Family Traditions: St. Nicholas Day

Family Traditions: St. Nicholas Day

| December 5, 2019 | 20 Comments

Our family enjoys hosting foreign exchange students, and over the years, we’ve been able to experience some of the interesting observances and celebrations that other cultures participate in. One of our family favorites is one that a German student brought to our home several years ago: St. Nicholas Day.
In Germany, children place one or two […]

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Holiday Bargains: Gift Baskets and Care Packages

Holiday Bargains: Gift Baskets and Care Packages

| December 4, 2019 | 24 Comments

The holidays are quickly approaching, but if you’re like anything like me, you spend the first half of December wishing that you’d started your holiday shopping earlier! With many of us feeling the economic pinch, you might not be in the position to spend a lot of money on Christmas and Hanukkah gifts. Homemade gifts […]

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Hanukkah Traditions

Hanukkah Traditions

| December 2, 2019 | 8 Comments

I grew up with a Catholic mother and a Jewish father, so I was exposed to all sorts of holiday traditions. Although we celebrated Christmas at home, we’d go to my paternal grandmother’s house every December to observe Hanukkah, or the Festival of Lights. We’d gather at some point during the celebration to light candles […]

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December is Write a Friend a Letter Month

December is Write a Friend a Letter Month

| December 2, 2019 | 22 Comments

December is often seen as a time to connect with old friends and faraway family members. It’s cold in many areas of the country, and of course several holidays fall within the course of the month. Did you know that December is designated as Write-a-Friend-a-Letter Month? Since people tend to batten down the hatches and […]

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Things to Buy on Sale in December

Things to Buy on Sale in December

| December 1, 2019 | 62 Comments

It’s here: the biggest shopping month of the year! With the winter holidays upon us almost any second, you’re being bombarded with gift ideas, sales, signs, commercials and anything else that marketing companies can come up with to make you buy, buy, buy. While you’re busy doing your holiday shopping, though, it’s a good idea […]

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How to Find the Perfect Christmas Tree

How to Find the Perfect Christmas Tree

| November 27, 2019 | 17 Comments

The search for the perfect Christmas tree is a holiday season rite of passage for many families. You want to love your tree – after all, you’ll most likely be looking at it for several weeks, and for many people, the tree is the center point of the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day celebrations, so […]

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Food

Red, White and Blue Flag Fruit Salad

Red, White and Blue Flag Fruit Salad

Looking for a healthy alternative to dessert this fourth of July or Memorial Day? Summer is the perfect time for fresh fruit and there are so many options!
1. Core pineapple and dice. Slice bananas on the same cutting board so they get a little pineapple juice on them, this help keep them from turning brown.
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Cinco De Mayo Recipes

Cinco De Mayo Recipes

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over French invaders in 1862. Today it is celebrated not only in Mexico but in the US as well. We LOVE mexican food (as a matter of fact tacos are on our weekly family menu) and can’t wait to have our fiesta tonight! Here are some of […]

Shopping

Things to Buy on Sale in July

Things to Buy on Sale in July

Can you believe that we’re already halfway through the year? It’s already July, and retailers are taking advantage of the hot weather, Independence Day and school starting next month in many areas. You’ll see “Christmas in July” sales at many stores, and occasionally, the deals rival those that you might find on Black Friday! This […]

What’s on Sale and Things to Buy in June

What’s on Sale and Things to Buy in June

Wow, June already; we’re almost halfway through the year! June brings Father’s Day, camp outs, the official start of summer, and some great sales on items that you want and need. Just like last month, June is a good time to buy mattresses; stores deeply discount last year’s stock. We were able to buy new […]