my site We’re about 90 days (give or take a few) into our simple living journey. Here’s what we’ve accomplished so far: Reduced our boxes by more than half Significantly reduced the clutter in our garage Decluttered our kitchen and got rid of all of the “unnecessaries” (no more 4 cheese plates) Pared down our wardrobe and donated close to 100 pounds of clothing Paid off over 50 percent of our $10,000 credit card debt (thanks, in part, to a unexpected financial… Read more »

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“The most important thing is to enjoy your life—to be happy—it’s all that matters.” – Audrey Hepburn Yesterday, I had a two inch chunk of skin removed from my left arm as a result of a melanoma diagnosis I received a few weeks ago. I’m not going to lie and say that I wasn’t scared when I first received the diagnosis. I’ve had my fair share of health scares in the past, but this was different—people actually die from this… Read more »

“There is no failure except in no longer trying.” – Elbert Hubbard I have three different blog posts that have been sitting in limbo for the past two weeks. I’ve gone back to each of them, on several occasions, trying to make sense of the jumbles of garden-variety idioms and shitty rhetoric. All I’ve ended up with thus far are half empty pages and a deflated ego. To put it bluntly: I suck at writing. I’m not saying I haven’t… Read more »

“I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.” – Mahatma Gandhi   Generally speaking, I’m a fan of social media. Social media has been—and still is—a tremendously helpful tool in connecting (and reconnecting) with people, sharing special moments with family and friends, even promoting and expanding a business. Hell, without the help of social media, this blog would likely be buried under the bazillion other blogs in existence, in a folder labeled “there is absolutely… Read more »

Today I received a nomination from my son for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.  I accepted his challenge, but decided to tweak it a bit.   How and why did I tweak it? Well, you’ll have to watch the video for the answer, but let’s just say I took that water — or should I say the monetary equivalent of it — and put it to (what I hope to be) good use:  

  “My happiness is derived from my experiences, from my relationships, from my health—not from my income.” – Joshua Fields Millburn   We’ve all heard the old adage “Money can’t buy happiness”. I’m sure we’ve all seen truth to this adage, in one form or another, at some point in our lives. I know I’ve seen the truth to it, at least twice, in my own life. Within the last three years, my husband and I were earning a combined… Read more »

Sometimes in life, an otherwise mundane and uneventful act can evolve into a life changing realization. You see these boxes? These boxes are the result of my futile attempt to organize my children’s rooms. It happens every year, right after the holidays. After a slew of toys, gadgets and gizmos make their way into the hands of my well-deserving (yet sometimes overindulged) kids every holiday season, Mom—that would be me—has to figure out a way to get it all to… Read more »