Hosting A Favorite Things Party (And 20 of my $15 & Under Favs!)

Hosting A Favorite Things Party (And 20 of my $15 & Under Favs!)

When I taught a holiday workshop this year, I was blown away by how many attendees had never been to a Favorite Things Party. If you're a newbie, just imagine a cookie swap, but instead of shortbread, you get to exchange everyone's favorite inexpensive goody! I way prefer this kind of exchange because we're already [...]

25 of the Best Birthday Gifts for Kids and Our Gifting Philosophy

25 of the Best Birthday Gifts for Kids and Our Gifting Philosophy

I sometimes feel guilty for my girls' lack of 'stuff'. Now let me say right off the bat, they have plenty. A playhouse tent, a tiny retro kitchen, and art supplies to last the millenium. But even still, I get comments from guests and well-meaning family members about the toys - or lack thereof - [...]

Parenting Books You’ll Actually Like to Read

Parenting Books You’ll Actually Like to Read

Before I even had children, I was reading a lot of parenting books. I studied Family Life with an emphasis in Human Development and hoped to pursue clinical research, but ended up having my own girls and doing some clinical research that way. Now I read parenting books for myself and not necessarily to write [...]