It Doesn't Have to Be So Hard

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Brand Simplicity or Simplistic Branding?

I personally believe simplicity rules. Whether branding your business, setting up processes and procedures, or communicating, the premise keep it simple is king. When it comes to branding, simplicity without thought or strategy behind it doesn't make sense. This post from Nora Richardson of The Branding Spot is spot on regarding simplicity and your brand. ...more

Winter Gardening: Growing Potatoes Indoors!

I am utterly fascinated with the concept of four-season gardening. Here in New England, growing stuff in the winter is no easy feat, but I have been hoping to work on extending my garden season, so I’ve been reading up a lot of ways to garden year round. With that goal in mind, last month we began a little experiment… we are currently attempting to grow potatoes inside!  We've always had good luck growing potatoes out in our garden beds, and I did read that potatoes can do very well in containers, so we thought we'd give it a go....more

Do I REALLY need to do that???

As of now, my answer, barring a few minor exceptions, is no. Those of you with some lingering, ahem, issues with authority, come closer...You don't have to do it either! Once the goody-two-shoes stop gasping, I'll explain. ...more

Intentions, not Resolutions

I sort of have mixed feelings on the idea of New Year’s Resolutions. I find the “All or Nothing”-ness of them a bit off-putting. However, I do think that the start of a new year is a great time to take stock of your life, and think about the things you would like to change or improve. I have a few of these, myself… not absolute “resolutions” exactly, but small changes I would like to work on implementing in my daily life....more
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How to incorporate simplicity into your life

Everyone's lives are full and busy with "to-do" and "must-do" lists.  It's time to slow down and incorporate a few simple ways to avoid life's speed trap. ...more

Feeding the Family on a Budget

For most families, the biggest household expense after housing is food. Feeding a large family, in particular, can get very expensive, especially if you want to feed your family well. But it is possible to keep food costs down without sacrificing nutrition. Here are my tips for feeding a family on a budget: Try to stick to a whole food, vegetarian diet. I realize this won’t work for everyone, as there are lots of die-hard meat-eaters out there!...more

Simple Pleasures

In today's economy, people are having to cut back on everything but the basics.  That made me think of things I enjoy that are either free or don't cost much.  Here are some of what crossed my mind....more

Simple Beauty

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Peach Season!

We are in the midst of Peach Season here in my part of New England. When I went to pick up our Farm Share the other day, I came home with tons of them! So what to do with all these peaches? Well, many of them will just be eaten fresh… sweet, juicy peaches are such an amazing summertime treat!  We also plan to make up a batch of Peach Preserves, and last night my beautiful daughter made the most delicious Peach Cobbler using this recipe. It came out great!...more