The grownups are coming

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I don’t want to be a helicopter parent. But I’ve just spent all morning on the junior high parent portal and coaching my seventh grader through a tearful “corrective” and “proactive” action plan process. Because my smart, funny, adventurous, gifted-program, advanced-placement, first-born son is getting an F. And a D+. And a C. Excuse me […]

Put on shoes, step on porch

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Put on shoes, step on porch is my brother’s mantra for getting himself going on a training run. That’s all you have to do, he says — put on your shoes, go outside, take a couple steps. No matter how long the run is, it always starts that way. When I had my second heart […]

Our favorite posts of 2013

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Readers choose their favorites, of course, but sometimes we just want to write about what we love. These are our favorites from 2013. Jen’s favorite posts Don’t get me wrong, I love a good freezer casserole or adorable hedgehog baby onesie how-tos as much as the next girl, but I love these posts too, which […]

Top read posts of 2013

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December is not only the end of the year, but it is also our blog’s birthday. It has been two years since Breanne and I met for that first Borealis lunch, writing lists, trying to think of the perfect name for our blog, and wondering what our friends and family would think. We’ve written 225 […]

How to make fabric ornament gift tags

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If you are all done shopping but have yet to wrap up your gifts (and you still have the emotional and mental capacity for crafting), these gift tags are so cute — and fast and easy. I found this idea on Pinterest (naturally) last year, and my partner-in-crafting-crime Kristen and I set about making several […]

12 great Christmas brunch recipes

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Last year we shared eight great holiday appetizer recipes for you to take to parties or share with your guests. This year, by request, it’s Christmas brunch! For several years I hosted a holiday brunch for my dad’s side of the family — aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents — and when nearly everyone can make it […]

How to make tag and twine gift sets

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This was my absolute favorite gift project last year, and might be for a few years to come. It’s pretty, practical, and paper — bundled up in cute packaging. All of my favorite things. I made several of these for gifts for friends and teachers at a total cost of about $7 each. Each little […]

How to make a fort kit

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Last holiday season I had significantly more time than I ever have for Christmas prep. My youngest was in all-day kindergarten and I was, for many hours at a time, a stay-at-home-alone-mom. I filled the time by making nearly every gift project I ever pinned, like these fort kits. I got my inspiration from this […]