My middle child is my creative one. She loves crafts, dolls, and make-believe. And did I mention she also loves American Girl dolls? What I mean to say, she loves 18-inch dolls of the American Girl variety. She is...
Vision board, smision board. To be fair, I was going to give that trend a try this year. But then, I had a realization about my intentions, and I’m glad I did.  Despite that opening line, I’m not at all knocking...
2020 is here! Did you make new health goals to follow this coming year (and decade)? If so, you need to plan how to make exercise a daily habit to accomplish your fitness goals. Of course, we’re in the thick...
You've gotta spend money to make money.  I know this is a business mantra, but it is absolutely true when it comes to sales shopping. Every year, I use post-holiday sales to stock up for the coming years' special...
We all love a good birth announcement, don't we? Whether it's a social media post or a snail mail card, we are overjoyed to see the family's new addition and share in their excitement! But centuries before the world...
Oh, it’s the most wonderful time of the year! It’s a love/hate relationship that all the best holidays happen in a three-month timeframe. They conclude with the start of the New Year so it’s important to celebrate with a...
Christmas Eve 2019. A stressful day that will live in infamy forever in the Hein household. We had finished our first annual family dessert cook-off. Christmas Eve dinner had been devoured. Tim Allen as the Santa Clause joined us...
I would say in 2019, a large number of homes have an Amazon Echo, Google Home or an equivalent device. I use my Echo almost every time I cook. Setting up multiple alarms and reminders with Alexa helps me...
Our first child was born in January, our second in December. In the delivery room with our second, I told my husband, if we ever decided for a third, maybe we should pick a different month. Even as the...
It’s November. Thankfulness is at the forefront of our minds, and rightfully so. We use this month to remind our kids more than ever how fortunate we are to have things in excess: warm homes with cozy blankets,...

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