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Using aromas to lift our moods

Have you been overcome with an emotion when you’re met with a certain smell? Ever walked into a room that just smells inviting or relaxing? Do you have sharp, vivid memories attached to some scents? The science of scents and their impact on our brain chemistry and overall health is called aromatherapy. Using natural scents (read more…)

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Back to the basics: menu planning

It’s Monday morning, the start of a new week. I’m not a fan of them either, but I choose to look at Mondays as the day that sets the mood for the rest of the week. When I wake up to a relatively straightened-up home with a penciled-in sketch of a game plan for the (read more…)

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Share your family purpose statement

I originally first heard the idea of a family mission statement from my friend Cherie. She was kind enough to share her thoughts on how a mission statement best works for a family — I’ve listed my favorites below. Tips for creating an effective family purpose statement 1. Just get started. The biggest hindrance to (read more…)

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Creating post-vacation peace for your children

The following is written by kids columnist Megan of Simple Kids. The summer months offer families a time to get away, enjoy a change in scenery, and breathe some fresh air. Whether the days away are filled with sightseeing, hiking, sailing, amusement parks, or lazy days at the beach, the relaxed and refreshed spirit that (read more…)

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Create a family purpose statement

This might seem like an odd topic to start our Back to the Basics series. Admittedly, I hadn’t thought of it. I ran through my ideas with my husband a few evenings ago—all the great topics you guys suggested, and asked him what further topics he could contribute. Out of his mouth, without missing a (read more…)

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