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Saving My Life This Winter

Winter can get rough around these parts. And so many times we think of the negative things surrounding us. Dark, gloomy, freezing days, anyone?  So when Anne suggested making an actual list of things that are saving your life (no matter how small), I jumped on it. Here's what's keeping me sane this winter: Shelving We put some shelves above our daughter's top bunk which means she can keep all…
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Inspiration

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, their…
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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 will…
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5 Benefits of Fewer Toys

© 2000 US CPSC, Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio 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 1. Saves Money Which leaves more room in our budget for…
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A Weekly Fall Rhythm

Happy first day of fall! It's felt like fall around here for a while now but that's kind of how I like it. Jeans and sweatshirt weather is my favorite. (I'm trying not to let it remind me that winter is coming.) Now that we've been in Michigan for almost a year, our youngest sleeps through the night most nights and summer is over, we've finally reached a steady rhythm…
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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 clutter…
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