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

As I have worked to cut back, down size, minimize in all areas of my life, there’s still been this thing nagging me with Facebook. I like Facebook…I like how I can keep in touch with friends and family at a distance. I love seeing the pictures and quick status updates of their life and … Continue Reading

When I first started simplifying my home, I’d look at an item and think: “Should I keep this or not?” And then I’d have to think about it…I sometimes use it or so and so gave it to me or the WORST ever “I may need it someday.” I mean after all, I wouldn’t have … Continue Reading