Posts by Jennifer McCraw

Hospitality

Does the thought of having people over stress you out? Maybe you break out into a sweat at the mere thought of someone “dropping by” unannounced or when someone asks you to host a small group at your house. Do you automatically search for a location for all of your planned events and birthday parties? If…

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And Just Like That

Dear Mom with toddlers and babies, I remember being you. I remember sleepless nights and days spent playing play dough, swinging on swings, and catching butterflies. I remember craving adult conversation after days-on-end of conversing with little people with limited vocabularies. I remember moments of hopelessness and feeling utterly alone in the constant “neediness” that…

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My Teacup Obsession

I may have a bit of a problem. Well, an addiction really. I just can’t help it. I am obsessed with tea cups. There. I said it. Yes, maybe it’s a little pathetic, and I’m sure you may be shaking your head at me. Even I find it a bit alarming that not only am…

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My 7-day Juicing Experience

I’ve never been a fan of juicing. Well, that is to say, I’d never actually tried juicing until recently. Being a health-seeking, diet-conscious, “crunchy” mom, I have definitely heard lots about juicing and even know about the myriad of health benefits. It just wasn’t for me. That was until I tried it. On a recent…

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Natural Homemade Deodorant that Really Works

I’ve been on a mission for the past year and a half to remove toxins and chemicals from my household. It all started with our health care supplements, and from there it has grown and become almost an obsession to use only the purest, simplest, and health-promoting ingredients in our home. There was an overhaul…

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The Hurried Culture

I’m in a hurry to get things done Oh I rush and rush until life’s no fun. All I really gotta do is live and die, But I’m in a hurry and don’t know why. I hear a voice that says I’m running behind, I better pick up my pace: It’s a race, And there…

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Rescue

Lately, I have been focusing a lot on being mindful of everyday circumstances and the lessons that I can glean from them if I listen carefully to that still, small voice that is speaking all the time. I had one of those moments this week, and I’m still a bit surprised about how much I…

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Whose Hands Are These?

Stuck in traffic the other day, my mind busily going over the unending to-do list, I remember absentmindedly glancing at my hands on the steering wheel. “Nails are getting a bit long, need to remember to trim them…” One more thing added to the mental checklist. But for some reason, as I looked at my…

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Beautiful Mess

I grew up in a typical dysfunctional family, not unlike the majority of my fellow product-of-baby-boomers. Our family was not without conflict or disappointments, but we were generally happy, we knew we were loved, and through our struggles as a family, I learned that getting along with people is never about being right and always…

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The Science Behind Emotional Oils

How does a whiff of pumpkin pie transport someone back to their grandmother’s Thanksgiving table? Or the smell of a fresh topsoil instantly bring back the heartache of a long-lost man’s-best-friend? There is actually a scientific reason why certain smells can trigger strong memories and emotions from the past to resurface in our minds. How…

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