Gift Guide for Littles (0-5)

I don’t love McDonalds. It’s not the food. Let’s be honest … it tastes great (even though it’s not great for you). I hate McDonalds because of those cheap little toys. They are a minimalist mom’s worst nightmare. Haha.  I don’t mind my kids having toys. I’m not a total crazy mom. Give me some credit here. What I do mind is junky, battery operated, cheap toys. Or too many toys. The toys I choose to give my children are always things that … Continue Reading »

The Minimalism Challenge – Week 4

Welcome back to the fourth and final week of the minimalism challenge! If you’ve made it this far, congrats! Not going to lie, I’ve totally fallen off the band wagon myself. Between moving, having 3 under 3, travel, and Thanksgiving, I’m just good ole’ fashion behind. I’m excited to get back into our challenge this week and hopefully catch up! (I would recommend starting with Minimalism Challenge Week 1 if you’re new here!) This fourth week is all about the non-material stuff that … Continue Reading »


The Minimalism Challenge – Week 3

Welcome back to the Minimalism challenge week 3! I’ve been so excited to hear from so many of you and see your progress! It’s incredibly humbling to know that you are willing to try this with me. I hope that this has been helpful so far. Week 3 is just as full as week 2. Next week will be a tad easier though, so push through! Check out the Minimalism Challenge Week 1 where you can find all of the minimalism questions again. … Continue Reading »


The Minimalism Challenge – Week 2

Week 1 of the minimalism challenge was just a warm up. We started small, made lots of simple decisions, and built some momentum. This week we’ll really get the ball rolling. (I would recommend going back to week 1 if you haven’t seen it yet before jumping into week 2.) Practically we’ll be doing our bedrooms, phones, and desks. For the mindset portion though, we’ll be digging into the word “need.” What do you need? Define the word. Do you need food to eat? … Continue Reading »

The Minimalism Challenge – Week 1

Minimalism…. ahhhh what a nice word and idea. It’s not so easy though to apply unless you are by nature not attached to material things (so basically it’s difficult for all of us). I’m hoping these next four weeks will be really helpful for you and I as we work towards more intentional living. It’s so hard for me to just jump into this challenge without touching on the deeper issues involved here. There are so many things that can be brought up, … Continue Reading »


Postpartum Must Haves + Beating The Baby Blues

When I typed in the title “Postpartum Must Haves,” it auto corrected to: “Post Party Must Haves.” I laughed. The last thing pregnancy is is a party. And recovery is even further from a party. Not to be discouraging! Having a baby is one of the very best things life has to offer, but recovery can be one of the worst. Haha. When I had Fern I was only 21, but I felt and looked rough after giving birth and continued that way … Continue Reading »

Pumpkin Patch 2018 (Visit 1 … 300 to Follow)

Fall has always been my favorite season. Partly I’m ready to stop burning my skin off my back in the name of staying tan. Partly I’m ready for sweaters. But mostly I’m just ready for pumpkin patches. Just to clarify, I don’t actually like lots of pumpkin flavored things. It gets old fast. But pumpkin patches will never get old. Those little old ladies who run the church pumpkin patch are going to have to ask me to stop coming every day. It … Continue Reading »

Fall Capsule Wardrobe – 2018

You may have heard me talk about my Summer capsule wardrobe over on Instagram. Or you may have even read the blog post about it. Either way, you’re going to hear a lot more about it, because I absolutely loved my experiment this past Summer. I will NEVER be going back. Taking a step back and an honest look at my 37 piece Summer capsule wardrobe there certainly were pros and cons. Cons of Doing a Capsule Wardrobe You can’t buy cute things when … Continue Reading »

3 European Cities for $341

Europe has allllllways been on my bucket list. I think it might just be on everyone’s bucket list. It was always one of those things I thought I would do SOME day though because of the price tag. Not anymore! Nate was able to piece a trip together for us for just $341 a person. No, we won’t be flying first class or staying in the Ritz, but hey, we’re going to Europe for 8 days for just $341 a person! It takes … Continue Reading »

What’s In My Diaper Bag?

What’s in my diaper bag? I’m not really sure. Let me dump that sucker out and get back to you. Ha. Let’s just pretend for half a second that the diaper bag is clean and packed (minus the rotting apple and crusty fry Fern shoved in there). Finding the perfect balance between minimalism and being prepared is not easy. In this situation, I would rather be lugging too much stuff around than have an entire outing spoiled by poop on everything and no … Continue Reading »