Back in college, I used to make a point to write down a list of things for which I am thankful every year at Thanksgiving. I don’t know when or why I stopped but I decided that I want to start again. Life can be busy and challenging and straight up hard but we are abundantly privileged and blessed and have so much for which to be grateful. I think it’s so important to take a step back and acknowledge all the good in our lives. Here’s my list (not in any particular order).

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It’s that time of year! Christmas carols, cocoa, Hallmark movies, lights, decorations, and holiday cards. If you’re like me, you have a love-hate relationship with Christmas cards. I love receiving and displaying them, and even love sending them. But, I hate the work that goes into it! Between tracking down addresses, shopping around for the best price, and addressing and stamping envelopes, it can be a real Christmas buzz-kill and takes way more time than it ever should, am I right? Well, I have some tips to make the process smoother.

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It’s no secret that I, like most moms, am pretty busy. One glimpse into a day in my life, and it would be very evident that I need to take shortcuts wherever I can. And, boy do I! As much as I would like to strive for perfection in all that I do, it’s just not possible. So, I prioritize and decide ahead of time what things I need to spend the most time on and what things I can cut corners on. So, with that, I want to share the single most valuable hack I have for busy, working moms (or any moms, really).

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Y’all. I’m so proud of myself this year because I’ve actually started Christmas shopping early! I’m usually a post-Thanksgiving shopper but since time is something I don’t have enough of these days, I decided that little-by-little over a longer period of time is the way to go. That said, I thought I would share some of the gifts my girls are getting for Christmas this year. For reference, A is four years old and E is two and while they both appreciate all kinds of toys, they are super girly at heart (and I love it).

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This is not a political post. That said, this election week has been crazy, to say the least. Many have been asking how we will explain it to our children. What do we tell our daughters? How could this have happened? I had a different blog post written yesterday but, after some reflection, decided not to post it. Rather than think about what this election may or may not teach my children, I realized that what my husband and I teach our children – our daughters – will hold more weight with them than anyone else on the planet. So, I redirected my focus away from current events.

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