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    Lent and Living with Less…TV

    Lent. It begins tomorrow. The forty days before Easter where we set aside time to reflect on Jesus – His suffering and sacrifice, His life, death, burial and resurrection. It’s a period of fasting and spiritual discipline, where we live without in observance of the sacrifice Christ made for us on the cross. In the past, Jeff and I have both separately fasted from certain habits and activities over the Lent season. We’ve given up coffee, alcohol, social media and junk food. This year, our decision to live with less for the month of February coincides perfectly with Lent. We also felt that our kids are at an age where…

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    Disney and De-cluttering: How I Implemented a Capsule Wardrobe for my Kids

    This week has been a big one in our house. So far, we have taken three van loads to our local thrift store full of stuff that we are no longer using. Most of that stuff was clothes. Can you believe it? And all I can think about are the other areas in our house right now that are out of control, itching to be reduced so that we can make space for less. I woke up this morning determined to tackle Zoe and Elsie’s wardrobes. After both Jeff and I completed a capsule wardrobe (read about it here) earlier this week, I knew that it was something that we…

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    5 Steps to a Capsule Wardrobe: February’s Living with Less Challenge

    For those of you who follow me on Instagram, this week you witnessed my closet go through a major overhaul. In an effort to live with less for the month of February (see previous post explaining why), both Jeff and I decided to get rid of over half of our clothes. (We both managed to reduce our clothing to 40 items each) Originally, I did not think that I would be able to embrace the idea of a capsule wardrobe. However, the more ruthlessly I started tearing apart my closet, the more attainable the idea became. One of the practical ways we decided to practice contentment was to minimize the…

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    Keeping Up with the Jones’….Or Not.

    Money and I have a love/hate relationship. Everything about it stresses me out. I sit in bank meetings and my eyes slowly glaze over. Don’t ask me what a mutual fund is. Or what the current interest rate is. I mean, seriously…I just figured out what a tax-free savings account is. Now I whip out the acronym “TFSA” like a boss. Like I know what I’m talking about. You might be wondering how I’ve gotten this far in life with my head buried in the sand, financially speaking. Truth be told, I do understand more about money than I let on. (I did live on my own for a good…

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    Learning from a Difficult Year

    I feel like I can’t continue writing posts until I’ve written a bit about something that has become extremely near and dear to our hearts as a family. The year 2017 was a hard year for us: a year full of travel for Jeff, weeks of single-parenting for me, health issues, a difficult toddler, a child struggling with night terrors, school transitions, and so on. Yes, there were beautiful moments throughout this past year, but if given the option to relive 2017, the answer would be a hard “no.” Towards the end of the year, Jeff and I listened to a podcast by Dr. Josh and Christi Straub about establishing…