Christmas cards: ideas for sending them and saving them

In one week, the holiday chaos begins. Christmas markets are being set up in Germany. Women are playing a little Christmas music when they think no one is around. We’re pinning holiday ideas onto Pinterest. And I’m getting pretty excited about my mailbox, just like Tsh mentioned on Monday. It’s Christmas card season! Svetlana Alliluveya (read more…)

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On having kids later in life (or not at all)

People like to remind me of the great irony that I am a contributor at this blog that used to be called Simple Mom. “But Katie,” they will say. “You don’t actually have any kids.” I know that I don’t have a clue about parenting. I’ll never lie about that. I usually try to just (read more…)

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4 ways (and reasons) to make wedding cards and gifts more heart-filled

Never do the contents of my mailbox look so beautiful as during wedding season. Brides around the world are packaging up beautiful little invitations with sisters, friends, and occasional future grooms. We’re oohing and awwing at their creations, updating our calendars, and instantly wondering: “What kind of gift should I give?” This season, I challenge (read more…)

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Walking as a retreat for the busy mom

There is a well-known walkers’ route in my hometown. As the weather gets warmer, dozens and dozens of women flock to these sidewalks. They have sweatshirts tied around their waists, and they exaggerate the movement of each arm swinging into the air. Left arm—whoosh. Right arm—whoosh. As a kid, you spot all your teachers, your dental (read more…)

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Home is what YOU make it

I can’t tell you the precise definition or location of “home”, but I can tell you this: home is whatever you make it. In my case, it’s been a progressive making and remaking since the day Martin (my German-born husband) and I met. We’ve been called nomads when we moved to Berlin, Germany, gypsies when (read more…)

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