Week by week, carload by carload, I’m donating my way to a more simple lifestyle. It all began when I started to investigate responsible consumerism. Soon I came across the trending concept of a “capsule wardrobe.” Although definitions vary, a capsule wardrobe will be small, simple and functional with only items that are used and enjoyed. Some wealthy and influential people utilize a “uniform” or repeat a combination
If you pop into Michael’s Arts & Crafts this time of year, you’ll see some pretty impressive… and pretty pricey Halloween wreaths. Some are up to $80. Scary! But before you go screaming into the night, take a look at our Halloween wreaths you can make yourself. Get your crafty on and save a killing by making it yourself. 6 DIY Halloween Wreaths So Easy to Make
If you want to jump-start your journey to a more peaceful, simple home here is an easy declutter guide to help you shed some of the unwanted stuff and start enjoying the empty spaces left behind! Each day, go through the items on the list and donate, recycle, or throw away. It won’t take long to see a difference in your living space! Day 1:
You’ll see pumpkins everywhere this time of year, from pumpkin-flavored foods, to pumpkin spice lattes to pumpkin spice scented air fresheners and candles. Most people know pumpkin is a healthy food packed with fiber, anti-oxidants and nutrients. But did you know it’s also good for pets? Pumpkin has many health benefits for your pet, including: Urinary Tract Support. Veterinarians believe that the oils contained in the seeds and flesh of
It’s that time of year again… pumpkins are everywhere. Today I popped into my local grocery store and saw a large display of pumpkin scones, pumpkin cookies and mini pumpkin pies. Just looking at these mouth-watering items made me feel like the holiday weight was already starting to form on my hips. But don’t blame pumpkins! Pumpkins are dense with nutrients while offering little in
I have talked about my obsession with thrifting before and some of my amazing finds. Even now that I have really slowed down my shopping habits, I still find thrifting is one of my favorite activities. Last week, I kid you not, I was breezing through a resale shop and caught a glimpse of soft comfy boots on the bottom shelf. I had to reach down to
I don’t know many people who will choose whole wheat bread over white based on flavor alone. My own family is very reluctant to give up their beloved Trader Joe’s sourdough bread. But this whole wheat bread recipe has made me a hero in my household. So many whole wheat breads are heavy and dense, with a crust that feels like it might dislocate your jaw.
The branches of our plum tree are heavy with fruit this year, more than we can eat. It’s a nice problem to have because as luck would have it, one of my all time favorite cakes is Marion Burros’s Plum Torte. It is reportedly the most requested recipe from the New York Times, which seems unbelievable when you look at the ingredients. It’s all very mundane:
Having recently reached a milestone birthday, I found myself pondering the past. When I think about all the guys I spent so much time pining for, all the heartache, I wish I knew what I know now. When I think about the job opportunities that didn’t pan out, that I spent hours beating myself up over, I wish I could talk to my 20-something year-old
As I continue my quest for minimalism and simplicity, I have been working on creating a family command center to keep the clutter contained, sorted and, ideally, not jammed in a drawer and forgotten. Everyone has paperwork and scheduling to deal with, but if you have kids you know that that clutter can escalate to an impossible level! I have high hopes that a family command center
Lately my mindset has been shifting from focusing a LOT on shopping to more of a minimalist perspective. If you missed this conversation, please check out Part 1 of my journey here and Part 2 here! As I investigated minimalism, I asked myself, what problem am I trying to treat? For me it was a lack of space, a lack of clarity, and a lack of satisfaction.
I have a confession to make. I love looking at all the creative ideas that people post on Pinterest… but it’s rare that I actually attempt to copy these recipes or crafts – even when I fully intend to. I can look at these elaborate bento box inspired lunch ideas and know, without a doubt, that I will never make them. But that’s okay. I can
Remember when school lunches were packed in a paper bag? These days many schools enforce, or at least encourage, a no-waste lunch policy, meaning no disposable plastic wrap or bags. I can’t argue with the benefits to the environment – and reusable containers do end up being cheaper in the long run – but there are so many choices for lunch boxes now that it
Many students in both public and private schools are required to wear school uniforms and now it’s your kid’s turn. You’ve bought your school supplies, you’ve bought your backpack, but where do you go for the best deals on uniforms? And how do you keep them looking good all year long? School uniforms: everything you need to know. PRO: You know exactly what your child is going to
I like to call Target “the store with the $50 cover charge.” You can walk in there intending to buy toilet paper and walk out with a new outfit, several new lipsticks, and a grill (it was on clearance!). Target’s team of marketing geniuses have figured out how to make us part with our money while at the same time making us feel like we’re