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3 types of hobbies

3 Types of Hobbies

According to Wikipedia (just to flaunt my credibility from the start), a hobby is an “activity, interest, enthusiasm, or amateur pastime that is undertaken for pleasure or relaxation, typically done in one’s leisure time.”  I like how the definition implies

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bowl of popcorn

What Happened to Treats?

A couple times a month, my parents held a “popcorn party” night where my brother and I would get to watch a movie on the brand-new VHS player, eat homemade popcorn and indulge in our favorite beverage: RC Cola. I

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Community perks

The Perks of Community

Always support the head. Have the new diaper ready. Sleep is for wimps. It pays (literally) to live in close community with other people. These are all lessons I’ve learned in the past two weeks after the birth of our

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Making a Thrifty Small Summer Vacation

When I was 14 years old my cousin took me on my first camping trip in lower Minnesota along the Des Moines River. It was an experience that changed my life significantly. During my first trip we got to roast

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Fun and Free Things You Can Do on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a great holiday. It hasn’t been overly-commercialized like Christmas – and remains focused on togetherness and gratefulness. Like many holidays though, it can come with a little bit of stress. Especially if you are gathering with family or

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31 Fun and Free Things You Can Do This Summer

Whenever summer rolls around, immediately those old tv commercials come to mind of the grandpa sitting on his porch, drinking Country Time lemonade as “Memories” plays in the background. It brings back a lot of memories of all the fun times we had

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4 Ways You Can Invest in Family Night

I love spending time with my son. He’s only 16 months old, so for now, I don’t have to do too much to keep him entertained. We tickle each other, play hide and seek, chase each other, and read books

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Firework Safety This New Year’s Eve

New Year was traditionally a time for fireworks displays in Chinese culture, which is credited with inventing our love affair with pyrotechnics. Legend tells of a Chinese cook who accidentally spilled saltpeter into a cooking fire, producing a colorful dancing flame. The

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