Sunday, July 22, 2018

10 Totally Free Ways to Share Kindness

I’ve had one of those weeks. Here are 10, totally free ways to show kindness to loved ones and strangers . . . because there are others out there having one of those weeks right now.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Third Quarter 2018 Goals!

It’s July of 2018. That means it’s time for me to declare my third quarter goals. But first I should fess up to whether or not I achieved my second quarter goals.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Book Decluttering


Book decluttering is right up my alley because with my minimalist tendencies, I keep my book collection under control. I know some minimalists have zero books, but minimalism comes in all varieties. I’ll share the book decluttering categories that work for me.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

A Writer's Journal

When I was sixteen, a scary experience that ended up with someone sneaking into my private writings and exposing them (think teen crushes, angry moments, dreams, stuff like that) led me to throw away every private piece of writing I’d ever written or received. Diaries, letters from my aunt, short stories, you name it. And it’s why all these years later I still don’t keep a private journal. That’s about to change.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

My Whackadoodle Blog Philosophy (and why the heck do I need a privacy policy?)


My blogging style seems to be out of whack with ninety-nine percent of other blogs out there. That’s okay because my goal is different.


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

A Minimalist's Meal Plan

A minimalist's meal plan sounds like deprivation, but Dear Husband and I took a week off from pretending we were sophisticated home cooks and ate a menu of easy-to-prepare, simple meals, with the emphasis on simple.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

10 Budget Boosters!

Are you trying to stick to a budget? You are not alone. I think when bloggers share money-saving activities it encourages others on their frugal journeys. So with that in mind, here are ten frugal actions Dear Husband and I took this past week to help us stay within our budget.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Help a Child Write a Mother's Day Poem!


Let’s help a youngster write a Mother’s Day poem as a gift for Mom! Here’s an easy method for creating an acrostic poem that spells out MOTHER. It’s creative, it’s budget-friendly, and Mom will love it.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

A DIY Reader's Journal

I’ve been tempted to get a reader's journal for several years now. A Google image search for "reader's journal" will bring up all sorts of beautiful and elaborate journals, both pre-printed and DIY. But I wanted something simple.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Does a Minimalist Need a Mood Tracker?

I tried a mood tracker app for 40-some days. Daylio is a mood tracker and a micro diary.

Friday, April 13, 2018

8 Tips for Successful DIY Chalkboard Mugs

I’ve read so many chalkboard paint fail stories that I wanted to post a demo with some how-to tips. Mugs are super popular, and that’s what this demo is, but dessert plates (like painting the rim), and glass storage (as in painting on labels) are fun ideas, too. Here are my eight tips.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Spring Goals

It’s spring! That means it’s time for me to declare my spring goals. But first, back in December of last year, I declared my goals for the first twelve weeks of 2018, so I should fess up to whether or not I achieved them.:-)

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Emotional Self-Care for Minimalists

I spent twelve weeks exploring unfussy, inexpensive, emotional self-care regimens. I offer my thoughts not as an egocentric exercise but as a post that may spark ideas for others who seek simple, budget-friendly ways to decompress.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Home Repairs and Self Respect (and snow!)

There’s something about a DIY home repair that makes you more appreciative of your home and gives you a sense of earned self respect and confidence.


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

I Fell Off the Ibotta Wagon

Using Ibotta means earning money for things you would have bought anyway, right? So why did I delete my account? And what does it have to do with minimalism?

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Why I Turned a $200 Fine Art Painting into a $50 Teen Poster

At my art show last year, I had a painting titled Autumn Leaves Falling. At the show’s opening, it caught the attention of several patrons, who were then disappointed to find out it was an abstract image of trees and not an undersea vision. It didn’t sell.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

A Minimalist Goes Shopping

The last thing I want to do as a minimalist is bring more stuff into my home, but yeah, I shop. Here's what I recently bought.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Weird Writerly Words

As I’m stumbling my way through the first draft of my novel, I’ve also been studying successful authors to help me become a better writer. Sometimes experienced writers talk about magical things called “character arcs” and important people called “betas.”  Then I have to stop and look up these and other weird writerly words.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Use What You Have Valentine's Wrapping

I needed to wrap a little something for my sweetheart. As is often the case, I didn’t want to run out and buy wrapping paper. That would just waste money and gas. Besides, as a minimalist, I didn’t want to bring stuff into the house. So I told myself, “Don’t you dare buy wrapping paper!” and scavenged about for something I could use.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

2 Valentine Gift Ideas for Your Tea-Loving Sweetheart (and they're both minimalist!)

Valentine's Day is just around the corner. Here are two Valentine gift ideas for your special someone. One idea is a set of homemade tea bags, and the other is a purchased tea gift. Both are usable, consumable items, perfect for that minimalist sweetheart.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

How I Run in Cheap Shoes (without getting injured!)

Starting in my late 30s, I spent a lot of money on expensive running shoes, and I got injured in each of them, even with custom orthotic inserts. Now I spend as little as three dollars on cheap, plain shoes, and I wear them forever (as you can see by the image above!), and I haven’t been injured since. How do I manage that?

Monday, January 15, 2018

A Minimalist's ENvision Board

If you search Google images for “vision board,” you’ll see some wonderful examples of vision boards that aren't for me. They represent ambitious people with twenty exciting interests pulling them in twenty different directions. With a vision board like that, I’d hop from one path to the next to the next without making progress on any path. It’s just too much!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Crocheted Dish Scrubbies

I scrub pots and pans with a nylon scrubby instead of a sponge. The latter gets mildewed too easily (pee-yoo!), whereas a nylon scrubby dries fast. But sometimes they’re hard to find. Homemade dish scrubbies to the rescue!