26 Days to Simplicity: Quality (Clothing and Capsule Wardrobes)

One reason why we find ourselves back at the store again, even after we’ve simplified our wardrobes, is that our clothes are so cheaply made, they hardly last through the season, much less a year.  When I think back to buying even a basic t-shirt at Kohl’s ten years ago, I recall how much better the quality was compared to what I find in the store today. The high cost of cheap, overseas clothes manufacturing is appalling in itself, when[Read more]

26 Steps to Simplicity: Health

Achieving great health can be simple with a bit of forethought and pro-activity.  What good is a lifetime of wealth and achievement if you don’t have the good health to enjoy it? When my husband David and I used to watch House Hunters on HGTV, he would frequently comment on this, noting those of retirement age who were out of shape or infirm and unable to partake fully in the fruits of their labor. The time to get healthy is[Read more]

Symptoms and Solutions for Perimenopause

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In my previous post, I shared my personal experience of entering into perimenopause.  Today, I will give you a more objective, comprehensive list of symptoms and side effects, along with some great resources to help you navigate through “the change.” There are several signs which point to the onset of perimenopause, which was defined in Prevention as “the transition stage in a woman’s reproductive life that begins, on average, 4 to 5 years before menopause. During that time, your ovaries[Read more]

The Secret World of Perimenopause

secret world of perimenopause

  In the days leading up to your period, do you experience splitting headaches, hot flashes, night sweats, moodiness, or general un-wellness?  Do you have an erratic menstrual cycle?  Are you hovering around 40 years of age and wondering, what in the world is going on? Yeah, me too.  I thought menopause happened in our mid to late 50’s.  How could I be 41 and already going through it?  Confused and concerned, I decided to do some research, and I[Read more]

McMuffin or StudMuffin: The Choice is Yours

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Today, McDonald’s unfolds a new initiative: the All Day Breakfast Menu.  Now, by popular demand, their 27 million daily U.S. customers can enjoy many of their trans fat laden, high sodium and syrup infused breakfast delights any time of the day.  I will not be one of them. THE LINE Each morning when I leave my local gym,  I see the same thing: the line.  At 6:15am, the McDonald’s drive-thru line reaches around the building. Every. Day.  My heart sinks[Read more]

Simple Beauty Secrets

Your smile. Laughter. Rosy cheeks. Clean lines. Good posture. Confident steps. Hydrated skin. Soft hands, whether gnarled or smooth. Eyes bright from a good night’s rest. Honesty. Humor. Humility. A reverent spirit. Words of praise. A heart filled with love. Outstretched arms. You.     What would you add to the list?  What makes you feel beautiful, or what do you see that is beautiful in others? Let’s engage in an uplifting, inspiring, simple dialogue about beauty.  

Minimalism in the Bathroom and a Beauty Giveaway!

Over the past few weeks, I have slowly been working my way through our bathroom drawers and closet.  We currently have one bathroom to service our family of seven, and lines are frequent in our hallway.  The good news is that we will hopefully have a second bathroom installed this year yet- hallelujah! I don’t care how minimalist we become, a second bathroom is a necessity with a family of our size and ages. One thing our current bathroom has[Read more]

Confessions of a Messy Cook (plus a few recipes to try)

    This morning, I resolved to get some baking done before the heat of the day made it impossible.  On the docket:  homemade bread, blueberry muffins, granola bars, and something with zucchini (of which I have a plethora).  Now, I know how to maintain an orderly kitchen as I prepare food. First, you fill the sink with hot, soapy water for dishes to soak in as you use them.  Then, you clear off the surfaces to maximize work space. [Read more]

To Color or Not to Color (On Going Gray)

For the past few weeks, my emerging gray hair has had me considering whether or not to let myself go gray once and for all.  I’ve had noticeable gray hair for at least a decade, but only in the past couple of years have I had to resort to coloring it. The other night, I looked up inspiring articles and pictures on Pinterest, and I almost had myself convinced . . . until I brought it up with my husband. [Read more]

What’s for Dinner? June Meal Plans

I got the best email yesterday.  It was from Springdale Farm, our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), stating that our first delivery would be on June 2nd, two weeks earlier than planned!  Woo hoo!  These early boxes are light as air, filled mainly with lettuces, but that is just fine by me, because, as I told you in a previous post, “Salad is the main dish.”  All this talk of fresh produce got me motivated to look through my binder for[Read more]