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Rainy Day Ideas to Get Out of the House

Cooped up on a rainy day? Here are some ideas to get you out of the house.Now that I’ve officially wished for spring, it’s time to prepare for the April Showers. I don’t mind the rain. I know it’s good for the earth. It reminds me to slow down and encourages cozy afternoons inside. But, when there’s a lot of rain going on (like more than just a day or two), or it’s a weekend and I’m dying to get out of the house, I need a plan. Are you the same? Today I’m sharing a few ideas for getting out of the house on a rainy day. I’ve also included links to my favorite places around Grand Rapids. Read More

What It’s Like to Shop After Decluttering My Wardrobe

What it's like to shop after decluttering my wardrobe using the Marie "KonMarie" Kondo MethodThis year I’ve been very successful so far in decluttering my home, including my wardrobe. I wrote about my experience using the Marie “KonMari” Kondo method of decluttering from her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up here. In a separate post, I talked about how clearing my closet of clothing items I don’t love helped me better see the items I do love and has made creating outfits much easier (read that one here).

Those posts have been pretty popular, and since it’s been a couple of weeks, I decided to add this post to the mix. What is it like to shop after decluttering my wardrobe? Let me tell you all about it. Read More

How to Unwind after a Long Day

How to Unwind after a Long DayRough day? We’ve all been there. You just want to come home, kick off your shoes, plop down on the couch and never move. It’s tempting to glue ourselves to the TV, our phone, or to another mindless activity- but what’s really the best way to unwind and relax after a long day?

Often times it’s better to unplug and remove the distractions, rather than embrace them. Today I’m sharing a couple of ways you can relax after a long day. Read More

How to Meal Plan like a Pro + FREE Download

How to Meal Plan Like a Pro | PLUS a FREE DownloadI love outfit posts as much as the next person, but I’m not just here to look cute- I like to be helpful also. 😉 Often times I ask myself: Self, what do your readers need help with? I try to think of my everyday life and the tools and resources I use to make my weeks a little easier. Posts that have resulted from asking myself these kinds of questions include the secret to keeping an organized house,  how to plan and organize your week like a pro, mastering your to-do list, and why you feel like you have nothing to wear and what to do about it. Today, we’re talking about meal planning, PLUS I’m sharing an amazing download with you (for free) that will help you meal plan like a rockstar. Read More

7 Simple Ways to Embrace a Minimalist Lifestyle

How to Embrace a Minimalist LifestyleMinimalism is in, clutter and distractions are out. I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve been paying more attention to living with less, or if it’s because I’ve shifted my focus to other things, but I’ve been hearing lots about the “less is more” approach to life.

Personally, I’m loving everything I’m hearing. I would not describe myself as a “minimalist” but I’m definitely trying to embrace a few concepts in my own life. I know I’ve been talking quite a bit about my experience discarding clutter from my home using the KonMari Method, and that’s just one step toward minimalism.

Not only am I sensing this shift toward minimalism, but there is also a theme of quality over quantity. Here are some ideas on how to embrace a minimalist lifestyle that maximizes your quality of life.  Read More