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How to simplify the holidays without feeling like a Scrooge

If I’m honest, I think it all goes back to the fact I never knew my mom. Don’t worry, this isn’t a sob story, just a fact. I never saw her leave a sink full of dishes or forget the snack she was supposed to bring to my school party. I never saw her stressing (read more…)

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Skills I want my children to have

When I was a kid, my sisters and I would play a lot of pretend games. We would often play “old timey” or alternatively, “future.” When we would play “future,” my favorite prop was a rectangular piece of cardboard I had turned into a magic touch-screen device that could access all information in every book (read more…)

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What would you tell a young twenty-something about simple living?

It’s unfathomable that next summer will be my 20th high school reunion. Because last I checked, I’m still living in an apartment with three other girls, drinking a daily dose of Dr. Pepper and listening to The Cranberries while stressing over that geology final. Apparently not, according to the three people calling me Mom every (read more…)

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Weekend links

What you should tell your teen (and yourself) about Kim Kardashian :: Annie Downs Sometimes it’s okay to break the rules :: Inspired RD Where are the hardest places to live in the U.S.? :: NY Times The lazy girl’s guide to home education :: Simple Homeschool (applicable to parenting in general, not just homeschooling!) (read more…)

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The art of keeping a journal

I snuggle into my favorite corner of the couch to write in my journal. The evening is dark and chilly. The quilts are stretching themselves all across the room after a summer of being tucked away. I’ve got a mug of hot chocolate – a delicious change from my typical evening pot of herbal tea. (read more…)

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