This is a toughie. It can be downright hard, because there are so many emotions tied up with the holidays. We have expectations. Christmas is supposed to be a time where we express our love and gifts are a way we do that. What if the child, who has special needs, doesn’t like their gift? What if they don’t play … Read More
After reading a few glowing family newsletters, I am more inspired than ever to continue the tradition of the Yardley’s More Realistic Holiday Newsletter. If you ever wanted to see how we really live, this is the way to do it. And here we go! 2017 started with a bang and ended with a whimper. LUKE travels constantly for work, … Read More
A few years ago I started the new tradition of sharing a more realistic holiday newsletter. You can read the first here and the second here. Now it’s time wrap up 2016. Hoo boy. Hey, friends! Let’s be honest and admit 2016 sucked in almost every way possible. Somehow the Yardleys managed to soldier their way through it, because we’re not smart enough … Read More
Hooray! I baked some darling, flavorless cookies that were horribly disappointing. But look, I put them in a little jar, so now they’re charming. And look! A Christmas village! Don’t you want them now? No. No, you don’t. But they are cute. I’d give you the recipe but it’s a waste of flour. But hey! Sprinkles! If you want the … Read More
We’ve let Christmas overwhelm us. It isn’t about spirituality or kindness or even really family anymore. It’s about gifts, about running ourselves ragged, about filling our days with so much joy and merriment that it somehow turns into pressure. I’ve been trying to avoid that feeling this year, and simplifying has been a great help. I saw this on The Merry Little … Read More
It’s a family tradition we’ve had since I was a child, and I looked forward to it every year. We’d decorate the tree and have small gifts for each other.It’s something that I do with my kiddos now. This is Christmas week! We’re putting up the tree. We’re making snowflakes and taping them to the windows. It’s time for Christmas … Read More
Shock Totem has gone digital. You can now buy every dark, sexy issue in a digital format. Hooray, yahoo! But even better, you can pick up a copy of Shock Totem: Holiday Tales of the Macabre and Twisted for 99 cents. Take a look at this beauty. Isn’t this a stunning cover? This special holiday issue of Shock Totem features … Read More
It’s all sunshine and hummingbirds. Happy Thanksgiving, my friends!