Browsing Category "Simplify"
Why I’m Changing My Christmas Birthday
By     |    Dec 31, 2012
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Why I’m Changing My Christmas Birthday

Mark your calendars now…my next birthday is officially been changed (by me) to sometime in January or February instead. I am a Christmas baby by birth. Not a Christmas Eve baby or a Boxing Day baby or any of the other days in December, who I understand also have to deal with birthday-related weirdness (my condolences, I assure you). It’s just the way it is. You can change your name […]

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False Dilemmas
By     |    Aug 30, 2012
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False Dilemmas

People really seem to beat themselves up over certain choices.  The pulses race. The minds flip flop and then settle. The camps get divided — and heated. But there are many things that are framed as “either/or” choices that really aren’t just either/or. Forcing you to pick a “side” on these types of debates means that you have to dig yourself a trench and face giving up the benefits of […]

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By     |    Mar 28, 2011
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Each Day’s Proper Work

I recently re-read the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder and came across this passage from Little House in the Big Woods: “Each day had it’s own proper work. Ma used to say: Wash on Monday, Iron on Tuesday, Mend on Wednesday, Churn on Thursday, Clean on Friday, Bake on Saturday, Rest on Sunday.” Now that I’m reading these words with adult eyes, it struck me that there is […]

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By     |    Feb 7, 2010
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5 Tips I Wish I Had Known Sooner

I learned quite a bit at the UT Sustainable Business Summit last Friday, including this little factoid: tea is one of the few crops that goes directly to from the field into a bag and then into your waiting cup of hot water to drink. WITHOUT BEING WASHED, chems and all (if non-organic). Though it’s obvious upon reflection (if you washed tea leaves, you would ruin them), I almost shot […]

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The Weighting Game
By     |    Feb 2, 2010
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The Weighting Game

When I was pregnant with Benjamin, I gained 70 lbs. At the time, it didn’t seem that weird. My doctors didn’t even mention it and when I pressed them if it was normal, they said it was and not to worry, it would come off after I had the baby. Since I was eating super-healthy during my entire pregnancy (we even bought a CSA share and routinely ate fresh veggies […]

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By     |    Sep 7, 2009
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Paper Work

My love of print content definitely creates some of my more complex organizational challenges. One of the biggest paper lessons I’ve learned after moving so often is to not save magazines a la the Collyer brothers. Now, instead of skimming them and holding on to them longer term for when I want to “go back,” I now read them cover to cover, ripping out anything I want to hold onto […]

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Healthy Weeknight Dinner Time Hack: Roasted Vegetables
By     |    Sep 1, 2009
Posted in: Food, Simplify     |    4 Comments

Healthy Weeknight Dinner Time Hack: Roasted Vegetables

This week, I’m trying a new method (based on a plan from a book I picked up used on Amazon, Katie Brown’s Weekends) to decrease our meal preparation issues during the work week and to also try to get us to eat more veggies, less meat. Don’t get me wrong, we LOVE meat. That’s sort of the problem. In Texas, steak is about the same price as chicken or other […]

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By     |    Aug 19, 2009
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How Do I Spend My Time?

I am interrupting my own blog post cheeseathon for a change of subject—I’d like to talk a bit about how I, how we all, spend our time. It’s trite to say our time is limited, but it’s trite for a very good reason—it’s actually true. How do you know when you are spending your time well? For me, it’s about going to sleep easy; I often have insomnia bouts when […]

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