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DIY Knit Blanket: Make Your Own in 45 Minutes

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The holiday season may have left us, but its chilly weather wants to stay just a bit longer. A DIY knit blanket is the perfect item to stay warm, but what makes it even better? A blanket that you worked […]

John Steinbeck: 5 Favorite Novels/ 5 Life Lessons

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Time to hunker back down and get some reading done. Now that school is back in session, you might have a little extra time for novels and the like.  Need a good suggestion? One of my number one favorite authors is […]

Human Nature Explored in 19th Century Literature

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Time to turn off your TVs ladies!  Instead, delve into one of these provocative novels from the 19th century. Our latest reads explore prepossessing aspects of human nature that are just as relevant today. We all have ways that we […]

Love Language Gift Ideas: So Thoughtful!

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Last-minute gifts? There’s still time to be thoughtful! If you know the recipient’s love language, you can come up with the perfect gift easy. To learn more, or to find out your love language, buy the book, The 5 Love […]

72-hour Kits: How The Big Short Got Me On Board

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My dad has been gung-ho about emergency preparedness and food storage for years. It finally took the likes of Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, and Steve Carell to convince me. Watch The Big Short and see what you think about global […]

Minimalism + How it Can Bring Abundance to Your Life

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I am the opposite of a hoarder. My closets are regularly purged and very few objects hold sentimental value to me. Remember my article about my dear old roommate Aynsley Campbell? She used to describe our home decor styles as […]

Classic Novels Perfect for a Summer Read

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One of the best things you can add to your beach bag this year is a hefty little book. Classic novels are perfect for Summer reading. Choose one that is enjoyable, but one that is still easy to put down! […]

5 Cell Phone Rules for Healthy Teens

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Given a choice, all kids will choose an electronic device over any other activity. Trial and error (and some good advice from other parents) has helped us manage electronic devices of every sort for toddlers and teens alike! We got […]

Quick Reads for January

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Are you addicted to your cell phone? There is an interesting video going around of Simon Sinek discussing the plight of millennials. He attributes the problems this generation is facing to parenting, technology, impatience, and environment. Check out the short […]