• Simplifying with Kids
    LIVING,  SIMPLE LIVING

    Simplifying With Kids

    Runner up post title was: How to Simplify When Your Daughter is a Sentimental Hoarder (hmm, that actually sounds like me when I was growing up). One thing I’ve learned in the last few years is: I don’t need better organizing systems, I need less stuff. That revelation was huge and ever so helpful for me and since then I have found myself constantly looking around my house for things that I no longer use or like. I have found that I would rather own less stuff than spend the time and effort into always cleaning it up and having it take up space. My biggest challenge in all of this…

  • A Simplified Birthday Bucket List
    GOALS,  LIFE,  LIVING,  SIMPLE LIVING

    A SIMPLIFIED BIRTHDAY LIST

    For the past few years I’ve created an annual bucket list around my birthday with items that I’d like to accomplish or attempt before my next birthday comes around. I’ve corresponded the number on the list with the number I am turning; last year I turned twenty-nine so I created a list of twenty-nine things to do while I was twenty-nine (easy enough, right?). This has served me well for the last few years but this time I knew I wanted something different, something simpler. For the past couple of years I have been a journey of learning (and often re-learning) how to live a more simple life and this year I…

  • LIVING,  SIMPLE LIVING

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

    When Jared and I first got married life was crazy busy, for the first few years I was in university full-time (including the summers), I worked full-time in the summer and began and ran my photography business (think: weddings nearly every weekend). I think that plays a large part in why we didn’t eat very healthy or shop very green. That kind of living was never on my radar, I just didn’t have the mental capacity to fit it in there. In the last few years life has really slowed down for me. I took maternity leave with Raeca and then worked as a substitute teacher, teaching very very part-time for…

  • LIVING,  SIMPLE LIVING

    Living a Life of Less | Space

    I can’t believe we’ve been living in the basement suite we are renting for three weeks already! Time is really flying, and it won’t be much longer until we are in our house! Even though I am looking forward to being back in our own place I have not actually disliked this in-between stage. To be honest, I’ve actually enjoyed the smaller space we are living in. Sure it’s annoying that I can’t get rid of the wet dog smell and inconvenient that we couldn’t bring our own furniture in and therefore have some of it stored at my parent’s place as well as my in-law’s but there are actually…

  • BOOKS,  LIVING,  SIMPLE LIVING

    Living a Life of Less | Great Reads

    In the last few months I’ve been taking out quite a few books on the topic of living with less and I thought I would share some of my favorites today. Also, just a side note: With all this talk of living with less and all the purging of possessions I’ve done in the last eight months I thought I had been doing so well. Until, that is, we actually started to pack up our belongings to move. Where is all this stuff coming from?! I thought I had been doing so good! I guess LWL really is a journey that we will forever be on. Okay, now on to the…

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    Living a Life of Less | Waste

    We have come to the last official post in the living with less series. Before I dive into today’s post, I just want to thank each and everyone of you who has been following this series and leaving comments and sending me messages about it. It is obvious that many of you are also feeling the need to live a life of less and I am so thankful that this has been a place where you have felt like you can share a bit of your journey with me. While this may be the end of this series, next week I will be branching off and I plan on reserving…