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The Ultimate Family Gift

(I’m rerunning this 2012 post here in 2013, because it seems this topic is timeless. Enjoy . . . .again.) I’ve been thinking about whether or not to write this post, as I’ve found myself facing a bit of writer’s block over the last few weeks.  See, here’s the thing.  This is the time of […]

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Don’t Homeschool? Take Home to School

I don’t homeschool.  I don’t really want to. My husband is a public school music teacher, and my kids attend the school he teaches at. It is practically spitting distance away, and it’s a great school.  They have great teachers. I have no ability with early elementary subjects, and buying homeschool material could literally break […]

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What Your Family Really Wants for Christmas

I’ve been thinking about whether or not to write this post, as I’ve found myself facing a bit of writer’s block over the last few weeks.  See, here’s the thing.  This is the time of year when NEITHER healthy eating NOR frugality are super popular concepts.  I’m sure I could try to drum something up, […]

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When the Gallup Pollster Handed Me a Mirror

Now that the election is over (sigh of relief), I have a story for you. Probably like you, we have received approximately nine gagillion political phone calls over the past month. It surely doesn’t help that I live in North Carolina, a swing state, nor does it help that I am a registered Independent. And […]

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Don’t Read This If You’re a Bleeding Heart Like Me

2 Corinthians 5:13-15 If we are “out of our mind,” as some say, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live […]

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Ten Years of Cake

Yesterday, October 12th was my 10th anniversary with my sweet husband.  I intended to do a long sappy post, but instead of wiling away more time at the computer, I went on a date with my best friend. Our marriage has really been a piece of cake. You prepare expectantly, full of hope. Changes and […]

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Perspective

Every day when my kids leave for school, my kitchen looks something like this. And even though it is not hard to clean my tiny kitchen or my 1100 square foot house, sometimes the tedium of wiping the same counters, and straightening the same beds, gets old. Sometimes, I lose perspective and I sink into […]

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Poorganic Splurge? What?!?

Posts where I tell you to spend lots of money are few and far between, but this is one of them, so you will probably want to read to find out what inspires me to relax my vice-like grip over our money. One of my budgeting victories was figuring out how to allocate money for […]

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Nicheless but with Atmosphere

I want to start by thanking those of you who answered my question about why you read this blog.  What an encouragement!! As I expressed in that post, I have struggled about whether or not to continue writing about real food.  Especially in a niche where I am a bit of a novice and cynic, […]

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Dear Me: A Letter to My Teenage Self

One of my favorite bloggers, Emily Freeman, is running a link-up this week called “Dear Me,” inviting us to write a letter to our teenage selves as part of the launch for her new book, Graceful, which is the “teen” counterpart to Grace for the Good Girl.  Here’s the trailer. (You’ll have to click over […]

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