Christmas & Gift Giving

Dear K & K: This is a tricky time of year for me with my in-laws. They’re super into Christmas. But, I am not. My family was very religious, from a different culture, and we didn’t grow up doing gift…

Solution to Plastic Grocery Bag Overflow

Dear K&K: I’m about to lose my mind with plastic grocery bags. I keep a small container in our kitchen to house extra bags for use around the house. When it fills up, my husband ignores that it’s full and…

Christmas Card Culling

Dear K&K: I think it’s time for some Christmas card culling. Our list has ballooned over the years, it’s crazy expensive and there are so many people we barely talk to anymore on it. My husband essentially wants to keep…

Rules for Keeping Kids Clothes

Dear K & K: I keep important kids clothes like my kids’ home from the hospital outfits and first holiday outfits, but in general, should you keep your kids other clothes once they’ve outgrown them? Signed: Classic in Cleveland Dear Classic…

Goodbye, Thanksgiving!

Dear K&K: My brother’s wife just announced that they were not going to come to our parents for Thanksgiving anymore but instead travel with their kids. They invited everyone to join them. My mom handled it so politely and said…

Holiday HE (Double Hockey Stick) with Family

Dear K&K: Almost every year, my siblings and I descend upon my parents house for Thanksgiving and with each passing year, I’m starting to dread the experience more and more. My siblings and their spouses act like they’re children, barely…

Easier Ways to Do Laundry

Dear K & K: I’m exhausted. I’m the mother of four children and I seem to spend my life doing laundry. My mother-in-law says that I’m OCD and I cause my own problems by washing towels everyday and changing sheets…

Getting Kids Organized Shouldn’t Be Hard

Dear K & K: My son is always forgetting his homework or losing permission slips. He has a backpack and a desk in his bedroom but he never uses it. I want him to have a good start to this…

Bedding protectors are technically overkill

Dear K & K: My mother-in-law is obsessed with those covers you zip on mattresses and pillows to protect against bed bugs and other allergens. I can’t stand sleeping on them because they’re hard and plastic and crunch every time…

Good vs. Evil: Paper or Online Calendars?

Dear K & K: I think I’m an Organic Structure and use an electronic calendar on my Mac. But, I can’t quite cut the cord with my paper calendar yet because it no longer has the functionality for To Do items.…