Photo books: a great tool to reduce clutter & make sentimental gifts

This giveaway is now closed – but you can still go here for a free scrapbook until November 30. Before we moved overseas, we created four photo books.  We wanted to keep our photo collection streamlined and lightweight, so this seemed like the logical solution.  And we get compliments on them all the time. Today, (read more…)

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Shop NOW for the holidays, while there’s plenty of time

Today is officially six weeks until Christmas, if you can believe it. You may notice a whole slew of stores and shops featured on the right-hand side – these are all businesses endorsed by Simple Mom for the holiday season. From now until Christmas, I’ll be highlighting a few of these cottage industries every week. (read more…)

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Cool off your house fever with a long-term financial plan

My husband and I are in our early 30s, and we are not homeowners. We never have been homeowners, actually. Much of this is because of our expat lifestyle, but even if we were stateside, chances are, we’d still be renters. And we are okay with that. There were times when we seriously looked into (read more…)

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Q&A: How do you spend quality time with your kids?

Today’s Q&A Tuesday comes from the writer of one of my favorite blogs, Leo Babauta of Zen Habits. His blog is one of the most successful and fastest-growing in the blogosphere, with over 75,000 subscribers.  He’s a dad to six (six!) kids, and in the past few years, he has managed to notch quite a (read more…)

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9 tips for taking great family portraits

This weekend, our family had a professional photo shoot for our annual photos.  We actually had a great experience, which, if you have small children, you understand is no small feat. This is definitely the time of year when families endure the grueling procedure of getting everyone in their clan to look happy and peaceful (read more…)

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