Friday, December 29, 2017

My New Year's Resolutions for 2018

Yes, I’m one of those irritating people that make New Year’s Resolutions. Resolutions are the goals I strive for to help me learn and grow. After all, if we’re still on this Earth, shouldn’t we be learning and growing? Otherwise we’re like a summer pond during a drought: shrinking, withdrawing, and unable to nourish the lives around us.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Creative Envelopes

What happens when you want to drop a note in the mail but you’re short an envelope? Make one, and get creative about it!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Sewing Napkins from the Thrift Store

Recently I made a set of summery napkins. With a budget of only 5 dollars for six napkins, I had to search the thrift store for fabric, and I'm glad I did!

Saturday, December 23, 2017

A Peek Inside a Minimalist's Purse

I don’t carry much in my purse, and that’s good. I never have to dig for my keys, shuffle through faded receipts to find a tissue, or anything like that. Even when I was more of a stuff-collector, I always carried a light purse. I admit that, at the time, I was a sleep deprived, young mom, and packing light was just a way to make my life easier and not have to stand in the rain to find my car keys!

Friday, December 22, 2017

A Peek Inside a Minimalist's Wallet

Dear Husband is not a minimalist, but he does have areas in his life that are quite streamlined with no distracting fluff flitting about. His casual wardrobe, his dressy wardrobe (he’s had only one suit since 1988, and its quality construction and classic styling still look quite nice on him), his morning routine, and his wallet are all rather minimalist. Maybe I’m rubbing off on him!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Going Without Hot Water

We once hired some men to help us with our floor. One of the guys said he was in dire financial straits and turned off the hot water heater so his family could save electricity costs. I’ve been wondering how much that would really save and if it’d be worth it. So I tried going without hot water for a month.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

2 Last Minute Gifts from the Kitchen (and they're almost healthy!)

Just a few days until Christmas, feeling desperate? Here are two DIY gifts from the kitchen that are super simple and fast and something different if you gave people cookies last year. (And they’re almost healthy!)

Monday, December 11, 2017

4 Christmas Wrapping Ideas

Here are four rather unique Christmas wrapping ideas. For each of them, I came up with a challenge of sorts then tried to meet that challenge while still being creative. (Creativity and challenges are good for our brains!)

Sunday, December 10, 2017

40 Gift Ideas for Minimalist Men (and half are under $15!)

It seems like every blogger out there has published a list of gift ideas for minimalists . . . and I couldn’t wait to jump in with my ideas! This version is for the men in our lives. (Men, we love you, but you’re hard to shop for!)