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Why I Quit Amazon

I quit Amazon. I did it because, frankly, I was buying a lot of stuff. Those boxes kept showing up on my porch. That stuff I needed had a mysterious way of transforming into clutter. The final purchase that pushed me over the edge was an eight-color automatic pencil. This pencil has eight different colors of lead built into ...

Upcycle/Repurpose Your Holiday Cards

How To Upcycle Your Holiday Cards

This year we are repurposing our holiday cards. I know that sending cards is a serious production--one that demands a great deal of time, energy, and money of our loved ones. After the holiday season passes, I feel sad about throwing the cards away. Even though I stay in touch with distant friends and family through the phone and social media--there ...

How to Teach Kids About Beautiful Things

The 5 Beautiful Things Every Kid Needs in Their Life

Last week, a gift arrived for my 9-month-old baby. It was the most gorgeous baby book I have ever laid my eyes upon. I didn't know board books could be this beautiful. The illustrations are enchanting. The textures are captivating. Oh, and it's white. Not a white that you can wipe clean. It's a soft, matte ...

preschool fudge

Preschool Fudge

There is something to be said about making a gift with your own hands. This is particularly true for kids. There is nothing that compares to the sense of the pride they have in making something themselves. Which is why I love this fudge--a preschooler can make it "all by myself". My son has the best ...

How This Snowy Owl Is Bringing Us a New Kind of Santa

My kids believe in Santa--but not in the traditional way. Santa is not watching my children. Nor is the Elf on the Shelf hanging out waiting to tattle on them for bad behavior. There is no naughty-and-nice-list. This year, we are going light on the "getting" and heavy on the "giving". But even though Santa isn't making a ...

The Perfect Sweater

I Found the Perfect Sweater + Said Goodbye to 'Fast-Fashion'

I have been on the hunt for the perfect sweater. Last month my favorite cardigan mysteriously developed holes all over it. I keep a very small wardrobe so I was feeling pretty lost when I had to throw it in the trash. I knew I didn't want the next sweater to meet the same fate. I have been ...