Returning to a Small Space

For just over a week we’ve lived in our small little home. Our ‘new’ home, as they would say, but it’s actually over 80 years old. So we’re living in our new-to-us, fixer-upper of a cottage home; once again learning flexibility and patience and making do in a smaller place. It’s funny the things you […]

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Advent: Rest + Preparation

Enjoying-Christmas-Season

“Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28 ___ This is the most wonderful time of the year, or at least that’s what the carols sing and what people write on Holiday Cards. But truthfully, it’s a little ambitious to claim that, isn’t it? Sure, […]

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Happy Thanksgiving!

This Thanksgiving, we’re keeping it simple. One small turkey (the smallest we could find). Three sides, and a single pie. For our family of three, it’s really all we need- and then some. I grew up quite differently – with three siblings, my parents, and occasionally a relative or two, we had quite a few […]

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The Definition of Living Simple

How to Live Simply

What does it mean to live simply? It sounds easy, doesn’t it? I mean, ‘simple’ is right there in the name. Yes please, give me a simple, easy life. But what does that look like to actually live it out- to change your lifestyle and pursue simplicity? Is it minimalism? Is it ethical purchases and […]

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4 Ways to Beat the Rainy Day Blues

Although rainy days might limit your options of ‘things to do’ on a free day, the leisurely but active attitude of summer time doesn’t have to be restricted to only outdoor activities. Today I am sharing four of my favorite things to do at home. These are just ideas to inspire you and help you create an afternoon you would genuinely enjoy – not just a ‘to do list’ that you feel like you need to check off. Think of it as a base recipe you would add your own spice to!

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Sometimes, I Suck at Minimalism

Why is minimalism impossible

It’s not really a secret that I consider myself a minimalist. I’m notorious for bagging up things to send to thrift stores and more likely then not I always have some bag to send away in my car. There’s close to nothing on our walls, and often you’ll find me going through out household items […]

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A Minimalist’s Guide to Decluttering

How To Declutter Your Home

On social media recently I’ve been seeing a lot of posts and questions about minimalism and living simply. There are a lot of resources out there, but a lot of what we see on the media & television is people taking what’s seen as dramatic, extreme measures to pursue a simple lifestyle. Before I continue, […]

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Summer Bucket List – Asheville, NC

Bucket List for an Appalachian Summer

Well, it’s pretty much officially summer. Yes, I know that technically the correct day is June 21st (the more you know), but after a three day weekend and warmer weather it only seems fitting to celebrate a little bit! Last summer was super great. It was easy to get out and do things because we moved […]

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Joy’s Christmas List – Buying Minimal For Your Child

A Minimalist Christmas

One of the biggest reasons we built a Tiny House was to pare down on our items and have less of an attachment to physical things. We wanted to value experiences above things you can hold, wear, and show off- and even though we don’t live in a Tiny House anymore, those same values are still close to me. We want to raise Joy in a way that that upholds contentment over a consumerism attitude, memories over objects, and giving above receiving.

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Queen of the Castle

I’m done trying. Stay with me here. As dramatic as that sounds, it’s actually a supposed to be read as a statement without any sass. The same way you would read ‘I took the dog out before you came home’ is how that’s supposed to be read. But granted, you are missing some context. Let […]

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