Minimalism has encouraged me to evaluate the gifts that I give. Maybe, I’m hoping to inspire others, or maybe I’m just reflecting what I would prefer if it were me. Either way, so far so good! For the Littles’ birthdays we took a trip down south instead of having a big party and a bunch of gifts. It was AWESOME. The gift of experiences is winning over gifts of physical items and it’s something I intend to keep up for the foreseeable future. This list is geared more to Moms of adults but can also be altered for Moms with young kids (i.e. your sister or your bestie). Let me just conclude this introduction by saying if the Mom you are treating has little ones, NEVER underestimate the power of a good NAP. Haha! Seriously, when I reached out to a group of Moms about their ideal minimalist gift, the number one answer was a nap. Here are 5 gifts to treat your Mama on Mothers Day, that aren’t going to collect dust.
An integral part of being a minimalist is reducing the amount of items you bring into your home. A great way to do so is by using products you already have, in sometimes unconventional ways. Spring cleaning is upon us, so I thought this would be a great time to share this handy infographic. It contains many helpful cleaning hacks, using products that you likely already have laying around! Call me crazy, but I LOVE spring (and fall) cleaning. There’s something so satisfying about deep cleaning and making the whole house shine. And, for some reason, the changing of the season seems to encourage me to do so. That being said, here you go:
I’m super pumped to be able to offer you this giveaway on behalf of The Pirate Train author Nicole Fisk!
As we pull up to the winter carnival, I hear 2 little gasps come from the backseat. I look in my rear-view mirror to see 4 sparkling eyes and 2 magical grins, as my littles peer out to the field beside us. There’s a shiny red fire truck, loads of kids clambering into huge, intricate snow forts, families skating about, with looks of pure joy on their faces.
That’s when I hear a different type of gasp. This time it’s escaping my own lips. Only, it’s not the good, excited kind I’d heard from my kids seconds earlier. Its the kind that happens when your throat tightens, when your palms start to sweat, and when your mind starts to race. The kind of gasp that precedes panic. The kind of gasp I know to well.
This is Sophie. Sophie is more than “just a dog”. She is my calm, my serenity, my constant. She is the first face I see in the morning, and the last face I see before bed. She is my rock. To some, she is nothing more than a slobbering, stinky dog, and to others she’s an imperative family member. But to me, she’s even more than that. She is my “person”.
I know what you’re thinking.. “New year new me.. blahblahblah“. Let me straighten that out right quick. I’m incredibly happy with me and my life. For the most part. These goals are meant to add to the awesomeness, not change it.
Well, I guess with the exception of number 1.
A lot of people hear minimalism and think of throwing away a bunch of their stuff, and living with only the basic necessities. While somewhat true, its so much more than that. Minimalism living is applied to all aspects of your life, not just your physical belongings. In this post I’ll be covering the digital aspect, or, “Digital Minimalism”.
1. The first time you have sex after giving birth will probably hurt. Remember the pain of your first time ever? You can expect a similar feeling once you hop back into the sack the first time, after a baby. Our vagina goes through quite a trauma while giving birth and then snaps back into … Read more
The saying goes “it takes a village to raise a child”. In today’s uber sensitive society, that concept is simply unacceptable. We rarely get to know our neighbors names, let alone personal details about their children or lives. We become so obsessed with fear mongering stories in the media, that everyone is suspect.
I used to live this way. Uneasy with my surroundings and the people that lived there. Now, I trust more of my neighbors than not.
I am the definition of a consumer. I define success by the house you live in and the car you drive. I shop whenever I can and spend money I don’t even have yet. I get a high from buying sale items, even if it isn’t something I need. I tend to confuse want and need, and often have the mindset ” it’s better to have it and not need it, then need it and not have it.”
The good news is, I want to change that. I want to live intentionally and be surrounded by items with purpose. I’m tired of being owned by my possessions rather than owning my possessions.
The mindset and way of living that I want to embrace has a name. It’s Minimalism.