The importance of family rituals

Every Friday, no matter how hectic or stressful the week has been, my husband and I have a ritual to celebrate the weekend’s start. We crack open a bottle of wine, plug in the iPod to its speakers, and roll up our sleeves in the kitchen. I make dough for the pizza crust, and my (read more…)

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The art of negotiating – a crucial skill for a frugal lifestyle

The thing I love most about the frugal approach to life is that it forces me to get creative. The more I challenge myself, the more fun it gets. Small efforts and small returns add to big changes in life and big savings overall. More than anything, it makes me feel better for trying, all (read more…)

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3 easy ways to garden with your kids

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, our current book club selection, has convicted me that I want to pass on to my children, by the time they leave our household, a foundational knowledge of where food comes from. They don’t have to be farm-ready, and they don’t even need to like gardening.  But I want them to appreciate (read more…)

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Let’s celebrate a milestone with… shoes!

Photo by Jenene I really can’t believe this, but this week, this blog passed a milestone. 10,000 subscribers. You guys are the best, most talkative, most loyal readers in the world. Simple Mom would not be what it is without you all, and I am so thankful for how you’ve helped make this online space (read more…)

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Why do we say yes when we really mean no?

Stephen Covey, in his book The 8th Habit, says “the first and most demanding form of personal growth takes place in the family.”   Since embarking on the journey of motherhood a little over two years ago, I completely agree with his assessment. Becoming a mother has challenged me to grow and see myself in ways (read more…)

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