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Working hard at keeping summer simple

“Just keep things really simple,” my husband keeps saying. It’s March, and we’re sitting on the couch after the kids are in bed, and I’m telling him how Spring Break has left me feeling wiped out. Our Spring Break is two weeks long, and I’m unloading a fortnight’s worth of frustration to my husband. The (read more…)

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A field guide to redesigning your simple life

You might have seen on the blog’s Facebook page yesterday that I asked you guys for a bit of help. See, next month I’m leading a workshop, and you are all invited. World Domination Summit is currently my favorite conference (funny name, I know), and this year, they’re trying something new—academies before and after the (read more…)

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4 ways to help kids engage with poverty issues

There was enough mud underneath my toenails to make any mother-in-law cringe. We’d become accustomed to leaving our shoes behind because they’d be buried six inches under anyway. With my 10-month-old on my back and my 2 1⁄2 year old in hand, we trudged through the village where our medical team busily helped deliver health (read more…)

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Weekend links

Why the world needs makers to say no boldly :: Nesting Place Maker’s schedule, manager’s schedule :: Paul Graham The secret to not fighting with your kids about their messy room :: Carrots for Michaelmas 19 things dads do you won’t see in popular culture :: BuzzFeed (Kyle’s good at almost every one of these!) (read more…)

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Progress unseen

There are those feelings. The ones that make you sigh deep and press your eyelids tightly shut, to maybe shut out the knowing that you’ve come up zeros again. And goodness gracious, how much you’ve tried. Tried to put legs on that vision that’s vague and veiled. Tried to put features on it, to add (read more…)

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