Device Detox

This past month, a few friends and I have been working through the 30-day tech “detox” from Nancy Colier’s book The Power of Off. While it’s definitely helped start us down the right track, now that we’re nearing the end, we’re still not where we’d like to be, so we decided we’d create a detox program of our very own. Something with a bit more “oomph” — and something that was more closely tailored to our lives. (Though we actually lead quite different lives from one another, we’re all single mothers by choice! So being a parent and having limited free time are recurring themes.)

Since Lent is coming up, we decided to create a 45-day program that we can start this Wednesday and that will take us right up until Easter weekend. I haven’t “done Lent” in years and years, but I know so many people do — AND so many people want to get their internet use under control. So I gussied up our plan into a nice little PDF, and now you can join along, too!

If people seem interested, I’ll post some of my detox musings and lists here as we go along, and I’d totally love to hear from anybody else who decides to give it a try. My friends and I have really enjoyed swapping stories about our previous detox experience.

You can download the PDF right here. Please right-click and download it! And if you’d like to put a link to it on your own blog (or wherever), it would be great if you could link to this post rather than the file itself. I may have to eventually change the location of the file, but this blog post URL should stay as-is.

Take a look! Please join in! I’m super proud of what we’ve created here, and I can’t wait to try it.

Winter-Time Paper House Freebie

[If you enjoy this freebie, also check out the paper house pack I have for sale here]!

So, the other day I was sitting around, trying to decide what to do after dinner. It’s that time of the day when I don’t really feel like starting any big projects, but it’s too early to watch something on Hulu. I have absolutely no recollection of my thought process on this evening, but I grabbed a piece of white card and drew a house. The next day, I cut it out and assembled it, and I made a second one the day after that.

I guess part of the reason I had houses on the brain was because my gingerbread houses didn’t live up to last year’s. The instructions called for too much water in the icing mix, and all my nice details wound up slowly migrating downwards before they dried. Disappointing.

But I’m totally, immodestly in love with my little paper houses, and I can see making quite a few more in the near future. In fact, while I was in the process of drawing the third house, I stopped before I cut it out and scanned it in — so I could share it with you!

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