So not too long after we moved into our smaller house, our microwave went out. Because we were smack dab in the middle of debt payoff we decided that a new microwave was not our top priority. It wasn’t until we were visiting our oldest daughter at her apartment and our other daughter asked, “Do you have a pot I can warm this up in?” –She was referring to some cider that she wanted to warm up. We were all met with blank stares as everyone realized we had been living like…basically cavemen for months. Sure, it was no big deal that we were warming our leftovers on the stove…until we realized that our children had totally forgotten about the modern convenience of a microwave. So why didn’t we just shell out the $200 for a new one? Well, I’ll tell you.
Sometimes the best of us want to have that clean, clutter free house. We want the benefits of feeling better that come with a decluttered home. Unfortunately, for many of us, it can be tough to know where to start. There have been so many studies that prove that a cluttered home can actually aid in depression. So what do you do when you feel stuck? How do you start decluttering and cleaning when you just don’t have the motivation? Well, I have put together some practical tips to help get you started.
I was so bummed to learn that my brother was graduating basic training the same weekend I was photographing a wedding. Even though I wanted to be there for him I knew I couldn’t. I decided to book a flight from Sunday to Monday and I asked my oldest daughter to come along with me. I wasn’t exactly sure what we would do in San Antonio, Texas with so little time but I wanted to be there for my brother. When our trip ended and we were headed home I was shocked at how many things we had actually managed to do with so little time and on such a small budget! So if you are looking for a quick trip, here is exactly what you can do with 24 hours and only $200 in San Antonio, Texas!
Personally, I am not winter’s biggest fan. I definitely prefer a perfect 70 degrees fall day over a 30 degree, windy, cloudy winter day. But, the one thing I do love about winter is hot crockpot meals. When I started eating healthy, I realized there is no better way to eat healthy than with hearty crockpot meals. When you’re stuck in the house all day or just come in from the cold, the entire house smells amazing and you know there is cozy comfort food waiting for you. So, in honor of those chilly months ahead, I’ve collected 17 of the best healthy, frugal crockpot meals for those cold winter days we have come at us.
The holidays are coming and for minimalists, this can be like a tiny form of a nightmare. Presents are coming. Decorations are coming. In-laws are coming! I’m only kind of teasing about that last nightmare. For myself personally, I have started struggling with anxiety during the holidays because of the added clutter. I’ve made my peace with Grandma and Grandpa’s presents and accepted the fact that my tree is going to be total chaos but I cannot accept the added clutter of decorations. If you totally get where I’m coming from, don’t worry, I have come up with some ways to manage clutter during the holidays and I’ve gotten some ideas from other minimalist friends! If you’re desperately looking for minimalist ways to decorate your home for the holidays to avoid clutter, then this is a must-see post!
For my husband’s 4oth birthday, we were lucky enough to spend a weekend in Minneapolis’s most luxurious and most booked hotel right in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, The Loews Hotel. We found ourselves surrounded by dozens of Minneapolis’s best attractions all within walking distance of the hotel. Although we are both Minnesota natives, we had yet to experience so many of the amazing attractions that draw people to Minneapolis every year. To get a glimpse into what we did, saw, and experienced on our trip check out my list of the 20 downtown Minneapolis attractions within walking distance of the Loews Hotel!