How to Read More (& 2019 Book Favorites!)


“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies.” – George R.R. Martin

I frequently get asked how I manage to read so much on a yearly basis. Yesterday, I officially hit my Goodreads reading challenge of 50 books for 2019! Yay! By the end of the year, I anticipate having read another 10 books or so.

A sampling of this year’s books.

The simple answer to how I do it is… pure love of reading. I love entering new worlds and getting lost in them. It truly is a hobby for me. But there are a few little things that make it a bit easier for me to read as much as I do.… Continue reading...

My Travel Essentials

My husband and I like to travel. A lot. So over the years, I’ve gotten my packing down to a science, especially since I seldom check in my luggage (except on the way back from a trip IF I bought some 3 oz. liquids). Here are my essentials to make the travel experience a tiny bit more pleasant.

1. Away suitcase // 2. Longchamp bag // 3. Glossier pouch
  • A hard shell suitcase (easier to clean). Preferably in a carry on size. I love the ones from Away — mine has lasted for years through multiple countries and being dragged along for miles on all sorts of bumpy streets.
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Make Your Clothes Last

A huge part of both the zero waste and minimalist lifestyles involve taking care of what you already own so that you aren’t buying things unnecessarily. This is incredibly important especially when it comes to clothing. A few simple steps can help prolong the life of your clothes and prevent items from inevitably ending up in the landfill or getting downcycled.

  • Wash your clothes gently/per label instructions. I almost always wash my clothes with cold water and on a gentle or “casual” cycle. I then dry my clothing on the low setting (or hang to dry in my closet). It takes a bit longer but my clothes take less of a beating this way.
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Simple Tip: How To Use Your iPhone Less

Note: this tip is for iPhone users (since it’s what I use). I’m sure there are ways to do something similar with other phones!

Ever since smartphones became a thing, we’ve all been guilty of looking at our phones a little too often. I was mildly horrified when Apple released the Screen Time feature and I could see exactly how many hours a day I spent on my phone. And, listen, I love smartphones… they’ve made my life better in so many ways (hello Google Maps). However, they’ve also led to some mindless (and time-consuming) scrolling on Instagram. So let’s cut down on some of that and spend more time reading, hanging out with friends, and working on hobbies.… Continue reading...

Things To Do Instead of Online Shopping

Mindless online shopping can definitely be the enemy of anyone trying to live a more mindful, minimal lifestyle. It’s just SO EASY to purchase anything your heart desires. And let’s not even get into the dopamine surge that comes from shopping. I’ve definitely been guilty of this as well. I’ve found that the best way to curb this unnecessary spending is finding other things to do at home that doesn’t cost any money but leaves me feeling happy, fulfilled, or productive. Here are the 25 things I do instead of online shopping. What about you?

  1. Take a bath (and use up all my bath bombs!
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