Live Simply

How We Do Christmas

I come from a family that isn't super fond of Christmas in general. If you ask my three siblings, they'll tell you we're all a little bah humbug about it. The season often feels a bit too hyped up and materialistic and stressful. There are so many expectations of presents and presence all around that sometimes nixing the whole thing sounds pleasant. But then I had kids. And the joy that small…
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Food

Use the Mixing Bowls

We have this set of vintage pyrex nesting mixing bowls from the 1950s. My mom had  two sets and handed one over when we got married. According to etsy, they are going for about $170. That is, if we had all four of them. And they were in perfect condition. But we don't. And they're not. But every time my mom is over and sees them she tells me, "You really shouldn't…
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As a Family

6 Things I Learned in October

Mt. Kilimanjaro 1. I like music! Okay, well I already knew I liked music. But I often get really stressed out when there's music on and anything else is going on. I've always felt that music adds to the chaos, and I have to be in just the right mood for a dance party. But then I realized it's because I wasn't playing the right kind of music at the…
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As a Kiddo

How & Why We Do Allowance

As a kid, my mom gave me money to spend at the canteen for overnight camp. My 4th, 5th, and 6th grade self would return home with most of 's. While my friends would buy overpriced t-shirts and load up on super-sized pixie sticks, I would buy one small snack each day and promptly return the money to my mother at week's end. I've always hated spending money. Even now…
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Live Simply

10 Ways to Live in the Present

So here's the thing. I'm a planner. I could plan our lives out all day long. I think it's fun in fact. To research, to tweak, to come up with solutions to all of our problems by scheduling our lives to perfection (I wish!). But, with all my strategizing, sometimes I forget I need to let planning rest and actually enjoy my life. Sometimes I get so caught up in…
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Inspiration

On Doing the Work

You know what's fun? Coming up with real-life solutions to perplexing problems. Solving the mystery of something that isn't working quite right. Analyzing a dilemma until the perfect fix is found. This may or may not sound like a blast to you, but as an INTJ, I love theorizing. And planning. And tweaking. What I don't love? Doing the actual work. If I could get paid to simply troubleshoot while others…
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Home

Move Fast

There are many unpleasant tasks in life. Moving is one of them. In our 12 years of marriage, Dan and I have lived in four states, three apartments, and now two houses. Until now, all of our moves have been hundreds of miles. This last weekend we moved less than a mile from the apartment we've lived in for the last 2+ years into the house we just bought. Because…
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