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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 crises and emergency preparedness. It might compel you to get your 72-hour kits going. US Housing Bubble Burst The Big […]

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 “lived in” and “just visiting”. Ha! So guess which one I was. Truthfully, I wasn’t always this way! I have […]

Travel Tips for Kids: Keep the Focus on the Fun!

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My family traveled to Florida this summer and I was nervous about taking 3 little kids on the plane. We planned to do a lot of sightseeing (including Sea World!) so I started researching ways to make the vacation as smooth as possible. Here are my favorite travel tips for airplane, car, and more! Some simple suggestions combined with a […]

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! Grab one of our favorites in paperback and let the pages get dog-eared and sandy. Reading is the perfect escape […]

Planners + Organizers: Talk the Talk / Walk the Walk

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Have you jumped on our Spring cleaning bandwagon yet? The new year is on it’s way with first quarter initiatives coming to a close. Now things are going to start ramping up, and March and April are the perfect months to get organized. I met with a client this week who pulled out the cutest planner I have ever seen […]

5 Cell Phone Rules for Healthy Teens

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Girlfriend: Kiernan Shipka | Photo courtesy: Vanity Fair

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 together and compiled 5 cell phone rules that create a healthy balance between digital time and down time. Cell phones […]

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 video clip below. I wanted to include it because what he says about millennials really applies to most of us. […]