Scotland is near and dear to my heart, since in a very close second to Irish, my genealogy is mostly Scottish. I have a Clans of Scotland poster on my wall and a blanket of one of my ancestral tartans. How glorious would it be to spend Christmas in Scotland! Nollaig Chridheil! (Merry Christmas in Scottish Gaelic) The New Year’s celebration, Hogmanay, is the important event of the year, as Christmas is not nearly as big of a deal in Scotland as it is in countries like America. Hogmanay is celebrated by festivities that last for nearly a week, with…Read more
It’s Christmas time, so that means that everyone we know is busy shopping for the perfect gifts for the people they love. Seeking out that unique present can often take months. We want the gift to practical, yet meaningful…something our loved one will treasure forever. Sometimes we are so busy worrying about presents for family and friends that we forget about those who are most in need.
Blessing bags for the homeless are an easy way to give back to your community, not just during the holidays, but all year around.Read more
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #InspireWithCheese #CollectiveBias I always tell my son that the secret ingredient to every dish is always cheese. This still makes me laugh, but 4 years ago, I joined in a 10-in-10 series and one of the topics was 10 reasons I am unique. My son (who was 10 at the time) wrote a silly blog post for me called 10 Reasons My Mom is Weird and #1 on his list was “She is obsessed with cheese. Really obsessed. She tries to put cheese in everything.…Read more
Puzzle Activity Countdown Of all the Christmas countdowns I have ever done, this one took the longest to make, but I truly loved the end result and my son was thrilled with it. (He was 8 years old at the time.) What you need: A thick wood puzzle (the one I used is about 6″ x 9″ and had a dinosaur on it. If you like the image on your puzzle, it will make this project go faster. However I didn’t like the dinosaur scene so I found a cute picture of a LEGO Christmas tree to place over the dinosaur…Read more
Sparking a love of learning can be difficult. Not all of us love math. Many people loath science. Others don’t see the relevance of learning about history. As parents and teachers, how can we help kids cultivate a love of learning? Sometimes all it takes is the right book, movie, or TV show. That little spark of interest can develop into a full-blown obsession and before you know it, you are considered a member of a “fandom”. The love of a fandom usually lasts a lifetime and this love can open up an immense world of learning opportunities.Read more
I am never happier than when I am planning for our Christmas get-togethers. Christmas with our extended families is definitely one of the highlights of my year. I love to create little gifts to send home with our loved ones, just to let them know how important they are to me. Whether it be personalized cups, stockings full of snacks to eat on Christmas Day, or trays of homemade goodies, the little things seem to go along way, don’t you agree?
Over the years, I’ve learned that their favorite goody by far is the homemade logs of cookie dough. It makes me giddy inside to hear someone walk through the door and immediately say, “You made the cookie dough, right?” The log shape makes it very easy to slice off the perfectly sized cookie.Read more