Erin Port

Erin is a wife to Scott and mom to Solon (9), Vera (7) and Lucy (3). Their family is in the process of adopting a little boy from China. Erin loves to encourage and connect with women about simple and purposeful living via her blog, Simple Purposeful Living. She loves to find adventure with her family, laugh every day, and find the bright side in life.
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Toy Storage Tips: Organizing Post-Holiday Toy Clutter

Has your house been inundated with a slew of new toys from very thoughtful, highly generous, doting family members and a certain man in a red suit? Now that my big kids are back in...
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5 Simple Things To Do to End Year Well

It’s hard to believe we are rounding out 2019 and heading right into 2020 at full speed. Often times at the end of the year we look ahead at all the new year has...
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Our International Adoption Story

November is Adoption Awareness Month. On average, almost 443,000 children in the United States are in foster care and according to UNICEF (see article), there are over 153 million orphans worldwide with an estimated...
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I Detoxify My Armpits and You Should Too

7 years ago, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.  She underwent surgery and treatment and thankfully she is now in remission. After my mom’s breast cancer diagnosis though, I started to look more closely...
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I Had Skin Cancer: One Mom’s Story

“You have skin cancer.” Those were the words the nurse said to me over the phone.  The nurse quickly went on to add that it was basal cell skin cancer which is treatable and non-life...
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6 Pool Bag Essentials

Summer is here! Who’s ready? We are!   One of our favorite summer activities is heading to the pool. Since I just washed and stowed away all our winter gear, it only seems appropriate I...
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The Power of Words

I just finished reading the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio. It's one of those books every person should read.   In short, it's about an ordinary 5th-grade boy with an extraordinary face. Due to various...
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I stopped Washing My Hair Every Day and Why You Should Too!

“Do you wash your hair every day?”  Those were the words my hair stylist asked me when I asked her why my hair color wasn’t lasting. I sheepishly said, “yes” and she said, “stop in the...

How A Marriage Conference Reset Our Marriage

I was cradling my 5-month-old miracle baby in my arms when I heard our pastor mention an upcoming marriage conference as part of the weekly announcements. I didn’t think much of it as we...
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How To Kick off the New Year on Purpose

2019 is here. It’s time to crack open the new planner and remember to start writing 2019 on your checks. Am I the only one who still writes checks? For many, the new year signifies...