Category: Family

Addressing My Christmas Cards While Snacking On A Satisfying Chocolate Snack

holiday snacking

Christmas cards can be a hassle sometimes, but I find myself sending them out every year like clockwork.  Is there anything better than getting handwritten addressed cards with smiling photos and happy wishes from friends and family?  I don’t think so. December is my favorite month of the year to open the mailbox, so I feel obligated to pass on the love I receive.  It’s like good karma, with pretty photos attached.  I just can’t quit. This year like years…
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A New Way To Give Gifts For My Little Family


Holiday Gifts: let’s talk about another way to do this. This holiday season is a little different for us.  My kids are 12 and 17, definitely old enough to understand the conversation we had at dinner last night, wherein I outlined how our gift plans will be different this year. How as a family we’re going to focus on giving gifts instead of receiving them. Because our basic needs are met, we can help other families enjoy the same peace…
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Post Election Thoughts From A Foreign National

Post Election

Post-election thoughts. I know there’s been SO much out there about the recent U.S. elections. I don’t mean to add to the blah blah blah, but it’s like my brain won’t rest until it’s written. This is not a post expressing my like or dislike for either candidate. This is merely thoughts from a foreign national as I’ve observed this election from afar. I live in South Africa. Throughout this year, I’ve traveled to other countries. These musings come from…
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Finding Just the Right Car For My Family

the right car for my family

My family has been in need of a new car for awhile now, but I’ve been in denial. We have lived in and loved our car so well I’m genuinely having a hard time letting it go.  I talked about this a few weeks ago, this feeling of losing a family member who is a central character in our family history. Do you feel this way about your car, or have you ever?  I don’t want to say goodbye, I…
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A Personal Story From Me to You About The Reality Of Communism


Communism is real, and it’s very, very dangerous. Today I’m going to share something personal.  I share personal stuff all the time, but this is different.  And it’s only partly my story.  Mostly it’s the story of my husband and his family and they don’t talk about it. Not ever, not with anyone. If you’ve been following my blog for any length of time, you know my husband is Polish. I talk about his nationality for a number of reasons,…
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Our Favorite Family Car: Saying Goodbye

our family car

Our Favorite Family Car: Saying Goodbye I’m getting ready to sell my beloved family car because my children have outgrown it, and the process has been a little more difficult than I expected.  I’m really curious how all of you buy and sell cars, because I’ve never bought a new car before.  Can you believe it? My husband and I have always bought used cars and repaired them ourselves as they break.  Which actually means my husband and the kids…
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Czarnecki Family Halloween Costumes 2016


It’s Halloween again, and I’m so excited to share the costumes my kids chose this year.  And just like last year, our friend and favorite local photographer Justin Hackworth, took pictures of the kids in their Halloween costumes.  I’m so excited about how they turned out. As soon as we watched Stranger Things on Netflix, we knew my daughter had to be Eleven for Halloween.  She looks so much like Millie Bobby Brown (the actress who plays 011 in Stranger…
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Tasty Gluten-Free Snack Treats To Buy


Gluten-Free goodnessknows Snack Squares I don’t know about you, but I try to eat as gluten-free as possible in my day-to-day life.  I don’t have Celiac disease, but I just feel better when there’s less gluten in my life.  Do you know what I mean? I have friends who do this as well.  They don’t eat 100% gluten-free, but when it’s a possibility to eat that way, whether at a restaurant or buying food at the grocery store, they do. …
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There Is Kindness Everywhere You Look

there is kindness everywhere

I don’t know about you, but it’s so easy to get bogged down emotionally by all the sadness around me. I’m inundated daily by grief on all sides. The homeless people down the street looking for warmth now that the weather is turning cold. Hungry kids. Major war and disaster, the scale of which is so devastating, countries around the world are absorbing refugees on a scale we haven’t seen since World War II. It doesn’t take much to see…
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