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Dec. 6 is Coats & Toys for Kids Day! Did you just discover that your little one has outgrown last year's jacket?  Now's the time to score a great deal on winter outerwear! 40% off your order at Justice Enter coupon code 723. Valid through: December 13, 2010 See other Justice coupons! Dec. 12 is […]Continue Reading


It was my privilege to be a guest at a 50th anniversary celebration last weekend.  The party was for a couple whom I have known for over ten years, and their daughter did an amazing job planning this surprise event. They were definitely surprised, and definitely happy to see so many family members, friends and […]Continue Reading


No, my spellcheck isn't on the fritz.  I'm borrowing that deliberate misspelling so I can take this opportunity to conGRADulate my older son, who graduates high school this evening. Wasn't it just yesterday that I was buying his freshman-year uniform shoes ($80!) and trying to find his summer-reading books on sale? Tonight, he and his […]Continue Reading


Yesterday I went around the house hiding all the rubber bands, the Saran Wrap, and the masking tape--because today is April Fool's Day and I have children. My daughter mentioned as far back as late September that she can't wait for this day, and she had to start planning ahead. And while there might be […]Continue Reading


Valentine's Day is almost here, and the pressure is on to plan the perfect date. If you don't like crowds, you might want to avoid restaurants on February 14.  Everyone goes out to dinner on Valentine's Day.  It might be a good time to get creative and prepare a romantic dinner at home.  Bring out […]Continue Reading


Valentine's Day is coming up, and you know what that means:  it's time to think about getting some flowers for your sweetheart. It's also time to realize that flowers go way up in price at this time of year, and it's not like most of us can just go pick some roses out of our […]Continue Reading


Are you a fan of scented candles? It's a huge industry, because there are so many people who enjoy the candles.  The other day while visiting friends, I found out that it's not just adults that like them. Our friends have twin boys who are going on four years old.  One of them was absolutely […]Continue Reading


It's our 19th anniversary--or 20th, depending on how you count. 19 years ago today, my husband and I were married.  Our wedding came on the heels of a snowstorm that dumped several inches of snow in the area, causing travel delays for some and requiring that I wear my "duck boots" to the church so […]Continue Reading


Every December at elementary schools all over the country, the ritual of Santa's Secret Shop takes place.  "Budget" envelopes are sent home so the children can bring in money and buy dollar-store gifts for their family members.  Of course, the kids always want to buy gifts for themselves, too--and usually the money spent on their […]Continue Reading


It's my sister's birthday today!  I wonder what kind of present she's wishing for. As kids, birthdays were always fun and special days (as they should be!)  Often, the grandmotherly lady who lived next door to us would offer to bake our birthday cakes.  These were always made from scratch, baked in Bundt pans, with […]Continue Reading


That's right: Duran Duran has a whole day devoted to them, and it happens to be today, so I had to dedicate this post to the group that performs a song that's a favorite of my seven-year-old:  "Hungry Like the Woof." August is Motorsports Awareness Month.  Enjoy the summer weather for your favorite outdoor sports. […]Continue Reading