It’s not a well known fact, but my degree is in Creative Writing and children’s books have always had a soft spot in my heart. With two kids mostly reading on their own these days, it’s been fun to revisit our favorites- only different because the adults are the ones being read to now. Here’s a list of our all time favorite children’s books. These are the ones that have torn pages and cracked spines.

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Our house is in full holiday swing. We’ve got the tree trimmed, the lights on the house and the Elf of the Shelf making us curse the day we got sucked into that tradition. Something strange happens to me when the decorations start going up- I get major house envy. I pine after Pinterest home decor images of gorgeous Scandinavian Christmas trees and perfectly set tables with hand lettered name plates. Our house is suddenly too small,

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Time and time and time again, we’ve heard that gratitude is the cure for what ails us. Gratitude cures the commercialism and materialism we find ourselves being drawn toward this time of year. Gratitude improves marriages, friendships and self esteem. It’s powerful. So in that spirit, here are three things that made me happy this week because feeling happy is something I’m grateful for.

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These things,

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