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The Clothes Purge!

I have way too many clothes…the aftermath of multiple pregnancies/babies and constantly shifting body type coupled with an addiction of sorts. I have fond memories of regularly going clothes-shopping with my mom as a child, and I suspect this hardwired a dopamine-type reward system in my brain that I still constantly seek out. My mom

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Dopamine and Minimalism

The mesolimbic dopamine system is old from an evolutionary point of view, and no doubt has played an important role in the survival of our species. Our brains were rewarded for choosing life-sustaining behaviors, which helped the species thrive. You get hungry and eat food? Here’s a boost of dopamine. You play nice with the

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Daddy Baby

GoGoGadgetGreta presented me with another opportunity to practice Playful Parenting today. We were leaving Costco. We had achieved our objective of getting vacation snacks and I was trying to get everything and everyone packed up into the car. My dear daughter was having none of it. The tears were abundant and the refusal to even

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Foreward is a Direction but Culadasa’s is Disorienting

In the Foreward to The Mind Illuminated, the author, Culadasa, narrates a history of the intellectual and spiritual journey that led him to write the book. He also makes at least one extraordinary claim: There is only one kind of “stuff,” and both mind and matter are mere appearances. When looked at from the outside,

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How I Found It: The Mind Illuminated

One day, I will write a substantive post on how I got into meditation. This is not that post. For now, you’ll just have to take my interest in the topic as a given, and accept that, because of that interest, I found a momentary reprieve from the suffering of mindless internet surfing when I

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Monthly Challenge May – Mindfulness Meditation

Yay alliteration! Deciding to do a meditation challenge this month was a no-brainer. Having recently finished a particularly stressful week at work which concluded in a very busy string of nights over the weekend, I’m acutely aware that my coping skills are lacking. I’ve had other outlets in my life – running and music (I

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Our Financial Journey – April 2018 Update

This will be our second monthly summary. If you want to check out the first one, you can find it here. Things look good this month, in no small part due to Mrs. BPR introducing the frugal month challenge to the household. So let’s get started. This chart shows the history of our monthly income,

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Frugal Month – Final Summary

Sipping coffee on our deck enjoying gorgeous spring weather and blogging. Good life. 🙂 What did we spend the last few days? Day 29 – $3.00 (snacks for oldest son at rugby practice) + $15.19 (2 lb bag coffee beans – very important!) Day 30 – $7.00 (Patreon- Sam Harris) + $20.00 (babysitting) Total =

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