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Trade as One (giveaway!)

Trade as One is easily one of our favorite companies to endorse around here because of the beautiful symbiotic relationship involved. Support them, and you support your family just as much. In their words, their mission is to “use fair trade to promote sustainable business and break cycles of poverty and dependency in the developing (read more…)

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How we help curb the ‘I want that!’s during the holidays

In our Facebook conversation a few weeks ago, it sounded like there’s a common issue with certain family members wanting everything under the sun, particularly during the holidays. It’s not perfect around here by any means, but I’ve found a few keys that help keep the “I wants” a bit at bay. 1. Limited gifts (read more…)

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Holiday gifts to give yourself now that you’ll thank yourself for later

It’s that time of year again: hustle and bustle and holly and jolly. I bet you’re making a list and checking it twice, thinking of the loved ones you want to give gifts to. Today I want to ask you to think about including one more person on your gift list this year: yourself. Although (read more…)

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Finding balance in the busy holiday season

Everybody always wants to know how to find balance amidst all the craziness. Holiday parties. Gift exchanges. Shopping. Fighting crowds. Fighting to maintain those long-time traditions. Fighting with each other because it’s all just so darn stressful. The most wonderful time of the year? Maybe. If we can catch our breath in the middle of (read more…)

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Our 2014 (simple) holiday gift guide

“As we struggle with shopping lists and invitations, compounded by December’s bad weather, it is good to be reminded that there are people in our lives who are worth this aggravation, and people to whom we are worth the same.” -Donald E. Westlake Gift-giving doesn’t come naturally to me. Perhaps it’s because it’s not high (read more…)

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