Whether you use a little calming lavender to help you sleep or a dab of tea tree oil for natural cleaner, the uses for essential oils are practically endless. The reality is that oils can be practical, therapeutic and also indulgently luxurious at the same time! Remember, each one is unique and should be used with knowledge and care, so I recommend checking Rocky Mountain Oils for
Before I began studying minimalism as a lifestyle, I started exploring different ways of becoming more mindful and placing less emphasis personally on consumerism. One of the first steps I took towards that goal was a couple years ago when I gave myself the challenge of not shopping during the month of December. This may seem like an odd topic for BargainBabe, but I think it’s
Yikes! Why does the first half of November speed past so ridiculously quickly? Now it’s practically Thanksgiving and I still have purchased NO gifts! Time to get serious and start “adding to cart”, but this year I have a slightly different mindset: can the gift be less about stuff and more about meaning? Now that the kids are covered with some well thought out gifts that
The holiday season is upon us, ya’ll, and this may be the first year ever that I’ve made it all the way to November without purchasing a single solitary gift! I’m still a very new minimalist and I am certainly not hardcore about it (I’m not downsizing to a micro-home, paring down my possessions to only 100 or vowing to live out of a backpack).
We all want to give our children a special celebration for their birthday. After all, a birthday isn’t just about the child. It’s a glass raised to you for surviving all the parenting challenges they’ve thrown at you! It’s a celebration of everything you have gone through over the last year, all the homework help, carpools, bedtime stories, violin practice, board games and stomach
Spending the extra money when it really counts is a lesson I am finally starting to learn after years of doing the opposite! I have always been a frugal shopper, so I often hesitated to choose the higher-ticket item when given the opportunity. However, as I find myself replacing certain items and shopping with a goal of simplicity in mind, I have started to bite
It’s finally fall! One of the reasons I love October and beyond is that I can finally start ladling out steaming bowls of delicious soup for dinners! Hooray! There is nothing more gratifying than a hearty bowl of soup on a cool fall evening….and by gratifying I mean: easy, healthy, and cheap (the mom’s recipe trifecta)! Although I love the classic bowl of chicken noodle or chili,
Laundry has always been one of my most bitter household battles. From the moment I brought my sweet reflux-y twin girls home from the hospital, I realized that washing our clothes and linens was about to become one of my primary occupations. From pre-treating, to washing, drying, folding and putting away, the process has become far too familiar over the last decade. Fortunately, we’ve left
Now that fall is here many of us start thinking about the season of gifts! Everyone wants their presents to be appreciated, but in this age of consumerism it’s sometimes hard to find the perfect fit. Personally, I find myself struggling between an inclination to to give gifts that will be enjoyed and a desire to break the cycle of stuff and clutter in our culture. (Remember how I’ve been
Week by week, carload by carload, I’m donating my way to a more simple lifestyle. It all began when I started to investigate responsible consumerism. Soon I came across the trending concept of a “capsule wardrobe.” Although definitions vary, a capsule wardrobe will be small, simple and functional with only items that are used and enjoyed. Some wealthy and influential people utilize a “uniform” or repeat a combination
If you want to jump-start your journey to a more peaceful, simple home here is an easy declutter guide to help you shed some of the unwanted stuff and start enjoying the empty spaces left behind! Each day, go through the items on the list and donate, recycle, or throw away. It won’t take long to see a difference in your living space! Day 1:
I have talked about my obsession with thrifting before and some of my amazing finds. Even now that I have really slowed down my shopping habits, I still find thrifting is one of my favorite activities. Last week, I kid you not, I was breezing through a resale shop and caught a glimpse of soft comfy boots on the bottom shelf. I had to reach down to
I know what you’re thinking! There’s LOADS of time between now and Christmas, right? But remember how quickly those weeks went by last year? 2016 will speed by just as fast! Before you get caught up in the spending and celebrating frenzy, take some time to set the stage for a stress-free holiday season. Here are 8 steps you can take now to prevent stress
As I continue my quest for minimalism and simplicity, I have been working on creating a family command center to keep the clutter contained, sorted and, ideally, not jammed in a drawer and forgotten. Everyone has paperwork and scheduling to deal with, but if you have kids you know that that clutter can escalate to an impossible level! I have high hopes that a family command center
Lately my mindset has been shifting from focusing a LOT on shopping to more of a minimalist perspective. If you missed this conversation, please check out Part 1 of my journey here and Part 2 here! As I investigated minimalism, I asked myself, what problem am I trying to treat? For me it was a lack of space, a lack of clarity, and a lack of satisfaction.