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How Can You Create Magical Holiday Memories?

For many of us the holidays can be quite stressful for they take us out of our normal routine and in contact with family members that are great at pushing our buttons. And yet, the holidays are special for we create traditions and memories for young and old alike. This happened to me recently. . . I unexpectedly took a walk down memory lane while walking in Emeryville on the night of the Tree Lighting Parade and Ceremony. It was a crisp, clear night with magic in the air, especially on … [Read more...]

Enjoy the Holidays Without Stressing Out?

For many of us, women especially, enjoying the holidays without stressing out sounds like an oxymoron. Just about impossible. I know it was for my mom for she stressed and worked herself to the point of exhaustion every Christmas. How? She baked 35 or more varieties of cookies, nut and poppyseed rolls, and fruit cakes. Sure, our family enjoyed some of these goodies, though many were given as gifts. My mom also went wild in decorating our house and made sure that every table top, … [Read more...]