Loving Others

It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Unless you're walking down the street and you call your neighbor by the wrong name. Solution? Make a mini-map of your neighborhood with your neighbor's names and any contact information you might have. My grandpa always did this, so when we moved here last year, we started our map up as we met people and learned their names. Not only will it help you remember your neighbors names, it's also…
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Working in the Bigger Projects

It's almost always tempting to move on to the more glamorous task. Glamorous may simply look like doing anything other than what you are at the moment. It seems more glamorous to start organizing the office than to stack the dishwasher. Again. To ignore picking up toys in order to paint the bedroom. But when we ignore the daily to work on a big project, the daily stuff becomes a…
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Organization

Greeting Cards: A Simpler Way

August has always been a crazy month in my family. My two brothers and I all have birthdays within 10 days of each other. Dan's and my anniversary is the day after my brother and sister-in-law's. Throw in my other sister-in-law's birthday, Dan's parents anniversary, his sister and brother-in-laws's anniversary, four cousins and an aunt's birthday and the fun never stops. In the past, sending out cards has always been…
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As a Kiddo

Rotating Toys: Benefits and Tips

I'm a huge fan of unstructured play for kiddos: play that involves lots of imagination and little adult direction. And since too many choices paralyze kids (and adults), we rotate our daughter's toys so her imagination isn't stunted by too much stuff. It's not that our kiddo has so many toys we can't fit them in our house. We are very judicious about what and how much we buy her. Even…
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Food

A Food Binder

A couple weeks ago I wrote a snack list on our whiteboard. A visible list worked wonders in reducing snack time troubles. But I didn't want to leave the list on the whiteboard forever. So I put the list in my food binder. I've been making meal and grocery lists for a long time now. But I've been frustrated lately by having to run around and find recipes for making a…
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Rearranging the Laundry Room

Unlike doing dishes, I greatly enjoy the chore of rearranging a room to make my life easier. This is just what we did a few weekends ago in our laundry room. Now let me say that I've dreamed of having a laundry room/mud room since we first got married. Our first year of marriage we washed our laundry at the laundry mat and the next seven years we did laundry…
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Food

Traveling Gluten Free

Back in May, we traveled to my brother's wedding. And while I've been gluten free for almost six years now, traveling gluten free is still sometimes tricky. So here are some tips: Assess the Situation Anytime you eat outside of the home, you take on some level of risk. Whether at a friend's house or a restaurant, it's harder to avoid unintentional mistakes and cross-contamination. Determine beforehand what level of risk you're…
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