What the Grinch and expectations have in common

Christmas is in full swing. A time full of festivity, family, and giving, it’s also a time full of expectations. Family, friends, co-workers, spouses, neighbors, and strangers all have expectations of you. You have expectations of yourself. Expectations change our experiences. But they also set us up for disappointment. So where do our expectations for (read more…)

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How to avoid relationship strain on gift-giving occasions

In cultures around the world, celebrations of special occasions are opportunities for gift giving.  For those of us who want to encourage our children to live simply, these occasions often invite feelings of frustration when well-meaning family and friends bombard our children with gifts that are either excessive in quantity or questionable in quality. Families (read more…)

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Last-minute (simple) Christmas gift ideas

Okay, maybe not last-minute. But there are only six days left to shop on Amazon in time for Christmas delivery, so I thought I’d share what we’re getting for Christmas gifts, along with a few other ideas of things we love around here. Aside from Etsy, Amazon is my favorite place to buy gifts en (read more…)

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Plan your peaceful Christmas: celebrate with handmade decor

I love decorating our home for the holidays. Unfortunately, this year, most of our decor is in boxes 6,000 miles away. When our family made a month-long trip back to the States for a conference, we didn’t know that health issues would keep us here longer, then ultimately relocate us back to our home country. (read more…)

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Join me at a #SimpleXmas Twitter party!

On Twitter? Join me and three other authors for a #SimpleXmas party this Thursday, Decemeber 9 from 10-11 pm EST. We’ll talk ways to simplify and organize Christmas! You’ll have a chance to win one of our books, plus get a download link for a free e-book, a compilation of helpful holiday organizing tips. The (read more…)

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