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Working with What You Have

Over time, I feel like we’ve lost the almost effortless consideration of working with what we have. We’ve become accustomed to simply going and buying new. I say ‘we’ because this is something I’m trying to work on as well. Think you don’t fall into this trap? Here are a few common scenarios most people […]

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Easy Last Minute Gift Guide

I previously listed a few fun DIY projects for decorating this holiday. With certain events like Christmas literally just around the corner, I’m avoiding the shopping mall if I can! So what do you do for those last minute gifts? Here are a few ideas for easy yet desirable gifts you can put together without […]

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A New Venture: WordPress Themes

Exciting news! If you follow One Parade’s Facebook page, you probably already heard. After tons of hard work, I’ve launched my first Etsy shop called Parade Themes. There’s only one theme available at the moment, Mountain Sound, but more will come over time. The premise is providing minimalist but still-pretty WordPress themes for everyone to […]

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Twenty-Six and The Art of Patience

Not too long ago I talked about the art of acceptance. This month has been a challenge of patience. I am a private person settled in my ways (yes, I’m going to be an awesome grump when I’m older) and I enjoy time alone during the week. My mom has come to visit me and […]

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5 Ways to Incorporate Functionality in a Small Kitchen

5 Ways to Incorporate Functionality in a Small Kitchen

The following is a guest post by Tali Wee of Zillow. Small kitchens don’t have to be organizational nightmares. Smart reconfiguring, innovating thinking and easy design updates remove clutter and turn small kitchens into functional and efficient cooking spaces. Less clutter also equates to less stress. A functional kitchen benefits both homeowners and potential homebuyers. […]

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Live Simply, Think Positive

From the very beginning, all beings are Buddha. – Zen Master Hakuin What were you like when you were a child? I read this quote today and it struck a chord in me, because I’ve been trying to ease my negative thoughts lately. Zen Master Hakuin reminded me that I’ve already been peaceful, I just […]

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How to Snack Healthier

There are many benefits to healthy snacking. It prevents you from reaching that point of hunger where you end up making bad decisions. It also prevents you from having snacks with high sugar or fat content. Here’s what I do in my attempts to snack healthy: Fill your kitchen with fresh produce. Snacking is healthiest […]

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Seattle and the Art of Acceptance

I went to Seattle for the weekend. “Why Seattle?” “Are you going alone?” “Aren’t you afraid? Won’t you be lonely?” “Don’t you have anyone to go with you?” Most of the reactions I got were along these lines. I went from being excited to insecure to thinking everyone felt sorry for me. And when the […]

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Simple Pleasures: How to Write for Recreation

Writing serves as an outlet, and you may be surprised how much weight it lifts off of your shoulders. Writing isn’t just for someone who wants to publish a novel — it’s a form of recreation. Some people even write daily, first thing in the morning or right before bed. If you’re feeling busy or […]

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Simple Pleasures: Bird Watching and 5 DIY Projects

A couple of months ago I installed a bird feeder in my yard. It didn’t have many visitors, and it took me a while to get the right seeds for birds in my neighborhood. Eventually I noticed the number of seeds were dwindling down, but I hadn’t seen any birds around. A few weeks ago […]

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