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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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Back to the basics

As a generation of mothers, there is a trend calling us back to our roots. There’s something in many of us that longs for a more traditional sort of homemaking — from scratch, and back to the basics. Historically, the women’s liberation movement in the latter half of the 20th century threw the baby out (read more…)

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Weekend links

Fireworks over Lake Austin, in my hometown. Photo by Trey Ratcliff Make a Bean Bag Toss Game :: Chica and Jo Make your own Fourth of July Confetti Popper Rockets :: Alpha Mom Patriotic Pinwheels :: Skip to My Lou Red, White & Blueberry Skewers :: Make and Takes Strawberry Pie :: Rocks in My (read more…)

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10 great authors in children’s literature

I love children’s literature, particularly the quality stuff. I’ve mentioned some of my favorites before, and recently the readers of Simple Kids compiled a great list of their favorite books. Here are just a few reasons why I’m so passionate about good kiddie lit: • There’s a lot of bad stuff out there. Charlotte Mason called (read more…)

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Crisp or crumble? Baked summer desserts defined

Photo by Jen Yu It’s not yet July and my dessert track record for the past month has been something like this: cobbler, crisp, crisp, fresh fruit cake, cobbler, and crumble. There’s no question that as soon as the seasonal fresh fruit of summer arrives at the market, I’m waiting to pounce on it and (read more…)

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