holidays

Why & How to choose "Experiences" over stuff this holiday season

Why & How to choose "Experiences" over stuff this holiday season

In 2017 my husband and I turned a corner in our emotional maturity. Granted, we have always been “old souls” intellectually. But like everyone else, we have our share of emotional baggage that has, on occasion, driven our consumption decisions. This particular corner came down to not equating stuff with a life of richness.

My survival strategy for holiday gift-giving with kids - Part 1

My survival strategy for holiday gift-giving with kids - Part 1

I LOVE THE CHRISTMAS SEASON.

It’s truly one of my favorites! I love the magic, the wonder, the lights, and the excuse to binge eat chocolate. And having five children means I enjoy the first three 5x over.

I see the world anew every time my 3 year old gets giddy when we drive by a decorated house. And I secretly grin when my very-adultish almost-13-year-old plans a family trip to park in front of our neighbor’s house for at least 20 minutes...