• GOING SIMPLE :: WEEK 6 :: Phones

    You know what sucks? When you have to admit that you’ve failed at something. Like, not just oops, I’ve made a temporary mistake. But like, Hi! I totally suck, and yet I can’t stop myself. I’m taking a major hit to my pride this week and admitting to you that I have a major problem. I’m addicted to my phone. The entire #GoingSimpleChallenge exists because of my own personal past mistakes. So why not work on our phone use too? This year’s bonus week is going to push us all to scroll a little less, and amp up our hands on, real life experiences a whole lot more. This post…

  • How to Handle Hand Me Down’s and Gifts with Care

    Isn’t it funny how someone’s generosity can leave us feeling overwhelmed? On our path toward Going Simple, one of the hardest hurdles to jump can be handling new things as they enter our home. Some of the links in the post are a part of the Amazon and Target Affiliates Program. This means I get a small percentage back from from any potential purchase. Thank you for your support, and for reading my blog! For more info, please visit my disclosure policies here.  When we are trying to cut out excess, its easy to become reactive toward anyone trying to continue to add more in to our lives and homes. I…

  • GOING SIMPLE :: WEEK 3 :: Clothes

    Are we really at WEEK THREE already?! This challenge has been flying by! I’m so excited to see the community over on Facebook growing and flourishing. I’m even more excited to see where it leads after this challenge is over! To join the private Facebook Group + Going Simple Challenge, click here! Clothes. I’ve tried the backwards hanger method. I’ve tried the “pull out what you haven’t worn in 6 month’s” method. And in and out of pregnancies, postpartum and nursing seasons, things like Project 333 just didn’t work for me. Breaking things down to smaller sections works. It makes the task more manageable, less overwhelming, and creates simpler decision making.…

  • Ten Completely Free and Simple Ways to Self Care

    Self care is all the rage for today’s mama. And I get it. Less martyr. More intention. Being a good mom doesn’t mean you sacrifice every moment of every day. But now we’ve created a cross culture, where if you aren’t getting these luxurious self care moments, you aren’t momming right either. And this can leave us feeling even more depleted. A few years in to parenting I felt so frustrated. We are told because we are moms, we deserve all this luxurious me time. Elaborate (and expensive) pampering sessions, endless beauty products, time away from my kids. So why wasn’t it happening? And when I did take that time,…

  • Your Jump-Start to Minimalism, and Simple Parenting Too!

    PLUS, a free printable that breaks down the path we took to minimize our home, and introduce a simpler life to our family! Since a recent post in a minimalist mama’s group got a lot of attention, I’ve had a few DM’s asking where to get started. I thought this was a great opportunity to share the steps I’ve taken, bloggers I’ve followed, books I’ve read and podcasts I’ve enjoyed while creating a more minimalistic home life for my family. The links in the post are a part of the Amazon Affiliates Program. This means I get a small percentage back from Amazon from any potential purchase. This is what…

  • PARENTING :: Morning Rhythms + Self Care

    I love Love LOVED sharing my morning rhythms with you guys last year (find my Instagram story highlight here!). And I think I LOVED even more how many of you have since downloaded and used the printable! And I’m even more excited to talk all things self care during this week’s #simplifyyourlife challenge! Disclaimer!!! Before we jump into the chat of all things morning rhythm success + self care… This is a rhythm (not routine) of how I try to run my mornings. Key word TRY. Things happen. Life happens. Husbands happen. Kids happen. So remind yourself this when going about your day. Give yourself GRACE + SPACE to achieve…

  • Our Social Responsibility

    Here are some steps we are taking to make sure we are doing OUR part in all of the recent changes. Choosing social responsibility We are social distancing. I realize the privilege I have as I was already a stay at home mom, which makes this decision a lot easier. However, we are now practicing social distancing for the foreseeable future. What does this mean? We will be keeping our children home from school, effective immediately (even though our schools are still open). We have also cancelled our attendance to all birthday parties, social events, and play dates. That even means no more outdoor playtime with the neighborhood kids. Does…

  • Backpack Programs of Wisconsin

    In the coming weeks, I want to encourage you to support community over self. I want to see us be the best, BEST version of ourselves. One way we can do that is by supporting our local food banks. Making sure the bellies of the children in our community are full. Here are some of the food banks in Wisconsin that support Backpack Programs. Backpack Programs ensure children go home with groceries during weekends and extended school breaks. Support your community Backpack Program. It can be as simple as a monetary donation. Click your community’s program link below to find the donate button. If you are in need of food…

  • Screen Time Resources

    Upon much request, here are some resources, articles and research you can share with friends and family in terms of the effects of screen time on our youth! Current Screen Time Recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics: For children under 18 months old, no screen time. For children 18 to 24 months old, parents should choose only high-quality media and watch it with their child. For children 2 to 5 years old, less than one hour per day of high-quality programming is recommended, with parents watching along. Articles, Research & Resources Screen Time and the Brain – Harvard Medical School Children and Media Tips – American Academy of Pediatrics Media…