"Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution." – Albert Einstein When we began homeschooling almost two years ago I never would have guessed how much I'd learn about my children, my husband, my family, my community and myself as a result... To start, for … Continue reading What Deschooling Looked Like for Us
Let's be honest, for a "minimalist" family our home is still often a little bit messy (keeping your kitchen perfect as you homeschool kids who need snacks every hour is utterly impossible. Believe me, I've tried). Our kids still have more clothes than I'd like, my closet still isn't paired down as much as I'd like, and my husband's office, … Continue reading What Makes You Happy? Do That.
When we hear the term "minimalism" we instantly apply it to our physical world – less belongings, less consumerism, less clutter. We rarely apply this term to our mental space. But I think (no wait, feel) clearing our brains of unwanted, unnecessary thoughts is a huge component of pursuing a minimal, simple lifestyle. One day, as a young … Continue reading Mental Minimalism
January's nearing to an end and well-intentioned resolutions may or may not have already started fading away (or were never made at all – in my case – oops!). But I think we can all agree there's something still lurking in the back of our minds, nagging us as we continue to move forward in life, reaching … Continue reading 8 Minimalist Family Must-Haves
You've probably noticed it takes time to update software on your new computer, to wash your (or your child's) massive laundry pile, to organize your cluttered closets, to read about how to use, clean, upgrade and store your newest insert latest gadget here. Simply put: it already takes an awful lot of time to maintain what we own – so … Continue reading The Freedom of Maintaining Less Stuff
Once upon a time our family chose to intentionally pursue a more simple, less chaotic life – we wanted to slow down, spend more time as a family and do the things we're individually most passionate about. But this didn't happen overnight. Things like having a small home, moving back to Oregon where it's easy to explore the … Continue reading 5 Easy Ways We Simplified Our Lives
Follow my blog with Bloglovin There's a beautiful story I have no choice but to share with you – one that should be shared with everyone you care about. You may have heard it before but it'll change the way you think about Christmas (hopefully). But first, it's no secret – once our little family started … Continue reading The Truth: Our Simple Christmas Explained
Follow my blog with Bloglovin When you have an elementary-aged child as well as a toddler, it's sometimes hard to find books both not only will sit through but love to listen to over and over. And during the holiday season, we not only want to focus on the joyous traditions and what it means … Continue reading 12 Days of Christmas Books for Kids
We've worked hard the past couple years to minimize our belongings and consumption as well as any obligations or activities outside of the home that don't fit into our family's mission to slow down and enjoy life and our passions as individuals. But what do we do when Christmas comes? Do we give our kids gifts? … Continue reading What do Minimalists Give their Kids for Christmas?
I love me some book lists. It's cold outside right now, the leaves have almost completely departed our two large maple trees in the front yard and all I can think about is people who won't have a home to go to for Thanksgiving dinner. And so I'm sitting next to our crackling, wood fireplace feeling … Continue reading 10 Children’s Books on Kindness