• Is Minimalist Right For Your Family? - Your family will benefit from simple living if . . .
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    Is Minimalism Right For Your Family?

    Let’s start with getting something out in the open: I bounce back and forth between calling myself a minimalist and not. It depends what definition you are following. If the definition you are thinking of involves a room with white walls with just one chair and a table with a white vase and a single tulip, that’s not the kind of minimalism I’m talking about. (Well, I do have white walls, but that’s where the similarities end.) My minimalism definition is: Only owning what I am going to use or benefit from and getting rid of the excess. This doesn’t mean I’m perfect. I’ve admitted multiple times that books are…

  • How to Add More Intention into Your Days - Live An Intentional Life
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    An Intentional Life

    Over the last couple of years I’ve been thinking a lot on what it means to live an intentional life. And, truth be told, it’s changed over the years. I don’t think living an intentional life includes a set in stone list of dos and don’ts. To me, very simply put, an intentional life means living life on purpose. It means thinking about why I do what I do and pausing before agreeing to do more. It means trying to live in the now instead of in the future (or past). It means thinking about what is important to me and making those my priorities. It means living the life…

  • Minimalist Homeschool Supplies
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    The Best Homeschool Art Supplies for a Minimalist Homeschool

    I enjoy working on creative projects and probably because they see me creating all the time they are constantly wanting to work on something too. My art supply wishlist is miles long, I’m always hearing about fun new supplies. But even though I’d like to have all the art supplies I do try to keep our art supplies to a minimum, after all, I have the desire to be a minimalist homeschooler. Today I wanted to share our seven favorite art supplies, these are currently must-haves in our homeschool art cart. THE BEST HOMESCHOOL ART SUPPLIES FOR A MINIMALIST HOMESCHOOL SKETCHBOOKS While we’ve almost always used sketchbooks for our art, I…

  • Decluttering Books - Minimalist Homeschooling
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    Decluttering Books – Minimalist Homeschooling

    In case you’ve missed it, we love books around here. I think the idea of being able to justify buying a bunch of books may have sparked my initial interest in homeschooling. I love seeing what other homeschooling families are up to, especially the novels and picture books they are reading as well as the encyclopedias and resource books they use. But it hit me lately that there are a number of books I’ve acquired because I like the idea of doing what other homeschooling families are doing but we will never actually use them in our homeschool. I follow a lot of Charlotte Mason homeschooling families on social media and love how…

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    My No Spend Month – Lessons Learned And What I Spent Money On

      I love the idea of valuing experiences with the people I love more than valuing stuff and things but while I would say that, my personal spending has always showed that my actions do not back up my words. I have a lot of weaknesses when it comes to spending: dollar stores, stationary, art and craft supplies, books, thrift stores . . . all stuff that doesn’t cost much in the moment but when you start adding the purchases up it can get fairly expensive. So, a little over a month ago I decided to put myself on a spending freeze. The freeze was on my own personal spending,…

  • Things I No Longer Buy Resulting in Cheaper, Greener Living
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    Things I No Longer Buy – Resulting in Cheaper, Greener Living

      Two sidenotes before we begin: One: This post is going to sound like it was sponsored by Norwex, it’s not. I just seriously love their stuff. I’ve actually thought about selling their products because I’m constantly raving about them but for right now I’ll just continue sounding like a spokesperson for the company. Two: I wrote a post with this title two years ago but a number of things have changed so instead of just updating the old post I decided to write a completely new one. Over the last five years or so I’ve really been making an effort to live a life of less, I don’t think…