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When a fresh start means selling your stash

This is a hard story to tell. Chances are, you’ll read it and raise an eyebrow, wondering where the hard part of this story is, because to you, it seems a little silly. And in the grand scheme of the universe and life, I know it is, really. But for me, for now, I’ve had (read more…)

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A simple ritual to fight the winter darkness

I am not made for winter. I don’t know how I possibly could be, considering that I was born smack dab in the middle of June in Houston to parents whose air conditioning had gone out the week before. Something about those miserable conditions imprinted on my DNA, so I’ll take a relentless sun and (read more…)

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Simple solutions for the most complicated time of the year

This week, families around the world officially move into the holiday season. While many of the most magical and meaningful holiday moments involve celebrating with family, it’s the family aspect of the holidays that can often bring tension, stress, and bad feelings. The who, what, and why of the holidays are easily overtaken by the (read more…)

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Baby steps and toddler tips: discipline for the earliest years

A few days ago, one of our eight month old twins woke up with a new talent: shaking his head “no.” This was something we had seen him do as a soothing technique as he drifted off to sleep, but when he started doing it sitting up right in the daylight, he was rewarded with (read more…)

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How to bring peace to the witching hour

No need to check your calendar.  It’s not October (yet!).  The “witching hour” I’m thinking of happens on a daily basis.  Oh, what a relief it would be if, like Halloween, it only came once a year! Many parents notice that from roughly 4 to 5 pm, every day is a difficult time for their (read more…)

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