Stuffed Reindeer

8 weeks till Christmas: brainstorm decor ideas

With Halloween tomorrow, Christmas decor might not be at the front of your mind. But this time of year is the second-best spot on the calendar to score some great deals for decorating your home for the season (the best time is just after the holiday season, in January). So if you enjoy decorating for (read more…)

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Bell Peppers

5 essential dieting tips from nature

Jamie recently wrote in to Simple Mom asking, “I’m trying to lose a little baby weight, and wondered if you have ideas for losing weight without going overboard.” I hear these kinds of questions from so many mothers — “How can we keep ourselves healthy and in top shape while managing the demands and busy (read more…)

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What’s healthy for kids is healthy for adults

We all have those phrases we heard our parents say when we were kids, the ones we swore we’d never use when we become parents. How often have you stopped in astonishment when you hear a phrase exit your mouth you never thought you’d say? The very ones your parents said? The funny thing about (read more…)

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9 weeks till Christmas: plan for your family to give to the community

With nine weeks left until Christmas, it’s easy to start filing our mind with travel itineraries, gift ideas, and the weekend holiday plans.  But when we expose our family to the world beyond our visible sphere, we infuse our seasonal experience with what the season is really about. It’s not too early to prepare for (read more…)

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Mountains and valleys

In addition to the 12 Weeks to a Peaceful Christmas series, today I’m also over at (in)courage, where I’m sharing about a personal mountain climbing experience from a few years ago: “When we first moved overseas a few years ago, it didn’t take long for our little family of three to hit rock bottom.  Early (read more…)

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