Minimalist Living

Finding happiness through living a more minimal lifestyle.

17 Experiences to Give Kids Instead of Toys

B’s Birthday

Our youngest son, B, is about to turn four years old. He is pretty excited for his
“Blaze and the Monster Machines” themed birthday party, let me tell ya. But what is he really excited for? He hasn’t mentioned anything about getting toys or gifts. B is really excited to have all of his friends with him to celebrate and he is excited to run around and have some fun. Like most kids, … Continue reading...

7 Signs That You Might Be Yo-Yo Parenting

  • Are your weeknights and weekends busier than your weekdays?
  • Do you often feel like more of a chauffeur than a parent?
  • Do you secretly get excited when it’s raining so your child’s practice or game will be canceled?
  • Is it hard to remember the last time your whole family sat down to dinner together on consecutive nights?
  • Do you have more miles on your car from going up and down Main Street than from the
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I Went Back to a Flip Phone – Here’s Why

Smartphones: The Ultimate Time-Snatcher

Recently, research has shown that the average American spends 2 hours and 51 minutes on their smartphones each day. This translates to about 20 hours a week, 86 hours a month, and a whopping 1026 hours a year. And this is one of the more conservative estimates I have found! Some estimates have users spending over four hours a day on their smartphones! Is there another option? Could we be … Continue reading...

The Best Things in Life Are Free?

We’ve all heard that saying, “The best things in life are free.” And while this may be true 95% of the time, it is not always the case.

The Lawnmowers

Take my lawnmower(s) story as an example. A few years ago, my next door neighbor whom I had become friendly with decided to downsize and move away. Larry was meticulous with his lawn, so I’m sure he was disgusted by what mine looked like, but never … Continue reading...

How It All Started – (Part II – Minimalism)

Grand Canyon – Another example of money well spent in my earlier years.

The Beginning

I first stumbled upon minimalism a few years ago when I saw “The Minimalists” on Netflix. From that moment on, I was hooked.

I read every blog I could find, especially those from Joshua Becker, The Minimalists, Courtney Carver, and Leo Babauta, among others. I combed the library for books pertaining to minimalism. Read about what … Continue reading...