The opulent ability to give

I‘ve written many times before about the benefits of living within your means. There’s a spirit of contentment that often emerges when you curb your spending habits. Your desires are often tempered as an unexpected byproduct. That brand spankin’ new car doesn’t seem quite as important. You can skip a latte or two and not get the shakes.

But what’s really cool about all this is that you don’t have to wait to be debt-free, or to reach some other magical goal, to reap the benefits now. As soon as you start living within your means, you have more freedom to give. You can give to things that really matter — things that reap a lot of rewards for not much money.

It’s day two of my trip with Compassion in the Philippines, and today, I went to Denise’s house.

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What do kids really need?

There are very few things in life children need. I was reminded of this today when I met Denise. I’m in the Philippines, and Denise is six. The same age as Tate, my daughter. I’m here with Compassion International, privileged more than words can say to witness, first hand, the work of their hands. I (read more…)

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Weekend links

Explore Your City This Summer: Year of the Staycation :: The Happy Housewife How to Encourage Your Child to be Creative, Even When You are NOT :: Not Just Cute Paper Plate Emotion Masks :: No Time For Flashcards Share Your Strawberry Ideas :: Balancing Beauty and Bedlam I’ve Got Twins! :: Nesting Place I’m (read more…)

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Weekend giveaway: Plan to Eat

Today’s giveaway comes from sponsor Plan to Eat, a genius little online program that pretty much does everything for you but actually cook your meals. This is a simple tool that allows you to store your favorite recipes (and import them from around the Internet!), create menu plans using those recipes, and even provide grocery (read more…)

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Get cultured, invest in stocks & take a long, hot soak: next steps in getting off the food grid

In a recent post at my blog, I detailed the first steps my family took toward de-centralizing our food system, a concept Michael Pollan introduced to me in his groundbreaking book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma. If you’re a regular Simple Mom reader, you’ve no doubt read about benefits of buying local and joining a community-supported agriculture (read more…)

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