Wild Mushroom Soup with Barley: Crockpot Recipe

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Now that the temps have officially dropped and it is really beginning to feel like Winter, I have broken out the crockpot.  I'm not sure there is a better appliance to own.  It especially...
First Aid Kit

First Aid Essentials: Build a Hippy(-ish) First Aid Kit

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As parents, we have enough to worry about. Having toxic products with endocrine disruptors in our first aid/wilderness kits shouldn't be one of them. When my babies were little babies and they had their first...
Sleep

4 Simple Ways Toward Better Sleep

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It seems like a good night’s sleep is elusive these days. Something that is natural, something we do every day, it escapes us. Why? --Is it rising levels of anxiety? –Too much caffeine? --A...

5 Things to Consider Before Decluttering Your Home

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This fall, I want to be intentional about the items we have and what we bring into our home. That starts with decluttering and appreciating what we have now.  Since going back to work 2...
Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Traditions Promote Family, Food, and Gratitude

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Thanksgiving traditions promote family, food, and gratitude. This time last year, our family was split between two Texas cities; Houston and Austin. My husband started working in Austin while the children, my mother, and I...
A view of a Caribbean dish of curry chicken in a restaurant or kitchen setting

Delicious Caribbean Dish You Can Prepare Year Round

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  In the creation of this wonderful Caribbean dish, I partnered with Shanon Murray, an author and fellow contributor of Austin Moms. Shanon learned her culinary craft from her late grandmother, Yvonne Murray, a native...
Phone

Dear iPhone: I Wish I Knew How to Quit You

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I listened to an interview with Elon Musk a while ago in which he said, “Your phone is already an extension of you. You’re already a cyborg.” I have been so addicted to my...
Husband

My Husband is Capable of Taking Care of the Home Too

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My Husband is Capable of Taking Care of the Home Too | My house is a mess, my daughter is teething while very clinging, the dog is driving me crazy with her random barking,...

6 Favorite IKEA Hacks

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You’ve seen the memes about having to seek mental health care or needing a Calgon bubble bath after building IKEA furniture, right? I’m the opposite of those memes. Almost nothing gives me greater satisfaction...
declutter

How to Declutter and Reorganize Your Life

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Is your home cluttered and totally disorganized? If you're like me, it probably overwhelms you to have so many things in too many places. In order to reset your space and add calm to...