Merry Christmas to All!

I hope all of you are snuggled up with someone you love! ​ ​

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Shop with Your Heart to Help Farm Animals

We all care about animals but sometimes we don’t always think about the animals that help produce our food - especially during the holiday season. So this season the ASPCA, Food Chain Workers Alliance, GRACE Communications Foundation, and the Natural Resource Defense Council are working hard to arm consumers with the information they need before they head to the grocery store for holiday shopping. And they are focusing on farm animal welfare by doing so.

The No Fail Gift Guide for a Potter-Obsessed Child

It is possible that my consummate, unadulterated, and downright child-like passion for all things Christmas and magical may be coming back to bite me. You see, I have a bit of a--let's say "feverish obsession" with convincing my kids of the existence of magic. As you may recall, I am a bit infatuated with Christmas and Santa Clause. In my house, Santa brings the presents on Christmas. He has magical elves who watch over my children all year and report to Santa on their behavior. Sometimes the elves leave letters for the kids, or inadvertently tip something over, leaving evidence that they've been there.

The Princesses are Back!

Our princesses are back and up to their usual mischief! Looks like last night they were watching tv and sneaking some candy. Naughty girls!    https://nicoleroder.com/2014/12/01/the-princesses-are-coming-the-princesses-are-coming/

When Story-Writing Comes in Handy

  You know how sometimes you make up a small lie and justify it because it serves a good cause? This is not one of those times. Perhaps the cause was good, but the lie was definitely not small. This is a story about how I made up an entire Christmas legend out of whole … Continue reading When Story-Writing Comes in Handy

My Dog’s Christmas List

Alternate Title: The Christmas Wish List of Lucimus Goosimus Varcinius Maximus Roder (Lucy to her friends) This is Lucy.  As you can see, she is quite adorable. That ridiculous nickname above is courtesy of my husband. She also goes by Lucy Goose, Snorty McSnortferson, Stanley the Grumpy Old Man, and Puppy. I'm pretty sure I gave … Continue reading My Dog’s Christmas List

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