Reader Question: How do we put a stop to the overwhelming amount of toys that enter our house for birthdays, Christmas (& everything in between!)?

Question:  I’m a mom of 4 and we are far from minimalists, though it would be a dream to make a move in that direction.  We have a ton of family, and they all love to lavish my children with gifts: Christmas, birthdays, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving they find any reason to buy my kids MORE.  … Continue Reading

How I Store & Organize Kid’s Clothes

It still strikes me at times, that our problem is excess when the majority of the world lives with so much less. Even my mom never had this problem of WAY too many kid’s clothes. So let’s not be too hard on ourselves if our kids grow before they have a chance to wear things … Continue Reading

Simplifying Toys: Which ones made the cut

Children’s toys can be one of the most daunting areas of simplifying life. Our kids love each and every one (just ask them!), we’ve invested good money into them, and almost certainly, as soon as we get rid of any they ask where it is and break down because it was their favorite. Sigh. But…it … Continue Reading

The Best Toy Storage & Organization

I’ve been on the hunt for quite awhile to find a sleek and affordable solution for storing toys in our basement family room. I wanted something that looked a little sophisticated since it would be in plain view. It also needed to have large bins, be easy for the kids to use and not break the … Continue Reading

Are my relatives spoiling my kids? (despite my best efforts!)

As we unpacked the van after all of our Easter celebrations last night I felt a little overwhelmed by all that the kids had received. So naturally,  I began to compose a note in my head to send to all of our well-meaning friends and family: Hi there, Thank you so much for all of the … Continue Reading

Co-sleeping doesn’t make you a weak or inadequate parent…(of course it doesn’t make you a superior parent, either!)

The other day a woman left this comment on my post about transitioning your baby from co-sleeping to their own crib at I Think We Could Be Friends (you can find the article here– it has been one of the most popular!) and it made me think back to our first year of parenting. Here is … Continue Reading