SIMPLE ROUTINES + PRACTICES

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simplifying home | nurturing the family table

Cooking is both simpler and more necessary than we imagine. It has in recent years come to seem a complication to juggle against other complications, instead of what it can be---a clear path through them. -- Tamar Adler, An Everlasting Meal When…
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preparing closets for a new season

In the South, we really have two seasons: hot and cold. Since our family has always lived in an older home with small (and shared) closet space, typically, we only have enough room for what we can wear right now. This means every fall and…
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simplifying home | reflecting the seasons

Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own; and from morning to night, as from the cradle to the grave, it is but a succession of changes so gentle and easy that we can scarcely mark their progress.  --Charles Dickens While…
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on planners and plans

So many friends' children begin school this week, and as we fumble our way into our own year, I admit I'm a little sad to say good-bye to this care-free season of flushed cheeks and bare feet. I bought a new planner this weekend, a favorite…
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rest time in our home

Olive's crying right now. For the second time, I've returned her to her bed for rest, a quiet both of us need. I've seen this phase out of daytime sleep on the horizon for a while; she is three after all. Although the boys had long given…