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C'est la Vie: It's Never Too Early For...

...Christmas cards! 

Some of you are rolling your eyes or shaking your heads at me, but we are all busy and what is the best way to stay stress-free during the holidays??? Planning ahead!

Shutterfly has tons of great ideas for making the most of your photos. One great idea? Turning that fun photo into your holiday card this year. Personally, I'm wild about their Glee Christmas 5x7 photo card - it is fun and simple which are two things that make my world go 'round. I just love the idea of sending a personalized card with a picture of our family. For our friends and family around the country, I know they appreciate seeing an updated photo when they receive our Christmas card. Many of my friends have also adopted the photo card as their means of wishing everyone a "Merry Christmas" and I adore getting their pictures too!

But remember, you don't have to wait until Christmas to send your greeting. I have a few friends who have switched to a Thanksgiving greeting that …

C'est la Vie: The Sweeter Side of Halloween

Ask my parents, I've never been a big fan of Halloween. I can't explain exactly how or where my distaste began, but somewhere between pre-school and middle school I knew that this was definitely not my favorite holiday.

Now as a parent myself, I'm walking the fine line between allowing my kids to know I don't love Halloween without spoiling all of the fun for them. Truth be told, it's really the gore and guts, the spooks and screams I can't get on board with. Why would I subject myself or my children to fear in the name of fun? I find it ridiculous.


On the other hand there are plenty of things I do enjoy... I mean who can argue with miniature candy?? I'm not ashamed to tell you that I feel a whole lot better eating 10 mini- Kit Kats over the course of 3 days than I do about eating a full-sized one in a single sitting! And the crafts and other goodies are more my speed too. Costumes? So long as it doesn't look like something that would make a toddler cr…

Day Trip: Echo Lake

Sometimes I just feel like I can't function a moment longer in the city. My soul is screaming for the mountains and I need to get away. I see the mountains everyday, but being in them is quite another story. And knowing I can be up and away in less than an hour has a "so near and yet so far" ring to it.

Every mom can relate to the problem: schedules are difficult to coordinate! Babies takes naps and need to be nursed frequently. Husbands have appointments and, darn that 9 to 5 job, but somebody has to work. Older children have school daily, not to mention their extracurricular activities. Yes, sometimes a day trip seems like a pipe dream. But we managed to make it happen... Thanks in part to a few days off from school last week and clever scheduling on the part of my hubby.

It wasn't too long ago that we took the kids up to Idaho Springs to stay at the Indian Springs Hotel and ventured to the peak of Mount Evans. That was a spectacular trip and one that you can only …

Mom Spot: Autumn

Happy Monday!

Meet my favorite tree...

C'est la Vie: The Anatomy of a Birthday: Heart

Our school district is off for conferences this week which is my only reasonable excuse for not posting this on the day I promised... I was busy having fun with my kids! Now back to birthdays.

When you think about the heart of any party ask yourself these questions:
What do you want your guests to enjoy and remember?
What will be the special things that they did that they talk about all week long?
Even more importantly, what will your son or daughter love the most?
What will they be calling grandma to tell her all about after the party?

These are the things that make up the heart of a great party. Maybe it's a fabulous cake. Maybe it's an absolutely silly game. Maybe it's the location. The heart of a party makes memories. It doesn't have to be wildly extravagant. It doesn't have to cost a lot. It certainly doesn't have to be more work than you are willing to do. A party from the heart comes from the heart.

I want to share one picture of the very happy birthday…

C'est la Vie: The Anatomy of a Birthday: Hands and Feet

Here it is, moms. Put on your running shoes because it's time to get ready for a party! Hopefully, you've picked a theme that everyone is happy with and you have your to-do list in hand. Maybe I should also tell you to put blister guards on your fingers because the truth is in our culture we can find plenty of answers and ideas online too. If you prefer to do most of your shopping online, knock yourself out. I've tried that route and it never seems to be the most cost effective. However, if cost is not your main concern and/or if you don't have the luxury of finding 15 different stores in a 5-mile radius that can meet your needs then by all means click away!

First things first, do you need to order anything? Ideally, you are planning for a party that is at least 3 weeks away in which case you have plenty of time. Cakes, personalized items, or rentals should all be taken care of first.
These decorations were pre-cut and I just had to assemble. Now they are permanent deco…

C'est la Vie: The Anatomy of a Birthday: Brain

Birthdays are work! When you are a child you have no idea what it takes to put a birthday together and rightfully so. When you are a mom, oh, you know all too well. So let me start out with this thought: do you feel obligated to have a full-blown party each year for your child? Don't.

It is more than acceptable to only have a "party" every other year or even less frequently. Maybe you would rather have family gatherings and only invite children's friends for big birthdays like turning 5, 10, 13, or 16 - whatever birthdays you feel are most significant. Keep in mind that when you don't have the party with friends it frees you up to do other great things with your kids. Let me give you a couple of examples.

On my daughter's birthday last year, she just wanted to go to a hotel. So we made a reservation at a fun hotel in downtown Denver and just she and I went to spend the night. We went out to eat, stayed up late playing games, and walked around the block to Sta…

C'est la Vie: The Anatomy of a Birthday

Some birthdays just seem to take on a life of their own. My daughter's eighth birthday is a prime example. Last week was filled from beginning to end with birthday fun! It started with a grandpa sponsored shopping trip in which she purchased her first pair of skinny jeans. She is a self-declared fashionista so I guess I shouldn't be surprised. That was Sunday. Her birthday wasn't until Wednesday... and her party wasn't until Friday! We definitely had birthday on the brain.

She had decided a couple of months ago that she would have an American Girl tea party for her birthday. Turning eight with dollies and tea sounded like a perfect party and it received full "mom approval." We made the invitations with all the trimmings from the American Girl craft department at Michael's craft store. The date was set and the invitations were sent. Then, time for all of the glorious details (that is, if you like details). So in honor of my daughter and her very special bi…

C'est la Vie: Proud Mommy Moment

There are some things you simply cannot teach your children. You teach principles, but you can't teach your children how to react in every possible situation. Surely, some times our children will fall flat on their face and that's just part of the learning process. But other times, you stand back in awe. You see the fruit of your labor. In it's most humbling aspect, you realize that it's nothing you did at all but rather the heart and personality of your child that is innate.


One of these moments happened to me just recently. We had invited our elderly neighbor to dinner. She is a sweet woman who loves children and enjoys any time we visit. For hours before dinner, my son asked over and over again when she was coming for dinner. He was genuinely excited to have her as our special guest. So, when the clock finally settled about 10 minutes before her expected arrival, I gave him permission to walk over to her house and escort her over to our home.

Not only did he tote an…

Mom Spot: Good and Humble

"Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him (her) show it by his good life, by deeds done in humility that comes from wisdom."
~James 3:13

When I read this, I can imagine it this way, "So you think you're smart? I don't care how smart you think you are, let's see how you treat people. That's what matters... smart is caring less about yourself and more about others. That's the kind of life that is going to make a difference."

Happy Friday!