I came across this article on Becoming Minimalist the other day: The Completely Achievable Path to Becoming a One-Income Family It reminded me of my own story of becoming a stay at home mom. It’s been over three years now, so I have probably begun to take it for granted, but here is how it began: … Continue Reading

Look familiar? (To me the funniest part is my husband’s dirty clothes on the right mixed in with everything else!) For me, one of the most daunting minimizing tasks was simplifying and purging the kids toys. With four kids it felt like there were toys everywhere…we tried to keep them contained to the family room, … Continue Reading

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

My goal this year is to really enjoy the Christmas season with my family. Our kids are 6,4, 2 and 1 right now, so Christmas is a BLAST with them. They love every aspect of it: the lights, the cookies, the Christmas program and special Christmas service, Christmas movies, Christmas crafts, the gatherings, and of … Continue Reading

I get it. The conversation is still awkward for me at times even though I have been tactfully opting out of gift exchanges for quite a few years now. And here we were, Thanksgiving with my in-laws and the inevitable conversation of type of gift exchange and the dollar limit had begun. I was waiting … Continue Reading

I bought Halloween costumes for the first time this year. It really isn’t that big of deal…except I swore I would never buy Halloween costumes. I had vowed around the time our first was born to make the kids’ costumes or piece them together with inexpensive things from the Dollar Store, things we had at … Continue Reading