My Great Aunt LaVern mailed my daughter a cake! (Recipe included)

Those beautiful Christmas gifts bring you to tears. This year my Great Aunt got me. I remember being little and a round cookie tin arrived in the mail from Pittsburgh after we moved to California. We weren't home for the holidays. I remember feeling extremely special. I had to be around 7 years old, and that cake [...]

REPRESENTATION MATTERS!

My mother always did a wonderful job to make sure I saw my face and likeness on the Santas in and outside our house. She painted them! I am so thankful that my daughter was born in a time that is much more inclusive and we have places like the Pottery Barn carrying these beautiful [...]

ALL THE COLD WEATHER AND CHRISTMAS POSTS SO FAR

Now's the time to get caught up on all the posts about Christmas and cold weather so far. Let me know which one is your favorite! It's Official - I share one of my Christmas traditions with my daughter.Gingerbread House - Our very special Christmas tradition honoring my grandfatherMake S'mores Outside - Outside equals better [...]

IT’S OFFICIAL!

The Christmas countdown has begun. One of my favorite ways to count down the days until Christmas is to pull out her holiday book collection and read a different one every night. It’s my version of an advent calendar. People often ask me what program I used to aid my daughter in becoming a strong [...]

MAKE S’MORES OUTSIDE

Making s’mores outside is always more exciting than doing it over the stove in the kitchen. For some reason, my daughter’s excitement builds when we take it outdoors. I’m not much of the camping type, (I will just be honest, I prefer hotels.) so the closest we get is the backyard at night. Christmas traditions [...]