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16 gifts for new mothers

When you dig through the archives of The Art of Simple, you can find a beautiful assortment of baby-related resources – cloth diapering, creating a memorable baby’s first Christmas, product essentials, breast feeding, homemade baby food. They’re great for mamas! Today I’m adding to this list – not necessarily for moms, though. This list is (read more…)

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Why I argue in front of my kids (sometimes)

In my nineteen years at home with mom and dad I never saw them argue. If my parents fought at all it must have happened behind closed doors. So when Becky and I had our first fight, while we were still dating, I said and did whatever would make it stop. I said I was (read more…)

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Prayer for the mother of adolescents

True progress quietly and persistently moves along without notice” – St. Francis of Assisi Five years ago, I worked part time teaching one sixth grade home-economics class at the end of the day. Sixth grade is often the turning point for a lot of kids – it is the year that the adolescent insecurities begin (read more…)

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Cultivating (the friends in) your own backyard

S ay what you will about Facebook, it does serve at least one purpose really well: it affords us the ability to keep up with worldwide friends like we’ve never before. And lately, I’ve been keenly aware just how spread out my dearest friends are. This spring trip of ours, traveling all over the country (read more…)

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Deep & wide

Making friends as an adult is much harder that I anticipated. I always assumed by this stage in the game I would have mastered the art of small talk and would have this uncanny ability to attract new friends wherever I went. I’m 30 years old (ok…31 in April if we’re being transparent) and I (read more…)

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