4 Fresh Winter Baby Showers

Deck the halls–a baby is coming to town! With all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, hosting a baby shower might seem a little overwhelming. But think of it this way: your home is decorated, faraway family members are in town to celebrate, and everyone is feeling festive. So why not take the opportunity to celebrate a little one’s arrival?

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– Ask a Real Mom – Grandparent Essentials

November 30, 2023

Whether your parents live around the block or across the country, chances are your children’s visits to their grandparents will be among some of their earliest and fondest memories! Thankfully, we live only minutes from my mom, known to our kids as “Sittu.” We’ve dubbed her house “Sittu School” because it’s decked out for a […]

– Ask Cheryl – Should Guests be Invited to Multiple Bridal Showers?

November 28, 2023

While it may seem that “anything goes” regarding wedding etiquette these days, there are a few firm rules about guest lists and gift obligations. Dear Cheryl, My daughter has already had one shower which included me, her sisters, her bridesmaids and their mothers. Now she is having another shower given by an aunt and she […]

– Ask a Real Bride – 5 Bridesmaid Getting Ready Outfits Your Girls Will Love

November 21, 2023

The morning of your wedding is a special time: the months of anticipation and planning are finally coming together, and it’s time to soak it all in and enjoy! The best part of the morning is sharing it with your best girls, and one way to make them feel special is to coordinate your bridesmaids’ […]

5 Bridal Shower Themes Perfect for Wintertime

November 16, 2023

There’s no better time to celebrate the bride-to-be than the holiday season: your home is already decked out, family is in town, and cooling temperatures make everyone want to cozy up inside to enjoy a festive get-together. If “plan a bridal shower” has made its way onto your holiday to-do list, I’ve got you covered […]

– Ask Cheryl – How Do I Invite Guests to a Welcome Party?

November 14, 2023

The day before the “big day” is often busy: out-of-town guests arrive, the couple and their bridal party run through the ceremony rehearsal, and the groom’s parents often plan a rehearsal dinner. Amid all the hustle and bustle of the night before, welcome parties have become a relaxed way for guests to mingle with other […]

4 Fresh Winter Baby Shower Themes

November 9, 2023

Deck the halls–a baby is coming to town! With all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, hosting a baby shower might seem a little overwhelming. But think of it this way: your home is decorated, faraway family members are in town to celebrate, and everyone is feeling festive. So why not take the […]

Light and Healthy Thanksgiving Sides and Desserts

November 7, 2023

Thanksgiving is one of my family’s favorite holidays. Oh, the abundance of food and delicious desserts!  As much as we love this traditional holiday, I have not always loved that overly full feeling afterward. Can you relate? So, I’m on a mission to add some new appetizing dishes to our table this year with a […]

– MVPs – Most Valuable Presents for Sports Fans This Holiday Season

November 2, 2023

We all know at least a few people who are all about sports. They may be passionate about a particular team, like their alma mater or local professional league, or they could be the year-round fans who somehow always have a sporting event to attend. If this sounds like someone on your holiday gifting list […]

Our Favorite Cooking Tools (and Recipes!) for Your Thanksgiving Feast

October 31, 2023

Ace every dish with helpful tools, sturdy cookware, and functional servingware. Hosting Thanksgiving is no small undertaking. Coordinating ingredients and cook times, adapting to dietary restrictions, and navigating family dynamics can be tricky to balance. While we can’t control everything about the day, we can prepare you with the right tools. If you’ve ever cooked […]

Navigating the Holidays with a Newborn

October 26, 2023

To The Mom Navigating The Holidays With A Newborn, As the song says, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” But if you’re entering the holidays with a brand new baby, this merry season can feel a little more complicated. My son’s due date was November 21st, and I remember thinking to myself that […]

Best New Baby Products

October 24, 2023

You’ve taken your fair share of pregnancy tests to confirm, you’ve decorated your refrigerator with ultrasound photos of your little one, and you’ve begun the exciting journey of sharing the news with your loved ones. Next up: creating your dream registry!  A checklist is always a helpful place to start, along with consulting your more […]

– Ask a Real Bride – Your Wedding Photography Questions, Answered!

October 19, 2023

Do you know who you’ll spend the most time with on your wedding day? If you think the answer is your fiance or maid of honor, think again–it’s your photographer! That means it’s worth taking the time to learn how to build a great relationship with your photographer, from the very first email to the […]

– Holiday Cheer for All – Gifts for Grandparents, In-Laws & Parents

October 17, 2023

It happens to me every year, without fail. The holidays roll around, and I’m left frozen in place, wondering how I could possibly pick the right gifts for friends and family. I scramble to every store and website I can think of, searching for the perfect, most unique presents for everyone I know. Once the […]

The Best STEM Toys for Kids

October 12, 2023

Finding the perfect gift for the kids in your life can be tricky. On the one hand, you want to find something they’ll find fun and exciting; on the other hand, you want a gift that’s meaningful and educational. But what if I told you that you didn’t have to choose? STEM (or STEAM) toys […]

How to Plan Memorable Rehearsal Dinner

October 11, 2023

From backyard barbecues to rooftop hotels, you can choose some fabulous places to have your rehearsal dinner, making it the perfect kick-off for your wedding weekend. This popular wedding tradition is usually held the night before, right after the ceremony rehearsal. Its purpose is to gather the most important people to the bride and groom […]

Top Must-Haves for Holiday Entertaining

October 10, 2023

When my husband proposed to me, he did so in the living room of our first home.  He had a small area decorated with balloons that spelled out “Welcome Home” and champagne for us to toast with afterward.  Since then, we have continued creating many beautiful memories together as a family in that exact home, […]

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