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The Rumpus 2017

I lie down beside Hilly on the raft and she begins to read Dune to me unprompted, picking up where her own silent reading left off.

Lying with my eyes closed, I can hear Olive paddling around in the shallows with the waves lapping against her little floatie tube. She happily chats with Lizzie and Mawney while Claire relaxes in the background and my mom putters around on the porch.

It’s been five days of this. Lake swimming and family time; meals prepared and eaten and cleaned up; watching all of these moving pieces coming together to form an ecosystem we’ve been building since the day we were born.

We get together like this every year. We call it The Rumpus.

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Writing

Friday Night Roundup 07/01-07/14

Friday Night Roundup - SweetMadeleine,ca

Here are my published posts from 07/01-07/14. Enjoy!

Earth 911
How to Deal With Recycling Guilt
3 Clothing Recycling Mistakes You May Be Making

Freelancer’s Union Blog
How Not to Freelance: Or, Why I Finally Admitted That I Was a Business Owner

SheKnows
15 Pictures of Jessica Simpson’s Seriously Beautiful Family
5 Times Peyton Manning Was Amazing
6 Celebrity Summer Vacation Pictures You Have to See
The Ultimate Will Ferrel Quotes Quiz

QuickBooks
Here’s Some Timeless Business Advice: Be the Best and Charge Accordingly

 

Writing

The 6 Best Tools For Freelance Writing

The 6 Best Tools for Freelance Writing

20 Supplies from My ToolBox by Sdion Baker Design on Etsy

It’s been just over two years since I began freelance writing, and I’ve learned a lot.

There are six tools in particular that I really wish I’d known about when I began this career. If there are any other freelance writers out there, current or aspiring, I hope this gives you the head start I wish I’d had!

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All You Need Is Less, Eco-Friendly Living

3 Things to Remember If You’re Eco-friendly & Your Spouse Isn’t

“I’m eco-friendly. My spouse isn’t. How do I convince them to change? Are their actions canceling out my own?”

That was the crux of a question posted by Pete on the Sweet Madeleine Facebook page.  Today I took a few minutes to make a video answering his question, featuring wind blown hair, double chins, and even a surprise appearance by a mischievous puppy.


I’ll summarise the key points after the jump for any video-averse folks out there.

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