Use your nose, and other decor inspiration – upcoming series on Simple Mom

I like to decorate. I don’t have bags of money lying around. That can be quite a conundrum. Photo by black kat Because I also like simplicity, and to a lesser degree, minimalism, I focus my decorating efforts on stuff that really matters. Using the senses is a fun guide to find inspiration, because to (read more…)

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Who doesn’t love a jewelry giveaway?

This giveaway is now closed. The winner will be announced sometime on Monday, May 26. Thanks for entering! I love jewelry, but I’m not very girlie. I’m more of a wooden-bead-necklace, simple-silver-hoop-earrings kind of mama. So when I first saw Lisa Leonard Designs featured here and there around the blogosphere, I wanted something of hers (read more…)

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Why Americans should take off their shoes before going inside, just like most of the world.

Going barefoot

In our current country of residence, everyone takes off their shoes before entering a home. Everyone. This is the case in most countries, in fact, and in the case of Kosovo, where my husband and I lived several years ago. I’m pretty sure the only country that doesn’t practice this is the United States. And (read more…)

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Your morning routine: start your day off right

We moms are often in short supply of a regular routine. Don’t get me wrong, we constantly do methodical things over and over — laundry, dishes, chauffering to ballet class. But in the midst of that, we’re putting out fires left and right, stopping our chores to put on an impromptu puppet show with the (read more…)

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Changing your habits: you gotta know your weaknesses

Hard to believe, but it’s already more than halfway through May. Those of you doing the 30 Days to a New Habit challenge – how’s it going? A few of you left comments, and even more of you sent me emails, so I truly would like to know about your progress (or possibly your lack (read more…)

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