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Back to the basics

As a generation of mothers, there is a trend calling us back to our roots. There’s something in many of us that longs for a more traditional sort of homemaking — from scratch, and back to the basics. Historically, the women’s liberation movement in the latter half of the 20th century threw the baby out (read more…)

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Use the good stuff

A few years ago, I read this excerpt from one of Erma Bombeck’s columns, when she discovered she was dying from cancer — it was titled “If I Had to Live My Life Over”: “… I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage. I would have talked (read more…)

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3 easy ways to garden with your kids

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, our current book club selection, has convicted me that I want to pass on to my children, by the time they leave our household, a foundational knowledge of where food comes from. They don’t have to be farm-ready, and they don’t even need to like gardening.  But I want them to appreciate (read more…)

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Composting bins: benefits, rules, & how to make your own

For a few years, I had been eyeing composting bins for the backyard. I was excited at the thought of turning things that we might normally put into the trash or the garbage disposal into beautiful, rich soil for our garden. I was, however, not excited about the price tags that I was seeing for (read more…)

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Gather your holiday addresses now, when there’s still plenty of time

This week, I’m collating our Christmas card mailing address.  This isn’t too complicated for me, since I already keep an extensive database of friends and family with FileMaker Pro. But even if you don’t have this, it still shouldn’t take you too long.  Set aside a few hours this week, and gather your mailing addresses.  (read more…)

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