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Friday Roundup

Hey, everyone! Happy Friday to all of you! It seems like it took a long time for Friday to get here this week – at least for me anyhow. Also, I can hardly believe that one week from today is Christmas! ONE WEEK FROM TODAY!!!! Anyway, on with the roundup…


One of readers wrote in asking about gift giving and how much is too much. Take a look at Ask Rene: How Much Is Too Much When Giving Gifts? and see what Rene had to say about it. Also? If you have a question that you’d like Rene’s advice on, click here and fire off your question!

If you are in need of some fantastic tips on getting ready for Christmas which is one week from today (Oh, did I mention that already?), you don’t want to miss 10 From GEM: Getting Ready for Christmas


Being a parent is a super-busy and super-rewarding job, isn’t it? Often times, there is no rest for the weary though. Dave told us about a conversation he had with another parent in Our Story Begins: Give Me A Break – I can sure relate to this one!

If you’re in a spot where you need to think about what’s next for you, take a gander at Monday Morning Motivation: 3 Steps To Building Your Second Act to learn what Rene has to say on how to go about it – this one’s a video!


Speaking of second acts, our resident single mom is changing up her bi-monthly column. Pull up a chair and read about what happened in her life to initiate all the commotion in Single Mom Slice of… Change.

Rene had some great tips that will help you out with being practical in your gift-giving this year in GEM Recommends: Perfectly Practical Gift Giving!

A trip to the local bookstore is one of my favorite places to go at Christmastime; especially to the ones with a Starbucks inside! Pam, our resident Librarian, offered some great suggestions for books in Moms Must Read: 7 Last Minute Holiday Book Gifts.

Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple

My Facebook timeline is completely full this morning of friends who saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens last night. Although I’m not a big fan myself, I’m so excited for my friends who are enjoying it all! I shared some pretty exciting Star Wars related things that are coming to the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL. In fact, some things have already started! Check out Pixie Dust Central: Star Wars Fans, Get Ready! for all the details!

That’s it for the roundup this week, GEMs! Please enjoy your last weekend before Christmas!