Frost! Twenty-five degrees! Flurries would complete the scene this chilly, but blue-skied and sunny, morning. Thankfully we’ll see those and thensome in the Midwest a short time from now.

Though, the celebrations line-up is dizzying. Planning our schedule for holidays at home is an unsettling combination of overwhelming giddyness and nausea. Last year we traded travelling to see family and friends for two weeks in Ireland, and we haven’t entirely ruled out calling an audible on our travel destination

Juuuust kidding. Parents, you can all collectively breathe out. As for me, please pass the planner and a paper bag.

Hope your weekend is snowy but bright, and don’t forget to read on for my favorites + updates below! (Oh, and if you’re as hyperventilate-y about the coming holidays as I am, pay special attention to the first link.)

Cheers, Heather

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Some interesting, fun, delicious reads:

  • The holidays are a special time for visiting with family and friends and celebrating traditions. However, with all of its travel, rushing about, and general stimulation overload, it can also be a time for unrelenting stress. Learn about the triggers and try a few tricks to make December a truly peaceful National Stress-Free Holidays Month.
  • Winter is prime bird feeding season and it’s just around the corner. If you’ve ever wondered what’s the best food or feeder type for your favorite backyard bird, Project FeederWatch offers a handy online tool.
  • While you’re thinking about birds, give thanks to falcons for the glasses of wine you enjoy this season!
  • Think you know snow?
  • A new children’s book on earth and ocean science would make a great learning gift.
  • I’ll take science over stale chocolates behind the doors, please.
  • This week’s pinned words of wisdom.

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