5 weeks till Christmas: address and order your holiday cards

About six weeks ago, we talked about gathering your mailing addresses and exploring holiday card ideas. So because those things are already done, this week’s task is a simple one — address those envelopes. If you can whip out the envelopes in one sitting — preferably with a mug of cocoa and while watching a (read more…)

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A holiday giveaway: Lisa Leonard!

This giveaway is now closed. I‘ve got a special treat for you today. In light of the holiday season, we’ve got a giveaway from my favorite jewelry maker, Lisa Leonard! I’m a longtime fan of Lisa’s, and I’ve written about her several times before. Any time I wear any of her necklaces, I get comments. (read more…)

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How to host a memorable holiday cookie swap

Enjoying homemade Christmas baking is highlight of the season for many families, but making everything from scratch can be time consuming and a lot of work. So how does you stock your freezer with a delicious assortment of cookies and bars without spending several days in the kitchen? By hosting an old-fashioned holiday cookie exchange! (read more…)

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Natural beauty: clean skin, teeth, and lips

So we’ve talked about going shampoo-free, and we’ve talked about using oil to clean your face naturally. But a few of you have asked — what about the rest? What about soap, toothpaste, lotion, deodorant, and the like? I’ll be the first to admit that going natural with my toiletries and cosmetics is new to (read more…)

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6 weeks till Christmas: create a new family tradition

Traditions are great around the holidays because it bonds the family unit, it gives you something unique to look forward to, and it invites a shared past that children can pass on to future generations. But there’s no reason to purposely create a tradition if it doesn’t fit with your family culture, or if it (read more…)

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