How Smoggy Skies in China Changed the Way Our Family Shops

How smoggy skies in China changed the way our family shops

Three seemingly inconsequential words. Made in China. They’ve meant different things to me over the years. At first, those silver stickers on the bottom of inexpensive products reminded us of that rapidly growing nation across the Pacific and its manufacturing boom. At some point, “Made in China” began to mean lower-quality, cheap items that were likely to break. More recently, I became wary of toxins, like mercury, in my little one’s toys, and I became a more vigilant, worried mother, doing my best to keep […]

The surprising things you learn when escaping the mundane (hint: it isn’t as mundane as you think).

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It happens every time we slow down. During this whirlwind, around-the-world trip of ours, usually staying in one place for anywhere from one to four weeks is when I feel it most keenly. But every so often, even three days in an apartment with a kitchenette can bring it out in me. Sometimes it finds me scrubbing laundry by hand in hotel room sinks as the hands on the clock reach up towards midnight. Other times it results in an over-stocked fridge with more fresh […]

How to Make Real Indian Masala Chai Tea in 5 Minutes

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Written by Stephanie Langford My first taste of Indian chai was accidental. Making our way through the crowded, dusty, vibrantly colorful, animal-filled cacophony known as the Pushkar Camel Fair, we found what our children had been talking about for months on end… a brightly arrayed camel, lovingly decorated for the festivities. Just right for a camel-back ride across the fair grounds. As I followed along on foot, taking in the sensory overload of it all, I didn’t realize that the camel owner had led us […]

Day in the Life of a Family of Six, Traveling Around the World

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Seeing as our family is currently traveling around the world for a year, one might think that our lives are never-ending adventure, a continual parade of exotic days, unimaginable experiences, and all around pretty darn romantic. Occasionally, that feels true and we pinch ourselves and wonder aloud how we are so blessed to be this happily nomadic family. Yet most of the time, our vagabond selves live lives that include many remarkable moments, while being simultaneously normal, down-to-earth, and full of the regular challenges that […]

Weekend Links {and the project I can finally announce!}

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Craning out necks up to gaze at the beautifully lit-up Eiffel Tower in Paris. We loved Paris… definitely want to go back there! Links I loved this week: A letter for a tough season @ FIMBY. For anyone that has struggled with difficult seasons of depression or discouragement, this is a very good read. In Defense of the iPhone Mom @ Growing in a Shrinking Culture (hat tip to The Humbled Homemaker) It’s a Good Week to Be a Yes Mom @ Inspired to Action. […]

Weekend Links

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One of our first looks at Iguazu Falls. The white that you see at the bottom of the photo is the mist from the falls, which rises so high that it obscures much of the bottom view. These are some mighty powerful falls. I was blown away by the sheer volume of water that falls each second! Links I loved this week: In Defense Of Stirring The Pot @ Shaun Groves for when you’re taking your work too seriously @ chatting at the sky 7 […]

Weekend Links (and Wise Choice Market Giveaway Winner!)

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I couldn’t resist sharing a few of the stunningly gorgeous photos from my husband’s trip to Antarctica two weeks ago. This is what I wanted to see most of all… the turquoise icebergs. He said they truly are this bold aquamarine color! Links I loved this week: Becoming Debt Free & 6 Odd Tips That Helped Us @ The Nester. Myquilyn shares her family’s story of getting out of $150,000 of debt, and as someone who has also had to pay off debt (ours was […]

Weekend Links

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A once-in-a-lifetime experience… walking around on an island in Tierra del Fuego that two penguin colonies, mostly Magellanic, and a much smaller colony of Gentoos (which are usually only found in Antarctica so we felt very privileged to see them and they were definitely my favorite ones). It was incredible. Links I loved this week: Easy Cocoa Almonds {A Healthy Sweet Treat} @ day2day joys Simple, European Style, Everyday Bread Recipe With Video @ My Humble Kitchen. As soon as I have an oven again, […]