20 Edible Gift Ideas | Simple Bites

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We all love receiving tasty treats for Christmas, no? And we can’t receive them unless someone gives them! If you’re in the mood for some old-fashioned homemade goodness to share or to keep for yourself (hey, we won’t judge!), here’s a great list of ideas to get you going.

Over at Simple Bites yesterday, Aimee shared a run-down of her top 20 go-to edible gifts to make and give during the holidays. They all look delicious, especially the Dark Chocolate Rum Truffles – I’m a sucker for anything rum! … so if any of you are looking for a gift for a certain blogger you know {clears throat} feel free to take that to heart!!

Oh, and the last item on Aimee’s list, Maple Spice Candied Nuts, comes with a recipe. Thanks for sharing, Aimee!

Here are a few of her edible gift ideas:

Gingerbread Cookie Mix in a Jar (complete with gingerbread man cookie cutter!)

Homemade Vanilla Extract

Dark Chocolate Rum Truffles (yum!)


Click here for more yummy gift ideas. And have fun in the kitchen!


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Confidence or Cockiness?

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It’s a fine line between the two. Of course you want your kids to be confident in their own abilities and who they are, but how do you keep them from becoming TOO confident and crossing the line into being just a tad bit cocky?

A good balance of praise, failure, admonition, and success is the key to knowing what and how good they can do something and yet realizing that they are, after all, human, and not perfect. Everyone makes mistakes in life. It’s how we learn for the future.

So, as a mother, is there a way you can control that balance to some degree to help your child learn confidence without cockiness?

Sarah, over at Diapers & Daisies, wrote on this very topic earlier this week. Here’s a little piece of what she wrote:

Let them cry. Don’t let your children be afraid to express themselves. They
should not only be proud of who they are, but also in their ability to love,
hate, cry and laugh. Encourage your children to express their every frustration,
their every joy. There is an innocence and honesty to those who are confident
enough to express themselves without fear of judgement.

Let them see you cry. They need to see the emotions of others in order to develop
empathy and compassion. They need to know that feelings are not shameful. More
importantly, they need to learn  how to be a cheerleader for

Praise them. This is too easy, right? What don’t you love about your children?
Share that. Tell them how proud you are. Let your pride shine through every word
you speak and every hug you give. Don’t just praise the results, but also their
efforts. They need to know that what they gave was was worth the

Reprimand them. Yes, they are wonderful. Yes, they do everything right in your
eyes. But, they need to be held accountable for the not-so-right. They need to
know that they are not untouchable. On occasion, they need to step down from the
pedestal that you have placed them on.

To read more, click here.

What do you think?


Another Chance

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Another Chance

by Helen Steiner Rice

How often we wish for another chance

to make a fresh beginning.

A chance to blot out our mistakes

And change failure into winning.

It does not take a new day

To make a brand new start,

It only takes a deep desire

To try with all our heart.

To live a little better

And to always be forgiving

And to add a little sunshine

To the world in which we’re living.

So never give up in despair

And think that you are through,

For there’s always a tomorrow

And the hope of starting new.

Some Links for You

Just a couple of links to great reads from the past week… Enjoy!

How My Definition of Professional Motherhood Has Changed | Steady Mom

3 Truths of Personal Growth | Simple Mom

Have any related links to share with other moms? Feel free to post them in the comment section!

Finding Joy in the Everyday

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It’s hard sometimes for me to care for my children with joy and willingness. So often, it seems like it’s all I can do just to meet their basic needs and I feel like I’m constantly checking things off a list, just doing my job, getting things done as fast as I can.

And while it’s good to actually fulfill our duties as mothers and wives, is that all we should be doing? Is being a mother all about efficiency?

To live a life full of duties and checklists will only make us very bitter, depressed women. We will eventually start to feel as if we are everyone’s servant and get nothing for it.

And it’s difficult to find joy in a life like that, difficult to joy in our children.

It’s hard to see the beauty in the dirty faces, joy in the messy kitchen, joy in the questions of a toddler, joy in the giggles, the tears, the mud, the constant noise.

We must learn to find joy.

Because in all those things, the tears, noise, dirt, stickyness… in all that makes up our lives as mothers, we have so much to find joy in, so much to be thankful for.

We have life, air to breathe, a warm home to make our own, food to nourish our families, smiles directed our way, little faces that look up to us for direction and answers, comfort and love.

We have all of that, everyday, everywhere we turn.

So why is it so hard to see the joy at times? Why is it so easy to get sucked into the rut of monotonous routines, messes to clean, food to cook?

Because we can so easily forget to look at the big picture.

We are mothers. We are here to guide our children, instruct them, and help them grow up into adults.

And while this involves sticky smiles and constant noise, that’s NOT all there is to our lives. There is so much more than that in raising children.

There is love, the chance to love this little child, the opportunity to teach them, comfort them, feed them, wash them, hold them, read to them, and see them grow up a little more everyday, grow a little bit closer to who they will be as adults.

So here’s a challenge for all of us:

The next time we find ourselves getting frustrated at the next hurdle coming our way, or we just want to find a closet and cry, let’s agree to take a step back and look at everything around us, to look at the big picture and what really matters in this journey of motherhood.

And smile.

And then, if you want to go a step further, write down all the things you have to be thankful for in that moment, even the challenges, so you don’t forget how to look for the joy in everyday things.

I plan to. Will you join me?