A Return to Joyful Gift Giving


On newborn time here (lots of coffee!) and have revamped some holiday posts from the archives. Hope you are enjoying the holiday season! gift 1. something given voluntarily without payment in return, as to show favor toward someone, honor an occasion, or make a gesture of assistance; present. When did we get so far away [...]

Do Less this Christmas


Welcome to the world little man! Our third son was born just a few weeks ago and we are thrilled to be a family of five. As I planned and expected it’s been a very low-key couple of weeks that should continue to be quiet right into January. I planned to take to my bed [...]

24 Clutter-Free Advent Calendar Ideas


We’re settling in with our new baby here so I’ll be sharing a few updated posts from the archives in the next few weeks with many of them focused on holidays traditions. I yearned for an advent calendar growing up. I thought they were the height of cool and reserved for the rich. The calendars [...]

Buy More, Want More


After all your good advice, I got to work on our living room/dining room area. I thought that spending my dollars and time on getting one room to a happy place for me would, as suggested by several readers, help me enjoy living here more. While I can’t say I am thrilled or excited by [...]

Is Happiness an Eat-In Kitchen and Good Water Pressure?


Do you remember the first apartment or house you lived in after leaving your parent’s home? My first living on my own experience was in a dorm room and after that I lived in a succession of inexpensive housing situations. Four bedroom apartments with the smallest of communal areas and the lightest and thinnest doors. [...]

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