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Toddler, Dress Thyself

As soon as they were interested in rummaging through their clothes drawers, I’ve encouraged my kids to dress themselves. This is mostly because I’m lazy; why dress my kids when they’ll save me a few minutes doing it themselves, and have more fun in the process?

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Kitchen Shortcuts: an Introduction

This article is part of what I hope to be an ongoing series here on crunchy parenting, Kitchen Shortcuts. I’ve given a nod to freezer cooking before, but those of you who have seen my house or watched me cook know that I’m probably not an expert on the planned-way-in-advance cooking. I’m one of those […]

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ISO A New Car

The spouse-unit and I are on the hunt for a new car. His trusty old Jetta is nearing the end and we’re trying to figure out what to get next. (Sometimes I wish we lived somewhere with better public transportation!) When I got pregnant with Spice, my beloved old Ranger truck was only four or […]

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Freezer Cooking and Getting Organized for the Holidays

Yesterday’s post pictures seemed to imply that my house was immaculate and that I was freely crafting in Clean House Bliss, so the above pic shows the True State of the Living Room. Why, yes, that IS moses basket perched precariously on the couch. :-) Am I the only one that’s freaking out about being […]

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Things I Love: Dalla Piazza Apple Slicer/Corer

Spice eats a lot of apples, just like her father. It’s gotten to the point where I have to ration her to about one a day, two if there’s long car rides involved. Most of the time in the car, I just give her the whole apple to chomp away one, but at home and […]

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Organizing the Home Launchpad

What is a home launchpad? It’s that place in your house where you touch down or take off from each day. You know the place, the one where mail tends to pile up, where your keys and sunglasses inevitably land, that hotspot that slowly accumulates whether you like it or not. (Most often not.) I’ll […]

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The 5-Minute Room Pickup

I’ve fallen off the FlyLady bandwagon.. yet again. I’ve always been slightly neurotic about using technology and making lists to accomplish tasks, and it should be no surprise to you that I’m a huge fan of GTD. I used it consistently when I was working, but as I’ve tried to use lists in general in […]

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A Weekend of How-To’s

It seems like the spouse-unit and I don’t really get around to spring cleaning, but instead end up madly working on house repairs and deep cleaning tactics through the fall before the rains hit or the holiday travelers arrive. This year, I’m attempting to follow the Holiday Houseworks Plan, which is an 18-week holiday and […]

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