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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...
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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....
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The Myth of the Disappearing Pacifier

Is there any parent on the planet who hasn’t been absolutely amazed at how their 13 pacifiers have completely and utterly vanished right when that small, helpless, calm, cuddly baby turns red-faced and screaming? If you’re not a parent, pacifiers are like pens. Or hair ties. They are put into the universe expressly to torture us. Want some advice? (No, probably not. What you want is to find that doggone...
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5 Benefits of Fewer Toys

Our kids don’t have a ton of toys. Even so, they have enough that we rotate them on a regular basis. And we donate toys on a regular basis. Particularly before Christmas. But why limit our number of toys? Because it does great things for our family. Having fewer toys… 1. Saves Money Which leaves more room in our budget for experiences rather than things. 2. Encourages Creativity Because...
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16+ Clutter Free Gift Ideas for Young Kids

Our daughter turns five at the end of this month so we’ve been thinking through what we’ll get her. We loosely follow the want, need, wear, read philosophy so we’re thinking along those lines. But with Christmas something like 98 days away (AHHH! My eyes!), I thought I’d share a longer list of clutter free gift ideas for young kids. Because I, for one, love when people give us...
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Creative Spaces: 3 Kids (4 & Under!) in 1 Bedroom

Today I’m interviewing Nina from Sleeping Should Be Easy about her creative living space. Hi Nina! Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you ended up needing a creative living space. I’m Nina, a mom to three boys: a four-year-old and one-year-old twins. My husband and I live in a two-bedroom apartment with our boys sleeping in the kids room. We had planned for two kids, with...
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13 Ways to Start Decluttering

We are often tempted to organize before decluttering. But decluttering first, means there’s less to organize later! Here are 13 easy ways to get started. Unsubscribe from 5 email campaigns. Think of all the emails you won’t have to delete from now on. Go through your lingerie drawer. Get rid of underwear and bras that don’t fit or you don’t wear. Now everything will fit in there much more...
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