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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...
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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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All the Time There Is

Pa and Ma Ingalls and family had just spent an entire year building something from nothing. A barn to protect their horses from wolves. A cabin from felled wood by the creek bed. A well for fresh water. Pa had just gotten enough hides to trade for garden seeds and supplies. Next year they’d have a garden. After a year of hard work and skill we can only imagine,...
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A Holiday Manifesto

Thanksgiving is less than a week away, followed by Black Friday, and full-on Christmas bustle. I find that if I’m not intentional during this time of year, things go awry quickly. So. This holiday season: I will think carefully before making a commitment. Because every “yes” is a “no” to something else. I will put mine and my family’s sanity ahead of decorating, baking, cooking, and attending parties. I...
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Living With One Car: How & Why

We’ve been a one car family for over 10 years now. Last time I wrote about living with one car, we had a barely 3-year old, a 3 bedroom house with a large fenced in backyard and we lived 7 minutes from my husband’s job. Now we have a 5-year old and 1-year old who both like to be out and about, we live in a 2 bedroom apartment...
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Don’t Just Organize. Declutter.

Organization is great. It makes life run much more smoothly. But you know what’s better than organizing your closet? Getting rid of stuff you don’t want or need anymore. Because guess what? The more stuff you get rid of, the less organizing you have to do! On Monday, I’ll have 13 ideas to get you started with decluttering your life. Put your email address in the box on the...
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Defy Expectations: Don’t Mindlessly Accumlate Stuff

Every time Dan and I move (five times so far), someone comments about how much they hate moving and how much stuff they have. They then declare, “you may not have that much stuff now but just wait until you’ve been married for more than five years, or ten years, or have kids.” Now, I despise moving too. And we have too much stuff as well. But we’ve been...
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