I'm Deborah, most people know me online as @TruthfulMommy. I'm the creator of the brutally honest parenting site The TRUTH about Motherhood. I am a writer, a wife, and a work-at-home Ninja Mommy who's trying to do it all well; sometimes falling short. I live in the Midwest with my 2 little girls and my husband. I have a lot of degrees from a bunch of schools but mostly spend my days shuttling people under the age of 7 while trying to maintain my sanity. I talk a lot. I may not always say what you want to hear but it will always be my honest viewpoint. I know it's not the only one.
Christmas is in just over a week and while many people are done shopping, many are still on the hunt for that perfect gift. The thing is sometimes you just can’t find the perfect gift in the store. Some of my most favorite gifts that I have given and received are those that were handmade. There is just something about making it with your own two hands; all the thought, time and love that goes into it makes it priceless and you can tailor the gift to the recipient.
Here are a five amazing homemade gifts for kids that I curated from the Internet. They are easy to do and fairly cheap and they will blow your little ones away. You just might get that “WOW” you’ve been waiting for all of these years.
It’s the holiday season again, and, if you are like me, you might be wondering what to get that special person in your life. My special person happens to be my husband of almost 15 years. We’re at a point in our lives where two things are happening: 1) If we want something, we just go out and get it for ourselves; 2) material things just aren’t as important to us as they used to be. Don’t get me wrong, I love jewelry as much as anyone, but I appreciate a handwritten love letter a whole lot more these days.
Here are some ideas for gifts from the heart that don’t cost a thing ... well, just your unconditional love and affection.
Every year on Thanksgiving we stuff ourselves with the perfectly roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce and all the desserts we can fit into our bellies. Then we sit around watching football and hanging out with family. All in all, it’s a nice tradition and not a bad way to spend a Thursday afternoon but have you ever wondered what they ate in 1621 at that first Thanksgiving when the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians celebrated together?
While there are no home movies or printed menu of the first Thanksgiving to tell us exactly what was eaten, there are a few things we know from historical accounts of the times. It is well known that William Bradford sent a group on a “fowling” mission in preparation of the three-day celebration. Fowling could have very well meant wild turkey (the bird not the alcoholic beverage) or it could have meant ducks, geese or swan since they were commonly eaten. But what else might they have eaten?
I recently read a post by Seth Adam Smith who, after a year and a halfofmarriage, has declared that marriage is not for you. He says it's not something you do to make yourself happy. This declaration struck me as odd because, at least in some part, marriage is for you. When you marry someone, you are not doing him or her a favor to your own detriment, and if that’s what you think, then you probably shouldn’t be getting married to that person or maybe anyone, for that matter.
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year and not just because of all the amazing foods. I love having all of our family under one roof. My husband and I have hosted Thanksgiving every year for the past 10 years for both sides of our family, around 30 people. We look forward to Thanksgiving all year long. It’s the kick-off of a month-long familyapalooza!
We’ve been doing this for so long that the cooking part is a cinch. Of course, since we started, seven children and three spouses have been added to the original headcount, and with each new addition, we just cook a little more. We just love the time we spend together on that day. Here are a few Thanksgiving traditions that we do and I think every family should incorporate into the day.