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2021 Thoughts

Did anyone else go round and round about goals and resolutions and planners and anything else related to scheduling 2021? I sure did. It's such a strange time, for everyone to be in this limbo of 'what the hell will this year bring?' Do I wait and see if things open up, if people get the vaccine, if any ev…

Gift Guide: for the Minimalist

Minimalists can be the hardest people to shop for if you're not used to having a minimalist in your life. But the great thing about us is that we usually have some sort of running wish list! We know exactly what we have and therefore exactly what's needed, so I'm always able to supply gift ideas if someone…

Gift Guide: for the Homemaker

It's on my 101 in 1001 list to share gift guides on the blog, as a way to share some of my favorite things. I decided to start with homemaker gift ideas, because these come the most easily to me. I have everything on this list! Except the popcorn bowl because John hates popcorn and it's not allowed in the hous…

What Kinds of Actors Make a Party Better

This post was written for the Simple by Stephanie audience. If you're planning to throw a successful party, you'll want to have all the right ingredients, from the venue and the food to activities and entertainment. After all, you don't want your guests sitting around in silence, looking at their phones, …

The First First

If you don't already know this (I mentioned it on Instagram), my dad passed away on Saturday. Even though I just posted a life update about how the doctors didn't give him very long to live, it's still really hard. Knowing the end is almost here is a comfort in some ways, because we were able to say all th…

Life Updates

In my mind, it seemed like it had been a very long time since I posted. But it actually hasn't, just about 3 weeks. Perhaps it just feels longer, like everything else lately. Dad's Health I updated earlier this year about my parents' health and how that had been a struggle. Happy to report that my mom is d…

Want to be Happier? Boundaries

Let's talk guarding your mind and mental health. In our modern society, we are consuming more content than ever. And these things we consume have a profound effect on us, whether we realize it at the time or not. Of course, we can't control other people or the type of content they put out, but we can control o…

Living on One Income

In talking about the switch from full-time, outside of the home career to full-time homemaker, I would be remiss if I brushed over the fact that we are now living on one income. John brings home the paycheck and I find ways to make our budget stretch. It's always an adjustment to live on less, but since we've …

Full, Not Busy

As I sit here writing this post, I realize how productive I've been in the past week. I have times like that, where my energy levels ebb and flow, and this happens to be one of those times when I've been particularly adept at finishing up projects and crossing things off the to do list. I like the word 'pr…

Finishing Touches: Creating a Cozy Home

I've always thought of my home as a place of rest and grounding. Numerology supports this, our house is a four . But as a minimalist, it wasn't feeling quite as cozy or 'finished' as I would like. Just not totally lived in, if that makes sense. I'm very particular not only about what fills a space,…

Favorite Things Lately

I used to share three favorites every week - when something works particularly well for me, I want to tell other people about it. Since I moved away from daily posts, it just didn't make sense to keep up those posts that often. As such, I haven't posted about my recent favorites since mid-April. I figured it …

How I Slow Down the Days

I know I've mentioned slow living a lot. In my diet, my routines, even in the content I consume. So many people are disillusioned with the breakneck speed of our modern world, even more so after the various lockdowns we've had, and slow living sounds like a lovely alternative. And so I've shared the detail…

Adopting a Minimalist Diet

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…

Timeless and Sustainable Wardrobe on a Budget

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…

No, Your Eyes Do Not Deceive You

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…

Raspberry Muffins and a Kitchen Update

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 shoul…

Proper Clothing Care and Why I Care for the Things Around Me

I like getting dressed every day. In an actual dress, like I mentioned . And though I love finding deals and living frugally, dresses aren't cheap and building a quality wardrobe still takes time and money. So once an item makes it into my closet and life, I'm going to do everything I can to care for it prope…

My One Day and Everyday Cleaning Routine

I know that title seems confusing - how can my cleaning routine be a one day routine but also an everyday routine? But it's actually pretty straightforward. I can either spend 4+ hours one day and deep clean everything on the list and then not touch anything again for awhile. Or I can do this routine every single …

Slow Living Homemaker Morning and Evening Routines

I've posted about my morning and evening routines before, but they always focused around working outside the home for 8+ hours a day. I had to accomplish certain tasks by a certain time each morning and set things up every night to ensure I was prepared for the next day. Life looks quite different now, so my rout…

Producing versus Consuming: Active Slow Living

I think we all just spent a few months experiencing slow living - a stark contrast to most of our lives before any sort of lock down order. People dealt with this in a lot of different ways. It may have started with Netflix binges and 24 hours of pajamas, but then morphed into something different. A lot of banana brea…

Cooking Dinner ... Every Night?

Are you cooking more or less during quarantine? Unless you're already out, of course, some places are opening up. We've got until June 1, and then we'll see, but I know John and I still won't be hitting up any restaurants for the foreseeable future. And that's actually something I don't mind -…

My New 101 in 1001 List

I know what you're thinking - another list? Didn't the last one just start? Not exactly. But the 1001 days aren't quite up yet, so I understand the confusion. The end date for the 3rd 101 goals in 1001 days list is the end of this year but I'm about done. With the whole list. And I love having goals t…

Favorite Things Lately

Since I switched up my blog content at the end of March, I haven't shared a Three on Thursday post. I went from sharing three favorite things every week to zero. I don't plan on going back to weekly favorites, but I feel like these favorite things posts will happen every once in awhile. If I find something I …

Letting the Pages Turn. Because I Get To, I Don't Have To.

The emotional ups and downs of this time are crazy, aren't they? On the one hand, I've learned how much I freaking love staying away from people. Seriously, we should all be glad I love animals too much to be a serial killer, because according to all the true crime shows, I've got all the other hallmarks.…

Everything That's Been Hard Lately

An ominous title for a post, I know. I do, in general, want to keep this space a spot of calmness and simplicity in a chaotic world. But before I can really do that and explain why and how I live slow and simple, I need to go back and explain all the things that were hard. This post is the only one that's a bit …

Things Look Different

Things look different around here. Maybe you noticed when you opened this post, and maybe it didn't hit you until I told you to look around, but it is different. Maybe you picked up on the fact that the post title isn't just about a blog layout.