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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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Fill Yourself Up With Good News

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on December 27, 2012 in Family, Holidays, life, Moms |

As we end the year what happy memories do you remember from the last 365 days? Chances are not many. We can try to remember but without writing them down it is really hard to remember. But if you are like me and try to focus on the good things that happen in life instead [...]

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Making Room

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on December 20, 2012 in Family, Holidays, life, Moms |

  You know it is about here: the opening of the presents from the overzealous but well-meaning grandparents. They always tend to buy the really large toys. Or maybe you yourself are buying a gift this year and you aren’t sure where it is going to fit in the house. Maybe underneath your tree it [...]

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