Be More Efficient at Home (Using the Principle of Accrued Benefits)

One measure of being good at homemaking is how quickly and efficiently you get stuff done. And, since being efficient = being good, and being good = enjoying, then being efficient = enjoying Thus, according to my sound transitive logic, enjoying homemaking means spending as little time as possible doing it. According to Deniece Schofield, […]

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Get Organized for Back-To-School: Make a Morning Routine Chart

Things I loathe: Overkill summertime air-conditioning. Spaced-out drivers. Selfies where people are trying to look sexy. Cockroaches. Dragging my kids through their get-ready-for-school routines, morning after morning after identical morning… “Get dressed. Eat your breakfast. Keep eating. EAT. Brush your teeth. Brush your hair. BRUSH YOUR FREAKING HAIR, LIKE YOU DO EVERY SINGLE MORNING, FOR […]

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Clean Green Soup

No matter what nutritionists are debating at the moment – (Grains are good for you. No, wait – they’re bad. Cut back on meat. I mean, go paleo. GMOs will save us. Unnnless they destroy us. Et cetera, et cetera.), they have and will always agree on one thing: We should all EAT MORE VEGETABLES. […]

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Two Months of No-Poo: The Good, The Great and The Greasy

For those of you who are wondering how the “no-poo” experiment has been going, let me apologize for the gripping suspense. I have been extraordinarily busy with the following: painting 20-foot walls managing a kitchen floor renovation taking the kids to Disney hosting house guests writing articles investigating Woodchuck’s gluten intolerance further and finally receiving […]

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DIY Homemade Natural Beauty Regimen

I’ve been thinking recently about overhauling my “beauty regimen” and hitting a stride that’s more natural, simple, and affordable. My current beauty regimen includes both expensive natural products and expensive chemical-laden products. My bathroom cabinet is Sea Kelp Shampoo meets Petroleum Hand Lotion. Daisy Extract Face Wash meets Retinol Wrinkle Cream. The state of my […]

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DIY Decorative Duct Tape to Frame a Mirror

Recently, as I was scrutinizing (er, gazing lovingly) at my reflection in the guest bathroom mirror, I noticed that it could use some sprucing up (the mirror, people). So I decided to “frame” it with decorative duct tape. One of these days I might try framing my bathroom mirrors with real wooden frames, but in […]

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Flying With Baby or Toddler? Traveling Tips & Checklists

So you’re preparing to fly with your baby or toddler this holiday season. When we lived in France, we flew across the pond six times with baby/toddler FirstBorn, so we struggled, learned, then watched other families struggle. One Christmas we sat near an exhausted mother and father who suffered miserably for seven hours trying to […]

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Meditation on the Breath

One of most effective ways to touch the present moment is to observe the breath, which is always accessible anywhere, anytime. Conscious breathing draws us into the now and gently coaxes us away from thoughts about the past or future.  The breath links the mind, which usually lives in the past or the future, to […]

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