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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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Holiday Failure

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on December 20, 2013 in Uncategorized |

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring not even a mouse…..hold on one second. I am stirring as I forgot to wrap the gifts…oh and I forget to bake the cookies….and never mind the kids all looking cute in matching outfits…and that pre-lit tree….not so much lit [...]

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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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Less Than 100 Days Until Christmas

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on September 21, 2012 in Family, Holidays, life, Moms |

Yes….I said it, less than 100 days until Christmas. But what if this year we decided to think a little different about holidays? What would happen if we focused less on trying to buy the love of our family members and focus more on love and being together? Don’t get me wrong…I love getting a [...]

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Consider Quality Not Quantity

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on December 13, 2011 in Family, Holidays, life, Moms |

I always find my blog post ideas in everyday conversations. This one came while I was at a swim meet on Saturday. I was talking to another mom and we started talking about what our kids wanted for Christmas and when I spoke out loud what I was getting them, it didn’t sound like much. [...]

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Paperpalooza

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on November 27, 2011 in Family, Holidays, life, Moms |

Wrapping paper is a beautiful thing. It comes and every color and design  imaginable. It is sensory overload when trying to choose the papers that you get  to wrap gifts in. If you are overwhelmed and have a huge supply of wrap but  can’t stop from buying more…..just stop. Think about having a signature paper  [...]

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5 Days Until Christmas……Last Minute Gifts for Kids to Give

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on December 20, 2010 in Family, Food, Holidays, Moms |

This all started because my 15 year old son was lamenting that he was going to be given gifts by some girls at his school.  He wanted to give them something in return but he didn’t have any disposable income…..and I didn’t want to spend a lot of my money either.  What I did have [...]

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