Rachael

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Planning for a Simple Advent.featured

As we prepare for our third baby’s birth in a couple of weeks, my stranger nesting tendencies like the need to wash every wall and ceiling in the apartment, purge ruthlessly, and rearrange all the furniture are beginning to fade into gentler preparations. I am looking forward to snowy, dreary days filled with twinkle lights, Read more

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Simple Parenting Advice: “Parenting Should Be a Joy.”featured

This beautiful advice comes from my equally beautiful friend, Kathleen. It was a simple sentence she said in the midst of a conversation about why she chose to become a certified infant sleep coach. She may not even remember it, but it left a profound impact on me. Hearing it spoken out loud, it sounds Read more

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Simple Parenting Advice: Be Careful with Your Words.featured

This important advice comes from my own wise mom. Ever since we began having children, she has insisted that we remain vigilant about how we think and talk about our children because the things we say  to ourselves and to them can become self-fulfilling prophecies. She has encouraged us to avoid adjectives like “dramatic,” “difficult,” Read more

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Simple Parenting Advice: Focus on the Basics.featured

As I write this from the playground on a glorious fall day, it’s easy to remember why this advice, received from many sources, is so important. Yet a week ago, in the midst of overwhelm and sleep deprivation, even these simple tasks seemed insurmountable. Most of us have heard that the “basics” of caring for Read more

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Simple Parenting Advice: “Sit Patiently with a Fever”featured

Every parent or expectant parent can quickly conjure an extensive list of parenting advice they’ve received from parents, relatives, friends, and even strangers in the grocery store. Some of it is useful, most of it is boringly obvious or cliche, but occasionally, it’s life changing. Over the years, I have read an enormous number of Read more

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Baby Shower Gifts for the Minimalist Mom.featured

Over the last couple of years, I have had the immense joy of watching several of my close friends prepare to become first time moms. These women are light years ahead of where I was in preparing to be a new mom and have shared their intentional approach to controlling the amount of stuff and Read more

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10 Kitchen Items We Live Without. And 1 We Don’t.featured

I recently saw a post claiming to be the “Essential Minimalist Kitchen Guide.” The only items a minimalist should ever need in the kitchen. Apart from the fact that we happily don’t own half the items on the list, it did not take into account that some families (like us) regularly need more than six Read more

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5 Things the National Parks Have Taught Me.featured

We love our National Parks! They are quite a departure for our city-loving personalities, and they have provided us with some of the time and experiences that we value the most. In honor of the 4th of July, I wanted to share some of the things I’ve learned over two years visiting our nation’s best Read more

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On Having Babies and Going on Adventures.featured

Jeff and I have a running joke that planning life-altering trips is our guarantee of a new baby on the horizon. Oddly enough, life keeps proving this true! After 18 months of waiting, we found out one week before a trip to Ireland that we were expecting Molly. Apart from a resort stay in Jamaica Read more

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Flying with Kids: Sleep.featured

One of my most-asked questions about flying with kids is, “how do you get them to sleep?” The short answer is, we don’t. We have made a handful of key decisions about travel that make all the difference in our ability to relax and enjoy the time we have together as a family. Packing lightly is high on Read more

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