• Simple Living

    It’s Been a While…and My Legs are Sore

    Hello, again. It’s been a while. I feel like I almost need to reintroduce myself. Life has been a wonderful, messy conglomeration of chicken-coop building, garden-planting, end-of-the-year schooling, and all around savouring the warm weather. Keeping up with my blog has very quickly shifted to a back-burner pastime. However, we have continued on in our journey of striving to live life more slowly, more intentionally, despite my lack of communication. In fact, this whole season has filled our lives with opportunities to live with less, to live more simply, to savour slow living. We have embraced “urban” farming (yes, all you followers from back home in Huron County will likely…

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    Forty Days and Forty Nights: The End of Lent and Living Without TV

    Another Lent season is under our belts, folks. For those of you just jumping in, our family decided to give up TV (including movies, Netflix, etc…) for the forty days of Lent. I am here to say that we have survived. In some ways, living without TV was easier than expected. The benefits were staggering. And in other ways, living without it was extremely difficult and eye-opening. The first week was probably the hardest. I know for a fact that I missed TV not because I was missing my shows, but because my kids were missing their shows. As in, I was missing my alone time while they binge watched…

  • Faith

    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…

  • Simple Living

    February’s Challenge: Living with Less

    First off – thanks to all of my readers who commented/messaged me with their feedback on my last post. You guys have given me some really great food for thought (pardon to pun!) with paring down our grocery bill each month. I’ve also received quite a few questions about our bi-weekly meal rotation. Let it be known, I’ve heard you guys and I’ll be writing a post in the next couple of weeks with more of a “how to” in regards to meal planning. All of your feedback and insight, though, has sparked some interesting conversation between Jeff and me. The premise behind our $500/month grocery limit has been to…