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Thrifty is Nifty

February 27, 2013 9:19 am
Written by: Cara McLauchlan

Last week I stole every one of my son's clothes. Fresh from the dryer, I secreted them away. Folded neatly and stacked in my closet, ...Read More
Last week I stole every one of my son's clothes. Fresh from the dryer, I secreted them away. Folded neatly and stacked in my closet, ...Read More
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Winter Love

January 31, 2013 7:48 am
Written by: Cara McLauchlan

"What do you love about winter?" a friend asked me recently. It was such a simple question, but it truly altered my thinking. People don't ...Read More
"What do you love about winter?" a friend asked me recently. It was such a simple question, but it truly altered my thinking. People don't ...Read More
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Dreaming of Haiti

January 15, 2013 6:22 am
Written by: Cara McLauchlan

Last week I slept in the poorest country in the world. I'm not sure how best to explain it. Meeting orphans, their small brown hands ...Read More
Last week I slept in the poorest country in the world. I'm not sure how best to explain it. Meeting orphans, their small brown hands ...Read More
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Going On An Adventure

January 4, 2013 7:45 am
Written by: Cara McLauchlan

My son and I went to watch the new "Hobbit" movie this week. After reading the book together this summer, we were thrilled to finally ...Read More
My son and I went to watch the new "Hobbit" movie this week. After reading the book together this summer, we were thrilled to finally ...Read More
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The Secret of Christmas

December 21, 2012 7:54 am
Written by: Cara McLauchlan

We all long for home, especially at Christmas. The home we hope for is the one of our hearts, the very best idea of home. ...Read More
We all long for home, especially at Christmas. The home we hope for is the one of our hearts, the very best idea of home. ...Read More
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Joy Goggles

December 12, 2012 7:34 am
Written by: Cara McLauchlan

Lately the words "holiday peace" are feeling like an oxymoron. If you are like me, things are getting to a fevered pitch as we are ...Read More
Lately the words "holiday peace" are feeling like an oxymoron. If you are like me, things are getting to a fevered pitch as we are ...Read More
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The Child in Charge of Thanksgiving

November 19, 2012 8:13 am
Written by: Cara McLauchlan

This morning I woke up my 11-year-old son and told him that he was in charge of Thanksgiving. "I know you are only a child, ...Read More
This morning I woke up my 11-year-old son and told him that he was in charge of Thanksgiving. "I know you are only a child, ...Read More
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Good Gifts

November 13, 2012 7:03 am
Written by: Cara McLauchlan

You knew it was the holidays when the Sears Catalog arrived. Back then, it felt like it was the only catalog. Fat, thick and loaded ...Read More
You knew it was the holidays when the Sears Catalog arrived. Back then, it felt like it was the only catalog. Fat, thick and loaded ...Read More
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Take it Outside

September 21, 2012 6:33 am
Written by: Cara McLauchlan

It's about that time and you know it. The time for amazing fall weather that we get to relish like only North Carolinians can. With ...Read More
It's about that time and you know it. The time for amazing fall weather that we get to relish like only North Carolinians can. With ...Read More
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School's In Blues

August 30, 2012 6:34 am
Written by: Cara McLauchlan

As the big school machine cranks up another year, most moms are walking around with a secret smile on their face. With the kids back ...Read More
As the big school machine cranks up another year, most moms are walking around with a secret smile on their face. With the kids back ...Read More
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Summer Wishing

June 20, 2012 9:14 am
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It's summer, quick make a wish! Or better yet, get your family together and capture all your wishes. You know how it goes -- summer ...Read More
It's summer, quick make a wish! Or better yet, get your family together and capture all your wishes. You know how it goes -- summer ...Read More
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The Gift of Vuvuzelas

May 22, 2012 6:22 am
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Don't you love it when you find something pure, true and authentic? Maybe I'm in a place where I am feeling less than authentic about ...Read More
Don't you love it when you find something pure, true and authentic? Maybe I'm in a place where I am feeling less than authentic about ...Read More
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Sandwiched

