Living with a minimal wardrobe (and loving it)

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I have two pairs of pants. One black, one dark blue. When one gets dirty, I throw it in the wash and wear the other. If they both get dirty, I can pull out one of my two skirts, or wear a pair of pajama pants around the house until the load of laundry is finished. A few years ago, that would have been incomprehensible. Who has only two pairs of pants? And why would you even want to? When I was younger, and especially […]

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 […]

When the Line Between Need and Want Gets Blurred (and the preposterous numbers of ways to use a stick blender)

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They say necessity is the mother of all invention. After our first 6 weeks of traveling, I’d have to say that living and traveling internationally has proven that true time and time again. For example, take our first rental apartment in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It contained one lone frying pan. With its oddly warped and convex bottom, there was no way to keep it flat on the burner, and thus, no way to heat it evenly (or hardly at all). Enter the urgency of four […]

Homemade and Frugal Christmas Ideas

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Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer Christmas is coming…soon!  It’s a huge, commercial, and expensive holiday. Many families spend well over $1000, and some far more than that, on Christmas presents and paraphernalia every year.  For families who are trying to be frugal or have to stick to a budget, it can be hard to provide a wonderful, stuff-filled Christmas for not too much money. In a perfect world, we wouldn’t have so much stuff.  Christmas would be primarily or entirely about celebrating Jesus’ birth […]

Cutting Down on Sugar: 21 Ways to Eat Less Sugar

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We’ve all agreed that we tend to eat too much sugar, that we crave it, and that we want to learn to eat less of it (or even none at all- don’t miss tomorrow’s post!). So here’s the really challenging part… how do we do that, practically speaking? There is a lot of information out there about the dangers of sugar, it’s effect on our bodies, and much more. For these posts, I purposefully chose not to get all educational on you, and instead, focus […]

Cutting Down on Sugar: Why Do We Eat It So Much?

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I find it highly ironic that as I sit here writing this post, I am slurping (and I do mean slurping) up the last precious drops of my favorite homemade mocha frappuchino drink. Sugar just tastes good. Really good. I love it as much as the next woman. Unfortunately for my sugar habit, I’ve been studying health and nutrition for too long to continue to gorge on sugar in sublime ignorance. I know all of sugar’s nasty little secrets, and so although we’ve been good […]