Happy Holidays from Peace, Love and Guacamole (and those who inspire it)!

We are settling in this week, taking things slower than normal…sleeping in a little later, drinking a little more coffee and making some magic happen.

As I’m sure you know, the magic part takes a lot of focus and mental energy, so PL&G is taking a little vacay so as to be in top magic-making form. We won’t be gone long. In the meantime, may I suggest a few must-reads from the archives?

This post is one of my all-time favorites. This one shows up in the search terms most often. And this one, thanks to Scary Mommy, garnered the most page views.

This story about Rascal makes me cry, this photo of Smiley makes me laugh, and this shot of Doodlebug makes me smile. I am especially proud of how this photo turned out.

Here is a scene I am hoping, but unlikely, to avoid during the school winter break. Oh, and for the love of Pete, this one too.

When I browse through the archives, my favorite category is Living the Dream, because it reminds me to step back and count everything wonderful in my life. And tallying up that long list makes me hope that anything magical that happens this week will feel like icing. Chocolate fudge icing, please.

Cheers to you and your loved ones!


  1. Happy holidays to you too! And I think I found you through Scary Mommy..so thank you to her as well.

    That photo is absolutely adorable, every single one of you looking great (and at the camera!) You must post a tutorial.

    • It was so painless this year that I am happy to share my method:

      1. Find a good location at your house with a simple and/or interesting backdrop. Do not ask your husband for his opinion on this. 2. Turn on the TV. Wait 5 seconds. 3. When kids and husband are fully immersed in the TV, hand them clothes you have picked out for them. 4. Brush their hair. Wipe noses. 5. Get yourself ready (actually, it’s usually best to do this before step #1. Or wake at 5am, whichever is easier.) 6. Set up the camera on a tripod and frame the shot, test the lighting, etc. 7. Call your helpful neighbor next door and ask her to meet you outside in 5 min. 8. Pause the TV and send everyone outside, “to help you with something real quick.” Never utter the words “family photo.” 9. Position everyone all snug together. 10. Have your neighbor press the shutter a couple dozen times.

      All done in 3 minutes and they never know what hit them!

      (That’s “3 minutes” as long as you don’t count the hours of planning and prep time that you put into it behind the scenes. We mothers are the masters of Behind the Scenes Magic, aren’t we?)

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