• Tips to Organize and Rotate Toys for Independent Play

    Simplifying toys will get you far when it comes to organizing your home. But even if you’re left with only a few sets of toys, organizing and displaying them in an inviting way will set your child up for independent play success! Today I’m going to walk you through a quick few tips about toy storage and rotation, as we do it in our own home. Tips For Toy Storage + More Engaged Play Time Rotate Your Toys. We have had such great success with keeping out only a few sets of toys at a time. By providing a few select, quality toy sets, children are not overwhelmed when entering…

  • GOING SIMPLE :: WEEK 4 :: Toys

    Plus a FREE Printable to get you started! Week four, TOYS! One of the most impactful weeks in a home with children. When we first decided to go simpler in our home, we were overrun with toys. The first Christmas after Going Simple, we were gifted over 50 toys between from family. I don’t know about you, but our home cannot hold 50 toys, let alone 50 new sets on top of the toys we already own. Since going simple, we’ve requested family give intentionally. We recommend gifts that fall into the following categories: edible treats, experiences, arts and craft supplies (perishable!), and toys with intention and purpose. Did you…

  • GOING SIMPLE :: Getting Started :: Building a Community

    Laying in bed last night, I felt the strongest conviction. All these emotions came up. About where I started as a mom, and a wife. As a woman. And where I am now. So much work to do still. But I feel like I’m finally settling in to my jeans. You know? Like a really nice pair of jeans. Where they fit great, they’re breaking in in all the right places. And your confidence starts to get downright dangerous. If you’re an office fan, think Michael Scott in his jeans. Girl, that’s how I’m feeling about LIFE right now. And it’s not that I came here to toot my own…

  • PARENTING :: Realistic Parenting Tips

    It’s no joke that parenting today needs to come with a whole new handbook of rules, tips and tricks. Momming today is hard, with all the new gadgets, social dimensions and pressure to be the self sufficient, multi faceted, do it all mom. I’m five years in with three kids (plus one in the oven). And I’ve learned some sh*t. I’ve learned enough to know that I don’t know anything. So I did decide to scrounge up the few truths I have acquired to pass along to any other mom about to embark on this so called “journey toward motherhood.” Some of the links in the post are a part…

  • PARENTING :: Independent Play

    If you’re beginning your journey into less is more with the screen time, you may be left wondering, “okay, but now what?” For a while I followed resources like popular toddler activity Instagram and Pinterest accounts. All of which is great. But all that prep and planning lead me to mass burnout in about 3 days. This mama isn’t meant for organized childhood. Not my vibe. Realizing there’s nothing wrong with (and, actually, a lot of developmental positives for) a lazier style of parenting was like finally receiving a permission slip to be the mom I knew how to be. And it was SO freeing! But that phrase “independent play”…

  • PARENTING :: 10 Tips to Limit Screen Time

    Before I get into limiting screen time, I just want to preface. I get it. We all get it. Screen time is convenient. It’s an easy resource to reach for when parenting. And at times, it could potentially be a valuable learning tool. And I am in no way passing any judgement on those who use screen time (we aren’t completely screen free after all)! It’s such a hot button topic, that I’ve avoided this post for a long time. But it’s been requested. And requested some more. So I’m finally going there. We were avid users. Tablet time almost every day. Cartoons as soon as we woke up, buying…

  • Toy Purge 101

    Join the Toy Challenge! I’ve got your quick start guide to our House of Eilers Toy Challenge! If you’re looking for additional inspo on settling down to a simpler toy set up, join me on my Instagram stories. I’d love to have you there! And of course, to get you motivated, I’m sharing our before toy pile! This is every toy in our home. Brought together and placed in one pile. Ready to sort and conquer! Your pile may be larger. Or smaller. This is what a house full of toys looks like. AFTER three previous toy purges. And AFTER Christmas Chaos hit our home. It’s so amazing to be blessed with gifts from loved ones.…