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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Favorite Healthy Road Trip Snacks

Back when Mr. AJ and I got married, we loved to go on road trips any time that we got the chance. It was a fantastic way for us to get some uninterrupted time together as we explored new and exciting places. It was easy to hop in the car and stop for food or …

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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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Gardening: Truly Non-Toxic Pest Control

The Problem with Common "Organic" Solutions When new to gardening, you will undoubtedly face a slew of pests on your tender edibles. Aphids, spider mites, squash bugs, tomato horn worms, and more will likely take up residence in your lush new outdoor food factory. What a lot of gardeners do is freak out and try …

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