A Return To Competitive Shopping

Summer 2004: I am not going to the Olympics. I am devastated. I am also living in dorms with my friends and teammates that are going to the Olympics. And training at the same lake with them. And eating at the same breakfast table. I cannot escape my failure. I can, however, try and buy […]

A No Buy Vacation


When you calculate the cost of your vacation do you add in all the things you buy for it and on it? New outfits, luggage, swim suits, travel devices and that afternoon spent shopping at the outlet mall everyone told you to go to can drive up the cost of a family getaway. Those costs […]

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 […]

Why Do You Buy What You Buy?


I bought a crock pot. Jo is clapping right now. We had a crock pot back in Canada. It was a gift, something I had asked for. I only had it for a few months before we moved overseas but I liked using it. I liked the ease of putting a meal on in the […]

Getting Over The Want

I’m putting up some popular post from my archives this week. Today: getting over the want. This was one of two posts on the subject of getting over the want of more and better things. You can find Part 2 here. This is such an important concept and habit to make once you’ve decluttered your […]

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