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Why I’m done with New Year’s resolutions

by Karen on January 8, 2013

Every year on New Year’s Day I feel anxious for a fresh start. “This is the year,” I tell myself. And I really mean it. I really believe that opening a fresh new calendar will give me the motivation I need to make all the changes I failed to make the previous year. Unfortunately, I […]

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How to throw a toddler birthday party for cheap

by Karen on December 12, 2012

I grew up with three sisters, and I was third born, so birthday parties weren’t a yearly deal for us. We each had a party or two to celebrate big milestones, but my mom didn’t throw a huge party for each of us every year — and I don’t blame her. I probably won’t either. […]

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I’m still here

by Karen on November 25, 2012

My three-month break from blogging wasn’t planned. That’s why I never had the chance to post a note explaining my absence. I was always on the verge of posting an update. Tomorrow. Next week. Any day now. Soon. It started with good news. Shortly after my last post in August, I found out we were […]

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Reusable vs. disposable — which is best?

by Karen on August 29, 2012

Marketing companies have drawn a pretty clear line in the sand between disposable products and reusable ones. Disposable is synonymous with convenience, ease of use, and less work — but you pay a higher price for that convenience. Reusable products are better for your wallet and the environment, but harder work. Is this always the […]

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Most people feel motivated to clean and reorganize in the spring. Since most of fall and winter is spent indoors, I prefer to prepare for the long winter hibernation by cleaning, purging, and reorganizing. I’ve been creating a to-do list in my head of things I’ve been putting off all summer, and it got me […]

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Losing

by Karen on July 17, 2012

I know I’m not the first person to say this — and certainly not the last — but living with a toddler feels like a losing battle. Every day, every hour, sometimes every minute there’s a new battle to wage, a new argument, usually an argument that we just had 20 minutes ago. I know […]

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ABCs

by Karen on June 29, 2012

Did you guys know I’m an oversharer on social networks? I’d love to connect with more of you now between posts. You can follow me on Instagram @karenmsams, check out my Flickr uploads, like my Facebook page, follow me on Twitter, or find me on Vimeo for our home videos. I posted this little gem […]

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After spending the weekend really thinking about my priorities as far as time management goes, I made the decision that decluttering our space should be close to the top of the list this summer. We keep our living areas pretty tidy (most of the time), but behind closed doors, I’ve let clutter take over. There’s […]

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Confessions of a work-at-home mama

by Karen on June 25, 2012

One of the biggest misconceptions that I find myself correcting since Judah was born is the idea that life without a full-time office job is a 24/7 party/nap/pajama fest. While I continue to feel blessed that I’m able to be at home with Judah during the day and earn an income at the same time, […]

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