The Simplest Gift

      We’ve received some lovely little clothes for our second son since he arrived. Lovely notes in the mail and hugs and texts and emails of congratulations. Along with the thoughtful notes and tiny clothes, we’ve received meals. We had a weekend of incredible dinners brought to us, enough for a feast and [...]

The 10 Signs of a Bad Gift

Just eight days until Christmas. Eight days to get yourself in a panic when you unexpectedly receive a gift from someone and having nothing to give in return but your thanks. Eight days to think “it’s just not enough” and heat up your credit card with impulse purchases. Eight days to buy a bad gift. [...]

Simple Holidays: What Worked Last Year?

I know we’re still a few weeks away from US Thanksgiving so some of you may be irked that I’m already writing about the big winter holidays. But if you’re preparing for turkey-fest 2012 you can still put a bit of thought on what will happen in the weeks after. I’ll be writing about the [...]

Is It Rude To Ask For No Gifts?


Third birthday parties can be overwhelming for all involved. We’re all still recovering here from the fun and frenzy of Henry’s birthday weekend. Unlike the last two years we celebrated this milestone with what is for us a large party. Almost 40 of our friends and their children helped us mark the day with a [...]

Leaving Minimalism


The title Minimalist Mom isn’t that accurate for me. If you’ve read a few posts here you’ll know that I aim for less and what we can live comfortably with rather than a rigid goal of a handful of possessions. I chose the name while in a burst of zeal for the idea of what [...]

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