Simplify your family

Now for something slightly different….

Family Life Sale

Corey from Simple Marriage and Mandi from Life…Your Way have brought together a super sweet e-book package for those interested in simplifying your family (and your life).

When purchased separately, these ebooks are worth over $450, but for four days only, you can purchase the entire collection for just $47.

Corey’s become a great friend over the last few months as we’ve chatted both online and off-line about a variety of great things. I love his heart and posture and I’m proud to help promote his work (You can listen to his story over at the something beautiful podcast).

Beyond the great material, a portion of each sale will also be donated to Don Miller’s (Blue Like Jazz, Searching for God Knows What) The Mentoring Project, which seeks to rewrite the story of the fatherless generation. VERY COOL!

But as I mentioned above, there’s a catch… This collection is only available from 2 p.m. on March 21st to 2 p.m. on March 24th March 25th. There will be no late sales offered.

Click here to purchase your collection today!
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Help us build a well

Right now, almost a billion people on the planet don’t have access to clean, safe drinking water. That’s one in eight of us.

Over at We Live Simply (We Live Simply so Others May Simply Live) we’re working with charity:water to raise money for a new fresh water well for those in need.

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What do I really need?

Day 8- 19 DVDs
Day 8 - Purging 19 DVDs | Photo by Jonathan Blundell

This question is really coming into mind more and more since starting WeLiveSimply — but even more so as we start packing to move.

What do I really need?

Leo Babauta writes…

It’s amazing what our culture has done to us: we have been conditioned to believe that luxuries are a necessity, that we need things that most of the world doesn’t even dream of having.

Look around your home right now (or when you get home). What do you see that’s really a necessity? What could you do without?

You already know that most of the world lives with much less than what you see around you. They’d be happy with clean water, shelter, some food. Forget about Macs or big-screen TVs or plush couches or iPhones or closets overflowing with shoes and clothes.

But we also forget that only a few generations ago, our grandparents and great-grandparents also lived with much less, and were perfectly comfortable and happy. Most people had very little other than the necessities and perhaps a radio. Not that long ago, people lived without TVs, cars, microwaves, electric stoves, computers, video game consoles, air-conditioning, washers, dish washers and more. Not that long ago, shopping malls didn’t exist, and ordering from the Sears catalog was a luxury.

What we need is very little: a few changes of clothing at most, a pair of shoes, perhaps a few toiletries (toothpaste, deodorant, soap), some food, a roof over our heads.

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Top posts for March 2010

March Analytics

The top 5 posts here at Stranger in a Strange Land for March 2010….

  1. Texas foster care statistics for 2009
  2. Homemade pizza
  3. Ustream videos not working? – Fixed!
  4. Discussion on Ephesians 4
  5. We live…

And the top 5 posts at We Live Simply

  1. The Simple Manifesto #14 – Simplify your computer life
  2. The Simple Manifesto #13 – Simplify your wardrobe
  3. A Fool Month of Purging
  4. Five questions with Jason Fowler
  5. Outfitting your kitchen for less

And our top 2 podcasts at something beautiful (based on page views)…

  1. Kari McHam
  2. Gerry Hanan

Of course these are just numbers — I’m curious what were your favorite posts in March?

A Fool Month of Purging

April Fool's Day
Photo by demibrooke

I’ve got a little challenge going on over at WeLiveSimply starting tomorrow – April 1 – April Fool’s Day…

To kick off April we’re starting a Living Simply Challenge – A Fool Month of Purging.

Based on Ross’ challenge from rcThink earlier this year, the goal will be to rid ourselves of the stuff we’ve been “fooled into thinking we need.”

The challenge begins Thursday — April 1 and ends April 30.
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