Category Archives: Simplifying

Game Night: Simple Living, Simple Fun!

From Monopoly to Scrabble to a lively game of Hearts, I grew up playing card and board games. Here in the dead of the Wisconsin winter, there’s nothing better than getting together with friends to play games. Game night parties … Continue reading

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The Season of Giving

That is a loaded phrase. It immediately induces worry, stress, guilt, anticipation, wistfulness and sometimes joy. There really are no guidelines to gift giving, but there are strategies. Below are some that have been tried by my clan. Exchange. This … Continue reading

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Weekends are for rejuvenation, riding and rallies

Well, rejuvenation is a nice idea, but rarely happens for me, except that I sleep in. But this weekend, I hope that Madisonians will try to get a little R and R. We have been through a lot these past … Continue reading

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Saying Thank You: Small Gesture, Big Impact

Saying “thank you” can be as subtle as a pat on the back or as bold as a parade, but I will go out on a limb here and say, no matter how you do it, it will never, ever … Continue reading

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Make Your Own Baggie Dryer

Green living is a goal for me, and there are some pretty good products on the market to help with that. Still, I’ve come across some items that, while they serve the purpose, the frugal side of me stops to … Continue reading

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Fighting the Waste In, Waste Out Habit

I try to recycle what I can but there are times I really wish I didn’t get this stuff in the first place. I did a little searching around Madison and found some solutions to the clutter problem. Phone Books … Continue reading

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Simplify Your Closet and You Simplify Your Life

When we think of simplicity, we don’t always think about simplifying clothing or wardrobes, but taking care of clothes takes a lot of time. Imagine a closet in which clothes are easy to see and find. And when you take … Continue reading

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Little Libraries—Look for Them

I walk every day, sometimes twice a day and sometimes on my walks I find myself on North Street. I was walking on Hoard several weeks ago, and as I crossed North St. I saw a little structure, sort of … Continue reading

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Junk in the Trunk

by Donna Poehner I’m not a pack rat (I’ve lived with a couple, so I know one when I see one), but I do tend to hang onto things too long. I think it’s because I don’t want to waste … Continue reading

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Biking is Easier than Ever in Madison

I went to Montreal last summer and loved the city as I always do. Something new I noticed were stands of rental bikes at various strategic places around the city. How convenient, urban and cool. Wish we could be so … Continue reading

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