5 minute snowman appetizer spinach dip in a bread bowl

I offered to bring an appetizer to a party this year, and wanted to bring something festive. Thanks to Pinterest, I had a ton of winter or Christmas-themed dessert ideas, but I couldn’t find an easy and fun appetizer. My go-to party recipe is spinach dip in a bread bowl, so I decided to put a spin on it.  To my

Uplifting christmas stories of 2012

“Whenever I get gloomy about the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow airport. General opinion’s starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don’t see that. To me, love is everywhere. Often it’s not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it’s always there. Fathers and sons, mothers

Easy christmas teacher gift

When I used to teach preschool, my favorite holiday gifts were ones that were useful (i.e. Starbucks gift cards), and ones that were sentimental (i.e. a homemade craft from the child).  Now that I’m on the giver end of teacher gifts, I like to combine both of these types of gifts.  This year I created a simple gift using items

Best interactive christmas websites for kids

I’ve got to hand it to some people – they are more creative than I will ever be.  Some very inventive (and tech savvy!) people have created some awesome interactive Christmas websites that kids love.  Here are my favorites (and of course, these are all free): 1. Portable North Pole: This website is a child favorite.  Anyone can create a

Holiday planning

Ahhh the holidays.  When did the most wonderful time of the year turn into the most stressful time of the year?  I try to plan ahead as much as possible and do holiday tasks around the year so that I can actually enjoy the special time.  Here are some ways to make it as stress free as possible.  Make sure