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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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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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Regular readers know I have recently implemented a new practice in my house: If something new (and inedible) comes in, something old has to go out. It’s challenging when that “something” happens to belong to Big Girl. Recently, she got a few new pairs of shoes, a few new tops, and a gorgeous desk for [...]

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It’s totally crazy. I live a short train ride from New York City and I still haven’t secured BlogHer tickets. For those who are unfamiliar: BlogHer is a conference for women all about blogging. It’s a chance for a few thousand women to get together, talk about the business and craft of blogging. And maybe [...]

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Take a look at the photo above. Ignore the fact that it is an obvious attempt to give my kids all the stuff I never had as a child. Also, that it looks like a daycare or a school. Then take another look. Know how much I paid for everything? About $300 total including the [...]

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It’s Earth Day! A day to look for ways we can reduce our environmental footprint. It’s the culmination of what’s been a big year. World leaders met in Copenhagen to discuss climate change. The Environmental Protection Agency finally came out on Bisphenol A (BPA), the president said he was going to allow offshore drilling. Smaller [...]

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Remember my promise to spend and consume less this month? This weekend I was weighing that promise and my commitment to reduce against a desire for my kid to look like everyone else. Big Girl is on a soccer team. Back when she first joined, we ordered her uniform at the local soccer shop. When [...]

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Just saw Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. (What would I do without my TiVo?) I love his ideas, of course. Kids should have access to real foods. Nothing processed or chemical-laced. And milk should not be defined as “white.” Since when is plain milk called “white?” But as I sat watching the show something struck me. [...]

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Anyone who has been reading for a while knows that when I get hurt it’s usually in some weird, obscure way. Something that prompts an insurance letter being sent out. The letters always want to know if someone else is responsible for the injury. Because hey, how else could you get a black eye and [...]

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