I am amazed and blessed with all the gifts I am given.
"Do not compare, do not measure. No other way is like yours. All other ways deceive and tempt you. You must fulfill the way that is in you."
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Do what you love
Enjoy all of your life
Clear the clutter
Cook delicious meals
Enrich family life
Learn to love
and be loved
Live abundantly on your income
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Brighid tells us how she encountered a wake-up call with home clutter and how she changed her life by clearing the clutter from her home.
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Take a look at the long-term results of the all-natural hot water weed killer.
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Try the plain water, no chemical, rather lazy method for getting rid of weeds.
This is what the dandelions in the walkway looked like the day after being treated with nothing more than hot water.
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Here are some of the sites I've found for gardening inspiration. We're still at that time of transformation where it's a little too soon to plant the gardens, but the views from the windows still caress you with promises of fertile earth and tender green shoots.
Read the post ... GARDENING INSPIRATIONS
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Our attention is turned to the power, skills, talents, and beauty of performance in the 2014 Winter Olympics. Let's remember that while winning is awesome and energizing, our athletes should be honored just for the mere fact that they were chosen to participate. It takes years of dedication and practice to be an Olympian athlete.
Here is the Olympic Creed that appears on the scoreboard of the opening ceremonies:
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From aprons in several styles, to secret treasures books, to an oilcloth receipt wallet, we've compiled a list of 11 Easy Handmade Gifts that your recipient should love. These were selected both for the ease of creating them as well as for gifts that have an increased chance of being well received. .. .... Get the 11 Ideas here ....
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This year our little apple tree had apples for the first time. They were smaller than normal - about the size of oversized golf balls - but they were sweet, crispy and delicious.
It was a bit of a thrill to make this cake with our own apples. The cake is moist with bits of apple and the caramel icing is a perfect compliment. .... Get this easy Apple Cake recipe here.
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Sometimes we can make our lives easier by making a few simple changes. Yet often, we just keep doing things the same way, over and over again. Why? Because we are not paying attention. We are not even aware that there is another possibility or another way.
It took a bowl of mulberries to make me realize that I wasn't aware and paying attention to what I was doing to cause myself extra work and stress. .... Read on for the Mulberry Lesson.
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Deliberately do at least one thing every day that brings joy. Pick a flower, touch a piece of silk, pet your cat, listen to your favorite song, sip a smooth drink of coffee, watch the sun rise, bake some cookies, breathe in the scent of lavender, dance to the music, sit on the deck, walk barefoot in the sand, sing out loud, give away a good book, read a good book, taste a piece of fruit, eat a piece of dark chocolate, .... what gives you joy? Do it! And again!
Mark Waldman and Andrew Newberg, MD, Research scientists and authors have developed a six step method to help you to increase both your productivity and your creativity
Check out our blog post on how to tell if raspberries are ripe and how to pick them.
By Dr. Donald E. Wetmore
I used to put everyone else's requests and needs first and if there was any time left over at the end of the day for what I needed and wanted to do, that was acceptable. That is until I began to realize that if you and I are going to be effective time managers, we have to stay away from allocating our time solely on the basis of those who demand it. Instead, if you and I are going to be effective time managers, we have to allocate our time on the basis of those who deserve it.
Perhaps you woke up one morning to realize the old joke is true: "Even if you finish the rat race in first, you're still a rat." Or maybe, the thought crept in more slowly, wedging itself into your consciousness while sitting in the five o'clock traffic jam as you commute home. However it appeared, you now realize it's time for a change to a simpler way of life.
But how do you start? These 10 steps will provide you with guidance to propel you along the path.
Brad Swift, founder of Life on Purpose, shares his favorite insights, steps, and actions that people can take to enhance the quality of their lives.
Have you made your New Year's goals? Use these 7 easy steps for reaching your New Year's Resolutions.
When you are feeling that you are way out of balance - too much stress, too full of a calendar, too little pleasure in everyday life - it may have a domino effect. You may have trouble sleeping. You may overeat. You may use your tight, high-pitched voice every time you talk to the kids. You may be so self-absorbed that you pay little attention to your spouse. You can begin to feel overwhelmed and unable to cope with anything.
Making grape juice is a very simple process. The method shown is even simpler because the juice will be frozen instead of canned. To be fair, canning is not a difficult process, but even though my mother and grandmother canned produce, I have always chosen freezing.
One of the most rewarding ways to begin simplifying your life is to begin to deepen and smooth your relationships with your family and close friends. This is especially true if you have a person in your life that is very special to you, yet you have lost some of the deep connection that you used to have.
Conscious acts of love can be very powerful in bringing you closer to the special people in your life. These are things that you do to express love to someone else. It is not part of a routine or habit, and it goes beyond just saying "I love you."
A conscious act of love is deliberate. It is usually a very small act, although it often does not feel small when you are doing it. It holds significance. When you do a conscious act of love, you call no attention to it - in fact you often do it secretly. It should be sincere and have a very powerful meaning for you.
Tomatoes and peppers are in season now. Follow along while we make a delicious Spanish rice dish with the tomatoes and peppers from our garden.
By Jan Malloch
Life happens at such a fast pace nowadays. We often have so much going on that we don't take the time to make our lives simpler.
The problem is that we often don't know where to start making our lives less complicated. The more we do, the more stressed we become, which in turn can complicate our lives even more.
It takes courage to change, but it will be worth it. Here are 7 quick and easy ways to help you live a more simple and enjoyable life.
by Patti Tokar Canton
I've always admired the people in my life that always seem to have a clean, clear, beautiful, and well organized home. Before I got well on my way to clearing my own home, my thoughts were a little envious that they "had" some inherent trait or talent that I simply lacked.
As I've begun filling boxes of things to give away, donate, or throw away, I've also begun learning. And learning. If you've followed the clutter-clearing articles on the Simple Life site and on the blog, you will notice that I've been sharing what I'm learning.
It's funny that it took me until now to realize that staying organized and keeping my home the way I want it to be is really a skill. It's not some elusive talent that some have and some don't have. It's simply a set of habits that are practiced to the point that the skills develop.
The skills are what surprise me. .... continue reading
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