A little more about me…

I feel fortunate to have grown up on a farm in Minnesota just south of the Twin Cities. Born an identical twin, my youth was spent trying to explain to people how to us apart, helping with chores, and endless hours playing outside with our cousins.

After high school I went on to get a degree in marketing and fell in love with graphic design. In the following years I worked, met my husband, started having kids, stopped working outside of our home, had more kids, and now live just a few miles from my parent’s farm.

I also started another blog two years ago called I Think We Could Be Friends. I contribute there occasionally along with my twin sister Diana, two therapist friends and many guests. It has turned into a fun community where we support “happy homes and healthy relationships.”

And while it has been great sharing my ideas over at I Think We Could Be Friends, my hope for The Minimal Mom is to share our journey of taking on a more minimalistic lifestyle.

Still a country girl at heart, there is something about the simplicity of farm life that is rooted deep in my soul. By having fewer material possessions to manage I find myself with more time to visit and garden and cook and play with our kids. In the end our home is peaceful and I love being here.

Do you have to have limited possessions to have a peaceful home? Nope.

Does it work for us? Yep ;)

And while I have come to really appreciate a more minimalistic lifestyle, I’m aware that it not become my religion. My true hope and faith is in Jesus whether we have 8,000 things or 8.

So that’s a little about me, would you introduce yourself in the comments? I’d love to meet you and keep in touch! You can  use the button below to subscribe by email for occasional updates and follow us on Facebook.

I look forward to getting to know you better,


Here are a few of my most popular articles from I Think We Could Be Friends:

// The Laundry System That Changed My Life
// Transitioning your baby from co-sleeping to crib (it was easier than we thought!)
// Palette Wood Baby & Pet Gate

One comment


I am so grateful for all your posts and videos on you tube. I have been avidly watching and trying to implement a more simplistic lifestyle into our family culture. That said, I was wondering how you divide up chores amongst the kids? I know you said each Lewiston is responsible for a “zone”. But how is that actually broken up and done? I have a 12 year old, 9 year old, and 18 month old! Thanks so much!

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