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How Lilly Neubauer Spends Her Wednesday

MOMS WE LOVE master your craft like this Dallas mom Words The Editors Published March 2020/DallasChildUpdated March 9, 2020 Lilly Neubauer finds beauty in the simple things. She is the founder of Camp Crafty Parties, which brings old-fashioned arts and crafts to modern celebrations. Along with her husband Markus, Neubauer created the blog Open Hearted […]

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When I started Love Child, I had a vision of the types of women, some of whom would be moms, that would hopefully follow along. They would be strong, independent, creative, modern, and inspirational. One of the questions I often asked myself when pregnant (and now as a mom) is why? Why do I have […]

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Posts That Mean A lot To Us

  • 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 […]
  • Where to Stop When Driving from Texas to Colorado

    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!

  • Home Actually Is Where the Heart Is
    Post Written by Markus Home. It’s a short little word – but the story behind it is usually anything but short. We each have a home with our family of origin that’s out of our control as children. That first home sets the tone […]

Welcome to our place to chronicle our adventures in learning to live more open-heartedly with each other, our daughter (adoption, we love you!), a variety of pets and the world as we create a home that’s an oasis for our family’s authenticity and creativity.

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Trading my Job for Simplicity [with Lilly Neubauer]

Some people make big life changes in search of simplicity–Lilly Neubauer is one of them. When the busyness in her life spiraled out of control, Lilly quit her job to get her family back on track. I look forward to sharing her story with you today. Show Links: Trading my Job for Minimalism (Lilly’s Guest Post […]

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Our Amazon Finds for a Simple, Sustainable Home

Post written by Lilly When we moved into our first home, my priorities for how to feather our nest were based on what guests would see and, in my perception, judge our home’s worthiness on – beautiful furniture, luxurious curtains and many, many fancy knick knacks. Our second home, I started our “new home shopping […]

Expect the Unexpected: Releasing Expectations for Authentic Joy

Post written by Lilly I sat in a fluorescent lit conference room, posture erect and J. Crew pencil skirt freshly ironed. I was 25 years old. The executive director of the nonprofit I was interviewing with asked me the dreaded question.  “So, what’s your five year plan?” My five minute plan was to say anything […]

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Is There Even Such a Thing as Men’s Intuition?

Post by Markus Hi, my name’s Markus and I’m a human – specifically, a middle-class white American straight male thirty-something raised in a large city in the Bible Belt.  By reading those words you probably have some idea of the perspective that’s colored much of my experience into adult life – socioeconomic privilege, American male […]

The Practice I Need to Be Creative (And Four Ways I Nurture It)

How many times did the worst-case scenario happen to you before you decided to believe that’s what happens? Looking back on the data objectively, for me it wasn’t many.  The summer before my sophomore year of high school, my grandfather was in the hospital with infection complications from a routine back surgery. Him and I […]

Go Make Mistakes – They’re the Patina of Life!

Post by Markus To quote one of the literary greats, author Michael Bond: “Things are always happening to me. I’m that sort of bear” – from A Bear Called Paddington.  Paddington knew what kind of bear he was – the kind who has interesting things happen to him on the reg.  When you’re the kind […]

This Didn’t Happen TO Me, It Happened FOR Me

Post Written by Markus When I was in middle school, my family of origin broke apart. I don’t know the specific reasons although I can speculate – but really that doesn’t matter much to me now. It was a long process that from what I can tell began a few years earlier when I was […]

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 […]

Not Afraid to Catch Feels

Post written by Lilly “You’re so adventurous!’ “A free spirit!” “I admire your bravery!” I can’t believe I’m lucky enough to hear compliments like this from people I love and respect. On my better days, I believe it about myself too. So long as I’m near my people.  For decades, only a few people knew […]

My Secret to Good Hospitality: Having Less

Post Written by Lilly Growing up, one of the biggest dreams for my future adult life was entertaining: hosting parties and holidays in my family home, but more so creating a space where people walked in and out in comfort, with simple hospitality like cold drinks and tasty snacks at the ready. I know, I […]

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