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  1. Family Life
    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...
  2. Family Life
    About a month ago I came across Shauna Niequist's book, Present Over Perfect, while perusing the shelves of my local library. I fell in love with her message of "leaving behind frantic for a simpler, more soulful way of living." Here's my interview with her. In her book Shauna tells her honest...
  3. Toddler & Child
    I'm sure you've heard the old saying, "If Mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy." So very true! Children feed on our consciousness, so our mood state becomes the unspoken (but potent) back-beat for everything that takes place between us and them. The more we can nurture ourselves, the more...
  4. Baby
    If you've followed me much, maybe you've heard me say this already: motherhood brought me to my knees. Motherhood broke me open, and then brought me... sometimes kicking and screaming (literally)... through the muck of daily mothering to a fullness of selfhood I couldn't have even begun to...
  5. Frugality & Finances
    <p>Summer vacation will be here before we know it.  What are some fun and inexpensive things that you plan on doing? Or have done? </p>
  6. Toddler & Child
    By Brian Leaf     One day last winter, my family went out to the Lone Wolf café in Amherst, Massachusetts for breakfast. Noah, age six, loves the waffles, and I love the Lox 'n Latkes Benedict. After breakfast we were to drive to the Amherst Indoor Farmer's Market to shop and meet some...
  7. Organize & Declutter
    <p>Anyone thinking about or already have moved from a full sized home to an apartment for a simpler life?</p> <p> </p> <p>we live in a very old two story house and it hasn't been until recently that I am just feeling like it is too much space and stuff (mostly in closets s etc.) which I do want...
  8. Organize & Declutter
    <p>So, a recent discussion of house size among my friends has me feeling like a weirdo.  We are 5 people in about 1300 sq feet.  The layout is wonderful and we could easily add one more child.  I think down the road when our kids are older/bigger one more bedroom and maybe 1800-2000 square feet...
  9. Family Life
    by Sarah Juliusson of www.MamaRenew.ca - Find Mama Renew on Facebook & Twitter It's 2011 friends.  In preparation for the new year, our family has been clearing, culling, and cleaning.  There was no conscious decision to do so, no commitment or declaration.  These binges are usually driven by...
  10. Family Life
    Earlier this week Mothering blogger Jennifer Margulis wrote of the "No Impact Man" project, and asked us to share the steps big and small we have made in our own lives.   Having watched the No Impact documentary, I was particularly struck by the effect of their radical life changes on their...
  11. Family Life
    As the weather turns cold (it was 37 degrees in Ashland last night and 51 degrees in our house this morning) in southern Oregon, we're talking about personal consumption and lifestyle choices on Mothering Outside the Lines this week. James spent the better part of an afternoon installing a...
  12. Family Life
    I'm in love with Colin Beavan. Even though I don't know how to pronounce his name. "This guy, Colin Beaver, is amazing-" "It's bev-an," James interrupts. "Whatever. He's amazing. He stopped generating trash. He made his own vinegar. He started baking bread, eating food within a...
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