- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Shine Staff | Moments Of Motherhood | Sun, Dec 18, 2011 6:01 PM EST | Comments
According to Yahoo! Shine's holiday confessions survey, moms and dads are the toughest people to shop for over the holidays. But for me, I have the most difficult time finding the right gift for my sons' school teachers. We contribute to a class gift, but my kids enjoy giving their teachers a present as well, and it's usually something the boys make at home. We try to keep it useful and inexpensive, keeping to the lesson that it's how much heart you put into the gift, not how much money you spend.
We pulled together some of our favorite DIY teacher's gifts from some of our favorite craft/DIY blogs and all of them can be made for less than ten bucks!
How do you decide what to give your child's teacher(s) for the holidays?
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- Babble.com | Parenting | Fri, Dec 16, 2011 5:48 PM EST | CommentsWhen you're pregnant you don't think it's going to happen to you -that metamorphosis from hip, happening woman about town (or at least work) to suburban, frumpalump who may or may not cut her own bangs. I know right? Who would ever cut their own bangs besides a fifteen-year-old in the throes of PMS crying to a Selena Gomez video? ME! It's sort of the reverse of caterpillar to butterfly. The butterfly who starts out in Jeans and Jimmy Choo and ends up in sweats and shower shoes with legs so hairy it looks like a caterpillar. Where's the Eric Carle book about that?
I used to fight it! But now I embrace it! I embrace the short cuts I take, the limitations I have, the fact that an exciting night for me is watching X-Factor and eating a bowl of sugar-free ice cream.
What are my options really? Be mad about it? My kids are still young and this is just life as a mom of young ones despite the fact that I myself am no longer young.I catch my fun where I can and realize that this time is fle...Read More »
- Babble.com | At Home | Thu, Dec 15, 2011 5:59 PM EST | CommentsYou can go ahead and add this to the long list of things I'm supposed to know but don't. Apparently, you're supposed to water your Christmas tree with some bizarre concoction of bleach and corn syrup and borax and some other stuff in order to keep it fresh. I was shocked. Since when?!
Apparently since always.
I mentioned this newly discovered fact in surprised tones to a group of moms I know, and they all were all like: "Yes, of course! If you want your tree to last and not shed everywhere, of course you do that!" But what they were really thinking was "You're an idiot. I can't believe you didn't know that."
Well hmmph. I grew up with real Christmas trees and we always just gave them water. And of course they smelled like heaven, looked wonderful and shed copious amounts of needles all over the living room. So I always thought that's how it was supposed to be.
This is how it usually works for me. It's a cycle. It's pretty lame.
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