March 12, 2012 6:39 am
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Sandwiches are only fun at picnics. Not as much fun when they become the bucket you fall into as the “sandwich” generation – caring for ...Read More
Sandwiches are only fun at picnics. Not as much fun when they become the bucket you fall into as the “sandwich” generation – caring for ...Read More
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Amateur Rocket Scientist

February 24, 2012 8:10 am
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Lately I have been channeling my inner scientist. Somehow I thought signing up for the North Carolina Science Olympiad was a good idea. I thought, ...Read More
Lately I have been channeling my inner scientist. Somehow I thought signing up for the North Carolina Science Olympiad was a good idea. I thought, ...Read More
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Gentleman in Training

January 6, 2012 7:37 am
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When it comes to manners, I am old school. I keep hoping for the day that I don't have to begin dinner with "napkin in ...Read More
When it comes to manners, I am old school. I keep hoping for the day that I don't have to begin dinner with "napkin in ...Read More
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Rethinking Christmas

December 2, 2011 6:56 am
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Advent season marked the time I started curling my toes in church. As a kid, it always came as such a surprise that Sunday after ...Read More
Advent season marked the time I started curling my toes in church. As a kid, it always came as such a surprise that Sunday after ...Read More
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Loser 101

October 28, 2011 7:25 am
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Winning is overrated. Losing might be the new "it." Lately I have been watching a lot of losing at little league baseball. As a mom, ...Read More
Winning is overrated. Losing might be the new "it." Lately I have been watching a lot of losing at little league baseball. As a mom, ...Read More
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Canning Anyone?

August 16, 2011 5:15 am
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I’ve been thinking about canning lately. Yes, canning – think grandmas with winged aprons and a beautiful pantry filled with rows and rows of goodness. ...Read More
I’ve been thinking about canning lately. Yes, canning – think grandmas with winged aprons and a beautiful pantry filled with rows and rows of goodness. ...Read More
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Doing Hard Things

July 12, 2011 6:42 am
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When it comes to doing hard things, I'm a wimp. Recently, I was invited to participate in a church mission project for homeless people. My ...Read More
When it comes to doing hard things, I'm a wimp. Recently, I was invited to participate in a church mission project for homeless people. My ...Read More
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Save Me Emily Post

July 1, 2011 5:20 am
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Teaching my son manners has made me a mom vigilante. Like a sniper stakeout, I am constantly surveying the landscape and pouncing on any opportunity ...Read More
Teaching my son manners has made me a mom vigilante. Like a sniper stakeout, I am constantly surveying the landscape and pouncing on any opportunity ...Read More
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The Thomas Jefferson Style Summer

June 20, 2011 8:33 am
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“What are you doing this summer?” is one of my favorite questions to ask. I love living vicariously through other people’s cool plans of trips ...Read More
“What are you doing this summer?” is one of my favorite questions to ask. I love living vicariously through other people’s cool plans of trips ...Read More
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School's Out Blues

May 19, 2011 7:07 am
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School is almost over and it's making me a little weepy. Sad not for the reasons you might think though. I get nostalgic this time ...Read More
School is almost over and it's making me a little weepy. Sad not for the reasons you might think though. I get nostalgic this time ...Read More
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Going Amish

April 15, 2011 6:08 am
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I’m going Amish on Monday. With National “Unplug Your TV” Week running from April 18-24, I’ve decided that we are going to pull the plug ...Read More
I’m going Amish on Monday. With National “Unplug Your TV” Week running from April 18-24, I’ve decided that we are going to pull the plug ...Read More
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Real Windows to the World

April 5, 2011 4:16 am
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“Birds are awesome,” according to my 9 year-old son. Lately we have become amateur ornithologists – or people that study birds. There is something wonderful ...Read More
“Birds are awesome,” according to my 9 year-old son. Lately we have become amateur ornithologists – or people that study birds. There is something wonderful ...Read More
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A Spring Haiku

March 24, 2011 5:05 am
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If your life were a Haiku poem, what would it be? You may remember that Haiku is a Japanese style poem that has three lines ...Read More
If your life were a Haiku poem, what would it be? You may remember that Haiku is a Japanese style poem that has three lines ...Read More
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