8 Fun Ways To Celebrate The Holidays As A Family

By De and Kate

Whether you started decking your halls as the clock struck midnight on November 1st or you’re waiting until after Thanksgiving to put up your tree, the holiday season is officially upon us! Starbucks’ red cups have arrived, the Hallmark channel has begun its annual ‘Countdown to Christmas’ and we have visions of sugar plums, ahem, cookies dancing in our heads. 

That being said, between all the festive get-togethers, shopping, wrapping, cooking, and decor, November and December have a tendency to fly by and we’re fumbling through “Auld Lang Syne” before we know it. Today, we’re rounding up 8 family-friendly ways to ring in the holidays and make the most of the season! 

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8 Tips to Help You Pack Like a Pro this Holiday Season

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By Brigitte Evans

Family vacations are a bit of a mixed blessing. On the one hand, you get to change up the mundane and do something exciting with your loved ones, on the other… well, the whole thing can be a mess. Just organizing everyone’s schedule to get away for a few days is a nightmare, and then even when you manage, there’s that one big demon that will make even the most patient of parents go insane: the packing.

There’s so much stuff that you need, and then even more stuff that you probably won’t really need, but you’d like to have there just in case. If you’re traveling with a baby, then it becomes even more difficult because all those diapers take up a surprisingly large chunk of space, and you need to have them on hand at any moment. But hey, we get it. We’re here for you. Let us show you a few packing hacks to make your life easier this holiday season. Continue reading

A Crash Course in Buying The Perfect Holiday Gift for Your Partner

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By Brigitte Evans

The holidays are approaching and if you still haven’t planned out what to buy for your significant other, you may be starting to panic. Last-minute purchases can lead to some unfortunate choices, such as hair trimmers, ugly jewelry, self-help books, cellulite cream or unattractive sweaters. Unless your partner has been practicing the fake thank you smile and preparing for disappointment all year long, you will definitely see the look of horror if you surprise him or her with a poorly chosen gift. After all, you are in a relationship and you should know better. But don’t worry, here’s a crash course for buying the best gift ever. Continue reading

7 Things to Keep In Mind When it’s Cold Outside

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By Joanna Grey Talbot

Winter gets such a bad rap. Most people face it as a trial they have to go through in order to finally reach the glory of spring. I respectfully beg to differ. Having grown up in Georgia and North Carolina I love having four distinct seasons, winter included. After living in north central Florida for a year and a half where winter lasted for about a week and a half and native Floridians put on winter parkas as soon as the temperatures dropped below 65, I knew someday I wanted to move somewhere that understood the concept of four distinct seasons. Thankfully, my wish came true and this past summer my husband and I moved to North Carolina. As we enter the winter season, I am reminded again why I love it so much, even on the days I whine about it being too cold. Continue reading