Minimal Intent

Whirlwind…

Posted by in Family Matters, Life in Order

Ever been caught in a whirlwind?  I feel like I am in the middle of a whirlwind of change – for the better. My last post had me sitting in my aunt’s old kitchen prepping for an estate sale and my final goodbye to her house.  It was all so bittersweet – BUT – what I failed to mention to you what else was happening in the background.  I did something a little crazy.  I had my husband look at a house solo without me and then put in an offer.  I…read more

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Keeping Plates Spinning

Posted by in Family Matters, Life in Order

For much of my “mom life” I have frequently had one to many plates spinning at once – to the point when something caused my balance to falter, all the plates have come crashing down.  The most obvious way to prevent this from happening is to limit the number of commitments and responsibilities you and your family have.  Ideally, everything you and your family do should support your personal and family mission statements.  Anything, that is out of line with your personal values and mission are going to be more…read more

2017: Things To Come

Posted by in Becoming Chic, Family Matters, Kids' Capsule Wardrobes, Life in Order, Minimalism, Wellness

First, I want to thank all of you for being so patient with me during this past year.  I took a break shortly after losing my mom only to return and then leave again to care for my elderly aunt who also passed away in September.  2016 was a difficult and very bittersweet year for me.  I am still grieving the loss of these two amazing women but also I continue to be inspired by them – their legacy of tips, insights and inspiration will likely crop up in my posts…read more

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Friday Faves: Easter & A Birthday

Posted by in Family Matters, Friday Favorites

This week has been a little wild, blustery and unpredictable full of blizzards, x-rays (everyone is fine) birthday prep for a little girl who is going to hit the decade mark, and then we will round out the week with Easter.  Not a boring week at all. This past summer my daughter agreed to part with the little plastic and pressed cardboard toy kitchen and all the little plastic pots and pans that had accumulated.  It wasn’t a bad little kitchen but it just was a little too big for…read more

Boy’s Spring-Summer Capsule Wardrobe

Posted by in Family Matters, Minimalism

My plan for a boy’s spring-summer capsule wardrobe for my son.  Right now we received a number of hand me downs and he has a lot more than this but this is what I would like to whittle it down to – roughly.  For both kids’ spring-summer capsules I only focus on enough nice clothes so they can look “presentable” in public – church, dinner out, vacation.   I don’t include their muck about clothes that I don’t mind if they get muddy or paint or whatever else.  That isn’t to…read more

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Love: Our Planet

Posted by in Family Matters, Personal Mission Statement

Our environment is a subject that has been a passion and a huge part of who I am for much of my life.  I was the kid that convinced our family to start recycling and to turn off the water while brushing their teeth.  I championed for sea turtles in my community and it has stayed with me for the most part throughout my life.  I haven’t been as diligent as an adult but then I watched Plastic Paradise and found myself in tears and my passion for our planet reignited. I cannot…read more

Love: Relationships

Posted by in Family Matters

I saved this post on purpose for after Valentine’s Day.  Love and the expression of love isn’t confined to one day on the calendar.  It is found between the larger moments in life, it fills in all the cracks and crevices like fragrant herbs will fill in the cracks between stones if allowed and encouraged.  Love cannot grow where it isn’t planted or gets uprooted.  It however can fill in the gaps between and perfume our steps. In order for love to flourish in our own lives we must first plant the…read more

Valentine’s: Imaginary v. Reality

Posted by in Family Matters

Valentine’s is an over-hyped day but that doesn’t mean that I don’t get caught up in the idea of romance for one day.  Here is the Valentine’s edition of imaginary v. reality. In my head I have the perfect Valentine’s Day planned out.  I have silk pajamas, and a silk robe.  I get to lounge around all day in comfort with coffee, chocolate truffles and prosecco.  A candle lit dinner followed by a candlelit bath.  Then uninterrupted alone time with my husband. “Snap back to reality, oh there goes the gravity…”…read more

Maddening Mishap and the Price of Clutter

Posted by in Family Matters

File this under “Keepin’ it Really Real”.  Our apartment isn’t new by any means and it has its quirks.  The outlets don’t like anything being plugged into them and often with great regularity spit plugs out. We can’t easily hang curtains because the walls are cinder brick.  Speaking of cinder brick, the most notable and annoying quirk – it is a mildew factory in winter. Mildew in the bathroom, mildew in the corners, and mildew creeping up the wall.  I spend 90% of my life scrubbing walls…only a slight exaggeration.  It is a…read more

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Planning for the Year

Posted by in Family Matters, Life in Order

This post is about getting set and planning for the year and you get a peek inside my day planner for 2016.  What does a planner have to do with values based goals, intentional living and minimalism?  Simply setting goals won’t get you very far unless you plan for them.  Planning your time and establishing a schedule allows you to see how much time you have and what days are allocated to tasks so that you don’t spread yourself too thin.  Remember simplifying your schedule is part of what minimalism is…read more

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