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Thoughtful Gifts for Children (Alternative to Toys!)

Over the last couple of years, I have had a lot of fun sharing my favorite gift ideas with you. I have always loved giving gifts, even if I’m a minimalist at heart. I’ve made gift guides for Classy Gentlemen, for Ladies, and for Grandma. But one of my favorite demographics to choose presents for […]

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So Thankful

I just wanted to take a moment to wish my American readers a Happy Thanksgiving, and to express some of the things I am grateful for this year. This is the fifth Thanksgiving we have spent overseas since our move to Europe in 2010, and it’s the first one that I have been able to […]

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Camping at Home– A Fun & Easy Family Adventure

We had a fun family adventure this weekend.  We went camping! And it was so easy, free and fun– no packing, no hauling anything, no hassle.  Because we went camping at home.  Yes, this might be considered cheating by camping enthusiasts, but I think it’s just a great thing to do as a family. We […]

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The Family Meeting: Building Harmony and Cooperation

Today I want to talk about something we have been doing about as a family for several years now, that has made life more harmonious and stable, despite a lot of difficult transitions.  We began having weekly family meetings when Amelia was four years old, and we were in the middle of the wild ride […]

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The Family Piggy Bank Project

Last year, I wrote about a special project our family started working on at Christmas: The Family Piggy Bank.  I bought a piggy bank, wrapped it up, and set it under the Christmas tree, with a label that read, To: Our Family  Merry Christmas!  From: All of us!   My daughter was really intrigued by this, […]

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A Fun Little Flower Party

Saturday was Amelia’s 7th birthday. After deliberating for months over the party theme, she finally settled on “flowers.”  I was happy, because I knew I would have fun with this one, and because I was glad I could talk her out of a pajama party in the middle of the day at the end of […]

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And Then There Was The Cake

Eight years ago, today… We got married in front our loved ones in California.  And about an hour into our new status, we had our very first marital miscommunication– in front of all of our friends and family! I still get a kick out of this photo sequence, and hopefully you will, too! I am […]

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A Childhood Milestone: Moving Into the Playhouse

  (For those just joining us, you’ll want to read the first part of this story: A Lemonade Stand– Bringing a Bit of American Childhood to Bury St. Edmunds.)  Well, we had a big milestone for a certain little girl this weekend! Amelia had worked hard all summer long, with her lemonade stand, despite it […]

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