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Be aware of wonder. Live a balanced life—learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.
+ Robert Fulghum

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Missing the Obvious

One night several years ago, Andrew went to brush his teeth and discovered that the battery for his electric toothbrush had died.
Holding the toothbrush, I said to Tim, “Do you think we have any batteries for this so Andrew can brush his teeth?” Tim looked at me. He looked at the toothbrush.
At least 5 seconds went […]


Let’s Talk about Books

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When I posted this the other day, Michelle, author of the wonderful blog One Ordinary Day, wrote: “What an awesome poster. My baby girl has been sitting in a nook of her favorite tree reading. Makes me so happy.”
Yes. Michelle’s simple comment pretty much sums up my entire parenting philosophy: Give them some books, […]


Tim Cheers Me Up About Getting Older

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One of my favorite daily rituals takes place after the kids get on the bus and before Tim goes to work. We sit and have coffee together and, ideally, this is a time for peaceful reflection and camaraderie. But sometimes I slip and turn it into a fretting session.
The other day my fretting […]


Life Lessons: The Perfect Gift

I don’t pretend to know why bad things happen to good people. My brain understands that there are cause-and-effect relationships behind everything, but when something terrible happens I don’t care about logic or scientific explanations—I just want someone to fix it.
But we all know it doesn’t work that way. How and why it does work […]


Some Sisterly Advice

I came across this note in a pile on Lily’s dresser the other day, and it made me smile. Lexie has become a really good artist, and Lily, who is four years younger, often compares her artwork unfavorably with Lexie’s. We all remind Lily that she’s much younger than Lexie, and that Lexie is so […]


Hunger Games Workout Motivation

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Gretchen Rubin Quote + Healthy Foods List = My Diet Plan

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A while back, I posted this mug featuring a quote by Gretchen Rubin from the 2012 ALT Design Summit: “If I cram my life full of the things I love, there is no room for the things I don’t love.”
Ms. Rubin was speaking about the work-life balance, […]


Another Reason Why You Should Never Give Up

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Just a quick post today because it’s our first day of spring break and there are Things To Do. But I had to share a fun little moment of inspiration I had over the weekend.
I needed something distracting while I was on the treadmill, so I scoured the old DVDs on the basement […]


My Princess Diana Story

[ Writing this because some friends and I are heading to the Mall of America to see the Diana, A Celebration exhibit ]
Just typing that headline—My Princess Diana Story—makes me sound like an awful hanger-on, doesn’t it? Another one of the millions who wanted a piece of this real-life princess. And yet I loved her. […]


Motherhood Musings / Screen Time

You may have noticed that I’ve linked to Little Monster a lot lately. I first met the blog’s author, Lisa, when she was asked to answer the same “What’s the biggest chance you ever took?” question on Design Mom. Her response was funny and real—just like her blog. Little Monster is filled with gorgeous images […]


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