Pregnancy #2: Week 35

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I’ve made it to 35 weeks!! Crazy – I never thought I would be doubtful about keeping the baby inside at this point in the pregnancy (with Ain I went into labor at 41 weeks, 2 days and no sign of labor or dilation before that point)!!

How I feel

Now that we are settled into our new home, I’m definitely feeling the need to get the newborn baby things in order. And….we had a little scare at 33 1/2 weeks that gave us the extra push to get the pack ‘n play set up, carseat out, and the “to go” birth bags packed. (If you are curious what we packed for our first – this is the pdf I made.

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Minimalist Lifestyle: Clothing

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How did you do on decluttering your clothing? I wrote a minimalist mindset post last week to give you some ideas on where to start.

I was not able to declutter as much as I wanted, mainly because I’m currently 7 1/2 months pregnant. I don’t know what will fit me, or what I will wear this summer. So here’s what I did:

Pairing down your wardrobe while pregnant

1) Get rid of clothes that are too small. I mean really small. I’ve been holding onto some clothes that didn’t even fit me between the last pregnancy and this one.

2) Get rid of clothes that you don’t love. Even if you can’t currently try an item of clothing on (because you are pregnant,

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Minimalist Mindset: Clothing

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Having a minimalist wardrobe

I want to keep only the clothes that I love and wear. Right? Minimalism is living with what you need and what you love.

The steps to getting more clothes that I actually wear is:

1. Declutter my clothes. Be ruthless and get rid of everything that doesn’t fit or doesn’t look awesome on me. I only want to keep what I actually love!

2. Hanger trick. Put all the hanging clothes on hangers backwards and once I wear it, turn the hanger around the right way. That way I’ll REALLY know what I’m not wearing.

3. Declutter again. After a season or two has gone by, I’ll look at my clothes and again evaluate. This time I’ll get rid

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Minimalist Lifestyle: Kitchen

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As you may or may not know, we moved into a 3-bedroom townhome last weekend. It’s SO nice to have extra space in the living room, basement, and kitchen. However, that did NOT translate to having more cabinet space – just more floor space. I’m not saying I have a tiny kitchen. It’s a nice size, it’s just hard to fit everything you want into a kitchen (especially when you cook from scratch often). My mom helped me unpack kitchen items the day before we moved all the furniture in. Which was so nice – EXCEPT the day we moved in we found 7 more boxes labeled kitchen. Ahh!

So much stuff!!

I knew a LOT had to go.

Here is a picture of the

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Minimalist Mindset: Kitchen

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Hello everyone!! Your assignment for the weekend is to declutter your kitchen! Are you overwhelmed and don’t know where to start? Well, I hope to help!!

How to Get Started

Wednesday I gave you a list of 20 + things you can get rid of without even missing. This is a great place to start. Think about these kitchen items. Do you have too many:

glasses/mugs (even if they are sentimental?) tupperware/containers pots and pans vases knives ladles wooden spoons/utensils pitchers measuring spoons and cups wine glasses single purpose appliances (ice cream maker, juicers, deep fryers, etc.) rarely used items (we are getting rid of our George Foreman grill)

After you have though through these items and pulled them out, then go through

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5 Week Jump Start to living a minimalist lifestyle!

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How to Create a Minimalist Home

Monday I mentioned 5 ways you could get started living a minimalist lifestyle. Did you start googling minimalism after my post? There are a lot of great articles out there and examples of people you have really cut back on stuff in their life.

One example is Joshua and Ryan who write at The Minimalists. They packed everything up and started on their journey to minimalism with that method. They also have an excellent Start Here page to check out!

If you want to just knock out a bunch of stuff at once, check out Tico and Tina’s blog Make Room for Greatness. They have a great list of 20 + Things you can get

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Minimalist Mindset & Introducing the series!

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Saturday I introduced my Guide to living a minimalist lifestyle in 2015 series.

I’m so very excited about this series!! I’m going to take you through 5 week jump start to living a minimalist lifestyle – but it doesn’t have to end there!! Throughout the series I will be posting articles and other resources to help you apply this to your life in so many areas. For each area of your house and life, I will be posting first a Minimalist Mindset, then a Game plan for how to apply it to your life. Hopefully we’ll all come out of this project with a Minimalist Mindset that we will take with us and apple to the rest of 2015!! (I probably will have another

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Guide to living a minimalist lifestyle in 2015

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If you are anything like me, you are feeling the urge to purge your home of everything extra and simplify your life! Wouldn’t you love to have less clutter and less stress? I LOVE the season of decluttering so much, because I love the stress it removes in my family’s life!!

I JUST – as in today just – moved into a new home. It is slightly bigger than the last, but since the configuration of everything is different, I’m having trouble finding a space for everything. I didn’t really realize how much stuff we have until we moved today. I know, I know – I DID just declutter the whole house in October, but it’s time again. I feel like

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Pregnancy #2: Week 30

Alicia at 20 weeks, me at 30 weeks, and Marie at 36 weeks!

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Crazy! Where has the time gone? I’m already to week 30 of my pregnancy!! Remember week 30 last pregnancy? I shared the awesome baby girl shower my mom and sisters threw for me. This time, we are going to have a smaller boy shower in a couple of weeks.

Week 30

How I feel

Last month, at 27 weeks, I reported having a lot of Braxton Hicks contractions. I was pushing myself too much with Christmas preparations, cooking, and packing. At my husband’s encouragement I cut back on how much I was doing at a time, decided to up my intake of water in the mornings and I’ve been doing a lot better! I

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It's the Most Wonderful time of the year....

Happy New Year!

I know the Christmas season is over. But I’m singing this song today because I LOVE the New Year and the clean fresh start mindset it brings!! I love setting new goals and plans for the year. I love the fresh motivation to start something new!!

What I’m doing

Packing: This year we are in the middle of packing and moving. I SO wanted to do a series for this, and take advantage of the motivation we all have. But, I’m busy packing…and my house looks like this:

I’m happy, I’m getting a lot done, and I’m purging as I go, but it will seem like I’m ignoring this blog. But I’m just putting it on the

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