Best of the Web – December 13

Hi everyone, thanks for checking in!  How is the Christmas shopping going?  We are getting there- oh so close.  Before our children open a plethora of Chinese plastic, we’ve been decluttering closets and toy chests!  Have you read Clutterfree with Kids by Joshua Becker (only $5 and some change right now!!)?  I talked about here  a few months ago.  So so good if you struggle with getting rid of things- there is much emotion around STUFF but especially at this time of the year, it’s good to remind ourselves what we really value (hint hint: people).

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Yes, the pile is as high as a table. How do we have this much stuff? I just cleaned my closet 5 months ago!

Enough of my sermonette, here are my favorite links from this week:

Life/Parenting

The day I decided to be happy for everyone else via Finding Joy  – Must read!

Finances

8 Things you should buy used via Wise Bread- Great advice.  I would add baby gear to #5 (swing, bouncer, cribs) – there’s always someone looking to get rid of stuff!

Travel

10 destinations on the rise via CNN Travel  – I’m working on a 2016 Bucket List and excited to know we’re going to one of these places!

We Paid Cash: A Two Week Family Roadtrip via Money Saving Mom – This could be categorized under money OR travel, but I think the point is, if you want to make something happen, you’ll make it happen.  If traveling as a family is important to you, sacrifices can be made!

 

Do you declutter before Christmas?  What do you insist on buying used?  Have you had to sacrifice to take a vacation?  I’d love to hear!

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