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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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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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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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Tradition…..Tradition

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on December 14, 2012 in Family, Holidays, life, Moms, Uncategorized |

If you are a fan of “Fiddler on the Roof” you sang the title to my post, rather than read it. As I realize how far behind this year on trying to get “everything” done to be just perfect I am starting to think of tradition. What do I want our family to have memories [...]

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Tis the Season for Stress

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on November 30, 2012 in Family, Holidays, life, Moms, money |

We promise ourselves year after year that we will enjoy the next holiday season…or that we won’t spend as much….or that we will make time for exercise….or we won’t eat as much….or we will get more things done. But we quickly get caught up in the rush of the season and soon it is the [...]

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Black Friday Shopping Hints

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on November 15, 2012 in Family, Holidays, life, Moms, money |

As I am bombarded by adds for Black Friday I was shocked to see something different this year…….3AM openings, midnight openings or worse yet, stores that don’t even close for Thanksgiving Day! This year, retailers are working even harder to get your dollar and shoppers are more savy with where and how they are spending [...]

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