Memories of Young Motherhood: Turkey Toodles and the Calico Cornucopia

Turkey Toodles

You have to give it to social networking: it can bring the most amazing and far-flung people back into your life!

The past couple of weeks, I've had the delight of regaining contact with my children's aunt Suzanne. Back in the day (total '70's: Earth shoes, disco and breastfeeding-as-radical-act), we were young mothers together. Married to a pair of brothers, we shared those years of early marriage and dishrag soup--but when divorce struck us both a few years later, we lost touch.

Hello, Facebook! We've had a glorious time, catching up on the trajectories of each other's lives. She's discovered that I'm an author, I've discovered that she's an artist, and we've brought each other up-to-date on the progress of our respective children and grand-children.    Read More >>

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Now on Newstands: Editor Cynthia Ewer in Woman's Day!

Woman's Day

Ready to read more about saving money on holiday gifts? Catch our editor Cynthia Ewer's quotes in the current issue of Womans' Day!

Interviewed as part of the issue's No-Stress Holiday Guide, Cynthia shares ideas to simplify gift-buying and avoid late-night wrapping frenzy--and don't miss tips from other media sources to help simplify, organize and celebrate the holiday season.

This week, while you're waiting at the supermarket checkstand, turn to pages 73-74 and check out our very own Organized Christmas editor and author of the Christmas Countdown!    Read More >>

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Boo! In Which I Surprise My Neighbors

Make no mistake: I love holiday traditions.

To wit, I love them so much that if it weren't for the fact that I've lived in my current neighborhood for 13 years--and my neighbors know me well--I'd be considered a suspicious person, and need the intervention of law enforcement.

What's the problem? My newest neighbors haven't yet found their Halloween BOO basket yet!

What else would have a 54-year-old grandmother making multiple, unprecedented trips to the corner to see whether or not the BOO basket had been claimed?    Read More >>

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Decor Storage Solution: Holidays on Wheels!

There comes a time--and for me, it's at age 54--when your heart's desires and your body's demands come into conflict. To wit: I have a great love of decorating for seasonal holidays ... but I live in a three story house and my baby-boomer knees have begun to rebel at the seasonal tramp up and down stairs.

Solution: holidays on wheels!

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