Minimal Christmas Decor Tour

12.16.2018 minimalism, videos

Our yearly tradition is to put up and decorate our Christmas tree on Christmas Eve. Since we’re going to be listing the house in early spring, we’ll be taking the tree down much earlier than usual so we thought we would put it up much earlier than usual. 😊 The reason we usually wait until Christmas Eve is because we celebrate Advent which is the four weeks before Christmas. So while everyone is celebrating Christmas from around Thanksgiving day untilRead More

Q&A What About Santa?

12.13.2018 videos

Due to the specific questions I was asked, I share a lot of unconventional aspects of my life that our family practices. Of course they’re not unconventional to us! 😁 One in particular is that our Christmas celebration each year has nothing to do with Santa. Neither my parents nor Joe’s parents taught or celebrated their holidays having anything to do with this fictitious character. For my parents it was important we celebrated the true meaning behind Christmas which of courseRead More

Homemade Hard Honey Candy Recipe

12.10.2018 videos

This recipe was so much fun to make! 😋 My daughter, Helena, enjoys experimenting in the kitchen and I’m so glad she decided to try this. So if you’re looking to make some holiday candy that isn’t filled with corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, table sugar, powdered sugar or any toxic chemical added for flavor and taste, you’ve come to the right recipe. And this is easily adaptable to any shape or flavor. INGREDIENTS           ⚪ Read More

Kids Budget Update

12.06.2018 videos

Closing Credit Cards + Kids Budget Update This post is a follow-up to the original Teaching Kids About Budgeting. In that post I explain the ins and outs of how it works so you may want to read that one first. AGES My children start simple chores at around six-years-old so I asked my youngest, who happened to be six, if he wanted to participate in earning an income and he answered enthusiastically, “Yes!” 😊 So right now we’re offering thisRead More

Q&A with The Minimal Mom

11.28.2018 minimalism, videos

Welcome back to our final video together! Dawn, from The Minimal Mom, asked if she could ask me some questions on camera and since I’m so great at answering questions on the spot … NOT, I said, “Sure!” 😂 Thank you to LouAnn (Dawn’s mom!👋) and Dawn for these insightful questions that ended up being a lot of fun to answer. Then toward the end, I threw in some questions for Dawn too. So join us as we share answers to someRead More


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So two days ago I cried into these stairs for soooo many reasons. If you've been following my stories, then you know the counter top installer cracked our IKEA no-longer-being-made kitchen sink. Because we had to run out and quickly buy a similar one, they didn't charge us for the install. Ya. What I didn't mention before is that even though these two came highly recommended, the install of the counters was poorly done. They left gouges in the wall, they didn't finish the trim and the trim they did finish was cut unevenly. Thankfully I knew how to fix everything but what a disaster. I should have just installed it on my own. Then this past Monday we had our carpet replaced. We paid extra so I wouldn't have to move the furniture. When they arrived, not only did they say that they don't move furniture, while it was being torn out (different than the counter top people), they tore off parts of the wall along the stairs. I only showed one photo in my stories but it was all along almost every step. Then he told me to expect lots of scuff marks on the wall. "It's to be expected. They should have warned you." What?! So I told him that I just finished painting this entire house and to please do his best in not scuffing them up. He agreed. They finished early Tuesday and as soon as they left, I got to work fixing their mess. Only this time around, it was a lot more challenging than fixing the counters. This is when I just broke into pieces. The next day we were refunded our "furniture moving" money but the damaged wall is in dispute. Ya. But let's look at the bright side, we were able to fix and repair all the damage left behind. Happy Thursday 👍 .
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