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Last week’s adventures in minimalist natural homemaking

Last week’s adventures in minimalist natural homemaking

My schedule is changing quite a bit at the beginning of the year and I will be home a lot more. I'm excited about this change, as I'll get to be more hands-on with the kids' schooling again. This will also give me the opportunity to be a full-time home manager and I'm...

10 Uses for Frankincense Essential Oil

10 Uses for Frankincense Essential Oil

A few years ago, the only reference I had to frankincense was the story of the three wise men and baby Jesus (said like Daryl Hannah in Steel Magnolias). When I discovered frankincense essential oil, I was impressed by the wide array of uses this one essential oil...

5 Minimalist Packing Tips for Easier Travel

5 Minimalist Packing Tips for Easier Travel

When you're crammed into a commuter train in Paris with your husband, four kids and mom in tow, you really appreciate minimalist packing. And when the doors open and you have one minute to push your way out at your stop and all you have to do is roll out your small...

Flash Giveaway: ZAQ Vase Diffuser

Flash Giveaway: ZAQ Vase Diffuser

Chances are, if you walk into my home (or you know, hug me), you're going to get a whiff of an essential oil. In case you didn't know, I'm a huge fan of these wonderful oils and use them daily to create a happier, healthier home. Using essential oils aromatically is...

Orange Fresca Margaritas with DIY Orange Simple Syrup

Orange Fresca Margaritas with DIY Orange Simple Syrup

A dear friend of mine had a birthday recently and I decided hosting dinner would be the perfect way to celebrate him AND throw a little housewarming party. We moved at the end of September and I've been looking for any excuse to entertain. I went with burritos/burrito...

The Best Time for a DIY Haircut

The Best Time for a DIY Haircut

When I started blogging, I was a stay-at-home mom with lots of small children. And, holy crap was I bored. I'd always loved writing, so this was a great creative outlet where I could document thoughts and pictures of my kids being adorable. Then, my husband and I...

Simple Ways to Survive Quarantine as an Introvert/Mom

Simple Ways to Survive Quarantine as an Introvert/Mom

Wow, a lot has happened lately, hasn't it? My husband and I went on vacation on March 4th ... to Italy. The same day that we flew from Florence to Paris (March 10th), they shut everything down in Italy. Fortunately, they didn't start cancelling flights until after...

Natural treatment options for Bell’s Palsy symptoms

Natural treatment options for Bell’s Palsy symptoms

"Mom, something feels really weird with half of my face." I got this message from my 15-year-old a few months ago. Naturally, I figured he was messing with me in some way and told him to tell his dad (he's a paramedic and if it was really a valid concern, he would...

How to Declutter Your Home: Before You Begin

How to Declutter Your Home: Before You Begin

This is the first in a series on decluttering your home – a fantastic way to increase clarity and focus and decrease stress. Read How to Declutter the Kitchen, How to Declutter the Bedroom, How to Declutter the Bathroom and How to Declutter Toys. A few years ago, I...

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...