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Ode to the Camp Trunk

I just returned from dropping two very happy kids off at sleep away camp. Our kids absolutely love this ritual of summer…a week or two spent outdoors, unplugged, making new friends and having a few adventures. This also means I get to spend the week prior to camp packing up the beloved camp trunks. Call […]

Purple backpack with school supplies on wooden table on green desk background

Your August Self will Thank You!

Friday was the last day of school here in Chapel Hill and yes, I did wake my children up with some very loud Alice Cooper (they were not amused). We have a fairly unstructured, lazy summer ahead of us and we’re all thrilled about that. Kids around Chapel Hill came home with backpacks bursting with report […]


Yep, your stuff might be making you sad

In the past two months, I’ve had more than 25 people ask if I’ve heard of Japanese organizer Marie Kondo and her best seller “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.” The main premise of this book is that the items in your home should “spark joy” or be tossed. And she has people around the […]