Easter is just a couple weeks away, and if this fact has caught you off guard, you might be tempted to load up your cart with bags of candy and trinkets from the grocery’s seasonal aisle (that has featured bunnies and eggs since the day after Valentine’s) or even grab a whole new Easter basket … More 10 Ideas for Less-Stuff Easter Baskets
2018 was a huge year for our family. A year ago today, I thought to myself, “Will this be the year we make the big change that’s been an elephant in the room for years?” As it turned out, it was. But things were up in the air for months. January just daydreaming, February yes … More One Key Trick for Successful Decluttering
Twas just days before Christmas / when I looked ‘cross the lawn / to see a UPS man / with stuff from Amazon Yep—unless you’ve got Prime shipping, your online shopping better be all done by now! I’m waiting on a few things I ordered from elsewhere and just hoping they arrive by Christmas Eve! … More Experience Gifts in Every Price Range
My family made a big change this year. We moved about 200 miles, my husband got a new job, and I went from working 30 hours a week from home (ah, heaven!) to working full time in my company’s office. The work transition, for me, was certainly easier than it would have been if I … More Things that Bring Joy
I woke up the other morning struggling to remember the words to the Serenity Prayer: GOD, grant me the SERENITY to accept the things I cannot change, the COURAGE to change the things I can, and the WISDOM to know the difference. — Reinhold Niebuhr It was the day after Black Friday (Small Business Saturday, … More Christmas Gift Anxiety
I recently got a text from my father saying his neighbor was throwing away two plastic Adirondack chairs, and would I want them? After verifying that his neighbor had not put the chairs by the curb just to watch the cars go by, we enthusiastically took possession of this additional seating. Given that we often … More Trash and Treasure
I don’t know about you, but I was distressed last week to see numerous gleeful declarations that the Christmas season was now upon us . . . on November 1. I was still trying to find Oktoberfest in the grocery store. I’ll spare you the rant on how the Christmas season doesn’t actually start until … More 50+ Ideas for Non-Stuff Christmas Gifts
We have entered “birthday season” in our family. Try as I might to have a spring or summer baby, our third child just extended our already-concentrated season of celebration. It kicks off in mid-October now, followed two weeks later by my middle child, my mom and husband soon after that, then my dad in December, … More No Gifts, Please!