Author Archive | Jessica Holst

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HAPPY LITTLE THINGS

Melancholy. Feeling blue. Despondency. Overwhelm. I wasn’t diagnosed with clinical depression until well into adulthood, but thankfully, I had by then found some small ways of coping. One of these is my Happy Little Things. Call it gratitude, thankfulness, looking for the silver lining, or just learning to stay positive. Whatever name it goes by, […]

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SAVING MONEY…OR NOT

We are a family of 8. We have one income. We thrive. But we have to be creative with our resources. I’m going to divulge our secrets. Clothes We buy a lot of used clothing. My 13 year old said to me the other day, “When I grow up, how am I going to know […]

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WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOUR WORLD STOPS?

My beautiful mother-in-love Joyce is an integral part of my family. She lives about three miles away and we see her on a daily basis. She is essentially my co-parent in many ways, especially during the spring and fall when my farmer husband is working inordinately long hours. She babysits regularly, so I can do […]

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THE BENEFITS OF MAXIMALISM

Along with many of the people in the America, the appeal of minimalism entices me. At the beginning of the year, I did some serious Konmari-ing on my house. I got rid of over half my books, my clothes, toys and kids books, kitchenware, kids’ clothes. I had a soothing bedroom. I created an inspiring […]

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SUPER SUMMER CHALLENGE

“Mama?” asked my 12 year old, “Can we please do the Super Summer Challenge this year?” “YES, My Love!” I unequivocally exclaimed. “I was already planning on it!” Over the summers we’ve pulled off the Super Summer Challenge, my family has reaped many benefits from it. Among others, my children have learned new skills been […]

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WOULDN’T YOU LIKE TO KNOW WHO YOU ARE?

I have always had a small obsession with personality tests. It was such a fun way to spend some time on my break at work, taking quizzes of one kind or another. I remember back when Internet was first a “thing”, (yes, I remember that) spending lots of time finding out what kind of dog […]

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KIDS IN THE KITCHEN

Do you eat? Does your partner eat? Does your family eat? Do you have to feed them EVERY day? Do you even have to feed them more than once a day? Are you overwhelmed with all the feeding? Are you tired of the cooking and cleaning? Are you stressed about the dishes and crumbly floors […]

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QUICK WAYS TO DEFUSE ANGER

January is always a time of new beginning and as well as a time of reflection for me. I’ve seen the New Year’s Resolution memes that say “I don’t do resolutions. I’m just going to keep being awesome.” While that is true—you ARE undoubtedly awesome, I also see the value in making life better. One […]

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