Wordless Wednesday: Getting My Christmas On

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Our bare Christmas tree, left; bins of decorations and ornaments, right

Now that we have successfully made it through Thanksgiving, the time has come to deck the halls (and the house) in preparation for Christmas. The idea that the holidays are a time of planning, stress, and not nearly enough sleep is an understatement.

I brought down all of our Christmas decorations from the attic early this week and after getting the tree put up, it proceeded to stand there and mock me for the three days it took me to properly string lights on it. This was my first year stringing the lights myself, and about 30 minutes into the job I proceeded to declare that there would be no Christmas.

I did get the lights on the tree eventually, though. Last night, after the above picture was taken. Today’s to-do list consists of getting the ornaments put on the tree and unloading the massive amount of decorations I seem to have accumulated throughout the years from those bins and putting them up around the house. Wish me luck!
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Tassimo T55 Single Cup Coffee Brewer Giveaway Event [Closed]

I love coffee. I really, really love coffee. In my world, coffee should make honorable mention in the food pyramid as a major food group. No day can really begin without at least two cups of coffee, and coffee is easily one of my top three favorite smells in life. Seriously, there is nothing like… Read More »

Monday Morning Tunes: Horse Feathers

Horse Feathers is my favorite kind of folk music, the kind that commands every ounce of your attention and makes you feel to the very bottom of yourself.

I first heard Horse Feathers when their song “Fit Against the Country” played on Spotify radio’s folk station. By the time the song reached the chorus, I was already looking up their full albums. I had to hear more.

I found a really beautiful album in Horse Feathers’ Cynic’s New Year. There are few bands or albums out there that make me feel thankful for having heard them, but Cynic’s New Year is one of them, and the three previous Horse Feathers albums are every bit as poignant.

The best way I can think to describe the experience that Horse Feathers delivers is that their songs delve into the hurt and the ugly that can speckle all of our lives, but somehow at the end you see the beauty in it all and can be thankful for it.

Justin Ringle is the constant of Horse Feathers. While he is most often joined by multi-instrumentalist Peter Broderick, the rest of the sound consists of the talents of a rotating ensemble of musicians, including several string players that create a very special harmony with Ringle’s unique, soothing, yet still just gritty enough, voice.


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Decorating for the Holidays: Create the Holiday Home You’ve Always Wanted #ad

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Reed & Barton. Incentive was provided for this publication. Whether you start unpacking your holiday decorations at the end of October, wait until the days following Thanksgiving, or begin sometime in between, decorating for the holidays doesn’t have to be stressful. Neutral elements like silver Christmas decorations,… Read More »

Wordless Wednesday: First Major Snowfall of the Season

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First major snowfall of the season; November 26, 2013

November has brought on a myriad of different types of weather. There were a few days in the beginning of the month where it felt like spring again and the last of the fall leaves were still clinging to the trees. This was followed by frost and two hail storms. Yesterday winter really made its presence known, bringing on the first major snowfall of the season. We got about four inches in total, and this morning some of it had melted and turned to ice. Can’t wait to see what tonight and tomorrow morning will bring since we have plans that involve driving for Thanksgiving.
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