Meg Makes

Meg Makes

Looking for tips on managing time during the holidays

My life has been a whirlwind for the last few weeks. I'm guessing this is true for many of you, as well.


Tips for dealing with grief and the holidays

I've mentioned this before, but my beloved editor Becky Mabry died a year ago on Christmas Eve. Because of that, even though I love Christmas, thinking about the actual holiday is tinged with sadness.

Seeking your input: non-profit donations as gifts

One of my favorite gifts to give this time of year is a donation to a charity in someone's honor.

Making wreaths marks the start of holiday decorating

I haven't had much of a chance to decorate for Christmas yet, but I have been experimenting a bit with wreaths.

Day-after-Thanksgiving traditions don't always include shopping

I wanted to write a story this year about people who have day-after-Thanksgiving traditions that aren't just about shopping. (I've already written about my family's tradition of attending Paxton's Christmas tree lighting.)

Variety: the spice of Thanksgiving dinner?

Ahh, the culinary wonders of Thanksgiving.

I can't decide if I'd rather eat all the customary dishes, or just think about all the possibilities of delicious combinations while my mouth waters.

Homemade hair accessory shines up the season

Lately, I've been seeing frilly hair flowers, feathers and jewels in magazines and on fashion blogs. My December Real Simple magazine is no exception – it has an entire spread featuring unusual hair accessories.


Poem captures Christmas Tree Lighting tradition

I wrote a story for Sunday's paper about a new book called “Christmas in Illinois,” edited by James Ballowe.