Plan your peaceful Christmas: task 1

Drumroll… There’s seven weeks to Christmas. Seriously. Doesn’t that sound bizarre? Apparently I blinked some time between the last holiday season and now. I think the best way to have a peace-filled, reason-focused Christmas is to do your holiday tasks a little at a time, not too early and not too late. Tasks on our (read more…)

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Don’t let the pumpkin spice lattes fool you

Ready to be freaked out? As of yesterday, there are 12 weeks until Christmas. Maybe that sounds far off to you, or maybe that’s sooner than you’d like. Either way, I know that for me, Christmas usually sneaks up on me when I’m not looking. Is it really December 25 every year? In the past, (read more…)

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A birthday alternative: less stuff, more fun

September brings a birthday celebration in our home. Our younger daughter turned two this month, so I have had birthday parties on my mind. As I purged the toys in our playroom before her birthday arrived, I thought about how quickly we accumulate stuff. Thinking about all that stuff reminded me of The Story of (read more…)

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What to do with old cards and letters

There is something incredible about the power of handwritten cards and letters.  We love getting them; most of us love sending them. But then what? My philosophy is this: get rid of all those cards and letters that don’t add to your happiness. Keep the things that matter; repurpose everything else. Today, I thought I’d (read more…)

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15 good and (almost) perfect gifts for high school graduates

For some, gift giving is love language; they always know just what to give.  Their gifts compel Cheshire cat smiles, squeals of delight, or sometimes render the recipient speechless. Gift giving is not my strong suit. I labor over choosing the “right” present for someone; not because I’m trying to impress them, nor out of (read more…)

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