• From the Desk

    A Christmas Song

    There’s a special album that my family listens to every year when we go cut down our Christmas tree. And on that album there is a special song, we call “the song.” As kids, it would always play on our way home and my mom would cry. It became a tradition. Four kids in a van, mom, and dad up front, a tree strapped to our roof, and mom would cry. It was like clockwork, no matter what the other variables were mom would cry listening to that song as we drove home with our tree. We would all laugh, even my mom. It was silly. This song was guaranteed…

  • From the Kitchen

    Christmas, Baking, Family, Chaos, and Warm Cranberry Bread

    Christmas is just over a week away! (Gasp) I realized that today and how much shopping I still have to do… I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels this way. And honestly, I do love shopping for my friends and family. I just haven’t done much of it yet. But anyway I want to talk about another thing that I love doing this time of year, and that’s baking. I love baking! I’ll bake any time of the year, but as the weather gets colder and with the promise of seeing out of town special people I get in the mood to play around in the kitchen. A…

  • From the Desk

    Gift Guide For All!

    Do you love the holidays but also kind of dread them because of gifts? My main love language is gifts and this is something I have struggled with for a while. I love Christmas don’t get me wrong. Christmas trees, twinkle lights, fresh cookies, surprising friends with great gifts, and receiving something special are all things I love about this time of year. I love the whole gifting and cheery mood of the season. I spend a lot of time thinking about what I’m going to get people. Which can make it even harder when I’m given a meh gift. I understand some people just don’t think about gifts as…

  • From the Desk

    Snowman Soap and Hallmark Princes: Expectations for the Holiday Season

    Have you ever walked into a holiday party thinking you are going to be gifted a bottle of wine and come out holding a snowman shaped bottle of soap? No? Hopefully, that’s only happened to me. One thing I do know is that expectations during the holidays can be a difficult thing to manage. I remember my cousin walked in one year and demanded “So where’s the ring?!” but my sister’s boyfriend hadn’t given her an engagement ring for Christmas. Once when I was a little girl I snuck into my mom’s closet and found the Tinker Bell tiara I wanted. Then on Christmas Eve, my aunt gave me the…