Have Yourself a Merry Little Five-Hand Christmas!

A gift-giving strategy that’s down to earh – and good for it, and your wallet!

“Merry and bright, this year? With all the economic woes, possible lockdowns, steadily increasing inflation, unrest, instability, and supply chain shortages? A bright and merry Christmas really does seem inconceivable this year. In fact, even celebrating Christmas in the midst of all this seems almost crazy, let alone trying to make it merry and bright! And Christmas gifts? What a distressing thought!

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The Golden Rule of Simplifying

Life can get pretty complicated, can’t it? So why add a messy house to the mix? That’s what I tell friends when they comment on how clean and tidy they always usually find my house. “But how do you do it?” they wonder. ” By following my Golden Rule of simplifying,” I tell them.

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The Village Morning [Five Minute Friday]

As I sit here at the kitchen table, I hear the shepherd just up the hill start his noisy, delapidated truck. It seems quieter this time. Maybe he was able to have more work done on it since our last visit. Or perhaps our closed windows mute the rattle.

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These Difficult Times: Time to Reset?

At the risk of sounding like a doomsday prophet I’d say difficult times are upon us and bound to get worse. Financial woes, unstable governments, alarming Great Resets, crumbling values. And according to experts, existential health and environmental threats.

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Dog Payments, Snowballs and Debt-Free Living!

I’m fond of saying that Hubby and I should have received a financial stupidity award in our early marriage. Armed with credit cards and few brains, we shopped foolishly and extravagantly. Even buying a dog on credit! 

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Cultivating Contentment in a World of Stuff

I once read the testimony of a family in difficult circumstances and with limited finances, plagued by discouragement and malcontent. Until the day their young son prayed over lunch.

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The Giant, Odor-Free Minimalist Travel Towel,

Try the huge, but compact Turkish Peshtemal that only gets softer and fluffier with successive washings!

Do you have a problem with smelly towels? We always did, but no more! Over here, especially during rainy season, towels take a long time to dry. So unless washed after each use, they turn sour-smelling, and so unpleasant to use!

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One-Bag Travel: Packing List

My complete one-bag-travel packing list can help you travel super light. And yet never lack for a single thing!

In sharing why we Travel With Just a Carry-on each, I also shared that traveling so light seemed utterly impossible to me. And that’s because I’m the type of person who likes being prepared for anything and everything! An organizer and champion list maker, I’d jot down everything imaginable and drag it along. Only to realize that we never even used a lot of it! 

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How to Do Laundry Almost Free: Naturally

If you’re tired of sending money down the drain try soap nuts, the only 100% organic laundry soap that grows on trees!

According to statistics, an average American family of four spends around $185 on laundry detergent annually.ยน Add another $39 for bleach, and $66 for fabric softener. That’s a lot of money going down the drain. (No pun intended!) And it doesn’t even take into account the toll all those chemical products take on the environment. 

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