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Keeping It Simple and Perfect

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on December 29, 2014 in Family, Food, Holidays, life, Moms |

Now that the dust, pine needles, sugar high, gift tearing frenzy is over I can take time to applaud myself and say that the holiday I designed this year was perfect for me. Did I just say it was for me? Yes that is right. We design holidays for other people and what we imagine [...]

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New Year, New You?

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on December 22, 2014 in Holidays, life, Moms |

I have to admit that my favorite time of year is the end of the year. I always take time to reflect on how great the current year has been and what I can do to improve the incoming year. I tell people that New Year’s Eve is my favorite holiday as it is one of [...]

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Time, Time, Time

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on December 16, 2014 in Family, Holidays, life |

What does this time of year mean to you? We are told what it is suppose to look like when we watch television commercials or see advertising. It is a two parent family gathered around a tree overflowing with gifts. But what I have found is that for the majority of us that is not our reality. [...]

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Do You Hear What I Hear?

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on December 9, 2014 in Family, Holidays, life, Moms |

It is about this week every year that I start being asked the question, “are you done Christmas shopping?” I must admit that I am guilty of asking that question as well. It is as if it overtook the question of “cold enough?” But when I hear the same question over and over again the [...]

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Having a Clutter Free Christmas

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on December 2, 2014 in Family, Holidays, life, money |

Soon bright shinny packages are going to be placed under our tree but before you place that package please do one thing, make sure there is room for the gift. Too often we give without thinking of where people are going to put the gift. We live in a society of excesses and our children [...]

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A Plea For Your RSVP

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on November 25, 2014 in Holidays, life, Moms |

I have seen an interesting thing happen over the last couple of years; the lack of giving an RSVP. We all know what it means. We all understand the purpose of it. Yet people fail to give a proper response. I am just as guilty of this as anyone else. Sometimes it slips my mind [...]

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It’s In The Bag

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on June 24, 2014 in Holidays, life, Moms |

I don’t know if you are like me, but I can not wrap a gift to save my life. Every holiday when I need to wrap a gift I hand the gift to MR. Simplicity and he takes it and makes the perfect cuts so that he doesn’t have that lop sided section that I [...]

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Oraganize A Little During The Holiday Season

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on December 13, 2013 in Family, Holidays, life, Moms |

Want to know the secret to staying organized? Do a little bit every day. I always give the example to my clients by asking them how do you eat an elephant? Simply by taking one bite at a time. The same is true for organizing. You don’t do it all at once. Tempers are lost and tears [...]

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Elf On The Shelf Help

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on December 6, 2013 in Family, Holidays, life, Moms |

To be honest, I really don’t understand “Elf on a Shelf.” All I know is when I am on social media sites like Pinterest or Facebook I see all these elves doing crazy things. I have been watching with anxiety as moms are crazy with trying to make this elf do strange things. Mind you [...]

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To Decorate Or Not To Decorate…..That Is The Question

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on October 11, 2013 in Family, Holidays, life, Moms |

It seems each year I decorate less and less for each holiday. I use to have Rubbermaid tubs filled with various holiday decorations…..all neatly organized. I would grab the ones labeled for each holiday and put all the decorations in the proper place.  The nativity scene always goes on this table. The tree always goes in that [...]

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