Tag Archives: simplicity

Sacred Place

20 Jul

Carve out a spot in your house or a time every day that’s all about you. It’s your “sacred place,” as Joseph Campbell put it. Your break to remember who you are, to listen to your gut, and to live the life entrusted to your soul.

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Grocery Adventure

17 Jul

I had a bored toddler, a rainy day, and an empty fridge. To the grocery store!

5 Ideas:

1. Let your toddler bring along a fellow adventurer: a favorite toy or stuffed animal.

2. Make it a game: Can you find something brown? Do you see an apple? Let’s look for something cold …

3. Point out and feel different textures. Szaba particularly liked the asparagus and kiwi.

4. Let your child pick something new to try. I was amazed by all the kid-themed items at her eye level that I’d never even noticed before.

5. Grab a store flyer and use the food pictures to create an “art” piece when you get home, commemorating your adventure.

How do you make the grocery store (or other errand spots) fun for your kids?

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Dish Duty

10 Jul

In the constant need for something to amuse my 2 year old, I’ve considered everything but the kitchen sink.

Wait, why NOT the kitchen sink?

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Double Rainbow

6 Jul

If you haven’t seen the “Double Rainbow” video by now, my husband would make some comment about the breadth and depth of the hole you’ve been living in for the past two years.

I’ve included the video below, should you want to refute him or simple have a laugh down memory lane.

Needless to say, it rippled through the web right around the time that I had Szaba.

I vividly remember Ryan playing the video in the chair beside me, while I cuddled the unfathomable miracle of our new daughter. I couldn’t see what he was watching, but I could hear it.

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Birthday Wishes for My Daughter

2 Jul

My birthday is the day before Christmas, and my daughter’s is the day before the 4th of July. I mention it because holiday birthdays can make a person a little birthday crazy. (Just ask my husband.)

To me, birthdays are a BIG DEAL. Because they have to be. Because you need to wave your arms a lot to get noticed amid the tinsel and fireworks.

July 3 Holiday Baby

Newborn in arms, I watched the July 4th fireworks from my hospital window.

But after running around like Martha Stewart on steroids yesterday, trying to make Szaba’s birthday perfect, I realized something.

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Cookie Decorating

26 Jun

Somewhat by accident, I recently re-discovered the pleasures of cookie decorating.

Almost too pretty to eat. Almost.

I was going to visit my sister and her family and came up with the idea for a host gift. (Yes, I still do those. Here are some ideas.)

I thought this would be something my 7-year-old niece would enjoy, but I was surprised when even my husband and brother-in-law were right in the mix, hogging the colored icing.

The dads kicked the creativity up a notch. And the competition of said creativity.

Cookie decorating is cheap, fun, easy, and something everyone can enjoy together. Not much else meet all that criteria. (Sledding? Play dough? Squirt gun fights?) Plus, you’re left with yummy pieces of art when you’re done.

My niece makes a delicious SpongeBob.

Still not convinced? File these ideas away. You’ll thank me one day.

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Look Up

25 Jun

I was having a bad day and walking the dog. It was about 7:00pm on a cool and cloudy Monday a couple years back. Oblivious to the world around me and in a deep state of musing (as I am wont to do), something made me look up.

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