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Break for gratitude

by Karen on October 11, 2010

Now more than ever I need to remind myself that as challenging as my days can be lately, I am very very lucky. Instead of complaining today, I’m affirming all of the reasons that I have to feel thankful on the day after my 26th birthday. A medically uncomplicated pregnancy, and the healthy baby boy […]

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Why I’m a money multitasker

by Karen on April 19, 2010

Last week’s post about holding off on paying down debt sparked a little controversy in the comments. I wanted to clarify some of my views, because there seems to be some confusion about my financial philosophy. First of all, I am not debt free. I have never claimed to be. Like most 25-year-olds, my husband […]

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For the past few days, this line from “All You Need is Love” has been my mantra. No matter how prepared you feel for each of life’s milestones, sometimes it can feel like you’re just not ready. I’ve known about what’s coming up in the next couple months for almost a year. I’ve planned for […]

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Losing the battle, winning the war

by Karen on March 24, 2010

I write about this topic a. lot. It’s because after years of working on it, I still spend way too much time beating myself up when I have to let things go. This week I announced that I’ll be updating this blog a little less frequently for the next few weeks as we head into […]

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Boxed in

by Karen on March 22, 2010

The image you’re about to see may disturb you. Viewing this image is not recommended for people sensitive to clutter, disorganization, and mess. Potential side effects include headache, shortness or breath, difficulty concentrating, and severe writer’s block. View at your own risk. This is the current state of my guest room and, consequently, the current […]

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Instant comfort

by Karen on March 18, 2010

Whether I’m feeling sick or I’ve just come home after a particularly tough day at work, the first thing I do is kick off my shoes and slip into a pair of cozy fleece socks and slippers. They have the power to instantly comfort me. Every year at Christmas, Tony gets me a new pair […]

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by Karen on March 17, 2010

I love everything about books. I love the way they look, the way they feel in my hands, the way they smell. When we were less frugal, my husband and I spent more money buying books that we should have. These days, we get most of our reading materials from the library, or we borrow […]

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Something old

by Karen on March 16, 2010

On my wedding day, these pearls served as my “something old.” They originally belonged to my grandmother, who received them as a gift from my uncle in the 1960s, and she passed them down to my mother. I knew I wanted to wear simple, elegant pearls on my wedding day, so my mother loaned me […]

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Family heirloom

by Karen on March 15, 2010

(I was still catching up from our trip last week, and then I came down with the worst head cold I’ve had in a while. My weekend flew by in a cold medicine induced haze. So I’ve decided to take it easy on myself this week by doing something unconventional. Each day, I’ll be telling […]

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