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A Tree Full of Stories: The Evolution of Our Favorite Christmas Ornaments

What is more festive than twinkling lights on a beautiful tree as the backdrop to delicate, unique ornaments that each have their own story? The first Christmas tree Husband and I had together, in our first apartment, was pretty void of any such ornament. I had a couple of personal ornaments that I brought to the table and he had none so most of our ornaments were store bought. You know the kind; classic ornament balls – some with glitter, some shiny,...

Missing Christmas: A Downside of Being an Expat

There were so many details and procedures and considerations to think about when we were moving for the Dominican Republic to Mexico. But one of my top concerns was Christmas and if we’d make it home. Throughout our 6 years in DR, we went home for the holidays every year. I’ve never missed the holidays at home. Not a single one. Ever. (Did I mention I’m 3 years shy of being 40 And since my kids were born, they haven’t...

7 Good Gifts for Bad Moms (and if you don’t like them you could f*ck off)

The reason the movie Bad Moms was such a stinking success – so much so that they made a sequel for the holidays – is because it’s so true. Every mom strives to make the holidays perfect for their kids. Waking up in the wee morning and elbowing other moms for the toy of the year is the least of it. We think of fun places to put our elf, we wrap until our fingers hurt, we egg nog with...

4 Uncommon and Clever Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas

Sometimes I feel like I missed my calling as a North Pole elf. I love giving gifts but I love wrapping them even more! There is pride in every present I wrap. Each wrapped with precision, each ribbon twirled perfectly. But not every present comes in a box. Some of the gifts I remember most weren’t the ones that were tied with a ribbon or stuffed in a bag. Here are some uncommon and clever Christmas gift wrapping ideas that don’t...

Vacation Photos: Our First Beach Trip in Mexico // SnapShots of Platanitos

We just got back from a mini family vacation in Platanitos, Mexico – our first beach trip in our new home country. It had been 5 months since we left the beaches of the Dominican Republic and we hadn’t been to a beach since. Needless to say, we were all pretty darn excited about getting back to the sun, sea, and sand. We tried fish zarandeado, drank buckets of beer at the beach, and made a proper Thanksgiving meal. Here...

3 Awesome Small Businesses to Check Out this Black Friday Weekend

Looking for books this holiday season? I know a girl. Need nail wraps? I know someone. Looking for delicious scents to fill your home? I got you covered. Want some new makeup? I can help you with that too. What if for this Black Friday / Small Business Saturday / Cyber Monday you didn’t just shop from anywhere but you shopped from me? Well, not me (exactly) but real people; a face instead of a logo. What if you put...

Our Favorite Halloween Tradition

Come on guys.. you didn’t think I’d forget about the Halloween Bucket, did you? The most treasured tradition of all our Halloween traditions? Heck, maybe the most treasured of all our traditions, period, exclamation point! Let me remind you, we recently moved. To a different country. Across an ocean. We let go of and wept over many things we couldn’t bring with us when we left the Dominican Republic. But do you know what was packed in suitcase #1… the...

6 Awesome Dia De Los Muertos Traditions That I’m Silly Crazy About

To start, any holiday that extends their celebrations for 2-days is top notch in my book. Add to that bright colors, serious festivities, the infinite diversity of calacas (skull or skeleton), and the overall otherworldly, magical feel and Dia de los Muertos is easily one of the coolest holidays. It’s actually so cool and such a defining attribute of Mexican culture that UNESCO recognized it as part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2008. I still have so much to...

SnapShots: An Expat Thanksgiving at Cabarete Beach

Talk to most expats and what they’ll tell you they miss most when living abroad are the special moments they miss back home; holidays probably being the biggest and hardest. With holidays come attached nostalgia, memories, and traditions and moving away from that could be impossibly hard but our community at CMS and our Annual Thanksgiving at Cabarete Beach hasn’t been your typical expat holiday. It has all the feels of a family dinner with with none of the mess or...