Midweek update: gingerbread houses, "best of Babble" list, bake-sale debate, big family gifts

It’s been an eventful week! I grappled with how to help my kids manage their holiday cash. I decided that it’s time to rediscover my crafty side. And I’ve also had some cool opportunities and gotten some great news that I wanted to share.

First, I’m really excited to let you all know that The Happiest Mom has been named to Babble’s list of 100 Top Mom Blogs. I’m especially honored given the fantastic company I’m keeping there, including many talented friends whose work I admire. Of course, I wouldn’t have a blog at all if it wasn’t for all of you, so I wanted to take a second to say “Thanks.”

Writing this blog – and reading all your comments – helps me think more mindfully about motherhood every single day, and I’m grateful for the accountability and the smart, thoughtful group of readers who make this blog a vibrant, inspiring place. I’m grateful!

Other fun stuff…

I’ve got new posts up at Babble and 4 Kids or More this week:

And one more thing: I’m participating in a debate at the New York Times website. The topic? Store-bought goods at the school bake sale. Is it cheating? Are bake sales obsolete? My take: if you like to bake, bake; if you don’t, write a check or find another way to contribute. Either way, ditch the guilt – and the obligation. Would love to see you weigh in over at the NYT!

That’s it for today! I hope to do some baking tomorrow, and we’re getting our tree Friday – since we have a late holiday this year and like to keep the tree up through most of it, we were afraid it would dry out if we got it too early…but I’m getting anxious. It just doesn’t feel like Christmas until our tree is up!

What’s new with you this week?


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