Adopting a Minimalist Diet

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

When I posted about our updated kitchen and the super adorable pantry containers, I wanted to share about what I've been eating and just how I make those pantry staples into meals. But I figured that would be quite a hefty post. Instead, I wanted to focus separately on slow food and a minimalist diet.

I have a lot of goals related to slowing down different aspects of my life. And my diet was definitely one of the things I wanted to makeover to be more simple and slow. That's where slow living started, after all, with the slow food movement. It was all about focusing on sustainable, local, organic, and whole foods and was a direct resistance to the opening of a McDonald's in Rome. McDonald's might not be my personal vice, but that doesn't mean I don't have plenty of my own.

Timeless and Sustainable Wardrobe on a Budget

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Even though the time frame started in May, you know I've been checking things off the 101 in 1001 list. It seems like a lot but those 1001 days go by quicker than you think! And I particularly wanted to make a game plan for some of the items that would take longer or potentially cost more money. Two that stuck out are to completely update my wardrobe and accessories. Needs change as you get older and I haven't updated my closet in years. At the same time, I don't want to go out and purchase all new items without a second thought, as it would be a waste of money and resources. I knew I needed a better game plan for choosing quality.

Because I don't want to wear things once and throw it away - I hate that I did that in my college years, what a waste those Forever 21 shirts were that fell apart after two nights out at a bar. I want quality, long lasting items. I want to be able to mix and match everything in my closet, everything should fit my daily lifestyle, and it should feel like 'me.' And every single item should bring me joy. I'm still working on acquiring everything I want to for my own closet, but at least I know what I'm looking out for. Here's my system, in case you want to build your own timeless and sustainable wardrobe on a budget:

No, Your Eyes Do Not Deceive You

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

You are in the right place. Well, I should say, if you were looking for Not Entirely Perfect, you are in the right place. After a few years (6+ but who's counting?), it was time for a change. And a name change is a pretty dramatic one, yes, but it was that or dropping blogging altogether and I don't think I'm ready to do that quite yet. Changing directions seemed the better choice. I had already changed my content, after all, so what's a little name change to match? It's just so much more fitting for the space.

Raspberry Muffins and a Kitchen Update

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

I've been doing yearly home tours since we moved in in May 2016, but we haven't had any major updates since the last one, when I shared the deck. But we did recently make some changes in the kitchen that I've really been enjoying, so I thought I would share what it looks like now. And of course that should come with a recipe so I'm also sharing the raspberry muffins I love making this time of year.


The Joy in Everyday Homemaking, Even When You're Burnt Out

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

I've posted a lot lately about routines and the things we need to get done every day - getting dressed, morning and evening routines, cleaning, laundry, cooking dinner every night. It can start to seem not only overwhelming, but exhaustingly reminiscent of Groundhog's Day. Because those are the daily living tasks that just don't end. Even when you finally get all the laundry done, you still have to wear clothes and there will be another load tomorrow. The dishwasher is finally empty, but you have to drink your coffee out of something. You did all the grocery shopping and cooked all the meals but an empty fridge will stare back at you again next week. It's repetitive and mundane and can easily leave you asking 'why even bother?'

I hear you. I've been there myself. Still am there, some days. Yes, the rhythm of life reminds us that we're alive. It's good to sit back and remember that we get to do all these daily tasks because we're alive. But even when I'm being grateful for that fact, there are still a few things I do to bring back the joy in homemaking, even when I'm a little burnt out.