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Our Family Chore Chart Template and How to Encourage Family Chores

A few years ago, I was facing burn out and took a much-needed sabbatical, leaving full-time work for a more rewarding part-time job and, with that, more open time to consider my legacy and the type of work I felt called to do.  Quickly, the concept of open time became a fantasy. Like Cinderella being […]

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How to Dye Fabric with Avocados

I’m so excited to introduce you to one of my favorite artists today. Almost a year and a half ago, I was chomping at the bit to try traditional Shibori dyeing. I had tried some various Shibori binding methods with traditional dyes and wanted to know more. I never expected on my search that I […]


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    At the beginning of shelter in place orders last year, I naively thought I was entering a few weeks at home where I would emerge glowing, hydrated and fresh for a new dawn. Somehow, the open schedule and days of going nowhere quickly de-motivated me from making time for self-care. In true #2020 fashion, along […]
  • My 10 Steps for Keeping Resentment in Check
    About a year ago was the first time I really felt myself figuring out “adulting.” (Don’t draw attention to the facts that I had been working, paying a mortgage and raising a child for years). I knew my schedule. I knew where my stuff went and I put it there. I surprised myself and everyone […]
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    Where to stop, stay and explore on the family drive from Texas to Colorado, featuring routes from Dallas to Telluride and Vail, with pit stops in Amarillo, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah. The best summer road trip for families!


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A Prayer for Good Works

“Women, if the soul of the nation is to be saved, I believe you must become its soul.” – Coretta Scott King Greetings from Texas. If you’re not here, you’re seeing our strength. But you should know, it’s so much worse than it seems, even to us. This week the need will increase, the body […]

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Five Favorite Vintage Roadside Motels – Southwest U.S.A.

I’ve heard it’s not for everybody, but I am a bit of a road trip nut. I believe in the idea of the journey as the destination. I feel freedom in the simplicity of a full tank of gas and the open road. I suppose the variables of road travel are just as intense as […]

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Handmade Valentine’s Day: Gifts & Decorations

I am a Christmas over-decorator. It’s a special season at home and I am that person who likes a little something special in almost every corner of the house so I can walk around in the morning, sipping my coffee from my Christmas mug, and savor the season. By January when everything is packed up […]

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“Clean” Beauty for the Family: Drugstore Favorites and More

At the beginning of shelter in place orders last year, I naively thought I was entering a few weeks at home where I would emerge glowing, hydrated and fresh for a new dawn. Somehow, the open schedule and days of going nowhere quickly de-motivated me from making time for self-care. In true #2020 fashion, along […]

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How I Found My Spirit Guides and Signs

True story: the number one thing I’m direct messaged on Instagram are photos of the Wienermobile. And I LOVE it! It always makes me day to hear that someone felt a greater sense of connection in the world by seeing the Oscar Meyer Wienermobile. And there’s always something meaningful about receiving the message at the […]

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Kid-Friendly Grain-Free Baking Recipes and Pantry List

The thing is, I just love bread. And cake, and cookies. When I heard from my doctor that some of my inflammation (such as my fingers swelling to where I couldn’t take off my wedding ring after eating) and other painful symptoms was due to a grain allergy, it felt like I was banned from […]

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Exploring Fredericksburg with Kids

Fredericksburg, the quaint town in Texas, is best known for its gorgeous scenery of rolling hills and its charming wineries. The unique history of the town, a final destination for German immigrants to America in the mid-1800’s, also makes it a one-of-a-kind cultural landmark, treasure trove for family exploration and a great spot for roadschooling.  […]

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Benefits of Wim Hof Breathing: For Grown-Ups and Kids!

If you’ve heard of Wim Hof you may be familiar with the incredible records set by this 61-year-old Dutch athlete known as “The Iceman.” He’s run a half marathon above the Arctic Circle, barefoot only wearing shorts. He’s climbed the highest mountains in the world in extreme cold – again, wearing only shorts. He’s run […]

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Guest Post: How to Start Homeschooling

From Lilly: One mantra I tell myself at least once a week (or day, depending on the week) is that I’m not homeschooling, I’m pandemic schooling. And, no matter how we’re approaching school this year, no parent has ever taken on this much before. For us, homeschooling this year provided an opportunity to build a […]

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Your Ultimate West Texas Road Trip Itinerary: From Marfa to Marathon and More

Note: Two of the three trips to West Texas that informed this article were during August/September 2020. West Texas is an area that is very susceptible to hospital overwhelm. It’s incredibly important to check COVID-19 case numbers and recommended travel guidelines if considering coming to the area. If unsure, we recommend you wait to see […]

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How to Make Christmas Putz Houses

Growing up, my favorite places to be during Christmas time were my grandparents’ houses. Not even the most exciting outing of pre-ticketed, oversensory holiday cheer could compare to the comfort of how each home welcomed and comforted me with the same decorations out year after year, the same little traditions. I always cry putting out […]

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Guest Post: How to Teach with Nature Trays

Editor’s Note: I knew I would raise my child to enjoy classic, wooden toys and open-ended learning – before I was a Mom. It’s so easy, in reality, to look around one day and realize life has become plastic playthings and online games. I know simple toys make the best teachers, but how? I’ve been […]

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