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How to Purge Your Closet in 5 Easy Steps

How to Purge Your Closet in 5 Simple Steps

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If you’ve been following me for a while, you know I’m a big fan of Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and her KonMari method of organizing (you can read about my big closet cleanout here).

There were so many times I thought, I should clean out my closet and see if I can donate anything, and I’d only ever pull out a few things. I didn’t realize it then, but I was going about it the wrong way. Instead of opening my closet, looking inside, and wondering what can I part with?, I needed to take everything out and ask instead, what should I keep?

Once I made that realization, it made purging so much easier. Here are some simple steps to help you purge and clean out your wardrobe.

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How to Thrive During Winter

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Last week, Mathew and I took Benjamin to the Frederick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park for a little relief from the cold. It was a nice, tropical reminder of what warm weather feels like.

Winters can be tough. Cold temps, cloudy days, snowy roads, dry skin. I would say I enjoy all the seasons, but winters in West Michigan seem a little long after a while. It’s not the cold so much as the clouds that get to me. Today I wanted to share five tips for thriving in winter. Read More

Freezer Meals | How to Plan, Prep, and Organize

How to plan, prep, and organize freezer meals.If you follow along on Instagram, you maybe saw that a few weeks ago I shared in my stories that Mathew and I prepared a bunch of freezer meals to make after baby arrived. We made our first meal from the bunch last week and we made a second last night. Mathew and I both enjoy cooking and making dinner together, and we’ve never prepped a big batch of freezer meals before. Some of you were curious about what we made and how we organized everything, so I thought I’d write up a post.

Whether you’re expecting a baby or not, freezer meals are a great way to save time and sanity and still get dinner on the table.

Sure, you can stock up on Stauffer’s Lasagna and boxes of spaghetti, but nothing beats a homecooked meal. Plus, if you’re gluten free like I am there are fewer freezer meal options for the famliy.

Here’s how we broke everything down and organized for a successful day of cooking. Read More

My Hospital Bag + Postpartum Must Haves

My Hospital Bag & Postpartum Must Haves (For C-Section)

If you’re following along on Instagram or Facebook, or you subscribe to my newsletter, you probably saw that we welcomed our baby boy into the world last week. Benjamin Allen came into this world on Sunday, November 5th. I’ll share a more formal introduction to his arrival later on, but today I wanted to share what I packed in my hospital bag and also some of my favorite postpartum items as I recover from my C-section. Read More

Pregnancy Self-Care | 5 Things to Do Before Baby

Pregnancy Self Care | 5 Things to Do Before Baby ArrivesIf you’re expecting, you’re sure to have a mile-long checklist of things to do before your baby arrives. I know, I’ve been slowly but surely chipping away at my to-do list for the past several weeks.

The first trimester of pregnancy is full of anticipation and excitement and sharing the news with friends and loved ones. The second trimester is the honeymoon phase where symptoms are often at a low and energy is high enough to get lots of things done. The third trimester is all about surviving pregnancy discomfort and preparing every last detail for baby.

But somewhere in the mix, it’s important to pause and take a little time for yourself.

Is self-care on your list? Read More