This Week's Top Parenting Links: Holiday Encouragement for Your Weekend

We enjoyed a busy week, with an even busier weekend ahead.  There seems to be an endless amount of list making and errand running at our home. Whether you are preparing for a holiday in the weeks ahead or are in the middle of celebrating one now, I hope you are able to stop and enjoy the many moments that make this season special.


I needed to read this reminder from blogger Heidi St. John. This article is a battle cry for moms everywhere.

As moms we tend to do that, don’t we? We take responsibility for huge parts of our circumstances and relationships as we navigate our marriages, children, and ministries. Often it feels like more than we can bear…It’s time to declare war! We need to be persistent in taking back what belongs to us.”



Though we are coming to end of Hanukkah, these recipes from might add a little spice to your weekend events:



We celebrate Christmas in our home, but we like to educate our kids and make them familiar with other holidays around the ones we choose to celebrate. This article was so helpful in explaining to our little ones what Hanukkah is, and having a video to watch with some familiar characters helped, too!



Is your homeschool ready for the busy season ahead?  How do I fit it all in?  Over at, they’ve got it planned out, so you don’t have too!

“Is your homeschool ready for this action? ‘Tis the season for squeezing in the math during cooking and the reading on the road; and there’s nothing wrong with that. If you’re nervous about fitting it all in though, here are some tips and thoughts to remember that will hopefully make this time of year a little more jolly for us all.”



I leave you with a classic gift recipe that I am right in middle of myself.  This lotion from Hens and Honey is fantastic as a gift, or to make for yourself!



Do you have go-to recipes for the holidays?  What are some of your “survival plans” for living through the busy season?  We’d love to hear from you!