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Food Rules to Live By

Food Rules to Live By

I grew up on white bread and processed American cheese. Candy and pastries were abundant in our home, thanks to my dad's insatiable sweet tooth (thanks for passing that on Dad). I don't remember eating many fresh veggies, but it could be that my picky eating habits...

7 simple pleasures that’ll make you feel special every day

7 simple pleasures that’ll make you feel special every day

When I discovered minimalism, I went all in. I gladly got rid of all the things I didn't need, especially the frivolous extras. Why fill my house with stuff that didn't serve a purpose? That mentality seeped into other areas of my life as well and over time I found...

REFUSE to Save the Planet

REFUSE to Save the Planet

In the last decade, we have dramatically decreased the amount of garbage we produce as a family. We've done this by switching to reusable items, being more conscious of packaging when we buy things and by recycling whenever possible. But. Every time I walk by our...

Ditch disposables and save

Ditch disposables and save

People tell me that I'm a hippy now, and while I don't feel that I fit in with the stereotype in my head, I can see where they draw that conclusion. I began recycling mostly as an effort to reduce our monthly expenses so that I could quit my job and stay home with the...

How to simplify meal planning and eat like a chef

How to simplify meal planning and eat like a chef

I absolutely dread menu planning. Hate it. Yet when I don't do it I find myself in the vicious "I don't know what to make for dinner, let's just eat out" cycle that ends up costing a lot of money. My biggest menu-planning challenge? Being overwhelmed by all of the...

3 reasons to make the switch to natural clothing

3 reasons to make the switch to natural clothing

In preparing for our trip to Europe (currently writing this from our apartment in Florence), I had a lot of time to refine my capsule wardrobe. Happily, I didn’t need to add much to it. In fact, a lot of the effort went into reducing it even further. And, thanks to...

What does a capsule wardrobe have to do with wellness?

What does a capsule wardrobe have to do with wellness?

When I think about my wellness journey, one of the biggest things to make a positive impact was my capsule wardrobe. I know that might seem strange if you only consider physical wellness - unless you count the activewear I added and actually started using for...

The top 10 essential oils I always have on hand

The top 10 essential oils I always have on hand

Recently, I sent out a question to the wonderful readers on my newsletter list asking what overwhelms them most when it comes to wellness and essential oils. I got some really great questions, but the one that came in time and again was: What are the top essential...

How to Declutter Your Home: The Toys

How to Declutter Your Home: The Toys

This is part of a series on decluttering – a fantastic way to increase clarity and focus and decrease stress. Read How to Declutter Your Home: Before You Begin, How to Declutter the Kitchen, How to Declutter the Bedroom, and  How to Declutter the Bathroom. “Ok, kids....

3 Ways to Heat Food Without a Microwave

3 Ways to Heat Food Without a Microwave

Several ago, I got this crazy idea to do away with our microwave. We rarely used it and I was in the midst of my first big decluttering session - if we didn't need it, I didn't want it! I also didn't like the taste of the food we heated with our microwave and I had a...

3 steps for finding more time to learn about herbs

3 steps for finding more time to learn about herbs

You're intrigued by herbalism and the idea of using natural remedies to keep your family healthy - you've always wanted to be the Village Wise Woman, after all. You've just got one problem: time. There are already lots of commitments in your life and the thought of...