Posts Tagged ‘holiday’

Taking the High Road While Co-Parenting During The Holidays



My daughter couldn’t be more excited for the holidays. Together we’ve started decorating our home, a big red bow on our door, Christmas lights adorn our entertainment center, and Christmas carols help us get ready in the morning. A crucial piece of the holidays is the presence of her co-parent, who isn’t my biggest fan. Being involved in a high-conflict co-parenting relationship during the holidays isn’t always so fun. It often causes headaches and additional stress – and who really needs any additional stress at this time of year? Taking the high road to co-parenting during the holidays can be really tough, and requires you to stop thinking so much about yourself, and more about your child’s happiness.

During the season of joy and happiness, I spend a lot of time thinking about how best to communicate with my co-parent during the holidays. I find it hard to swallow my immense dislike for his usual unreliability and disrespect and assume he’ll play more a role in our daughter’s like during the holidays. But I try—for our daughter. For awhile I really thought the love of my family could blanket her heart with all the love she would ever need. I completely disregarded her father’s side of the family, every last one, based on her grandfather’s behavior and our continuously rocky relationship. I didn’t take into account the love they all shared for our daughter, and held them all accountable for her father’s behavior. Our daughter is amazing, and no I’m not just saying that because I’m her mom. There is something so wonderful about being in her presence, in seeing her smile, in being part of her warmth. She is lucky to have so many people who love her and want to spend time with her. And since I love her more than I dislike them, I take the high road during the holidays.

Read the rest of my post including my five tips on co-parenting during the holiday season over at The Cubicle Chick!


Get in the Holiday Spirit with Target Men’s Ugly Sweater Gear! #hilariousholiday

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Last year my first year throwing an ugly sweater party. I remember going shopping with a friend of mine to find the ugliest sweaters for the party and it was pure hilarity! Clearly ugly sweaters aren’t just worn in the movies! I ended up rocking a black poncho with snowflakes and reindeer of course. I jazzed it up with some colorful bell earrings and looked super sweet in my ugly sweater!

Luckily ugly sweaters have become a fun opportunity for people to get a little silly around the holidays. With all the stress that envelopes the holidays, people need to get silly! Target Men wants guys to get in the holiday season and have come out with their own ugly sweater line of clothing and accessories.


Not like I needed another reason to love Target, but this line is so fun, what’s not love and appreciate! I headed into my local store to take a look at the items in person and they sure didn’t disappoint.

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 These are amazing!!!! But, the question is whom would you gift with one of these beauties? A spouse? Coworker? A yankee swap gift? At work we have a yankee swap at work – but it’s all females in our development office. The flasks are pretty cool and they may make a gift for a guy friend of mine this year – who can resist them?

Anyone else love this Target Men’s line as much as me? The line makes me wanna bust out my ugly sweater and have another paaaatayyy!


Get Your Shop On With Kmart and Sears Free In Store Pick Up Program

Presented by Mami Innovative Media, this is a sponsored post on behalf of Sears and Kmart. All opinions expressed here are my own.

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With just 20 days until Christmas, the pressure is on to go out and shop for your friends and family. It really does feel like the holidays are the busiest time of the year! Between holiday parts, baking, decorating our house and seeing our family December always rushes by in our house. While I usually feel a lot of panic during this time of year rushing to get presents and stocking stuffers I was a bit proactive and purchased many gifts over the past couple of months (go me!) to save me the headache of trekking to the stores this month. My shopping early has proved to be a stress saver around such a generally stressful time of year.

If you are still purchasing presents this December, there is a way to make shopping at this time of year a bit less stressful – and that’s with FREE in store pickup of items. Both Sears and Kmart offer free in store pickup, letting you shop thousands of gifts online in the comfort of your own home before picking up your items in store in 5 minutes guaranteed (or whenever you’re ready). With in store pickup you’ll avoid lines, busy stores and the wasted time of walking down every aisle. The bow on top: You can have a friend or relative pick up your order and pay in store with cash, if you prefer. Which is awesome when your rushing to get kids to and from places!

FREE in store pickup at Sears and Kmart is a win-win during the holidays, and you should indeed try it out over the next few weeks! Now, what to do with all that free time you saved…. 🙂 Perhaps volunteering at a shelter, making gingerbread house, or maybe it’s as simple as putting your feet up with a warm cup of hot chocolate….yup that sounds nice! Learn more about FREE in store pickup by visiting Sears: and Kmart: