Keeping Holiday Traditions without Holiday Stress

December is here, and regardless of where you are in your decluttering journey, the overwhelming feelings that lead many to embrace minimalism can resume with intensity through all the holiday activities. We can end up in the cycle of perfectionism, trying to do it all, including maintaining every. Single. Holiday. Tradition. Perfectly. (Social media is excellent…

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Getting Teens Involved In Holiday Traditions

Teens are at the point in life where they’ve experienced family traditions many times over and are disenchanted.  When we’re young, everything is big and amazing, and it’s romanticized in our memory.  As we age, the magic fades a bit.  And as we mature, the magic takes on a different form — but we’ll get…

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Simplify The Holidays, An E-book

Why are some people able to smile, anticipating the holidays with joy in their hearts, while others are facing them with tight chests and anxious minds? Why are some people able to get their shopping done, presents wrapped and cards sent by Dec. 1, while others are staying up past midnight on Christmas eve trying…

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Simplify The Gifts This Holiday Season

  Welcome to my mini-series about Simplifying The Gifts This Holiday Season The more you can simplify, the greater the opportunity you have to enjoy the holidays. Are you ready to make this happen? Before we dig in, I have to warn you about something that’s critically important. And not paying attention to this will virtually…

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20 Meaningful Christmas Gifts That Don't Break The Bank

As your focus turns towards the upcoming holiday season, commit to giving with more intentionality, gifts that truly do celebrate the person receiving the gifts. It is the thought that counts. Put thought into your gift-giving and you will win every time! Time. Yes, that’s right- the gift of time. Set up a coffee date,…

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Non-Candy Trick-or-Treat Options

As we approach Halloween this topic is coming up more and more. Many parents are looking for alternatives; some for the Teal Pumpkin Project (offering alternatives, for children who have food allergies), and some are just tired of the unhealthy excess of refined sweeteners and food dyes. As an environmentalist, I am bothered by the amount of plastic…

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Minimalist Living Room Tour

Many times over the last year, after readers have browsed our kitchen tour, I’ve been asked to post other areas of our home. Because our home is small (1132 sq. ft.) it can be challenging to really capture the essence of it, but this morning I decided to buckle down and give it my best shot.…

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A Clutter-Free Easter Celebration

We don’t do Easter Baskets. I know that some people may be bothered by that, but guess who isn’t: Our children. That’s right! So, if you are reading this as a young parent and you don’t have massive gift-giving traditions in place, take some advice: don’t start them.  The easiest thing as a new parent…

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Simple Children's Birthday Parties

    As the years have gone by, it seems like kid’s birthday parties have gotten more and more elaborate. With having 6 kids, I had to set some boundaries fairly early for attending and having birthday parties: How many birthday parties should my child attend? When my older kids were young, money was pretty tight and…

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3 Super Simple Red, White and Blue Fruit Treats

When our family comes together to celebrate Memorial Day or Independence Day, I think it’s important to think about the reason we are celebrating. One way to do that is to serve patriotic colored treats to the kids and talk about the reasons we’re thankful for the freedoms we have in the U.S. My kids love…

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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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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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Grinch Kabobs

How about throwing together some simple Grinch kabobs for your next holiday get-together? These adorable little snacks are bound to get people talking. These are such a hit with the kids, they love making them and eating them, which means it’s also a fun afternoon activity to keep them occupied for a fer quiet minutes…

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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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Minimalism and Meal Times

A minimally decorated table is the highlight to the heart of your home. This is where life happens! Keeping the table simple, means that children can take joy setting the table themselves. It also means that you don’t have to continually declutter your tableware, because you aren’t tempted to add to the collection, but are…

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Minimalist Camping

We live in the city and thoroughly enjoy getting away from the noise and busyness of city life. Camping and fishing is a perfect answer for us! There are so many cool camping gadgets, that it would be easy to get carried away and have a huge collection. But really, I wouldn’t even want to…

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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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