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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Link love :: the I’m Craving a Leisurely Walk on a Crisp Fall Morning edition

Photo by Polar Bear I feel rather like a chicken with my head cut off, so much have we had going on this week.  I’ve been reminded how much we Americans rely on busy schedules to feel productive.  I’m enjoying so much of my home culture, but busyness is not one of those things. This (read more…)

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When it comes to high-tech tools at home, choose quality

This giveaway is now closed. Photo by Kaarin Swan It’s probably no surprise to you that I’m a minimalist.  I shudder at clutter, and I much prefer having one high-quality item than several mediocre versions of something similar.  My idea of a heavenly wardrobe is 10 pieces that fit me perfectly and won’t ever wear (read more…)

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