26 Steps to Simplicity: Summer (Top 20 List for Simple Summer Fun)

I know, we’ve barely stepped into spring, but summer is just around the corner, and if we don’t plan for it now, it will be here and gone before we know it.  Up here in the northern tundra, summer is our chance to cram every outdoor activity and social interaction we possibly can into 12 short weeks of warm weather.  As much as I want to keep things slow and simple, it is difficult to stem the tide of myriad[Read more]

Listen, Laugh, Love- Keys to a Happy Family

You would think, in a family of seven, the opportunities to listen, laugh, and love would be endless, and you’d be right; they are. Yet, taking advantage of those opportunities is an entirely different thing. Some days, I go to bed and realize I never once laughed with my children or really listened to what my husband was saying. I always love my family, but how often do I love on them? In today’s installment of the Life’s Essential Ingredients[Read more]