Free Party Planner Printable

I’ve planned quite a few events, many for our church and many family gatherings. With 35+ in our immediate family (I’m the middle of 10 siblings), so our family gatherings require some organization. Even if it’s just knowing who is bringing what for food. I’ve put together a party planning printable for you to organize your next get together.…

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18 ClutterFree Gifts for Grandparents

Grandparents typically are at the stage in their life where they have already purchased everything they want. They bought the good sturdy brands that have lasted and nothing is in need of replacement. Often times their home is filled and there is simply no needs at all. So, what do you get them? Here are a…

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18 Clutter Free Gifts for Women

Women enjoy clutter-free gifts- they are like gifts that keep on giving! It means a woman can enjoy herself and then not feel guilty about getting rid of a gift, because, let’s face it: women do feel guilty getting rid of something that was a gift. Let’s bless the women in our lives this year:…

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18 Clutter Free Gifts for Teachers

  I have many teacher friends and have seen over the years a pretty serious collection of clutter built up from all their students. Teachers love their students and the love the thought put into a gift given to them, it’s hard to let go of items that remind them of people they love. So,…

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18 Non-Toy Gifts for Children

All of us that have children have too many toys scattered throughout the house. No matter how diligent we are at keeping them at bay, it seems to be a constant fight. It’s especially hard when special days come and we want to give gifts to our children, or grandparents want to give gifts. Gifts…

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Valentine Cheese and Crackers

Cheese cut out into a heart shape is a perfect Valentine’s Day snack. I like to take these for toddler snack in their preschool class. It’s always good to serve fun foods that aren’t full of sugar and additives. Making “normal” food special makes it exciting, especially for the little people in our lives. Valentine…

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EASY Chocolate Hearts, a Simple Valentine Treat

Want to astound everyone with your amazing-ness? That’s right. You are amazing and these gorgeous little lace chocolate hearts will prove it! Lacy chocolate hearts are a perfect edition to ice cream or on top of a slice of cheesecake and makes everyone feel special. And if you want to occupy the kids with making…

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Clutter-Free Stocking Stuffers

So, you want to know what a minimalist puts in a stocking? Well, first off, some minimalists don’t have stockings. Which is perfectly acceptable. And if I didn’t have kids, I know I wouldn’t either. But: As a child, one of my favorite memories is getting my stocking on Christmas Eve. My mom didn’t do…

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Using Technology to Minimize: Kindles for Christmas

Christmas always comes with challenges in the gift-giving arena. What do we give those closest to us that doesn’t clutter up their lives or cause a burden to them? We have greatly reduced the amount of toys that we have when I got rid of the toys and we’ve been very careful about bringing any more…

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20 Simple Homemade Gift Ideas

Homemade gifts are wonderful for any occasion. Typically easy on the budget, thoughtful and simple to put together. Homemade is always more appreciated and if it can be used up, then we’re not burdening others with clutter. Here are some great ideas from some of my favorite bloggers: Edible Gifts: Homemade Vanilla Extract From Live Simply:…

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Strawberry Santas

Holidays are fun and part of the fun, especially for little ones, are the cute treats we share. Often, after moving to a real food lifestyle, the holiday treats that we used to share are no longer appealing. But we can still share treats, and they can be fun and cute and healthy! These little…

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Real Food Candy Canes

  Real Food Candy Canes are a perfect real food treat for the kiddos during the holiday months. Not that it has to be the holidays to enjoy a real food candy cane! My kids love decorating their plates with food. It gives them a sense of accomplishment to make things for themselves and the…

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Minimalist Seasonal Decor

As a minimalist, I try to avoid most seasonal decorations. Which takes conscience effort to do, when walking through stores. Especially going through a craft store! They are wonderful about placing all the beautiful seasonal decorations at the front of the store to seduce you into buying cute decorations for the current season. The fact…

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Greek Easter Bread

Disclaimer: This is not a minimalist recipe. Every year, the day before Easter, I stay up late to finish baking this bread. This is an all day bread, it takes about 10 hours from start to finish. But it is the most delicious, absolutely incredible bread. Ever. This is a huge batch, but we give…

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Red Eggs for Greek Easter

My older 3 boys have a Greek heritage and I love so many of the traditions of the Greek Orthodox. I’m not particular about celebrating on Orthodox Easter, but I do make sure and incorporate the Greek Easter traditions into our regular Easter celebration. I wrote about how I enjoy traditions and feel they are very important,…

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Clove Orange Ornaments

Have you made these before? I remember seeing them when I was a kid and reading about them in the Laura Ingalls Wilder books. We sat down to make them and had such a good time together! Clove Orange Ornaments Oranges Whole Cloves (about 1/4 cup per orange) Ribbon Straight pins Metal or wood skewer,…

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Book Review: Natural Cocktails

Appletini I have to admit I was beyond excited when Kendahl came out with her new ebook: Real Cocktails: Classic and Contemporary Drinks for the Real Foodie. I would order a sangria or mudslide and knew they had to be filled with high fructose corn syrup and food coloring, as well as many other things…

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