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How to work from home without losing your mind (what a fulltime job, 3 kids, 1 dog and a hamster have taught me)

I work from a desk in the corner of our kids’ small playroom. Full time. Usually more. For almost three years now. Managing social media, strategic relationships {and the website (in)courage} for DaySpring, a subsidiary of Hallmark. It’s the most rewarding job I’ve ever had. And while I wish I had a Martha Stewart style (read more…)

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That time-honored, sanity-saving ritual: menu planning

I‘ll confess that in the midst of all our moving back to our passport country from the one where we lived for three years, and then moving again across the U.S. to the Pacific Northwest, we spent about a year where our family just winged it, food-wise. No menu planning, no giving much thought to (read more…)

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How I wrote this book: the big picture stuff

Phew… I’m done. With my book, I mean. Or, at least the first draft. I emailed it to my editor a little over a week ago, and I’m still catching up on sleep. I definitely went through that phase I hear is all too common with other authors, where you just want the thing done, (read more…)

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How to work happily ever after with your spouse

“Will you be able to pull it off?” nagged a little voice inside my head when my husband and I decided to go into business together in 2011. The decision did come after a lot of thought and brainstorming, planning and strategizing, but still there was this little voice inside that asked repeatedly, “Will it (read more…)

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A day in the life

This post was first published on January 30, 2012, and even though my days are slightly different right now (we’re not homeschooling this year, for instance), the general vibe remains the same. 7:00 – My alarm goes off on my iPhone. We had a late night last night. I grab it, hit snooze, and tuck (read more…)

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