Entertaining & Holidays

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 profound peace, deep happiness and […]

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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, or people—so this is a great time to make space by doing a […]

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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 that this is the year the […]

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Preparing for the Holidays: Simplify Your Holiday Meal

With Thanksgiving around the corner, we want to share a few tips to help simplify your holiday meal. We have found that when we simplify our holiday traditions, meals, and decor we find ourselves with more time to time to spend with our friends and family, to rest and relax, and to reflect on the […]

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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 (and fun)  for the kids to get their own drink of water—a huge plus as I […]

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Natural Easter Eggs

Easter is almost here and I wanted to share some ideas for dying eggs with natural dyes. What better time to use what you already have in your home! Kids really enjoy experimenting with different vegetables, fruits, and herbs and love the surprise of seeing what different colors they produced. Laura’s natural Easter egg dying […]

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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. Michael Beckwith often says, “cultivate an attitude of […]

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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 catch ourselves thinking, “when I […]

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Dreaming of a Green Christmas: An Earth-Friendly Holiday Season

Nine healthy, eco-friendly choices you can make this holiday season. Your family, and the planet, will thank you! 1) Try wrapping presents with recycled paper or choose boxes and cloth gift bags, which can be used again for years to come. Recycled wrapping paper is now available at many stores. A few of our favorites […]

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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 stockings, Christmas cookies in a big tree-shaped cookie jar on […]

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