Is it possible to give kids too many Christmas gifts?

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When I was a kid, I never got a ton of Christmas gifts. It really didn’t bother me because it was something I was accustomed to. As I mentioned in my previous post, Jamaicans celebrate the holidays a little differently. We’re a bit more laid back when it comes to gifts and the commercialization of the […]

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How We Celebrate Christmas and Boxing Day

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When I learned that my job was celebrating Boxing Day, I was like “yaas!” Okay, so they weren’t really referring to the actual holiday. The company decided to give us the day after Christmas off because it falls on a Thursday. They threw us a bone by including Friday, I’ve been told. For those of you unfamiliar with the Boxing […]

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Twas the Night Before Christmas

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Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Princess and Young O kept running about. The stockings were hung, and presents placed neatly under tree, with Mommy and Daddy hoping these kiddies soon would be fast asleep. The children were finally cozy in their beds, while visions of chocolate chip cookies made by Princess danced in their […]

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What I Love Most About Christmas

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I can’t lie. The holidays are stressful. I don’t mean to sound like a scrooge. But trying to keep up with buying presents, taking photos, and figuring out plans for the holidays can be brutal. My face is throbbing with anxiety as I type this because I know that I still have a bunch of […]

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Weekend With Santa Filled with Fun, Laughter, and Tears

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Normally we head to the mall for Santa photos. But, this year I wanted to save some dough and take them myself. Not only would we save money, we’d also save time. Last year we ended up going to two different malls. The first one was at least a couple hours wait. Ultimately, we went […]

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Fun and Easy Holiday Crafts for Kids

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I am not a crafty person. Not even Crafting for Dummies on Pinterest can help me! But I’ve managed to come up with some fun and easy holiday crafts for kids that even the most craft challenged person can conquer. I’ve learned that the key to being […]

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Easy Tips for Taking Awesome Holiday Photos 2014

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After last weekend’s minor set back, we decided to give holiday photos another shot. This time we got an early start. Young O has been a bit cranky lately, so being strategic in how we planned for the day was essential. Rather than have the kids nap before our shoot, we decided to get them camera […]

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We Had a Minor Set Back in Our Christmas Preparation

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These last couple of weeks have been crazy to say the least. In between working and studying for exams, I’ve been trying to arrange Christmas preparation with the family. I had the perfect plan in place. But the man upstairs decided to throw some curve balls our way, which set us back. I had it […]

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How to Spread Some Holiday Cheer With Minted Cards

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Things get pretty busy during the holidays. In fact, it sneaks up on you out of nowhere – at least that’s how I feel. Every year I find myself scrambling to send out holiday cards to family and friends. I’d plan to set up a family photo shoot, but end up being pressed for time […]

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Celebrating Milestones on Christmas

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This holiday season was extra special because it was Baby O’s first. It’s crazy how time flies! I feel like it was just yesterday when we welcomed him into our family. In addition to celebrating Christmas, we celebrated Baby O turning five months old. But, that wasn’t the only surprise. He sat up for the […]

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Making Chocolate Covered Pretzels for the Holidays

We’ve been going hard all weekend trying to tie up lose ends before the holidays. My hubby had to work over the weekend, so Christmas shopping was left up to me. I hit the ground running the moment I woke up on Saturday. I think I might have gone to at least five stores and […]

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Old Holiday Traditions Worth Reviving

Check out more holiday traditions worth reviving at BabyCenter.

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Ways to Celebrate Christmas

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I know that I’m probably beating a dead horse. But in the spirit of the holidays, and the hard work that Princess and I put into making the Christmas video clip below, I figure what they heck. I’ve written about the dilemma my hubby and I had regarding how we wanted to celebrate the holiday. […]

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Holiday Prep

Have you prepared for the holidays, or are you a procrastinator like me?

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Debating What to Do About Santa

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It seems like the holidays came so fast this year.  Every where I turn I see Christmas lights!  I think that retailers skipped over Thanksgiving decorations and went right to the Christmas displays.  Technically, this will be Princess’s second Christmas.  Last year she was only a few months old and didn’t really get to enjoy […]

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