“The consumption society has made us feel that happiness lies in having things, and has failed to teach us the happiness of not having things.” – Elise Boulding Check in with yourself today – are you doing what you want to be doing? Are you on the path to accomplish your dreams? If so, that's … Continue reading The “WHY” Behind Keeping a Minimal Home + Schedule
Why would anyone not want stuff? Why would any parent not want their child to have anything and everything they need? Don't things help create happiness? Doesn't your car, your phone, your home, your bed, your clothes, your sunglasses and shoes, your tech devices and hair products and books and plates and mugs and STUFF … Continue reading So You Call Yourself a Minimalist?
I love putting these together each year, first to help myself record these details for later enjoyment but secondly to allow others a peek inside our homeschool lifestyle – one I wouldn't trade for the world. It's February and so our days look a lot different than say, August, when the kids are outside the … Continue reading A Day in our Homeschool Life (7yr + 3yr)
Let's be honest: changing diapers, scrubbing toilets, wiping snotty faces and dirty bums, picking up toys, laundry, and spending countless minutes pulling slivers out of little bare feet – often doesn't feel monumental let alone like "God's work." But it IS! And Kari Patterson reveals in her new book, Sacred Mundane: How to find Freedom, Purpose, … Continue reading Transform Your Daily Mundane
Teach Like Finland: 33 Simple Strategies for Joyful Classrooms by Timothy D. Walker offers tidbits of inspiration and practical advice to American teachers and homeschooling families alike. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Post contains affiliate links. While it's no secret most of what Mr. Walker's book showcases why … Continue reading Teach Like Finland: It’s Simple, Really
We didn't set out to read 1500 books in one year. We didn't set out to read any specific number of books. Reading simply makes me a happier person so I wanted to pass this love down to my children. But I did want to find out why we've read so many books. Was it because I was … Continue reading 1 Year, 1 Family, 1500 Books
You're done decluttering. You've gotten rid of the extra things you no longer need. Your flat surfaces are cleared off. You've donated as much as you could. You've cleared your calendar. You have time. Everything looks and feels like you imagined it would. You feel freer. You feel lighter. You feel at peace. And yet, you … Continue reading Minimalism: The Space Between
Because no matter where we are in life, consumerism tugs at you like a strong ocean current until you wisely decide to swim sideways, ultimately saving your life.
“The question is not, -- how much does the youth know? when he has finished his education -- but how much does he care? and about how many orders of things does he care? In fact, how large is the room in which he finds his feet set? and, therefore, how full is the life … Continue reading Homeschooling is Finally Cool
“There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth.” – Leo Tolstoy We recently moved into a new-to-us home. I've never felt joyful about relocating multiple belongings from one place to another. But this time around it was more of a pleasure than a burden. And here's why: We decreased what we own … Continue reading Our Minimal Move