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Weekend links

A lovely sunny day :: Zachary Levi and Bert from Sesame Street Getting real about negative self-talk :: Inspired RD How anyone can change up a room in an hour :: Nesting Place Why reading aloud to older children is valuable :: Mind/Shift …and in true deep intellectual form, I wrote a post in honor (read more…)

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Overnight guests: making your home their home

If you’re like our family, you’ve already opened the calendar to start planning your summer schedule. We’re a busy family of five, with one son graduating college, one heading to China to study for the summer term, a daughter heading to the mission field and enjoying her last summer before her senior high school year, (read more…)

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Trade as One (giveaway!)

I can’t sing enough praises about Trade as One—it can be a real challenge to eat ethically, and this little company makes it lightyears easier. You probably already know that so much of our food is cloaked with scores of issues—whether it’s genetically-modified, made with slave labor, chock full of chemicals, or otherwise borderline iffy—the (read more…)

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Wearing a watch, being sexy, and changing habits

I started wearing a watch last month and it has changed my life. Okay, maybe that’s a mild exaggeration. I’ve been getting very serious lately about a lot of habits I want to change. Through lots of failed attempts at change, I’ve learned a lot about what doesn’t work for me, how I stay motivated, (read more…)

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Beauty in what remains

After my podcast with Nina last week, I was inspired to store all but five each of our plates, bowls, drinking glasses, coffee mugs, and silverware. We don’t have much of that to begin with, but I still felt like we were washing more dishes than seemed necessary for our family of five. So I (read more…)

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