Jewelry for Minimalists: Rocks Box Review


The year my daughter was born, my New Year’s resolution was to buy and wear more jewelry. No joke (this was before my clutter-free dreams began). I was determined not to become the stereotypical frumpy mom. I’m not sure I’ve succeeded at avoiding frump, but I’m kind of thankful that I realized early on that it would be easy to…

Read More »

Instant Pot Spanish Rice


Rice is boring. I’ve thought that for a long time, and I didn’t understand why so many people loved it. When we got married, my husband told me he liked rice, but he didn’t like my rice. He’s very honest. Apparently the problem wasn’t rice, it was how I made it. I needed to fancy it up. (Any other Plain…

Read More »
OXO pantry storage containers

KonMari Your Pantry on Any Budget


A few years ago, the KonMari method of decluttering became a Big Deal. This method, as explained in the The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (affiliate link) by Marie Kondo, involves decluttering by category instead of location, and ending up with items and spaces that bring you joy. I stood back and listened to the buzz about this method, not sure…

Read More »

DIY Non-Toxic Hair Gel For Kids


Two of my kids were born with hair the grows straight down into their eyes (jury’s still out on the third!) When their hair gets too long, they look like cute little sheepdogs. When Miss H was a baby and in daycare, she wasn’t allowed to wear the frilly barrettes I bought for her. The poor girl’s hair fell straight…

Read More »

Why Kids Love Stuff So Much


I don’t think you’ll argue with me when I say that kids can bring an unbelievable amount of stuff into our homes. The first child brings clothes and toys and lots of baby contraptions that are creative, but really, couldn’t babies do without heated wipes on their bums? (I’m looking at you, baby wipes warmer!) If you have more than…

Read More »
Addicted to Shopping

Are You Addicted to Shopping?


We can talk about decluttering all we want, but sending a thousand loads to Goodwill won’t make a dent if we are addicted to shopping. If we don’t also focus on what comes into our homes, we’ll soon be knee deep in Target bags and cheeky coffee mugs. There’s a lot of buzz about decluttering, but not so much buzz…

Read More »

Making Fresh Cut Flowers Last Longer


We are about to enter flower season: Valentine’s Day is the busiest time of year for florists, and we keep them busy with Mother’s Day gifts and spring weddings. Fresh cut flowers are a treat over here. This frugal mama loves having flowers in the house, but they are a luxury. Nate always remembers special occasions by bringing me a…

Read More »

Am I Actually Savoring These Moments?


Five times in 24 hours; I heard the same message five times in such a short time frame. My little guy had just turned two months old. It was hard to believe that two months went by so fast, but soon I’ll look back on these times and think, “Two months! He was so little and new!” I took him…

Read More »

What Clutter Steals from Us


Clutter builds up in our homes because we want more. We bring more in, but we still hold onto what we already have. While clutter means more stuff, it also means we are losing in other areas. I’ve been on a mission to have a clutter-free home for about two years now. We have noticeably less stuff, but I do…

Read More »