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The Soul of Parenting

We have exciting news to share... Kim John Payne, author of one of our favorite books, "Simplicity Parenting," is offering a free online parenting summit. We are thrilled to be participating and will be speaking about simplifying our children's environments. The Soul...

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Back to School Simplicity

Psychologists say that going back to school is at the top of the stress list for children. And for parents, although it seems that kids being back in school would give us more free time, actually it often feels just the opposite. Coordinating new schedules, school...

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Solutions for Your Children’s Clutter

It's easy to feel overwhelmed by all of our children’s stuff---the outgrown clothes, artwork, schoolwork, sports equipment, musical instruments, toys, rocks, sticks, party favors and all the other things they get their hands on that eventually end up in our homes....

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Simplifying Your Child’s Room

I'm happy to say, I just finished clearing my children's playroom! This is the one room I avoided when I was doing my New Year’s clutter clearing---and for good reason! It is amazing to me what can my younger son can accumulate in this room. He loves to build and...

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The Heart of the Home

The kitchen is often referred to as the heart of the home. One of the reasons the kitchen is so important is because it's the place in our home that most influences and nurtures our health and well being. You're probably familiar with the phrase “made with love.”...

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Organizing and Clutter Clearing Children’s Toys

Caring for our children’s stuff can be overwhelming and exhausting. Despite my best efforts, there are times when I feel disheartened by what feels like a never-ending cycle of accumulating, picking up, cleaning, organizing, and then eventually getting rid of their...

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Keeping Your Kids at the Table

For many of us, it's rare to take the time to sit down and enjoy a meal at the table these days. And when you have kids, it can be even more challenging. There are some dinners where my children (and let’s be honest, my husband too) are up and down so many times that...

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Back To School: Setting Intentions for the New School Year

When I was a child, I used to think the New Year began with the start of school.  In many ways, for parents and children the first day of school is as significant as New Year's day. As with the new calendar year, the new school year is a great time to reflect on the...

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Ten Do’s and Don’ts When Decorating Your Baby’s Nursery

To celebrate the release of our new iPhone app Peaceful Nursery: Healthy, Green Tips for Your Baby's Room and our eGuide Laura and Alison's Guide to Creating a Healthy Green Baby Nursery, we wanted to share these ten tips for decorating your baby's room. Creating a...

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Tips for Promoting Harmony Among Siblings At Home

We were thrilled when Suze Yalof Schwartz posted our tips about how to promote harmony among quarreling siblings and how to improve your love life with Feng Shui on her fabulous blog Dwellers Without Decorators (check out her gorgeous blog for a daily dose of pure...

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Kitchen Talk

Welcome to the first of what we intend to be a series of monthly interviews with people we believe practice inspired everyday living! We have been inspired by our friend and cooking/nutrition guru, Pamela Salzman of Kitchen Matters. Since becoming a mother, one of the...

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Slowing Down With Our Children

I have noticed how easy it is to constantly rush my children. I've also realized how unfair, and probably unhealthy, it is to expect my children to live life at my pace. Children move at a different speed. A speed that I should probably try! Recently, I have made a...

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Ten Tips for Traveling With an Infant

… and bonus toddler tips! With the holidays approaching many of us will be taking to the roads, or the air, to see our families… There is no question making the journey with young children in tow can be challenging, but the more prepared you are the better chance your...

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The Power of Listening to Your Children

Sometimes we get so caught up worrying about how we will talk to our children that we forget to listen! Yet, listening can be very powerful. I think that children, like adults, have a very strong need to be truly heard. Not only heard for what they are saying on the...

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How to Organize Your Children’s Art and Schoolwork

In honor of all the children going back to school, and the parents getting them ready, we've added new tips to one of our favorite blogs about how to keep your children's art and schoolwork organized! It’s remarkable how children’s stuff can accumulate! In particular,...

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