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No Shoes Allowed: A Cultural Dilemma

I enjoy a new idea– both the thinking of and stealing. I would argue my *own* best idea to date has been elevator buttons being “un-pushable.” (Accidentally pushed the wrong floor? Unpush that baby!) The best idea I’ve stolen was from my Japanese friend Misa. When she welcomed me into her household, I was sold […]

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Stepping into His Domain

Over the last 13 years of marriage, domains began to form in our home. At some point without even knowing it, there were very clear cut lines for who took care of what. There seemed to be unspoken rules about who was in charge of interior design and who dealt with all things automotive. They […]

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Everyday Ways to Make Earth Day Every Day

In my family, I’m referred to, ever so lovingly, as “the hippie dippie whack doodle.” Between bouts of meatlessness to countless retail boycotts, I’ve built a reputation for myself. If you told my family that I’d chained myself to a tree in protest of deforestation, they’d probably believe you.   Realistically, though, I’m not a […]

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Clearing the Clutter

My neighbor is a miracle worker. Like a legit miracle worker. Let me explain. Whenever I go into her house, which is a lot, it always looks so nice and it makes me feel calm. I know that sounds weird but stick with me. I don’t have a designing bone in my body. So I […]

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Your Mechanic

This post was sponsored by Your Mechanic, however opinions belong to the writer.      I admit, I’ve allowed my car’s oil light to be ignored for far too long. I don’t know much about cars, but I know that this isn’t smart. And yet, it’s something that I’ve been doing with much more frequency in recent […]

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See Ya, Suburbs!

A few months ago, my husband and I did something drastic: we sold our home in the suburbs, got rid of half our stuff, and moved into a small two-bedroom apartment in the middle of the city. The reasons for doing so ranged from not wanting to do yard work anymore, wanting to be able […]

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Why I Make My Bed

My mom always makes her bed.  For as long as I can remember, she always has. I never understood why. It seemed silly to me to spend time and energy doing something that would be so quickly undone. So, once I was living on my own, I never made my bed and that habit lasted […]

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