“Driving” Lessons from Dad and Grandpa

daughter and father with carWith Father’s Day approaching, many of us are thinking about family. I, in particular, am thinking about two people: my dad and my late grandpa.

Growing up, I was always around family and cars. My dad owns an automotive repair shop (first started by my grandpa when he was eighteen), and it’s here where many of my childhood memories took place. Continue reading

10 Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day

children with flagsMemorial Day is a time set aside to remember those that have fought and lost their lives in the US military. This day holds a lot of meaning in a lot of people’s hearts. Remembering and honoring these soldiers is very important because they have given the ultimate sacrifice in order to protect us. Americans nationwide do this by spending the day off work, and with family, on the fourth Monday in May. Continue reading

A Mother’s Lament

holding handsAs a daughter I often wondered why my mother did things the way she did…was she just trying to torture me? Or was there a method to her madness? Now that I am a mother myself, I understand why Moms do the things they do. Continue reading

5 Vegan Recipes For An Animal-Friendly Easter

preparing vegan mealEaster is a celebration of life. For many, it is a celebration of Christ being resurrected and living once more. It’s also a time of new life and birth at the beginning of springtime. That’s why I choose to celebrate this day peacefully and compassionately. Continue reading

Breakfast Casserole Welcomes Holiday Company

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The smell of melting cheese and browned sausage wakes up the company at our house. Our family has a tradition of enjoying this breakfast whenever we have overnight guests, especially over the holidays, usually on Christmas morning. Continue reading

The Tradition of Advent

advent candlesEditor’s Note: Happy December! As Christmas nears, we’ll be sharing with you some of our favorite holiday traditions. So cozy up with a cup of hot cocoa and enjoy!

Many people have fond childhood memories of advent calendars and candles marking the days in anticipation of Christmas time. A calendar of the month of December was proudly hung in many kitchens and family rooms to share the excitement of the coming celebration. Advent begins four weeks before the week of Christmas and includes two parts: candles and the calendar. Each Sunday of Advent, a candle on a wreath is lit to mark the nearing of the holiday. In some traditions, on Christmas, the final candle in the center is lit together as a family to celebrate the holiday’s arrival. Continue reading

They’re Here! Our Top 10 New Toys

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Over a year ago, we created Eli & Mattie, a toy collection that is deeply inspired by where we live. Instead of over-complicated, mass-produced toys that barely make it past Christmas, we wanted something different, something that reminded us of the toys of yesteryear when things were built to last. Continue reading

How To Host a Vegetarian Thanksgiving

making vegetarian mealsThe holidays can be a hard time for people with restricted diets, whether they’re restricted by choice or by force. To be surrounded by piles and piles of holiday meals, treats, candies, and baked goods while trying to stay on your chosen diet plan can seem impossible. However, you can enjoy the holiday season and its deliciousness just as much with a restricted diet as with a regular one. It just takes some creativity and planning. Continue reading

Give The Gift Of A Simpler Life

giving a giftGift giving is a language of love. It is one of my favorite ways to show the people in my life that they are important to me. Giving gifts not only shows affection and appreciation, but also shows that someone was thinking of you during their day. It is an all-around selfless act that makes everyone involved feel good.
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