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Liz’s rant: The shelf elf

I wrote about this last Christmas, and since it is the season, let’s re-address it. Looking for a way to keep your kids in line year-round? Here’s a little trick you may want to consider (Liz says with a tinge of sarcasm): Get a shelf elf. That’s right. A shelf elf. Every night, when the kids go to bed, move the elf to a different spot in the house, making it appear that the elf sneaks off to the North Pole to report to Santa while your little angel sleeps, and returns to “spy” on another area of your home. When the kid gets into trouble, you present their options, for example: either take a time-out or go tell the shelf elf what you’ve done, so he can go tattle to the big …

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Liz’s rant: The play on words

Maybe it’s just me, but I’ve about had it with someone, somewhere, who’s decided that classic pronunciations of words should be changed – and that words once known as nouns should now be known as verbs. For example: Let’s take the country of Chile. As far as I’m concerned, Chile is pronounced just like that warm winter stew we all know and love – you know: chilly. But apparently the earthquake shook up things enough that all of a sudden it’s become known as Chil-ay. Rhymes with Oil of Olay. And it drives me crazy. Tied for getting on my nerves the most is another phenomena: nouns that become verbs – or verbs that are used for things that they shouldn’t be. Prime example: I hate it when someone refers to “growing … Read entire article »

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Get your party on: 12/5-12/11

Let’s get things started with a real splash this week! On Dec. 5, we celebrate Bathtub Party Day, so grab your rubber duckie and some bubbles and hop in the tub. I can see where this one could get a little out of hand, simply because a party typically involves more than one person. So if I were you, I’d proceed with a bit of caution, keeping in mind the naughty and nice lists, as we discussed last week. Unfortunately, we immediately move into more of a trickle zone. What we have here after Dec. 5 is a serious lack of luster where all things holiday are concerned. I just don’t get it. No Hoodie Hoo Day, no Wear Different Colored Socks Day, or even a She’s Funny … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Escapades – Picture Perfect
(Simple tips for taking a great family portrait)

It’s that time again. The annual event  that often strikes fear and doubt into even the most confident and pulled-together of parents. Of course, I’m talking about family holiday portrait time. Luckily for you, through many years of trial and error with my own family, I’ve come up with some easy tips for surviving family portrait day. And as a bonus, you may even get a photo that you’ll be happy to send out to your friends and family. If you’re super duper lucky, you’ll like the results so much that you’ll even be brave enough to display your new portrait on your own fireplace mantel. Here are my tried and true tips for taking a great family portrait: 1. Select your clothing It IS important to coordinate the clothing. Having a … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: You’ll shoot your eye out!

Can you guess how our family kicked off the Christmas season? If you think it involved A Christmas Story, you’d be right! Except that we didn’t watch the movie. On Sunday afternoon, Colton and I, along with Mom, Dad, my brothers, sister-in-law and nephew, hit the road and headed to Actors Theatre in Louisville for the stage version of the story I consider a staple of the season – a classic Christmas story (ergo the name?) that’s a must-watch at least a dozen times between Turkey Day and Christmas. We were convinced that it would be a great afternoon, leaving us with plenty of Christmas spirit and even more to talk about. It didn’t hurt that our tickets were on the first, second and third rows, either. Most of us were … Read entire article »

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Craftdown to Christmas, week 4

Just when I’m ready to give up faith in humanity, you guys pull through with another splendid idea for the Christmas season. I knew I could count on you guys. This week’s fare features both edible and non-edible goodies. I recommend making the eats first, so you have something to munch on while completing the other project. A glass of that Cranberry Wine could be a nice touch, too. Anyway, on to the craftdown. My cousin Susan submitted this great idea for personalizing Christmas cards. Her idea reminds me of Sandra Lee’s cooking show – both of these fine ladies know the art of taking store-bought goods and making them their own. Thanks, Susan! Low Cost Christmas Cards To me a Christmas card without glitter is just not worth sending. Fancy glittered boxed … Read entire article »

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