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Want to know what we've been up to? Here's what we've been doing, reading, wearing, and sharing! Check out our new favorite vitamins, the cutest baby outfit, a kite that actually flies, and all of our current favorite books.

Joyful Abode Recap – Week of 1/2/2017

Want to know what we’ve been up to? Here’s what we’ve been doing, reading, wearing, and sharing! Check out our new favorite vitamins, the cutest baby outfit, a kite that actually flies, and all of our current favorite books.

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The Six Year Old Turmoil

Six years old is an emotionally challenging time! But we can get through it. Here’s how I’m helping my six year old through the emotional turmoil of being six.

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Go With the Flow Outdoors

When so much of our lives is scheduled, routine, or obligatory, it’s important to embrace the times when we can truly go with the flow. And outdoor play is one of those times.

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The Zen of Play

What I learned from my kids’ playing, and from their discussion of what was going on in their minds as they played. What’s the Zen of Play? Read all about it.

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Happy Birthday, Henry! Turning 1.

As the family sang to him, and I brought his cupcake to the table (chocolate zucchini bread with ganache-cream-cheese icing and sprinkles), his face lit up. A second later, I had to hold both of his hands, because he wanted to grab the flame on the candle. Fire is pretty amazing stuff, especially when you’re one…

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My Minimalist Cloth Diaper Laundry Routine - no fuss, no stress, easy peasy.

My Minimalist Cloth Diaper Laundry Routine

We know what has and hasn’t worked with the previous two babies and when to just stick with something that works for the sake of sanity. (And good clean cloth diapers)

So when it comes to washing that precious baby’s diapers, ain’t nobody in this house got time for something complicated. Instead? It goes something likes this…

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Our Emergency Laundry Catch-Up Game

Emergency Laundry Catch-Up Game

Suddenly, laundry catch-up inspiration hit.

What if, instead of asking or forcing my kids to help me, I wasn’t the person telling us to get the job done?

What if I invited them to play a game with me and we used a timer instead? And what if the prize for BEATING the timer was exciting enough to make it fun??

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