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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 that the activity is life-giving. Along with the definition, the site provides over 250 ideas

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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 remember those nights fondly and was grateful for the times we got to “have fun”

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lego table

How to Make a Lego Table – with Storage Containers

Earlier this year my wife came to me with a picture, and said, “Build me one of these, please!” It was a picture of a Lego table with storage containers. It had some flat Lego base plates glued to a board with storage containers underneath. I thought….hmm…this table looks easy enough, I’m a man! I can tackle this small

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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 first baby! I was reflecting with an overwhelming sense of gratitude towards the people we

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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 smores, cook Dinty Moore stew over the open flame, tell ghost stories, sleep in a

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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 friends you don’t see a lot. There can be awkward moments and family drama. Oftentimes,

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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 growing up, running free and hardly a care in the world.

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Ideas for Giving During the Christmas Season

Today we got our first big snowfall of the season, and woke up to a nice dusting of 3 inches on the driveway. My boys and I immediately put on our snow gear, bundled up, and proceeded to clear the drive way and throw snowballs. My kids focused on the important task of snowballs! :)

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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 when we’re too tired to run around. When he gets older, I know he’ll need

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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 fact that saltpeter is a key ingredient in gunpowder tells you all you need to

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