The Amazing Benefits of Reading Books

Aren't books wonderful?!! We love to read in this house, and I do mean we. I grew up obsessed with books. I loved going to the library to find new and exciting books to read, and my first library card was a treasured possession. Before we had kids, Mr. AJ and I loved to browse …

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Being Mindfully Present Even When It’s Hard

Our lives are busy, messy, and rushed at times. It seems that we are constantly in need of more time. We've improved things some by implementing a pretty solid schedule. I discuss the importance of a schedule for our own family in How Scheduling Saved our Family. Still, even with the awareness that we need to …

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Good News Friday: National Geographic Ditches Plastic Magazine Wrappers

From: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2018/06/editor-letter-plastic-planet-waste-pollution-crisis/ As part of their planet or plastic campaign, which aims to inform consumers about plastic waste and encourage cutting out single use plastics, National Geographic has gotten rid of the plastic wrappers on their magazines. Subscribers of their magazine in the U.S., U.K., and India will now receive their magazines wrapped in a …

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Good News Friday: Tetra Pak is developing an all paper straw

From: https://www.tetrapak.com/about/newsarchive/paper-straws-for-portion-packages Plastic straws are a common pollutant in our oceans, so Tetra Pak's commitment to create a paper straw for their individual cartons is a really big deal. You would actually be able to recycle these straws along with the carton. Those tiny plastic straws that are currently attached to the individual cartons are …

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Parenting a Highly Sensitive Kid: What we’ve learned along the way

Our six-year old showed signs of being highly sensitive from the day she was born. I really mean that. In the hospital, this tiny newborn made it impossible, even for the nurse, to put a hat on her head. All through her first year of life, we had to constantly change her diapers, even if …

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Good News Friday: Wrangler Promotes Sustainable Soil Health

https://www.wrangler.com/sustainability/land/seeding-soils-potential.html It's not every day we see a major corporation advocate for the environment. Even more rare is it to see this focused primarily on building soil health, not through fertilization, but through cover crop, no-till agriculture, and crop rotation over continuous monoculture. Wrangler is doing just that. Click their link above to read more. …

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