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Battling mommy brain: 6 strategies to boost brain health

Oh, I couldn’t count the amount of time I must spend most days trying to find something I misplaced or retracing my steps again and again because I forgot something essential on our outings. I hate to admit it, but just when I need to be my mind sharpest is when it feels slower than (read more…)

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20 indoor activities for little kids—besides TV

“Mom, can I watch a movie?” This is how I woke up this morning.  A cute little four-year-old face, inches away from mine, asking to be entertained by major Hollywood corporations. I don’t have a problem with TV or movies—we watch them both.  But we all know they’re far too often the default choice of (read more…)

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Artwork in your home: the how, the where, and the what

The following is a guest post from Heidi at Mt. Hope Chronicles, and was originally published on June 15, 2008. I love to inspire others to find joy in the simple things in life, as well as share my journey as a mom of three little boys. My passions include decorating and design, photography, literature, (read more…)

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14 books to help ease children through transitions

Today is a big day for our family: my older daughter is starting school. This isn’t the first major life change we have weathered as a family. Nearly two years ago, we added a baby sister. Then, as now, I have found a wealth of support and conversation in the pages of children’s literature. Stories (read more…)

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How to get out of debt

I‘m currently working on the chapter in Organized Simplicity that explains the connection between being debt-free and living simply.  For me, it’s been a good reminder why it was so important to my husband and I to get rid of our debt back when we were doing so, and of the bondage that debt brings (read more…)

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