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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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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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Favorite Advent resources

I love the Advent season. There’s something special about the anticipation of something, about enjoying the destination towards a grand event. Advent comes from the Latin word that means “arrival”—it’s the anticipation of a notable person, thing, or event. It always sneaks up on me, and it’s especially true this year—with American Thanksgiving later in (read more…)

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How to simplify the holidays without feeling like a Scrooge

If I’m honest, I think it all goes back to the fact I never knew my mom. Don’t worry, this isn’t a sob story, just a fact. I never saw her leave a sink full of dishes or forget the snack she was supposed to bring to my school party. I never saw her stressing (read more…)

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How to start off a new year (when you want to live simply)

Of course, this will be the week where you’ll see a thousand posts about how to make new year’s resolutions, why they work or don’t work, and why you should make it a goal to get in shape, or get more sleep, or drink more water, or whatever. I’m not going to tell you those (read more…)

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