Simple Living, Själ (Soul)

The Thief of Joy

I was a bit jealous. Someone had posted a picture of her and her kiddos in their new car, and one of the first things I noticed was, "oooh, her car has leather seats." What's crazy is I don't even like leather seats.  They're too hot in the summer, they can get scratched....and yet here… Continue reading The Thief of Joy

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Simple Living, Själ (Soul)

Reducing Parenting Fears In A World Gone Mad

Parenting brings a whole new level of anxiety to life. It's hard enough to be an adult and take care of youself, and then you have a tiny human who's determined to try to run in traffic and eat hazardous objects on a daily basis. You think about pesticides and nuclear war, child abductions and… Continue reading Reducing Parenting Fears In A World Gone Mad

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Greed and The Perfect Lamps

I waited years to find The Perfect Lamps (TPLs). Literally, years. TPLs would help make my Pinterest-inspired bedroom dream a reality. They would be not too small and not too large; they would look classy and elegant without the accompanying high price tag; they would be perfectly cohesive with everything else I already had. These… Continue reading Greed and The Perfect Lamps

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Chicken Nuggets, Baking Soda, & Generosity

She was maybe 10 years old, rocking blue streaks in her pixie haircut, sitting next to me in the waiting room at the eye doctor's office.  "Can she walk? I'll make sure she doesn't fall," the little girl asked while holding out her arms, waiting to steady my wobbly baby standing by my feet.  For the… Continue reading Chicken Nuggets, Baking Soda, & Generosity

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On Your First Mother’s Day

You'll probably get woken up early today by a mischievious munchkin with drool on their pajamas. I know you wanted, no, needed, to sleep in. Though you are tired, delight in the love found in the morning wake up call of little fingers poking you in the eyes, or little feet tickling your stomach. I know you feel unappreciated at… Continue reading On Your First Mother’s Day

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On The Way To Home

"It takes a heap o’ livin’ in a house t’ make it home,  A heap o’ sun an’ shadder, an’ ye sometimes have t’ roam  Afore ye really ’preciate the things ye lef’ behind,  An’ hunger fer ’em somehow, with ’em allus on yer mind.  It don’t make any differunce how rich ye get t’… Continue reading On The Way To Home

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Choosing Kindness

"If you find one of the restrooms dirty, let me know, and I'll clean it for you." The attendant stood in an airport bathroom filled with travelers. There wasn't a hint of irritability or resentment in her voice as she went about her job. She talked to every woman who exited the bathroom, saying "have a… Continue reading Choosing Kindness

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Do You Have a “Joy List”?

It can be so easy to slip into a routine of only doing the things that have to get done and forgetting about doing the things that bring us joy and renew our spirits. It's easy to forget what those things even are when we are frazzled or overwhelmed. That's where a "joy list" comes… Continue reading Do You Have a “Joy List”?

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Why Looking Like Barbie Isn’t A Bad Thing

I loved playing with Barbies as a young girl. They had fun clothes, a cool pink convertible, and a killer shoe collection. But even at 8 years old, I had doubts about Barbie. No one looks like that in real life- her waist is so small and her legs are so long, I remember thinking.… Continue reading Why Looking Like Barbie Isn’t A Bad Thing

Simple Living, Själ (Soul)

The True Cost Of That Full Shopping Cart

Have you ever seen one of those game shows where the contestants run around like crazy, throwing things into their shopping cart without a second thought? The winner is usually determined by whichever team had the cartful of items with the highest value when the buzzer sounded. How often do we act like one of… Continue reading The True Cost Of That Full Shopping Cart

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Apples & Trees: Unlearning Life Lessons

It's okay to "live for today" even if that means being reckless with my money; I want to enjoy life before I'm gone.  I'm not getting any younger! Might as well spend it while I have it. Charity begins at home- I only give to my immediate family. You can't trust so-called "charitable organizations" with your… Continue reading Apples & Trees: Unlearning Life Lessons

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The “Why” Behind The “Buy”

Have you ever stopped and asked yourself why you buy the things that you buy? "Well that's a silly question," you may be thinking. "I buy them because I need them."  Bread, toilet paper, soap- okay, those are needs.  There are so many things we buy though that have nothing to do with needs, or even… Continue reading The “Why” Behind The “Buy”

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You Are Not A Princess | A Letter To My Daughter

Dear Daughter, I love wearing pink sometimes. I also love rap music and rapping. I enjoy having long hair, and I enjoy having a pixie cut with a faux hawk. I love Frozen and The Avengers movies equally. I delight in glitter; somehow it ends up in my purses and on my sneakers. I also delight in… Continue reading You Are Not A Princess | A Letter To My Daughter

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Review: “Hope Unfolding”

I was originally going to post this in May, but after realizing that Mother's Day is just around the corner, it's posting early! I have enjoyed Becky Thompson's posts on her blog/Facebook page, so I was excited when I learned she was publishing her first book.  There's many books for women out there from a… Continue reading Review: “Hope Unfolding”

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When Frugal Doesn’t Feel So Fabulous

I had almost no money my last year of college. Many days I wondered how I would finish the year. I remember sitting in the Dean's office, explaining to him why I needed to be let out of the mandatory campus meal plan.  They wouldn't let me out of it entirely, but they did cut it… Continue reading When Frugal Doesn’t Feel So Fabulous

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Living From Abundance Instead of Scarcity

It's Monday. I look in my closet, and think, "I have nothing to wear." It's Thursday. I look in the pantry, and think, "I have nothing to eat." It's the holidays. I am bombarded with commercials showing shiny new cars with gigantic red bows and I think, "I'll never be able to afford that." Does… Continue reading Living From Abundance Instead of Scarcity

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Review: “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”

  The phrase "life changing" gets thrown around a lot. "This chocolate fudge is life changing!" "Try this lipstick, it's life changing!" "Eliminate carbs/fat/fun from your diet, it's life changing!" But Marie Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up lives up to its title. It isn't your typical organizational book. Thousands of resources exist on organization and decluttering,… Continue reading Review: “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”