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{Smudgy Eyes}

It’s been a while since my last post.  I need to apologize to Jessica and also say “thank you” for carrying this blog over the past few weeks.  Life sure has been busy, in good ways — but busy.

As the year continues to roll through, our family is finding frustration in this challenge.  Can we stretch the rules a bit here?  Find a little wiggle room there?  The temptation to collect is strong; so much stronger than we realize.  And yet, at the very same time, on so many days, I just want to sell it all.  Everything.  Living only with the mere essentials, life would be lighter.  Easier.  Right?  In some ways, yes.  But honestly, I enjoy many things that bring simple joy.  Yet, Nothing New confronts me daily and asks, “Do you really love this?  Is it worth the real estate in your living space?  Does it bring happiness?”  As I type, my husband asks,  “How can people love a lamp or pillow?  That’s just stupid!”  Yes, so many commercials tell us that we should love our stuff.  I’m sure that I’ve loved a pillow somewhere in my life.  Love may be too strong of a word for something that can’t love you back.  Just a thought.



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Henry relaxes on the porch at The Sweetest Thing

When Laura and I first discussed our rules, we knew there was one sacred item which would have to be considered an exception…cupcakes!

These divine treats fall somewhere between “food” and “experiences.”

Laura and I both live in Sherwood, a wonderful community just south of Portland.  We make it a regular habit to get together for quality girl time (with or without our darling children).

The other day, we headed to the neighboring town of Newberg with the kids to partake in some yummy treats at one of our favorite places, The Sweetest Thing.


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New Year’s Day, the first day of the challenge. The guys wanted to watch football, and my mom and I decided to go shopping.

This is how, before noon on the first day of the year, I found myself standing squarely in the middle of the ultimate battleground:

75% off Christmas clearance at Target.

I am a power bargain shopper, and Target has always been one of my favorite places to score a deal. And sure, sometimes a deeply discounted clearance item ends up cheaper than you could buy it at a thrift store.

But saving money isn’t the only point of Nothing New.


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