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New Year’s Guide to Pocket Money

I can’t resist a request. Daina owes me a Manifesto Confession for this post! (I also work for chocolate.) Daina wants to hear from y’all about pocket money. What is your approach? What did your parents do with you? Like many of us, she’s keen to build some financial literacy into her kids’ lives, so […]

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Lactation Cookies: 3 Reasons and 12 Recipes to Make Some for a New Parent

They do NOT contain breastmilk. I’m a fan of science, as you know, so I’ve been reluctant to write about lactation cookies, even though it’s a cool topic. The problem is that there is a very strange lack of scientific research on many aspects of breastfeeding. We’re left to self-evaluate traditional knowledge which could either be […]

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New Year’s Wishes for You and Yours

On New Year’s Eve, 2013, my little family made a pilgrimage to Cape Reinga, Te Rerenga Wairua, the northern tip of New Zealand, where the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea ‘say hello’ as SBJ will tell you, with a dramatic clap of his hands. They clash with a set of white-topped breakers out in […]

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Best-ever Allergy-friendly Chocolate Chip Cookies

Delicious, easy, fast, frugal, healthyish, and friendly to your special-diet friends: these may be the only chocolate-chip cookies you ever need to make! This really, truly isn’t a recipe blog, and I have no special expertise, but I got so excited about these biscuits I had to write about it somewhere. Frank posted this recipe […]

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Cranberry Ninja Cookies

Yeah, I know, this isn’t a food blog. But not only did I make some delightful cookies this afternoon from a recipe passed on by Sacraparental regular Daina, and not only are they healthy(ish) and made of enough weird ingredients to deserve a blog post, but Angela, food photographer extraordinaire from The Sponge, was there […]

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A Northern and Southern Christmas Treat

About a third of you, Gentle Readers, are based in the Northern Hemisphere, where the church calendar was born and raised: Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, and so on, until Advent begins another church year again. That means that your wintry Advent is naturally an expectant, waiting time that builds to the celebration of Christmas […]

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Greatest Hits

Greatest Hits: Most Popular Posts on Sacraparental Would you like a quick tour? Here are some good posts to start with! Just click on the picture.   Collections and Series Sacraparental is full of eclectic series, some ongoing and occasional, some more regular or structured. You can use the search box on the right, or […]

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Sacraparental Top Tens: Home and Away

Indulge me in a little linky celebrating. This is the 200th post on Sacraparental, and I’m sitting in Bristol feeling pretty good about that. Thank you, all. A gaggle of guest writers, a civility of commenters and a quietness of readers (like my collective nouns?) combine to make a welcoming lounge conversation. If you’re a […]

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AirBnB: How to get started letting your house while you’re away

As I said in the first post in this series, we’ve been letting our house out whenever we’re not in it for four years now, with home-sharing website AirBnB.com. It’s made an enormous difference to our finances, and I find myself regularly encouraging friends to consider it – even just for a couple of weeks […]

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Advent in Art with He Qi: The Magi

A warm welcome to this year’s Advent in Art series, where we join thousands of others in contemplating artistic works while we wait, wait, wait for Christmas. For an introduction to this series, and He Qi, the artist featured in 2014, please see the first post, on the Annunciation. Week 4: The Magi Everyone is focused […]

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