Why I use a standing menu for weekly meals

I have been on a self-improvement quest and trying to simplify our family life for the last few years. I first started out with a weekly menu and then a monthly menu. I initiated this when my step-daughter was still an only -child. She liked being able to look at the menu and know what … Continue reading Why I use a standing menu for weekly meals

Hand me downs, organizing, and decluttering

I recently posted about the worthiness of hand-me-downs and consignment shopping. I must have put some good vibes into the universe because a friend stopped by a few days later with bags of hand-me-downs for baby#2 (Score!). Being gifted some clothing combined with my baby having a growth spurt in a matter of days, I … Continue reading Hand me downs, organizing, and decluttering

Staying engaged with your kids when the days seem long

This past weekend was a gift. Thursday, Friday and Saturday seemed to stretch out their golden hours and allow our family to enjoy the days. I got around to doing some crafty science with the girls. We also lucked out and had a day of 50 degrees with sunshine that allowed us to get outside … Continue reading Staying engaged with your kids when the days seem long

Crystalizing frugality as a lifestyle

I'm a dabbler. I have been reading, studying, following, and thinking about simplicity, saving money, urban gardening, and minimalism for years. Precisely, about 4 years - just about the same time I had my first little bun in the oven. I have dipped my toe in here and there...but I dabble. Actually, I am a … Continue reading Crystalizing frugality as a lifestyle

How to poltitely reqest ‘no gifts’ for your child’s birthday party

I am a firm believer that kids don't really need a lot to be happy and healthy. When I was expecting my first child, I only registered for the basics and stuck to my plan. I knew most of the specialty baby items were completely unnecessary and that friends and family would be giving me … Continue reading How to poltitely reqest ‘no gifts’ for your child’s birthday party