3 Simple Autumn Table Settings

November 25th, 2013
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“What are some things you and Martin want to do before you become parents?” a good friend asked me earlier this month.

I paused and thought about what our friends with kids always miss. “I’d like a couple of quiet, slow dinners at home,” I said.

Her face began to glow as she pulled open our pantry door. “Let’s make them extra special, then!”

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Balancing Work and Pregnancy

October 10th, 2013
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I think pregnancy is an introduction to time management just before things get really crazy with a baby. Rather than fight the increased exhaustion coupled with added chores like getting a car seat, double checking health insurance, and reading about baby care, I’m going with the change. And it’s hard. I want to be out there finishing remodel projects with Martin. We both know that if I do that, though, I won’t have the energy to do anything else. I’m slowly learning.

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Decluttering Books

August 27th, 2013
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Every English book I could get my hands on – whether a well written story or not – became gold to me in Germany. I cherished my books and hesitated to let any of them go because they were in words I could understand. Even though I talked about decluttering books during The Decluttering Project several years ago, I never truly figured out how to let go of the abundance of books that I didn’t need (or didn’t even enjoy).

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