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How To End Your Facebook Addiction (Without Getting Rid Of Your Account)

Do you spend way too much time on Facebook? I know I have. What do you think is the average amount of time we spend each day browsing its never ending pages? The answer may surprise you:  "Fifty minutes. That’s the average amount of time, the company said, that users spend each day on its… Continue reading How To End Your Facebook Addiction (Without Getting Rid Of Your Account)

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What’s In A Minimalist Momma’s Bag?

I used to be that person who carried everything in my large, overstuffed bag. It looked like I was going on a weekend trip...every day of the week. Band-Aids, lotion, Tylenol, granola bars, stamps, phone chargers, water bottles, cough drops, etc.- I was prepared in case all the Walgreens, Targets, Walmarts, and grocery stores within a 10… Continue reading What’s In A Minimalist Momma’s Bag?

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Here’s Why We’re Buying Allll The Things (And How To Fix That) | Part 2

On Monday, I broke down why we're buying all the things (catch up on Part 1 here). Today I'm sharing the strategies that help us fix that! Definitely just being aware of stores' sneaky marketing tactics is a good start. But here's 5 other ways to avoid buying more than you need: Buy groceries at the grocery store, not… Continue reading Here’s Why We’re Buying Allll The Things (And How To Fix That) | Part 2

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Here’s Why We’re Buying Allll The Things (And How To Fix That) | Part 1

"I went into the store for 4 things and came out with 12." "I was looking for paper towel and ended up with a new shirt." "[Insert store name] is my happy place. Going there is like a quick pick-me-up." ***** Stores strive to make themselves inviting. And some of them do it really well. Imagine this: you pull… Continue reading Here’s Why We’re Buying Allll The Things (And How To Fix That) | Part 1

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How I Paid Off $8,000 In 2 Years

I can guarantee you that there's someone out there with a more impressive story than this one. (That's a great way to begin, right?)   Someone who paid off more debt, in less time. So what's (possibly) interesting about this story? I paid it off without feeling deprived, while living in an expensive city, making a little above the… Continue reading How I Paid Off $8,000 In 2 Years

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10 Things I No Longer Buy: Part 2

I wrote a post called "10 Things I No Longer Buy" a few months ago, a list of 10 things I found that I could either live without or replace with something free/recycled/repurposed. As I've been decluttering the past few weeks and more selective of what makes it into the "keep" pile, there's (at least) 10 more… Continue reading 10 Things I No Longer Buy: Part 2

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Elvis Has Left The Guest Room

    Part of avoiding "spring cleaning" our guest room was not having a large block of time to devote to it. But the other factor in avoiding it was the mental energy it took to deal with the stuff that had accumulated in it. Between things that people wanted to get rid of so they… Continue reading Elvis Has Left The Guest Room

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The 2016 Tiny House Festival

  I was so excited to learn that there is such a thing as a "tiny house festival"! If you're not familiar with tiny homes, they are usually under 500 square feet (with many under 300, especially the mobile ones), and they come in all shapes and types. (Check out my post 10 Reasons To Live In… Continue reading The 2016 Tiny House Festival

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Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost Of Cheap Fashion

  "Clothing is valuable. It should be valued. Cheap clothes not only undermine those who sew, sell, and design them, they're the pitiful result of decades of price pressure that has erased the craftsmanship and splendor of what we wear. Incessant deal hunting has also erased our collective knowledge of what clothing and style could… Continue reading Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost Of Cheap Fashion

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Just Say “No” To Plastic Hangers…They’re More Dangerous Than You Think

  I have always loved clothes. I would try to take almost my entire wardrobe to college each year because I never knew when I might want to wear a certain item. I would pack my four extra-large blue plastic totes to the brim with my most cherished cotton and polyester belongings and my mother… Continue reading Just Say “No” To Plastic Hangers…They’re More Dangerous Than You Think

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10 Reasons To Live In A Tiny Home

I love watching house hunting shows (even though yes, they are staged- and even the buyers may not be real- whaaat?), especially the ones about "tiny houses." A "tiny house" does not have an exact definition, but it is usually a home under 500 sq. ft. To put that in perspective, the average size of… Continue reading 10 Reasons To Live In A Tiny Home

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10 Things I No Longer Buy

In my quest to buy less and save more, there's 10 things I've found that I can either live without or replace with something free/recycled/repurposed: 1. Salad Dressing- It can be difficult to find a dressing that isn't expensive, yet doesn't have preservatives, artificial colors and flavors, unpronounceable ingredients, etc. In the past, a bottle… Continue reading 10 Things I No Longer Buy

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The True Cost Of That Full Shopping Cart

Have you ever seen one of those game shows where the contestants run around like crazy, throwing things into their shopping cart without a second thought? The winner is usually determined by whichever team had the cartful of items with the highest value when the buzzer sounded. How often do we act like one of… Continue reading The True Cost Of That Full Shopping Cart

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3 Tips For Avoiding The Souvenir Trap When Traveling

Have you ever looked at the back or bottom of items found in souvenir stores when you travel? Most are not actually made in your vacation destination.  And most are very overpriced. Identical items are being sold all across the world that are no different than what you can find at home in a local store.… Continue reading 3 Tips For Avoiding The Souvenir Trap When Traveling

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Minimalizing Your Make Up Bag To Clear Up Your Skin

Isn't it so tempting to pick up a new lipgloss or eyeshadow each time you're at the store? It's so small- I'll have space for it. I really don't have one in this shade of pink.  But it's on sale!  The neatly organized displays draw you in and before you know it, you've spent $25 or more… Continue reading Minimalizing Your Make Up Bag To Clear Up Your Skin

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Review: “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”

  The phrase "life changing" gets thrown around a lot. "This chocolate fudge is life changing!" "Try this lipstick, it's life changing!" "Eliminate carbs/fat/fun from your diet, it's life changing!" But Marie Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up lives up to its title. It isn't your typical organizational book. Thousands of resources exist on organization and decluttering,… Continue reading Review: “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”