How to Start Living a Minimalist Life (it's not as hard as you think)

How to Start Living a Minimalist Life (it's not as hard as you think)

You could sit and drool over all the Pinterest images of clean, white spaces and clutter-less rooms for hours.

You can see yourself twirling around in an empty room while your husband looks on lovingly and your children play quietly and respectfully in the background.

And then your phone goes off or your child falls down or your dog throws up and life is back to reality REAL quick-like.

But, I’m here to give you some really good news.

Living a minimalist life is not just a daydream.

Why We Resist Change (Even When It's a Good Thing)

Why We Resist Change (Even When It's a Good Thing)

I had an interesting realization recently.

That even when we desperately want change, we can actually be resistant to it happening.

I remember, a long time ago, when I was in the throws of severe social anxiety, someone (I think it was a therapist) asked me, “What are you getting out of your anxiety?”

I think I probably looked at her like she was out of her mind, because I thought, what in the world could I be getting out of this?? It’s awful!!

Guest Post: Foraging For What Matters Most in the Life You Already Have

Guest Post:  Foraging For What Matters Most in the Life You Already Have

When you get close to the raw materials and taste them at the moment they let go of the soil, you learn to respect them.” ~Rene Redzepi

Foraging for food is not something I do, unless you count the nightly pantry raids after the kids are in bed and my husband and I settle in with Netflix. I am more likely to be found foraging for a pint of peanut butter and chocolate ice cream in the freezer section at Target than I am in the forest for edible mushrooms, obviously.

Why I'm Not a Fan of New Year's Resolutions

Why I'm Not a Fan of New Year's Resolutions

It’s not that I’m against New Year’s Resolutions.

Being the OCD person that I am, I actually really enjoy “clean slates” and “fresh starts.” And, I certainly am a big proponent of life change and doing away with all the things in your life that aren’t necessary or helping you to become the YOU you were created to be.

But, what I’m not a fan of… the reason I don’t necessarily love New Year’s Resolutions… is the idea that just because you flip the page on the calendar to a new year, you’re suddenly going to be ready to live in a completely different way than you did before.

How to Simplify Your Christmas This Year

How to Simplify Your Christmas This Year

Every year, when December rolls around, thousands of families go into crazy-overwhelmed mode as the holiday season begins. Actually, let’s be honest, thanks to the retail industry… the crazy overwhelm now starts somewhere between Halloween and Thanksgiving.

The pressure of “getting everything done” suddenly gets multiplied by 10 as there are gifts to buy, trees to put up, houses to decorate, food to prepare, cookies to bake, parties to plan and events to attend.

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things...

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things...

It may only be Halloween, but Christmas will be here before you know it (ugh… can time slow down a little bit, please??). So, in the spirit of the upcoming holiday, I thought I’d share a few of “My Favorite Things.”

These aren’t gift ideas (although you certainly could give some of them… I know I’d love to receive them!), but some of my favorite clean eating and non-toxic beauty products.

You CAN Craft and Decorate for Fall and Still Be a Minimalist (Here's How!)

You CAN Craft and Decorate for Fall and Still Be a Minimalist (Here's How!)

The other day, I was talking to a friend of mine during an interview for her podcast and the subject came up of the $1 bins at Target.

You know the ones I mean… they greet you as soon as you walk in the door and try to persuade you into buying random things like foam door hangers, inspirational signs, kids’ socks and a selfie stick. It’s a rather hodge-podge selection of items, but they all have one thing in common - the “Well, it’s only a dollar… I mean it’d be a crime not to buy it, right?” factor.

How to De-Clutter Your Digital World

How to De-Clutter Your Digital World

What’s the first thing that you think of when you hear the word “clutter”?

I’m guessing it’s probably an image of an overstuffed closet, a filing cabinet that’s overflowing with papers or a garage that more resembles a storage unit.

And while these are all perfectly legitimate examples of clutter and great places to start when you’re finally ready to start purging and downsizing, there’s another area of your home (and your life) that I’m guessing is also cluttered, but may have been flying under the radar up until now.

Your virtual world.

The First Step You Can Take Right Now to De-Clutter Your Home

The First Step You Can Take Right Now to De-Clutter Your Home

So, you’ve been wanting to de-clutter your home. You know there are things that need to go. And you’re really looking forward to actually having a garage that stores your car, as opposed to operating as a storage unit.

But, you have no idea where to begin.

You desperately want your home to feel open and peaceful, instead of crowded and cramped and you’ve pinned a thousand pretty Pinterest images for inspiration. But, when it comes down to actually doing it… in your house… that’s when things come to a screeching halt.

How Clean Eating Helped Heal My Body

How Clean Eating Helped Heal My Body

Before I ended up with adrenal fatigue in 2012, I was a pretty crappy eater.

Although, I actually probably had the "typical" American diet (at least at the time).  I ate a lot of pasta, grilled cheese, pizza, convenience foods like those bagged meals that you pour into a pan and heat, sugary drinks like sweet tea and lemonade (I actually didn't drink soda), coffee drinks full of sugar and other not-so-healthy stuff and of course, lots of sugary desserts and snacks.  (Did I mention sugar?)