Do’s and Don’ts of Blogging-Advice for Newbie Bloggers

Have you been thinking of starting a blog but have held off because you don’t know where to begin? Or, are you a newbie blogger who wants to make sure you are doing things correctly? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, this post is for you. If you could care less about blogging, please check out the archives where you will find articles on simple living, home organization, living in a small house and more. I will return to my regular blog topics in my next post. In this post, I will be focusing on a few common mistakes made by newbie bloggers (myself included), as well as some things I’ve done to increase traffic on my site, which has allowed me to generate income after a few short months of blogging.

10 Ways to Show your Love-Without Spending a Dime

“Say you don’t need no diamond ring
And I’ll be satisfied
Tell me that you want those kind of things
That money just can’t buy
I don’t care too much for money
For money can’t buy me love.”-The Beatles

Keep your cash & show your love

Do you have a full heart but an empty bank account? Despite what the media wants us to believe, true love doesn’t come from a store. Maybe it’s time to jump off of the consumer-driven love-train and endeavor to show your love to that special someone in other (free) ways.  Here are ten ways you can show your love, without spending a dime.

Decluttering Books: When you Love to Read

When it comes to decluttering books, what’s a bibliophile to do?

Bookworm, avid reader, bibliophile, literary connoisseur, scholar, intellectual. Do any of these terms resonate with you? If so, then you, like me, probably adore books. In addition to my love of reading them; I can’t get enough of the way books feel, smell, and sound (when turning a page). There was a time when books overran my home. One could not enter a room without spotting more than a few. I would collect book after book from multiple genres. Sometimes I would read them, other times I was merely comforted by the thought of having them around.

Then came cross-country move number one. And I discovered books are heavy! I’m not saying the weight of multiple boxes of books prevented me from boxing up every book in my rather large collection and hauling those boxes over 1,700 miles. Because that’s exactly what I did. I’m just saying books can be heavy, that’s all.

Multiple moves later (including two more cross-country), somewhere along the way, one by one, I eventually began letting go of my beloved books. And I can proudly declare that I have not required a single therapy session (yet).

What I Own: Minimalist Makeup

What I Own: Minimalist Makeup

Welcome to another post in the series, “What I Own” where I share a sneak peek into what I (and my family) currently own. I don’t do this so I can say, “Nah nah nah boo boo, I own less than you do!” But rather because I hope to encourage you by showing you that it is possible to live with less; even when you have a family. You can look great and have a minimalist makeup collection at the same time.

Today I present to you, my personal minimalist makeup collection.

My Minimalist Journey-From Material Girl to Minimal Mom

From the time I was born, I’ve lived with less. But, I haven’t always been a minimalist.

My sister and I were raised by a single mom. My father paid child support, however, my mother was addicted to drugs and alcohol. Therefore, there usually wasn’t much money available for the basics, let alone any extras.

As a child, I was forced into “minimalism” by way of poverty.

Shock Treatment Declutter Method: A Crash Course

If you are currently fighting the battle to keep clutter from overtaking your life, you’ve probably researched popular methods for decluttering. Maybe you’ve even tried a few of them with varying degrees of success. But, have you considered the Shock Treatment Declutter Method? Probably not, because it’s a method designed by me and I have not shared it with anyone else. Until now.

I’m sure the words “shock treatment” conjure up negative images in your mind. After all, shock treatment was (and occasionally still is) used as a last ditch method to help people who suffer from psychiatric illnesses. Basically, seizures are electronically induced in the patient in order to somehow reset the brain thereby treating forms of major depressive disorder, catatonia, and mania.

Yeah, I don’t understand it either.

I promise, my shock treatment declutter method doesn’t cause seizures. In fact, it’s (fairly) painless, and can be completed in only four steps.

How To Say No When You Always Say Yes

Chances are, if you were alive in the 1980’s in America, you’ve heard the phrase, “Just say no” at least once. While the phrase was originally coined to keep kids from doing drugs, I am a firm believer in reviving the “Just say no” mantra for the sake of our sanity (busyness) as well as our bank accounts.

I used to be a crazy person. Crazy-busy, that is. Every single time anyone asked me to babysit, fill in at work, pitch in for a gift, attend a sales party, go out to eat, or help organize an event; I would automatically say “yes”. The thought never even occurred to me to say “no”. I thought I should help others. All of the time. Even if I really wanted to do something (or nothing) else.

How to Declutter Paper-In 4 Simple Steps

Are you drowning in paper clutter? Are you sick of all of the junk mail, school papers, manuals, arts & crafts from the kids, receipts, bills and more that are slowly taking over your home? Have you been searching for an easy-peasy way to declutter paper?

Each and every day, multiple pieces of paper enter our homes. How can we deal with this paper clutter and keep it from getting out of control? In our digital age, why can’t we seem to live a paper-free life?

Today I will share with you the four steps I have taken in my own home to kill the paper clutter monster. Think of these 4 steps as your emergency floatation device when you are drowning in paper clutter.

10 DIY Mason Jar Valentines For Less Than $10

10 DIY Mason Jar Valentines for Less than $10 each

This time of year, with Valentine’s Day fast approaching, I like to pause and reflect on my true love. My husband and I have been married for over 20 years, but I’m not talking about him. While I love my husband dearly, this post is dedicated to my other true love. The smooth, glossy, curvy mason jar. I’d like to dedicate this post to ten simple and beautiful ways you can turn an ordinary mason jar into a gift that will be treasured by someone you love this Valentine’s Day. Of course, once you see the finished product, you may just want to keep it for yourself.

Living Small: What It Means And Why We Do It

What exactly, does living small really mean? Is it limited to the size of your home; or does it extend beyond four walls and a ceiling? Can you live in a large house and still live small?

“But you know, love grows best in little houses
With fewer walls to separate
Where you eat and sleep so close together
You can’t help but communicate
Oh, and if we had more room between us, think of all we’d miss
Love grows best, in houses just like this”-Mickey Cates & Donald Ewing II (songwriters)

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