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My favorite books about minimalism (and other resources)

I love to learn about things that I’m passionate about, and of course, that includes simple living and minimalism. Podcasts and audiobooks are always my goto minimalist resources because I can listen while I’m doing dishes or driving. But I also love youtube channels to watch while I’m folding laundry and books to read in whatever quiet moments I can find. So I’ve made a list of some of my favorites books, podcasts, and youtube channels about minimalism.

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Homemade yogurt in 10 simple steps with no special equipment!

Making homemade yogurt at home may sound intimidating, but it’s quite a simple process. I always thought you had to have a fancy yogurt maker to do it. But you don’t! With milk, a small amount of starter yogurt (that you can buy at the grocery store), a couple of tools, and a bit of time, you can have your own batch of delicious homemade yogurt. With less sugar and more live cultures than most store-bought yogurt, it’s better for you and less expensive!

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Cooking with Kids | Simple tips and recipes for cooking with preschoolers

I grew up cooking with my mom. I learned so much at her feet, and so I’ve made it a priority to cook with my kids. But it’s not easy, especially if you’re cooking with preschoolers or younger. I’ve learned a lot in the few short years I’ve been cooking with my kids, so I’ve compiled some tips, recipes, and resources that can help you get simple meals and treats on the table as a family.

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Simple Meal Plan Method | Save 25% on your grocery budget

Meal planning always seemed so complicated to me. It took too much time and required too much decision making. So I minimized the process and came up with my own minimalist meal plan system. For a long time, I felt guilty for not meticulously planning my family’s meals. I’d heard every reason that I should have a meal plan. It saves you money. You waste less food. You’re more likely to eat healthfully. You’re less likely to eat out. And on and on. I get it. It’s probably a good idea. Continue reading “Simple Meal Plan Method | Save 25% on your grocery budget”

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Summer Salad Recipe | 4th of July Kale Salad

We weren’t huge fans of kale in a salad until this year. I learned the secret! Just.ingredients on Instagram did a story recently on how to make kale a bit softer and easier to chew. The secret? Massage your kale. Now I know that sounds like the weirdest thing in the world. My husband laughed out loud when I told him about it. But it makes for the best summer salad recipe that even my kids devoured.

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Easy make-ahead freezer meals | Make freezer meals in no time at all

Freezer meals are all the rage, but I had a hard time with them. Each time I put together a few freezer meals for my family, it took hours, made a mess, and cost more than I’d hoped. When we went to eat it, I always felt like it took more time to prepare than it should have, considering the hours I’d spent getting it ready for the freezer. And the recipes were ones that I’d found online in my search for easy make-ahead freezer meals, so they weren’t ones that my kids were used to. None of us liked the meal as much as we would have liked something I’d prepared then and there.

My requirements for easy make-ahead freezer meals

I knew that if I wanted to take advantage of the freezer meal concept, which appealed to me, I’d have to meet a few requirements.

  1. Be quick and easy to put together before freezing.
  2. Include inexpensive, familiar ingredients that I could use in other recipes.
  3. Be meals that are familiar to us.
  4. Require little day-of preparation and time.
  5. Include all components that need to be cooked (not including fresh ingredients for toppings, etc.)

Seem impossible? I thought so. But it’s not!

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The Easiest Areas to Declutter | Decluttering tips for family minimalism

Decluttering can be incredibly overwhelming. There are so many decisions to make and many of theme are extremely difficult. We all know we should start, and that we need to start somewhere, but how? Where should we start? My answer: wherever seems easiest. This post holds some tips to make your decluttering easier.

Decluttering isn’t a complicated, step by step system that needs to be done just so. It just needs to be done. Period. And the great thing about decluttering is that it’s addicting. Once you get started, it’s easy to keep going. Starting with an easy to declutter area where you can get a big win for little time and effort is key.

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Simplify your laundry routine | How to stop hating laundry

There are many schools of thought on what the best laundry routine looks like. I’ve listened to podcast episodes, watched youtube videos, and read blog posts with titles that imply that their way is the only way, or that somehow I’m doing laundry wrong.

This is not that kind of blog post.

This blog post is here to help you figure out what the best laundry routine is for your family. Particularly, what the simplest laundry routine is. Because if it’s overly complicated, you won’t stick to it. Keep it simple and it can change your life! (Can laundry change your life? Maybe. It’s debatable.)

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Minimalist Travel and Packing Guide for Road Trips

Traveling is a great way to get a taste of a minimalist lifestyle. You can only take what you can fit in your car or suitcase. However, most of us tend to overpack and end up spending more time searching our luggage for things than we would like. That’s where it helps to have a minimalist travel mindset.

It was a road trip about a year ago that kicked off my minimalist journey. We were gone for 3 weeks and knew we’d have access to washing machines during our trip, so I packed for 1 week. Each week when I did our laundry, I was amazed that everything fit in one batch. It was laundry for all four of us, but it was only one batch a week instead of 3 or 4.

Of course, I knew this would be different at home. At home, I’d have to wash towels, sheets, and other non-trip things. But If I could get all of our clothing done in one load, that would be wonderful. (Laundry is NOT my favorite chore. More on that to come in a future blog post.)

And so when I got home I started researching family minimalism, found The Minimal Mom, and the rest is history. This year as I packed for our annual road trip, I tried to apply minimalist principles. 

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Ten Benefits of a Minimalist Home | How Minimalism Blessed My Family

Having a minimalist home has had lasting benefits in our family. It is easily the best thing we’ve done for our family. The only thing I wish I had done differently with minimalism would be to start sooner.

I’ve identified ten ways that having a minimalist home has improved our every-day lives. Some of these benefits are more external in nature – ways that our days run smoother. The rest are more internal – ways that we feel better from the inside out.

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