katie and niklas

A bucket list for our children

Everyone says this time goes by so fast. As I rock my baby to sleep, I see other bloggers sending their children off to college. I know it won’t be long until I’m doing the same. My son’s eyelids fall, and I dream of the life I think we all hope we can give our (read more…)

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16 gifts for new mothers

When you dig through the archives of The Art of Simple, you can find a beautiful assortment of baby-related resources – cloth diapering, creating a memorable baby’s first Christmas, product essentials, breast feeding, homemade baby food. They’re great for mamas! Today I’m adding to this list – not necessarily for moms, though. This list is (read more…)

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I am worthy

I am worthy

When I started creating the writing prompts for my first Gadanke journal, I was so excited. My grandma had inspired me to help women capture their stories as we quickly scrambled to record everything she could remember when she was about 90. She had a zip-top bag of old letters she exchanged with college friends (read more…)

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Baby’s first (Czech, German, American) Christmas

Today as you read The Art of Simple, I’m either carrying a little baby in my belly or in my arms. There’s no way to know which, of course, so I am focusing my pre-mamahood energy to tell you what our little family has planned for the holiday season.  My husband is a German Czech; (read more…)

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Could your kids navigate the old-fashioned way?

For 70 years, generations of my family have been racing to a rustic cabin in the woods whenever we don’t have work on a summer day. The one-room log cabin has electricity, an outhouse, and no running water. If you want heat, you have to crawl out of your sleeping bag to chop wood and (read more…)

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