Author Archives : leahbmartin

How to Kill a Conversation with a Stay-at-Home Mom


You’re home all day with these awesome little people, but you need some grown-up conversation. When the chance to talk to someone over three feet tall arises, it often flops. It’s hard to carry conversations when our lives are so centered on the events in our homes. When people ask questions, carrying a conversation is a challenge. Moms, are you…

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Adopting Better House Cleaning Habits


I love the concept of cleaning schedules- the pretty colors, the organized lists, the boxes I can check off. I can maintain them for a few months during the nesting stages of pregnancy, but adding a new baby to the mix puts an abrupt end to that. Now, most days I can’t find the kitchen counter and I wonder how…

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The Truth About Being Brutally Honest


I get that there’s a bit of irony to this post. I’m saying something that might not be super popular for the sake of honesty. A few months ago, I heard someone say something rude in the name of honesty. Being brutally honest, in which people say whatever they like for the sake of “the truth,” is kind of confusing.…

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It’s All in the Details: Elephant Baby Shower Invitations


Welcoming new little ones into the world with baby showers is the sweetest thing! Because of my bent towards having less, I’ve often skipped over the little details that make a baby shower so magical. But now I’m realizing that paying attention to small details can make a big difference in the wow-factor of a baby shower, or any event,…

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Parenting Is Hard: Modern Parenting is Harder


When people ask me how we’re adjusting to life with three kids, I usually say something like, “It’s going pretty well! I’ve lowered my standards a lot!” They laugh, like I’m making a joke. But I’m absolutely serious. I’ve had to let go of some things, like activities and play dates, so that our days run smoothly. I also let…

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Rodan and Fields Reverse Didn’t Work for Me


I know Rodan and Fields works wonders for so many people. There are so many beautiful, glowing faces who sing of its miracle-making! But, you know I’m a careful consumer, so I wanted to share about my experience. No miracles were made.  I was hoping this would be my amazing tale of a product that worked, from someone who doesn’t…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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