What Living With Purpose Actually Looks Like

what living with purpose actually looks like

Several years ago, when I had piles of dishes, overflowing counters and far too many pieces of furniture, I determined to live with less so I could do more.   Before I would sit down to play a game with the kids and I would be haunted by the piles of clutter surrounding me. I…

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6 Reasons To Avoid Shopping On Black Friday

About 12 years ago, I decided to shop on Black Friday. I got the paper, wrote out a list, decided what stores to go to. I got up at 4:30 in the morning, picked up a friend, and fought for parking spaces, and stood for hours in lines, surrounded by throngs of people to acquire…

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Non-Toy Gift Guide For The Children In Your Life

Gift giving holidays are just around the corner, and we all want to give to the children in our life, but the plastic toy excess is not something we want to contribute to, is it? I love giving experience gifts, which is something I reference a lot in my clutter-free gift guides. But I know…

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Getting Teens Involved In Holiday Traditions

Teens are at the point in life where they’ve experienced family traditions many times over and are disenchanted.  When we’re young, everything is big and amazing, and it’s romanticized in our memory.  As we age, the magic fades a bit.  And as we mature, the magic takes on a different form — but we’ll get…

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A Minimal Approach To Holiday Obligations

For most of us, the Christmas season has become two months of stress and busyness wherein we work, plan, shop, attend parties, host parties, bake, cook, wrap… and BOOM! It’s over.  We then switch to “aftermath” mode, a dreary several weeks of cleaning and organizing, punctuated by pondering creative ways to serve leftovers from the…

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Simplify The Holidays, An E-book

Why are some people able to smile, anticipating the holidays with joy in their hearts, while others are facing them with tight chests and anxious minds? Why are some people able to get their shopping done, presents wrapped and cards sent by Dec. 1, while others are staying up past midnight on Christmas eve trying…

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Dealing With Over-Abundant Gifting And Excess Toys

Dealing With Over-Abundant Gifting And Excess Toys

This post is 3 of 3 in my Simplify The Gifts Mini-Series Toys and an overabundance of gifts is its own special challenge. One thing we can do to slow the piles of presents is to redirect well-meaning family members toward alternative gift ideas. Start the conversation with “I have some fear in telling you this.” Try…

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