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What my Grandma taught me about being busy.

This summer marks 5 years since we moved back to Minnesota. When we moved back we were grateful to be closer to family and to be able to spend more time with our grandparents in their later years. At that time both of my grandmothers were experiencing failing health....

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Do you know what joy feels like?

I grew up on the cusp of technology. We had dial up internet on a desktop computer that was in my Mom's bedroom so chatting with my friends was limited to before her bedtime. Cell phones could only call and text and if they could do more I was oblivious.  No Facebook...

Real words between a couple – 14 years in

14 years ago my husband Adam and I started dating. We were just kids. This anniversary means that we've been together for HALF of our lives. Whoa! Since we started dating so young we've obviously grown and changed a lot over the years. I could honestly write about our...

Why small changes have a big impact on your daily life

Before I ever started The Small Change Project when I knew I had something to share, but didn't quite know what - there was an underlying theme. Throughout our relationship and our travels Adam and I had discovered that certain small tweaks to how we did things had...

The pros and cons of a 24-hour vacation

On Sunday morning we quickly (almost frantically) packed our bag and threw our snowshoes in the Subaru. We had arranged for Watson to stay at the ranch and told them we'd drop him off at 11:30. We got there 40 minutes late, but our mini-vacation was GOING to happen....

What does ‘Lifestyle Design’ even mean?

I hear the plate set down and he comes in to whisper "breakfast is ready" We both sit down to eggs, toast, a clementine, a vitamin and coffee. We peruse that morning's headlines reading each other the funny or interesting bits. This is our morning routine. It's been...

How to write a THIS DAY SUCKS to-do list.

I wish I had a cheeky Halloween post for you today complete with a few costumes and a Jack-o-lantern. If it's any indication of how behind we are in life right now our trick-or-treaters will be getting organic granola bars that I don't like. This year there is no...

3 Ways I Run My House Like A Business

I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit. As a young girl I passed out babysitting business cards in church. I went to a business school and got my degree in Marketing. While I was there I also minored in leadership and one of my favorite classes was Intimate...

How to form your own community (with cake!)

I am a big fan of Mad Men. I love the story, the fashion and the characters. When I was watching the earlier seasons I found myself getting jealous of Betty Draper. Not for the usual reasons like being married to Don, but for something else. Her friends. When Francine...

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