Erin Port

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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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6 Easy Ways to Nurture Your Mom Friendships During the Holidays

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I get it, it's hard to even think about anything but your to-do list this time of year. There are not enough hours in the day to get it all done.  This time of year...

7 Frequently Asked Questions About Adoption

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My husband and I said yes to international adoption 15 months ago and are eagerly waiting to go get our son from China. We aren't the only ones. On average, 135,000 children are adopted...
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Lessons From a No Spend Month

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When our family decided to adopt internationally the task of saving over $35,000 seemed daunting. In order to pay cash and not finance the adoption we knew would have to make some changes to our...
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My Toddler Needed Glasses

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When our son was born, he affectionately earned the nickname Popeye because he came out of the womb winking. As first-time parents, we didn’t think much of it when one lid would droop when...
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An Iowa State Fair Day Trip Itinerary

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The Iowa State Fair opens today! It’s become a tradition for our family to head to the fairgrounds for a full day of multi-generational family fun. The Iowa State Fair started in 1854 and...
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A Summer Day in Des Moines

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This time of year just beckons for adventure. Often that means hopping in the car for a road trip to new and faraway places for our family. Who doesn't love a little road trip?...

Overcome Body Insecurity When Shopping

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With the changing seasons, many of us are stepping into our closets and realizing we need a few new pieces to update our wardrobes. I’ll be honest, my favorite season to shop for is...
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How to Survive Grandparent Hangover

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We just got back from a fun-filled week with my parents in sunny Arizona! It was as amazing as it sounds. It was a week full of inflatable floats big enough for snuggle sessions for...

Travel with Kids: What to Pack When Flying with Kids

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Spring break is right around the corner! For many that might mean a vacation, a road trip, or a chance to see relatives who live a little further away. For my family, it means...
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5 Ways to Celebrate the Winter Olympics + a Printable

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Who else is excited for the Winter Olympics?   It’s right around the corner! Friday, February 9th, NBC will air the opening ceremonies from PyeongChang (Republic of Korea) in prime time. You bet we will...