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Let’s cut right to the chase. Illiteracy is a huge issue throughout the world. “Summer brain drain” is also a problem–a first world problem, but a problem nonetheless. Here’s a solution to both: We Give Books is an organization that puts books in the hands of children who otherwise wouldn’t have access to them. Right there they’ve won me over. Throw in cookies and I’m…

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This post contains an affiliate link. Sadly, it does not contain cookies. It is my (and the government’s) policy that I disclose this information—the link, not the cookies. I have already told you a couple times about The Tummy Team I participated in, and I hinted at a result of the core strengthening that was exciting for me. It begins with a loooooong story. I’d…

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Use a whisk to remove Easter eggs from a cup of dye without coloring your fingers, or to lift boiled eggs out of hot water without burning your hands and without dropping the slippery little buggers from a spoon. This also works to remove them from ice water if you cool your eggs after boiling. Simple press the whisk onto the egg, and the little…

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I have all my best, most brilliant ideas in the shower. I used to write my brilliant ideas in the steam on the shower door with my finger. That worked great, until I got out of the shower and the steam disappeared, along with my brilliance. I needed a better option to capture my brilliance, one that didn’t involve running naked through the house looking…

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Simplifying is not confined to the brick and mortar world. A simplified life can be sabotaged by how we spend our online time. To free up time and e-space, it may be time to evaluate the online subscriptions cluttering up your inbox and RSS reader. The last time I estimated, there were about 8 kazillion websites competing for subscribers. (That’s a number I made up because…

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My email inbox used to be OOC–out of control. I didn’t think I had many subscriptions, but with our on-again, off-again internet access as we travel the country, I couldn’t consistently check, answer, and delete. The emails were multiplying like rabbits, even though I was manually unsubscribing and deleting as fast as I could. Like rabbits, people! That’s when I discovered Unroll Me. (It’s FREE,…

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Making the Most of the Last Weeks Before Christmas

  It’s the final hour. The big day is practically here. Are you ready? How’s your sanity? How’s your family? It’s tempting every year to turn these final weeks of what is intended to be a joyous celebration into a major push to get everything done–presents under the tree, hair tied in rags for Christmas Eve curls, fudge made, elaborate dinner perfected, house spotlessly cleaned…

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