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Christmas – Moments of Joy

In two more sleeps it will be Christmas 2012. Bella has been counting on her fingers and reminds me every half hour. Her Dad took her to buy presents for everyone and she can't wait for people to open them. (Even though each person already know what she's bought for them because she accidentally whispered it super loud… Continue reading Christmas – Moments of Joy

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Women – why do we always put ourselves last on the list?

*I make sure my kids eat several servings of fruit and vegetables a day. You can't have a cookie until you eat that banana. No Xbox if you don't have that brocoli.  - But I can't remember the last time I ate a vegetable. Not unless carrot cake counts.* I am the Enforcer of Bedtime… Continue reading Women – why do we always put ourselves last on the list?

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I went to the White House. And I wasn’t speechless with awe.

 #2 in the 12 Days of Christmas Traditions - The Christmas Decor of Doom and Destruction.        "Mothers are the makers of Christmas magic and memories." This is my mother's Christmas philosophy. This is what drives her every year to transform our house into a veritable Christmas wonderland. Nobody tops my mother's Christmas… Continue reading I went to the White House. And I wasn’t speechless with awe.

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The Christmas Fight

I grew up in Samoa. There were six of us children. Our father is Samoan and our mother is a New Zealander so we grew up with a western/British flavor added to our tropical island Christmas celebrations. Christmas is about family and inevitably as the day draws near, I am reminded of my family Christmas… Continue reading The Christmas Fight

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Christmas Tree Killer

My Xmas tree is dead. Or at least its dying a whimpering, withering death. This is our first Christmas in NZ. I'm an island girl who grew up with sweltering rainy season Christmases. But I also grew up on Enid Blyton and Swiss Chalet girls books, so I wanted a real Xmas tree. I wanted… Continue reading Christmas Tree Killer

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Why Writers Hate Christmas.

                       The White Witch may have been on to something...So Christmas is coming up and that sets my panic button all aflutter. Christmas is very bad for writers. Very bad. Why?1. All your children are home on holiday from school. It's highly doubtful that you… Continue reading Why Writers Hate Christmas.