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HOW TO SIMPLIFY HOLIDAY HOSPITALITY

It’s approaching that time of year when the word “SIMPLIFY” sounds wonderfully appealing on multiple levels. With tentative thoughts on opening our festive homes and hearts to guests galore, we can find ourselves in danger of unraveling like a big ol’ roll of shiny gift wrap. So how can we be hospitable over the holidays in a way that is efficient, effortless, and enjoyable? Lean in and let’s talk all things simple…

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COOKBOOKS: HELP FOR THE HOLIDAYS

With the holiday season right around the corner, most of us need all the help we can get! And so this seems the perfect time to share some of my favorite cookbooks with you. You can grab a copy for your festive food prep right now, glean some glorious gift ideas for the foodies in your life, or add one of my suggestions to put on your own Christmas list! It’s a win-win-win…

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HOW GRANDMA DID HOSPITALITY

Every October I remember Nanny, my maternal grandma. Partly because October was her birthday month and partly because it’s when we celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving—and I tend to get a tad mushy and nostalgic. It makes me wish I could have just one more cup of tea with Nanny in a floral bone china teacup. And ask how her generation did hospitality so effortlessly and so well…

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FIVE READS FOR FALL

Now that flipflops are packed away and cute boots have appeared in the closet, it’s time to cozy up with some good books. Am I right? As much as I adore reading on the beach, there’s something comforting about snuggling under a warm throw with a cup of tea, emergency chocolate, and a gripping read. Hello, autumn. And I have five reads for fall especially for you…

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RHYTHMS IN THE EMPTY NEST

Here we are, a full year into the phase of life commonly referred to as “the empty nest”—some of you are nodding sagely and others can’t begin to imagine such a time will come. I’m no expert (one whole year) and to be honest, I feel a bit of a cheat as our youngest was home from Uni for the summer, but the nest is in empty mode again and I can hear my fellow empty-nester moms collectively sigh. Part heartache, part relief, part anxiety. So listen in as I share how the hubby and I plan to navigate the nest with a new rhythm…

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WHY MOMS HATE AIRPORTS

I knew it was coming but it still hit me like a sledgehammer—today was the airport goodbye with my youngest heading back to University. It seems like 5 minutes ago I was ecstatic with a full heart picking him up from that airport ready for a l-o-n-g summer at home. But in a flash, it’s over and I’m failing miserably at holding it all together as we bid him farewell until Christmas. So I’m here to pass a Kleenex and grab hands with whoever needs a little mom-encouragement today…

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MY FIVE FAVORITE PODCASTS RIGHT NOW

What’s not to love about multitasking? Simply knowing we are accomplishing at least two things at the same time (and looking like a pro) is something we hold in high esteem. As a writer, I spend much of my day hovering over my desk like a feminine version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame and am therefore very aware of the necessity to exercise daily. Zumba has me covered 3 days a week, and the rest—I’m all about the walking. But what has me all enthused about traipsing around the neighborhood or hitting the gym? PODCASTS. Listen in and I’ll tell you why…

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ON BEING A MOM FOREVER

Something feels a bit “off” this week. Not bad. Different. A shift of sorts. And I now realize what it is— I have no teenaged kids anymore! Today my (six-foot) baby turns TWENTY and just like that, we are teen-less after raising three of them. We survived a span of fourteen years in teen mode—and now what? A new chapter mothering kids in their twenties. Because no matter how tall, educated, or married they are, I am “Mom” forever…

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HITTING THE MID-YEAR RESET BUTTON

Friend, can you believe we are HALFWAY THROUGH THE YEAR? For me, time has flown at an alarming rate and yet I seem to have stuffed a whole lot of living into a mere six months already. I’ve never consciously done this mid-year before—but I’m feeling the need to hit the reset button for real. There’s no rule to say we have to jolly well wait until December 31, so let’s do it. Let’s reflect, refresh, and reset right now!

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FOUR FAB NEW BOOKS & A GIVEAWAY!

BOOKISH PROBLEMS: It’s hard to keep up with all the latest and greatest new books hitting the shelves. It just is. (Especially when your own is launching!) But when you are sent a copy to review or actually know the author, you simply have to spread the reading love. So I’m sharing four fabulous new Christian books for all ages, all quite wonderful. Plus, I’m giving one of them away right here…

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