To Give or Not to Give: An Infographic Guide on Holiday Greeting Cards

By Tony Schubert /

The holiday season is just around the corner, and with it comes the dilemma of choosing and buying gifts for your loved ones. Not everyone can afford to buy gifts for all their closest family and friends. It could be that money is tight this year, or it’s only that you have more urgent financial needs.

Fortunately, it’s not just through gifts that you can show your appreciation and express your warm greetings to the people who are dear to you. Sometimes, a personalized greeting card will do.

Giving holiday cards became a tradition in the mid–19th century. Some say the practice began in the 1840s with a Scottish man named Thomas Shorrock, who made cards with merry faces drawn on the cover with the caption “A Gude Year to Ye.”

Still, the most commonly credited for the holiday card is a man named Sir Henry Cole, who was the first director of London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. In 1843, he had 1,000 engraved holiday cards made, where the cover showed a family sharing toast while on each side were illustrations of people doing acts of kindness. He included a caption at the bottom that said, “A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to You.”

Since then, card giving has become an inseparable part of the holiday season in many parts of the world, primarily Western countries. The United States is one of the most avid card givers in the world. In fact, about 6.3 billion greetings cards are purchased in the United States every year, and 1.3 billion of which are bought during Christmas.

If you’re still debating whether to give a holiday card for your family and friends. Use this infographic guide to decide whom to get cards for and how to choose the perfect card for them. Happy holidays!

Coconut Flour Snickerdoodles

By Mikaela Mannes /

It’s that time of the year again where we start thinking about the Holidays. This means that sweets are on everyone’s mind, whether it’s baking them or eating them. I’m always looking for a delicious dessert recipe to bring to that family party or Holiday event. I wanted to create a recipe that was simple, healthy, and delicious! These ingredients you most likely have already in your house and will be able to make within minutes. Read More “Coconut Flour Snickerdoodles”

How to Have a Budget-Friendly Friendsgiving

By Erica Stoeckeler /

Simply put, Friendsgiving is Thanksgiving dinner shared between friends friends.  A gathering to raise a glass and celebrate with those who you may not not see as often as you’d like, but when you do, it’s like no time has passed.

There’s a lot to love about this unofficial holiday. For starters, everyone brings their signature dish (or drink) to share, creating an eclectic feast.

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Quick and Easy Fall Tablescape Ideas

By Pinhole Press /

This season is all about sharing memories, oversized slices of pie, and deep belly-laughs with the people we cherish the most. Amidst the mayhem of all the whisking, measuring, and peeling, it’s easy to skimp out on the tiny details that can make large gatherings feel special and intimate.

No need to spend hours delving into the dark, unforgiving depths of Pinterest. We’ve compiled a collection of unique, cost-effective, and time-efficient tablescape ideas that sure earn you the coveted title of “the hostess with the mostess”. Read More “Quick and Easy Fall Tablescape Ideas”

22 Best Kids Books to Give

By Miranda Rosbach /

When our firstborn turned two, rather than accumulate more stuff, we asked guests to bring a book in lieu of gifts. We collected a handful of new and used titles that we then donated to the Ready Readers program in our community. This book-giving birthday tradition has continued and it doesn’t diminish how special birthdays feel; in fact, I’d say it enhances the experience for all involved. Here’s why: books keep giving.

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Top 100+ Parenting Blogs of 2018

By Tony Schubert /

Parenting is tough business. Often it’s a full-time job on top of a full-time job (or two), and if we’re being completely honest, no one really knows what they’re doing. It’s all just trial and error, isn’t it? A nerve-wracking trial and error, at that. Imagine being responsible for the health and wellbeing of tiny human beings who are one day going to be grown adults living in the world and one day having their own kids and…

Okay, got a little lightheaded there

If parenting is feeling overwhelming these days, know that you’re not alone. Everyone is doing their best. We’ve compiled one hundred awesome parenting blogs to help you build a community and give you a few tips and tricks along the way!

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