We all have design and organization preferences. Within a household there needs to be respect for these preferences while maintaining an agreed upon "stuff level." Children add a lot to that stuff level. While they do not drive themselves to Target or Babies-R-Us (RIP), the stuff pours in from family, friends, and neighbors. Marketing tells … Continue reading Minimalism with children
This is a guest post by my husband, Kevin. Safe travels Mike, cheers! Yesterday we said goodbye to our neighbor Mike. We reflect today on how great of a neighbor he was and how grateful we are to cross paths. Mike was very kind to our family. He always said hi and let the kids … Continue reading A Great Neighbor and Friend
The glorious pile of receipts! We have found making notes at the top makes our two week reflections easier. It's that time again for a shopping ban update! We hit the six week mark yesterday, and this morning I had a chance to sit with my coffee and envelope of receipts to reflect. There is … Continue reading Shopping Ban 6 week Review
We are officially 20 days into No Media March, and it felt like a good time to reflect. So far we are thrilled with the results. We thrived on spring break and my son returned to school Monday ready to see friends again. Here are the main positives we've seen so far: 1. More creativity … Continue reading No Media Update
While leisurely driving home from a day trip to Payson, K saw a creek and pulled off the road to play in it. It ended up being the highlight of the trip and happened only because we were not in a rush. There is no praise for doing less. No one at school says "That … Continue reading Write a Slower Story
Each day we get to choose our attitude. I did not always believe this, and I used to get a sense of comfort from being able to blame my mood on the situations of the day. This made being a stay at home mom feel easier in the moment. But my husband convinced me I … Continue reading The Blue Sky Behind the Clouds
Photo by me On this simplicity/minimalism journey I have had many highs and lows. Our stuff has steadily decreased over the last 4 years, but the feeling of the simplifying has been both positive and negative. I attribute these feelings to purpose, or lack thereof. When the simplifying has a purpose it feels effortless and positive. … Continue reading What is the Purpose?