Hiking and Striking a Pose

Since I’ve lived in Eastern Ohio, I cannot remember a Christmas Day so warm. After all of our presents were opened, we hit our local park and took a leisurely hike through the woods. We didn’t need heavy jackets or mittens- all we needed was us. I found a small cave entrance and went to check it out with The Kid. As I crept to the entrance (I could see to the back so I knew there were no hibernating animals) The Kid decided to play silly and strike a…

Wish.

When I took this photo, my first thought was, “What will I wish for this Christmas?” I have everything I want already. I have a husband that I love and adore and loves me back. I have a 14 year-old daughter that still thinks I’m “cool”. I have a roof over my head and food in my fridge and cupboards. I have so much already. It’s a very tough question for me. A mind-wracking question. So, here’s what I want. I want for everyone else’s wishes to come true. I…

Making Christmas

If you’re a Tim Burton/Danny Elfman fan, I bet you saw the title of this photo and thought I’d be chatting about the song from The Kid’s favorite movie of all time, The Nightmare Before Christmas.  Ok, I seriously could chat about it and the movie for hours, days even, but this one’s all about time well spent with a teenage daughter. Last week I was sitting at my computer and the urge to bake came upon me. It had to be compliments of checking out all of the beautiful…

Thinking Out of the Box and A Generational Train

My husband loves to tinker and repair everything he can get his hands on. Heck, he loves to disassemble new things, check out the innards, and then put them back together but that’s a completely different blog post. When he was a boy, his grandparents gave him his first tool box with which he tore apart his bicycle and put it back together. I think he was six. The train in the photo above was his father’s when he was a boy. It has been sitting in a closet for…

Tree Gazing

My family put our Christmas tree up two weekends ago. We’ve got a schedule that we stick to every year: the Christmas decorations go up the first weekend in December. And, each year, we love choosing two or three new ornaments to add to our vast collection. It’s always exciting to hang the new ones, but I’m a sucker for the ones that have been passed down through the generations like the ornament above. This one was my Nanny’s in New Brunswick, Canada. Yes, it’s showing signs of age and…

DoubleTree Hotels Are Helping Kids Feed Santa this Christmas #CookiesForSanta

Fess up: did your family forget to leave Santa milk and cookies last Christmas Eve? DoubleTree by Hilton is working with Santa himself this holiday season and has released a public service announcement compliments of the growing concern at the North Pole. The issue is a lack of priority-and empty plates of cookies.  To help feed the jolly old elf himself and give him the deserving calories he needs on such an important night, DoubleTree by Hilton is encouraging folks to head into any DoubleTree property in the U.S. and…

What’s a Neapolitan Presepio?

The winter holiday season is a really fun time to visit Pittsburgh. There’s so many spots to check out Christmas lights and a ton of our favorite places to visit throughout the year really deck the halls with holiday decorations. One hall that is truly decked out this year is the Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s Hall of Architecture. Not only are there five giant Christmas trees (this year’s theme is all about Scotland thanks to one of its hometown hero’s birthplace) but the Neapolitan Presepio is a true wonder. First displayed…

Celebrating with Libbey Perfect Signature Stemware Collection

This post was sponsored by Libbey as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review. My friends and family know that not only do I love to travel, bake, and cook, but I love to decorate as well. Never does a major holiday go by where I’m not the first to volunteer to be the party hostess. I love the feeling our home gets during the holidays when everyone is settled in for a dinner or quaint get together- and I love the…

How to Celebrate Halloween and Christmas at Walt Disney World in One Trip

If you’re planning a vacation to Walt Disney World in autumn, you can celebrate both Halloween AND Christmas on the same trip. With a little advanced planning and a few trips to the official Walt Disney World website, there is a way to get the best of both holiday worlds. My family loves visiting Walt Disney World for the Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties and I’ve noticed that when we attend the last party of year (generally right around November 1st or 2nd), it seems as though the parks change from…

Seven Must See Spots in New York City at Christmas #NYCGO

Ahh, New York City.An even bigger ahh, New York City at Christmas and the holidays. The hustle and bustle of Manhattan is taken to the extremes from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day and it seems the merriment of the holidays is bigger, brighter, and grander when visiting all bundled up, hot cocoa in hand, and wondering how you’ll make it from Herald Square to Times Square  in time to catch a holiday show. If you’ve planned a last-minute visit or have been planning all year, here’s my favorite spots to…