A birth abroad

Today I’m over at (in)courage, where I’m sharing the birth story of my second-born.  He was delivered in the country where we recently lived, and needless to say, there were some definite cultural differences.  From the post: “Things rather quickly escalated in the operating room. The gaggle of nurses and doctors shot me questions left (read more…)

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DIY: Super Simple Market Bag

You’ve all seen them.  Reusable market bags seem to be everywhere these days. Every time I am standing in line at a checkout counter, there they are – reusable bags emblazened with the label of the particular chain store. I met a woman this past weekend that has a reusable market bag in every color (read more…)

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How to handle pre-launch jitters with children

Early on in my career as a family therapist, I worked with a family in full-blown “senioritis” mode. Their son was a good student, busy in extracurricular activities and sports, had a part-time job, and a good group of friends. As soon as spring hit, tensions in the house rose between he and his parents, (read more…)

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Whole Cane Sugar: A Better Way to Sweeten

“What kinds of sweeteners do you use?”   People ask me this food question more than any other.  In a world with so many choices, navigating our way through all the “healthy” sugars out there can cause confusion. Many products proclaim themselves “natural” or “raw” sweeteners, despite the heavy processing involved in their production.  “Raw” sugar (read more…)

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8 ways to find motivation at home

This post was first published on June 15, 2009.  I thought it a good one to republish for newer Simple Mom readers, though it’s ironically for the opposite reason I mention in the post — I’m incredibly busy getting ready for the baby to arrive and making other life decisions this week.  Nonetheless, I hope (read more…)

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