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Put On Your Own Oxygen Mask First

If you've flown commercially, you're undoubtedly familiar with standard safety procedure. It goes something like this: In the event of a loss in cabin pressure, secure your own oxygen mask before helping your children or others. The reason is simple and practical; a deficiency in the amount...

When Everything Seems Difficult

I recently took up weightlifting. The whys and wherefores aren’t relevant here, but just know that this is highly out of character—fitness and I have never really been friends. And yet here I am, in an unfinished, unheated outbuilding, trying to squat down and stand up again with forty kilos...

Secret Chocolate + 2 More Things

A note from Tsh: In case you missed it in this podcast episode, we’re now calling our “What’s Saving My Life” series “My Good List,” mostly for clarity. Different name, same goodness. Enjoy!I'm a wife, mom, licensed cosmetologist, and part-time virtual assistant. My days are full and ...

How to Have a Screen-Free Holiday

This holiday, what if we voluntarily set our screens aside for a few weeks and turn our attention to the season and each other?What if we gave ourselves—and our families—the gift of our best selves?Since you’re reading The Art of Simple, I imagine you’ve already thought about what’s really i...

Surviving Winter

The snow is falling, starting to build up under the streetlights. It is November, and already, I can feel winter closing in. There will be no school today, and tomorrow’s soccer game is already cancelled. The world is shutting down and I know this means our indoor months have begun.Here’s wh...

An App for Writers + 2 More Things

Back in 2015, I stepped away from the internet. Not completely. I kept up my personal social media accounts, and I read book recommendations from my favorite bloggers, and, you know, used Amazon. But I stepped away from pursuing a career on the internet. Why I stepped away is another story...

The 2018 Holiday Gift Guide!

Our annual Gift Guide is finally here! And I might be biased, but it’s my favorite one we’ve ever done.Every year, my assistant Caroline and I spend hours curating a gift guide, sourcing brands and artisans making good things in the world that would also make good gifts for you to share. We ...

Happy Thanksgiving!

Those of us in the U.S. have one of my favorite holidays this week — Thanksgiving! I love the focus on gathering with those we love, the lack of pressure to make it epic (at least for the kids), and of course, the best part… the food! I could eat Thanksgiving food once a week, if it wer...

A European Adventure (With Kids)

This fall, our family is embarking on our first international trip. We're going to Paris, Florence, and finally, Rome. Did I mention that we're taking four kids and my mom? Because I've gotten a lot of questions about traveling with our kids, I wanted to share some of the logistics...

A Peaceful Morning Ritual + 2 More Things

As long as I can remember, I have been a night owl.  There is nothing I enjoy more than the quiet of the night.  When my kids are tucked in tight, all the water glasses have been filled, and the last-minute bathroom runs have been completed, I breathe a sigh of relief. We've made it through anot...

Just in Time for the Holidays…

Friends, this is one of the few specials I share annually, because it's genuinely one of my favorites. Mrs. Meyers' fantastic holiday scents are back, and when you place your first $20 with Grove Collaborative, you get these things, free: Mrs. Meyer's Hand Soap Mrs. Meyer's Di...
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