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Five Reasons to Tidy Up Before the Holiday

We know how busy the weeks leading up to the holidays can be, but taking even a little time each day to tidy up your home will prove worthwhile. We find that tidying up before the holidays is an essential ingredient to a happy, healthy, peaceful celebration. Below are...

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Our 2016 Gift Guide and Holiday Inspiration

When giving a gift, we like to be sure our presents are earth-friendly, healthful, and won’t add to someone’s clutter. So in an effort not to burden people with more stuff, we lean towards gifts that are consumable, charitable, re-useable, experiential or...

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Holiday Inspiration and Our Favorite Finds

Happy holidays!!! This season we want to share some our favorite posts and tidbits from our friends on the web and from our archives… Like this recipe from Pamela Salzman for delicious Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars. They’re the perfect gift for your neighbor,...

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Preparing for the Holidays: Simplify Your Gift Giving

Every year as the holidays approach, we try to consider how we can keep this time of year simple. The month between Thanksgiving and New Year's is often filled with excess---an excess of food, stuff, and tasks. So how do you retain your commitment to simplifying while...

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The Simplicity of Not Planning Ahead

With the Holidays approaching I have been thinking, as I do each year, about how to keep it simple. Usually this thinking leads to planning and list-making. But this year seems to be an exception---I have been inclined to do nothing and find myself wondering how long...

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Celebrating with Natural Sweets: The Halloween Edition

With Halloween around the corner, we thought we would (re)share some new and favorite resources for more healthful candy. Afterall, candy is a part of childhood and many of the upcoming holidays. At least, it certainly was in our household when we were kids (visits to...

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Summer Meals

For me, one of the most magical parts of summer is the food. Having moved to the mountains two years ago, I realize just how much I miss those amazing year-round farmers markets and access to local, fresh produce that you so easily take for granted living in...

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Celebrating with Natural Sweets: The Summer Edition

My sister and I grew up with big holiday celebrations. Both our parents really enjoyed making a fuss out of the holidays by decorating the house and cooking big meals. Part of the magic of these celebrations was the abundance of sweets---ice cream and popsicles on the...

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Happy Holidays!

“One person can make a difference. Instilling an oasis of peace into your home, in a small corner of the universe, can make all the difference in the world.” - Denise Linn From our home to yours, we wish you a very happy holiday season and a new year filled with...

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Preparing for the Holidays: Simplify Your Home

Simplifying and clutter clearing your home before the holidays can go a long way towards contributing to your sense of peace and well being throughout the season. During the holidays, chances are more stuff is coming into your home---whether it’s decorations, gifts,...

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Preparing for the Holidays: Simplify Your Holiday Traditions

This post is the second in our Preparing for the Holidays series.  As we mentioned last week, each year our family makes an effort to simplify our holiday. We make promises that we won't over-schedule or cook too much food, or buy an excess of gifts. We even swear...

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Preparing for the Holidays: Simplify Your Holiday Meal

Each year our family talks about how this is the year we will simplify the holidays. We make promises that we won't over-schedule or cook too much food, or buy an excess of gifts. We even swear that this is the year the adults are not going to exchange any gifts. And...

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Simple Summer

We wanted to share a new summer passion---drink dispensers! We got this recycled glass dispenser from Pottery Barn. We have been enjoying making all kinds of flavored water---pineapple, watermelon, orange and strawberry are favorites. Drink dispensers make it easy...

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Spring and Natural Easter Eggs

We are getting glimpses of spring in the mountains...and whenever I sense spring I get very excited to clear clutter and clean! But more on that next week... At the moment, my attention is on Easter. I came across recipes for natural Easter egg dyes in the March/April...

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Inspired by Food

A few weeks ago I shared the new habits and tips I have incorporated into my life to help me simplify making dinner. Spending time in the kitchen has also caused me to eat in a new way.  I have been inspired by food! I want to share some of the new beliefs, recipes,...

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Designing a Dining Room

Sitting down for a meal at the table seems to be less and less common these days. Family members eat at different times, we eat on the go, or meals are served in front of the television. But treating yourself, and/or your family, to a meal at the table is a great way...

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Replace Your Wish List with a Gratitude List

This holiday, replace your wish-list with a gratitude-list. It’s easy to focus on all the things you would like to have, or think about how you would like to change yourself or your life, but instead consider what you have now and celebrate who you are now. As Dr....

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Let Your Presence Be the Present

This holiday season, let your presence be the present. When you are living in the moment and present with those around you, you are a gift to all those you come into contact with. It is easy to get caught up in the holiday frenzy and experience stress. Sometimes we...

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Celebrating With Sweets: The Winter Holidays Edition

My sister and I grew up with big holiday celebrations. Both our parents really enjoyed making a fuss out of the holidays by decorating the house and cooking big meals. Part of the magic of these celebrations was the abundance of sweets—candy canes in Christmas...

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Simplify Your Holiday: Tips for a Peaceful Celebration

While the holiday season has the potential to be a time of peace, celebration and joy oftentimes it is anything but – instead we feel overwhelmed, frazzled and drained. The following five tips will help put you on the path to creating a happy and harmonious holiday...

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