Minimalism and What I Do Spend Money On

Minimalism is wonderful for the environment (less stuff getting thrown away/replaced constantly) and your sanity (less stuff to clean/repair/organize) but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the dopamine hit that frequently comes from shopping. Our household doesn’t spend much on THINGS… whether it be new technology (our television is over 10 years old and still works perfectly!) or clothes/bags/jewelry (yay for thrifting) or cars (we downsized to one car!)… but we do happily spend on fun, meaningful (to us) experiences and services that make life a tiny bit easier. Here are my and my husband’s top fun/unnecessary spends:

  • Travel! Probably the #1 “fun” expense in our household — we stock away a good amount on a monthly basis to explore the world.
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2019 Eco-Friendly Clothing Finds

This year was a good one for innovative eco-friendly clothing pieces. And while my first choice will always be thrifting — it’s nice to know that new yet sustainably made pieces are out there in the world. Here are some cool (new-ish to me) finds that might also make great holiday presents!

1. The Upcycled Puffer from Gap (100% recycled fill, shell, lining)
2. The ReNew Hoodie from Everlane (43% recycled polyester, ethically made)
3. Wool Loungers from allbirds (sustainable materials) — can also be worn as slippers indoor!
1. Nike One Tights (83% recycled polyester) — I love Nike leggings for lounging, working out, and traveling.
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The Joy of Using Things Up

In January 2018, I decided that I was going to go at least 3 months without buying any new clothes (the exceptions: underwear, shoes, leggings, and anything needed for bridesmaid duties). I ended up going until October and found it shockingly easy. I fell in love with thrifting, Poshmark, and shopping my own closet. This January, I decided to re-start my “no new clothes” challenge. We’re in the middle of April and, so far, so good. The challenge got me thinking — what else could I stand to stop buying this year? Like clothes, other personal and household items can accumulate.… // Continue reading.

Eco-Friendly or Zero Waste School Supplies

This Wednesday… July turns into August. And many of us start looking forward to the crispness of fall (my favorite season) and new beginnings. As a kid though, August meant one thing. Back-to-school school supply shopping. Walking around OfficeMax… buying the perfect matching notebooks and folders. Ah. Bliss.

Fast forward 20 years and I still get somewhat nostalgic for those beautiful school supplies. I get a little giddy seeing all the new adorable stuff available at Target. BUT — man. The whole thing is super wasteful. The packaging surrounding the supplies and then the ultimate toss to the landfill. Or even just the mass of school supplies that end up dragged to Goodwill when you are 25 and stuck cleaning your childhood closet…

But there is a way to be somewhat mindful of the supplies your kiddos buy while also teaching them about the environment.… // Continue reading.