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    The Collapse & The Rising

    Dena May 4, 2023

    Getting to this point——deciding to winter in spring——was a long process. It was an excruciatingly slow descent from a period of general wellness and peace to this very dark, seemingly hopeless place. Right now, I am sitting at the kitchen table. A eucalyptus and spearmint candle has been burning all morning. There is a vase of lilacs to the left of me. Between the scent of the lilacs and the…

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  • Wintering in Spring

    Dena May 3, 2023

    I’ve started this so many times. But I could never get it right. So I kept putting it off. And then months went by and then years went by. Finally, I realized that it was never going to be “right.” I was always going to…

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  • Spring Style Guide for Toddlers

    Dena March 27, 2023

    Hello, sweet friends! Happy Spring! It’s been quiet around here, even more so than usual. After having a tremendous December and January, life got a bit sticky again in February and March. I can chalk it up to a lot of things, but mostly just…

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  • Habits: Meal Planning & Meal Prepping

    Dena February 2, 2023

    In my last post, I talked about my recent success with habit tracking and scaling back habits. Today, I want to dive into a habit that is going very well, but previously had been a long-time struggle for me—eating too much takeout. The negative health…

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  • Scale Back Your Habits

    Dena January 17, 2023

    I am in the midst of the most successful month that I have had in 4 years. These last few years, I have been struggling to get my life in order. Remaining consistent with basic habits was a challenge for me. I could not build…

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  • Tips for Slowing Down for Busy Mothers

    Dena December 9, 2022

    Okay, friends, it has been a crazy week over here. On top of the typical holiday prep, the twins came down with the flu. It was a wild ride involving 3 consecutive nights where they wouldn’t sleep unless they were in my arms. I can’t…

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  • Holiday Gifting: Don’t Forget About You

    Dena November 28, 2022

    I hope you have enjoyed my holiday gift guides so far. It has been a joy sharing all of the things that our family has cherished over the years. Today, I am going to share a different kind of guide, one that includes some ideas…

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  • 2022 Holiday Gift Guide for Boys

    Dena November 22, 2022

    Hey, friends! Happy Tuesday! I can’t believe that it’s Thanksgiving week already. Today I want to share my final gift guide for this holiday season. It’s my Gift Guide for Boys! This guide is a balance of gifts that are useful, practical, well-made and things…

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  • 2022 Holiday Gift Guide for Girls

    Dena November 7, 2022

    Hello, friends! I am here with my fourth holiday shopping guide of the season. If you missed my previous ones, here is my Gift Guide for Him, my Gift Guide for Her, and my Gift Guide for Toddlers. This week I will bring you two…

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