mother's day
I am now at the point in my life when there have been more years of not having a family than years having a family.
I've seen publications post stories promoting Valentine's Day survival kits. Really??
While I can't honestly say I stay in on NYE because I am legitimately afraid of being killed by a falling bullet hitting me in the brains, my preference for a quiet evening in spent cleaning my kitchen does have its benefits.
Ah, New Year's Eve -- so much manufactured pressure and inflated expectation, so little payoff.
Just in time for Christmas, this 7-year-old boy's life was saved on Philadelphia's 34th Street.
In an effort to help my fellow single mothers out, I decided to come up with a list of all the wonderful things that would make everyday life a thousand times easier. Here are they are, in no particular order.
What cozy (or crazy) routines do you find yourself repeating over and over this time of year?
Because let's face it: Starbucks gift cards are the Starbucks coffee of holiday presents. (Perfectly useful, but kind of boring.)

Dec 19, 2013 at 2:00pm | 145 comments

open thread
It takes everything in my power to avoid unironically wearing Christmas sweaters every day this time of year.

Dec 19, 2013 at 12:30pm | 61 comments

When it comes to the holidays, my inner anti-consumerist really comes out.
The big (and seriously money-saving) idea? Rather than everyone buying gifts for everyone, each person gives and receives a single gift. That way, everyone walks away with one special something—not to mention a plumper piggy bank.
Unless you work at a company dedicated to the crushing of dreams and suppression of fun, you probably have an office holiday party coming up this month. You've already got your outfit picked out, but what about your behavior?
Every year I say I'll put up lights and a (fake) tree, then I don't. It can be hard to get into it as a busy (and lazy) adult. How do you get in the spirit?
From twinkling lights to plane tickets home, the price of holiday cheer can add up fast.

Dec 4, 2013 at 11:30am | 64 comments

Unmarried people need to do for the photo Christmas card what hipsters did for the mustache—bring it back full force, but make it ironic, fun, and perhaps self-consciously outlandish.
If I can't Instagram my choice of shoes for the day, then WHAT'S THE POINT IN LIVING? Also featuring photos of the Official Great xoJane Florida Meet-Up!
Because won't we all do whatever we can to find a little peace?

Nov 26, 2013 at 4:00pm | 36 comments

Here are a few unexpected benefits to heading over the river and through the woods to a holiday celebration with your partner’s family…
christmas music
I've been known to shout "Nooooooooooo!" after starting a car and having the radio greet me with a late-'90s boy-band rendition of an age-old Christmas carol I didn't like in the first place.
I love time alone, but it wasn’t just any other Thursday, it was Thanksgiving, and I realized I needed a house full of delicious smells, full of people, full of activity, full of .. something. And that was the last year I was alone.
I've been swept up in all this holiday excitement so much that it made where I am now lose its appeal. Luckily, crisps saved the day.