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Think and act local

As you start this week, don’t forget to think local. Yeah, you probably see stickers in storefront windows all over your town: think local, act global. Or however that goes. But there really is some important truth there. As most of you know, my family and I returned home this past weekend after two months (read more…)

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Weekend links

Learning to hand over the day :: Inspired RD Let’s all be brave :: Annie Downs Plate spinning, juggling, and letting go of perfection :: Crystal Stine How to fall in like with your kids :: Lisa-Jo Baker How I discovered a life-changing, unexpected key to happiness :: Joshua Becker on Storyline “I alone cannot (read more…)

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16 gifts for new mothers

When you dig through the archives of The Art of Simple, you can find a beautiful assortment of baby-related resources – cloth diapering, creating a memorable baby’s first Christmas, product essentials, breast feeding, homemade baby food. They’re great for mamas! Today I’m adding to this list – not necessarily for moms, though. This list is (read more…)

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Livin’ on a prayer at the YMCA

The bass is pounding. Beads of sweat are running down my arms, and I screw up my face in a herculean effort as I lift the bar once more. There are only four kilos of weight on each end, but it feels like a million. My legs are trembling and my muscles are screaming in (read more…)

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Why I argue in front of my kids (sometimes)

In my nineteen years at home with mom and dad I never saw them argue. If my parents fought at all it must have happened behind closed doors. So when Becky and I had our first fight, while we were still dating, I said and did whatever would make it stop. I said I was (read more…)

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