Quotes for Every Situation

Quotes for Every Situation

“Because when I read, I don’t really read; I pop a beautiful sentence into my mouth and suck it like a fruit drop, or I sip it like a liqueur until the thought dissolves in me like alcohol…”

Easy Steps to Becoming the World’s Greatest Minimalist

Easy Steps to Becoming the World’s Greatest Minimalist

We all know that minimalism has taken the world by storm, leaving in its wake a string of awesome empty closets, bare white walls, and straight chairs with no throw pillows. Throwing away is the new shopping! Since this is such a massively popular lifestyle right now, and since everyone knows that my home is as empty of things and color as can possibly be (cough, cough), I’ve decided to let you in on my great secret. I am the…

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Book Review: War and Peace

Book Review: War and Peace

Or, as Tolstoy would say, Book Review: War and Peace, although it can’t really be a review because none of us know anything and everything is inevitable and none of us have any control over events, including writing book reviews, and also, I’m going to kill your favorite character. I decided eight years or so was long enough to leave this book languishing on my to-read list, and that it was time to give it the attention it deserved. Along…

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Stages of Used Car Shopping For the Uninformed Girl

Stages of Used Car Shopping For the Uninformed Girl

Recently my beloved red Jetta coughed and gave up the ghost with little warning. Sure, she may have had no AC, and the ceiling may have been falling down and shedding orange sticky goo over everything, and half the windows may not have worked, but she was a good little car and her death was a blow to me! But, since she wouldn’t cart me around anymore, I was required to take up the arduous business of car shopping. I…

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Travel Guide to Ohio

Travel Guide to Ohio

You know what a travel blogger is, right? The kind of person who goes to Tajikistan and Uruguay and Sweden about once a month and takes amazing pictures which you sit at home looking at while feeling somewhat green? Yeah, that’s not me. However, I do go to exciting places like Ohio, so read on, and feel jealous. Maybe you’ll even be inspired to go there yourself! I have a friend in Ohio. We met thus: she went to Europe with…

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8 Tips For the Harried Introvert

8 Tips For the Harried Introvert

About every ten days or so, I ponder why on earth I’m so incredibly busy. I’ll think I have a free week, but before I know it, every night except one has filled up, and my floors get crummy and my laundry piles up while time marches on and events happen in a flurry. Church! Birthday parties! Volunteering! Running! Babysitting! Burgers across the street! And so I run and run until I find myself emotionally unstable in all my ways….

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Cilantro Lemon Fried Rice

Cilantro Lemon Fried Rice

I tend to cook in one of two fashions. I come home from work starving, and quickly make something like a fried egg sandwich, or a quesadilla, or a bowl of cereal (gasp)- something that I can have ready in about five minutes because I don’t want to wait any longer. I come home from work almost starving, and decide to cook something proper, because I’m very hungry but can wait longer than five minutes. I then proceed to cook…

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Classic Book Giveaway!

Classic Book Giveaway!

Update: The giveaway is closed, and we have a winner! Congratulations, Marylou, your bookshelf should be expanding shortly. Thank you all so much for your comments. I loved reading them all, and appreciate your participation. And to answer your questions, yes, you can certainly enter if you’re family, and yes, submissions from other countries are always quite welcome. Also, if you signed up for the emails, and didn’t see anything this morning, be sure to check your spam folder. Sometimes…

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How To Use Hair Henna

How To Use Hair Henna

What is henna, and why would you use it on your hair? Excellent questions. Henna is plant-based powder that has been used for hundreds of years as a natural hair conditioner. It is reported to strengthen hair, increase growth and shine, and diminish dandruff. Straight henna has a reddish color, although you can buy it mixed with indigo for brown to black, or with marigold for blonde hair. It will never lighten your hair, since it isn’t a chemical dye,…

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Five Things Living in Honduras Made Me Finicky About

Five Things Living in Honduras Made Me Finicky About

Everyone knows that living in another country for an extended period of time makes you, well…different. This is only exaggerated when you live overseas as a kid, during your formative years. As self-proclaimed weirdos, we TCKs love nothing more than finding others who can relate to our cultural oddities. So, I decided to share with you a few of my personal hangups derived from years of living in Honduras. One. Going barefoot. There are two reasons for this. First, going barefoot is…

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