summer hospitality

Two secrets of hospitality to remember this summer

Every year, I long for the lazy days of summer – late nights outside, grilled food and fruity desserts, lots of beach days, and visiting and hosting friends and travelers from near and far. We love staying with friends when we road trip and travel, and we equally enjoy returning the favor at our home. Visiting (read more…)

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What I’ve been up to (the offline edition)

It’s been kinda hard to write here since we’ve been back from our travels—not because I don’t have anything to share, mind you; I’m filled to the brim with thoughts and ideas, and I’m eager to transfer them from brain to screen. No, it’s been hard to hit publish here for one simple reason: we’ve (read more…)

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Cuppa reads

What a week, no? Let’s get right to it. • President Obama breaks into Amazing Grace at Rev. Clementa Pinckney’s funeral :: YouTube • What I told my children about Charleston :: HuffPo • A new hymn for Charleston :: The New Yorker • What overparenting looks like from a Stanford dean’s perspective :: Mind/Shift (read more…)

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3 visions for your money: past, present, future | Art of Simple

Past, present, and future: 3 visions for your money

If you’ve been following my family’s debt free story here on the Art of Simple over the years, then you know that one of the things that led to our big turn around was when my husband and I finally learned how to communicate with each other about money. It is something I wish we (read more…)

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If you could do anything, what would it be?

Potty training is going to look a little different the third time around. While our older kids were potty trained on the ordinary-est of white porcelain toilets in a little house in sunny Florida, our youngest will be using a compost toilet on a farm in Texas. Crazy, right?! We’re in the process of a (read more…)

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