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One simple way to avoid identity theft

In light of the Heartbleed bug mess, this seemed like a timely topic to revisit.

Ready to be scared a little bit? The odds are very, very good that — at some point in time — a website you use has been hacked, and your e-mail and password from that site have been compromised.

Ready to set your mind at ease? It’s simple and easy to set up your online life so that you’re totally safe if that ever happens again (and to protect yourself now, in case one of your passwords is out in the wild).

I know that normally I talk about money stuff, but today I’m going to be talking about you, your online life, and how you can make sure the bad guys don’t get to access your bank accounts, your e-mail, your blog, or the other important parts of your identity on the internet.
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Go play outside

Several years ago, my husband and I sat down to determine how to best prioritize our time and money. After identifying that we highly valued playing in God’s country, it was easy to spend money on a nice set of bikes for our family while choosing to drive 10 year old cars. This morning we (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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It’s no puzzle: keeping holiday traditions simple

I don’t remember exactly when it started. Sadly, I suspect I may have rolled my eyes a bit the first time someone pulled out a box and started to pour the cardboard pieces on the recently cleared dining room table. Putting together a puzzle? Really? THIS is how we’re going to spend our Christmas? Really. (read more…)

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Creating gift tags from your child’s art

In our family, the holiday season is closely connected with crafting. I remember making ornaments with my mom as a child and I love sharing those same memories with my own children. As much as the kids and I love a fun holiday craft project, in an effort to simplify  this year, we decided to (read more…)

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