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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Slowing down as we approach the holidays...

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As you know, I’ve entered my third trimester of this pregnancy – yay!! This pregnancy has gone by so fast! Unlike the last pregnancy, not all of our attention is devoted to my day by day progress, or monitoring the baby’s growth week by week. Instead, we have a toddler to attend to, and family gatherings to plan for.

Over the last week or so I’ve been doing physically more than normal – baking cookies, shopping (again and again it seems!!), cleaning and packing. And I’ve been having more and more Braxton Hicks contractions – not good. It’s not that Braxton Hicks contractions (or practice contractions) are bad per se – they are helping your body get ready for labor. But it’s the fact that

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New Mom Gift Guide

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I have so many friends who are pregnant right now – including my youngest sister!! Wahoo – we are bump sisters! So, I thought I would put together a fun new mom gift guide. You can use this resource for picking up some quick Christmas gifts for you friend (or sister), or to make a list for their baby shower. As a mom who is prepping for baby #2, here are some things I would totally appreciate:

1. Postpartum Herbal Sitz Bath or Bath Teas

Once that Momma has had her baby, she can enjoy soaking in luxurious hot baths once again!! These bath teas are a great aid to perineal and vaginal healing, as well as a c section incision (once cleared to get wet).

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Pregnancy #2: Week 27

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve definitely been craving sweet things lately, especially with all the Christmas cookies, etc. being pinned on Pinterest!! And, I’ve given in to the cravings and have been making sweet things a LOT. (Don’t worry, I’ve given some of it away, but we still have too much in our house.) My latest favorite was the Cranberry Christmas cake – it’s so good and not too sweet. I love the tangy-ness of the cranberries with the sweet cake!! It’s moist and amazing – check it out!!

 

Well, on to the pregnancy update:

Week 27

How I feel/slept – Getting pretty tired most days now. I’m definitely in my 3rd trimester now!! The past three nights

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What You Will Need the First Couple of Months of Motherhood

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**This post does contain Amazon affiliate links. I will get a very small percentage if you click to Amazon and buy something. Thanks for helping this mom stay at home with her babies!I want to make this as comprehensive a list as possible, without being overwhelming…

Necessities Place for baby to sleep (Crib, Bassinet, Co-Sleeper or Sleeper Area for your bed) – We chose to buy a Pack ‘n Play (we got the Elite, but I’d recommend the Cuddle Cove Rocking Seat one!) that has an infant bassinet so we could have it right by our bed. Once he outgrew the bassinet, we just put him in the pack ‘n play part. We also got one that has a changing table and

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Menu Plan Monday: Holiday Meals

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I know it’s been awhile since I’ve shared our menu or the recipes we’ve been enjoying. I’m going to try to share our menu plan about once a month. Here is what we’ve been enjoying lately:

Menu Plan

During Thanksgiving Week, we enjoyed:

Baked Chicken Pasta (I doubled the recipe and froze half of it)

Southwest Chicken Crock Pot Soup

Chicken Potpie Bowls

Pizza Salad

For the Thanksgiving meals I cooked:

Pioneer Woman’s creamy mashed potatoes

Maple Ginger Roasted Vegetables with Pecans (on the right)

low sugar cranberry sauce

skinny pumpkin pie

Meals this week:

Monday: Italian Antipasto Salad

Tuesday: Chicken

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