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We are big tech people. I can’t count how many servers, workstations, gaming consoles, and pieces of consumer electronics that we’ve purchased since we’ve been married. I’ve been recycling the big stuff — computers, laptops, monitors, and televisions — for a while now, but it’s been more difficult to figure out what to do with [...]

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Recently, a few of my friends have mentioned the need for a “holiday clear out.” You know, going through toys, games, and clothing and getting rid of stuff to make room for all the new stuff the family will get during the holiday season. We don’t have that problem because I am constantly clearing and [...]

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For a little kid, Little Girl has a big memory. She’s been talking about Halloween since July. “I wanna be ‘arina,” she told me. (Translation: She wanted to dress up like the Marina character on Fresh Beat Band.) “And Daddy will be Shout and you can be Kiki.” Hmmm. Okay, so right away I started [...]

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Growing up, I lived in a house with a huge (for Long Island) backyard. It was a stretched pentagon-shaped piece of property 60 feet across in the front but about 300 feet across in the back. It went back at its deepest 250 feet deep, and the house wasn’t big so there was a wide [...]

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My house is pretty much a plastic-free zone. We’ve eliminated all Tupperware and plastic storage containers. I don’t use any Zip-Lock-type bags. I have reusable grocery bags. We don’t use plastic wrap, opting instead for glass containers with lids. We don’t have a single plastic cup. I even got rid of all the plastic utensils [...]

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We just threw a big party for Big Girl. Planning it was stressful, even once I found the venue. I knew I had to come up with favors and centerpieces. In the end, it turned out that the centerpieces were easy. It’s spring. Everyone is planting, so I got enough plants for every family to [...]

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Every morning Big Girl and Little Girl have cereal and yogurt. It’s organic yogurt free of artificial flavors and colors, but I still wonder how healthy it is. You see, it comes in a big plastic tub. I believe the tub is BPA-free, but I can’t really be absolutely sure, can I? I looked it [...]

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My mom had Little Girl yesterday. Me, I was working. This week just won’t stop. Okay, so she goes out and, as usual, brings her home with food. In this case she’s got two muffins from the local bagel store — a chocolate chip for Big Girl and a blueberry for Little Girl. They arrive [...]

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This past week has been one of the most productive that the Big Girl/Little Girl household has ever seen. My husband and I have cleaned house — literally. We got rid of the equivalent of two carloads of stuff from the garage, four large boxes of old electronics (including a 37-inch LCD TV that was [...]

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Paring Down Possessions

I’ve mentioned it a few times already, but I thought I’d give you an update on the bag-a-week purge that’s been going on since January. It’s taken me a long time to admit it, but I am ready to say it: I have too much stuff in my house. Way too much stuff. Too many [...]

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