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  1. Family Life
    It's quite easy to get swept up in the stress-inducing hustle and bustle of the holiday season. This year, I'm giving myself the gift of slower living instead. Ahhh the holiday season. Merry, bright, and extremely busy. So busy, we frequently burn ourselves out in an effort to please others...
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    Whether you want to reduce your attachment to material possessions or simply need more space, decluttering your home can make a huge difference. But the process of letting go of your belongings can be a challenge. In recent years, the art of decluttering the home has become increasingly...
  3. Family Life
    Do the commercialism and syrupy sweetness of Valentine's Day ever make you wonder what it's all about and why we go ga-ga on this day every year? Me too. That's why my husband and I don't celebrate Valentine's Day. We celebrate the day after! The first Valentine's Day my husband and I...
  4. Family Life
    Bedroom closets: the bane of many mothers' existence. There's clothes in there, but you can never seem to find what you're looking for. The hats and scarves mix happily with the suits and lounge wear. Without regular attention, closet organization can fall by the wayside. If you've been...
  5. Family Life
    Oh, the holidays! I'm going to confess right up front: I'm a Christmas grinch. Quite literally, the only thing I enjoy about the holiday season is the glow of a Christmas tree in my quiet living room. I probably wouldn't even have that tree if it wasn't for my son, our home's Christmas spirit...
  6. Family Life
    Ever look around a room and think, "Where did all this stuff come from?" We all have junk drawers, stuffed closets, and a space where we cram stuff hurriedly before company arrives. But what if we didn't need those spaces? A tsunami of toys often arrives at birthday or holiday celebrations...
  7. Family Life
    Sometimes, a simple idea can transform a life. Just ask Anne Marie Heasley, who blogs at White House, Black Shutters. In 2011 she came up with the 40 Bags in 40 Days challenge. Each year, thousands of people pledge to declutter their home and lives by filling 40 bags in 40 days. There's...
  8. Family Life
    Besides true essentials like clothes, diapers, and a car seat, what makes family life with young children easier for me? I took out the top two things that help because you can't buy them - a partner to share responsibilities, and the ability to breastfeed. Besides those life-savers, here are...
  9. Family Life
    While I do not live a completely minimalist lifestyle, there is a certain freedom that I have come to associate with it, a freedom I wish to share with my son. It's a freedom to live without superfluous stuff weighing me down; freedom from meaningless items and monotony; freedom to find a...
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