• Homeschooling on a Budget - how we do it!
    HOMESCHOOL,  LIVING,  SIMPLE LIVING

    Homeschooling on a Budget

    I love all things school supplies. I think it actually might have been part of the reason I became a teacher in the first place. Notebooks, pens, workbooks, organizational supplies, art supplies, planners . . . you name it. But because I know that school supplies are a weakness of mine I do often hesitate before making purchases, especially big ones like curriculum and some of the bigger ticket items. I try to fight my desire to buy all the things and keep our homeschooling expenses as low as possible. Today I wanted to share a few ways I like to do that. HOMESCHOOLING ON A BUDGET LIBRARY We definitely take…

  • LIVING,  SIMPLE LIVING

    Simple Living and The Hustle

    Initially, those two terms seem contradictory to me: simple living & the hustle. And while it is true that they can coexist, they can even be complimentary. I don’t have a personal official definition of simple living, but other people do: Tsh Oxenreider calls it “living holistically with your life’s purpose” Joshua Becker says for him it is, “the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of everything that distracts us” I really like both of these definitions. One thing to note: both of these definitions assume you know what you value most and/or what your purpose is in life. Even though I love talking about life…

  • Simplifying with Kids
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    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
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    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…

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    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…