thrift store

12 tips for thrift store shopping

If you don’t yet shop at thrift stores, why not?  If you picture dingy floors, bad lighting, and torn clothing heaped together, you might be surprised.  There are a few like that in every town, I’m sure, but for the most part, they are a veritable gold mine of unclaimed wealth. With the sketchy economy, (read more…)

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Weekend links :: Introducing the Simple Mom TEAM

Photo by Woodley Wonderworks Today, I am so thrilled to introduce five new monthly columnists who’ll be contributing to Simple Mom on a regular basis.  They really know their stuff, and I’m so honored that they’ll join me this year in making Simple Mom an even greater place to find encouragement and practical ideas for (read more…)

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11 great family movies

We don’t watch a lot of TV in our home. For one, we live overseas, so there’s only so much we can comprehend. We’ve got BBC and CNN, but that’s about it in English. But we also don’t watch a lot because there’s so much more we’d rather do. I’ve got a stack of books (read more…)

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Start your day by eating a frog

Photo by Valerie “Eat a live frog every morning, and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” -Mark Twain My husband is currently reading a classic business tome called “Eat That Frog.”  The basic idea is that if you do the worst thing on your plate first thing in the morning, (read more…)

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Composting bins: benefits, rules, & how to make your own

For a few years, I had been eyeing composting bins for the backyard. I was excited at the thought of turning things that we might normally put into the trash or the garbage disposal into beautiful, rich soil for our garden. I was, however, not excited about the price tags that I was seeing for (read more…)

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