Category: Holidays

Memorial Christmas Tree Lighting

Perhaps your family is starting to look forward to the holiday season! For many of us, this can be the “most wonderful time of the year,” as we celebrate family and friends and blessings. We embrace family traditions and cherish the joys of special moments spent together. The holidays can be a reminder, though, of […]

Autism and the holiday season

The holidays are almost here. As a mom who raised one son with autism (now 33 years old) and one son with autism spectrum disorder (32 years old), I wanted to share some tips that may help other families with kids on the autism spectrum get through this holiday season with less stress and more […]

The Teal Pumpkin Project

Have you heard of the Teal Pumpkin Project? Odds are good that you have, but if not, here’s a quick catch-up: The Teal Pumpkin Project was started in 2014 as a way to include kids with food allergies in trick-or-treating fun. Placing a teal pumpkin outside your door alerts trick-or-treaters that you have non-food goodies […]

Halloween Fun in NCW

Still conjuring up your family’s Halloween plans? Read on for our full list of spooky haunts, trick-or-treating hot spots, freaky film screenings and more. Know of an event that should be on this list? Email me:, and I’ll add it! (Before we get into the events, here’s the Freeform 31 Nights of Halloween 2018 movie schedule, […]

Reconnecting this Advent season

It’s Advent — a reflective season of waiting — and this year I’m mulling over two words: transcendence and omnipresence. We humans are neither. Yet, we are closer to both than we’ve ever been before. Thanks to technology, we can be multiple places at once. This can be very good, as when my busy husband Facetimes a meeting […]

Salt dough ornaments for all

With just a few days until Christmas, there’s still plenty of time to create a special gift for everyone on your list. (Really… you still have time!) When my daughter Hannah was two, we created our first Salt Dough Ornaments, and they were a hit! Not only is it a handmade gift, it’s a keepsake […]