Top 12 Open-Ended & Minimalist Gifts for a 3 year old

The toddler years are the age of “I’ll do it myself”. We love encouraging that independence and “striking while the iron is hot”, so to speak. Toddler years are the perfect time to get kids helping around the house and cleaning up for themselves. We learned the hard way when our oldest children were young…

8 Tips For Keeping a Minimalist Toddler Wardrobe

We have gone through the toddler stage many times with four sons and have done things a little differently each time. Over the years we have found that we greatly prefer having less stuff and these are just some of the things that we do to help us keep an intentional wardrobe for our toddler….

Minimize Household Consumable Products and Save Hundreds!

If you are looking to save on your grocery budget, live a more green lifestyle, or just simplify your life, one of the fastest ways is to examine the consumable products that you purchase for your home. Some simple swaps can not only save you time and money, you can feel and look good doing…

Simplify Your Shoe Collection

Are you are looking to clear some space in your closet by reducing the number of shoes that you own? If so, breaking down your shoes into categories can be an easy and quick way to eliminate what you don’t need. For clothing, I suggest the One Year Rule. If you haven’t worn it in…

Slow Cooker Balsamic Shredded Beef

For a juicy and sweet but simple beef BBQ that requires basically no prep and tastes amazing every time, follow this hardly-considered-a-recipe recipe. Ingredients: 2-3lb Grass Fed Chuck Roast 2-3 Tbs of Balsamic Vinegar (use your judgement depending on how sweet you like things and how large your roast is. Pinch of Salt Instructions: Wash…

Practically Perfectly Pulled Pork (PPPP)

I’ve made a lot of Boston butts over the years and they usually call for sugar, rubs, packaged (expensive) MSG containing spice mixes, sauces, etc. We don’t really eat that way anymore and I don’t have time in this stage of my life for dirtying the smoker THEN the slow cooker to get juicy flavorful…

Little Birdies Grain Free Granola

If you are someone with a lot of allergies or trying to address gut issues, cereals and granolas can be one of the first foods you kick to the curb. Finding one that is both affordable and checks all your boxes can be difficult. Lots of store bought grain-free granola (that were non-existent 5 years…

Nots’troganoff Beef & Mushrooms with Gravy

Comfort food can be a tricky task on a grain and diary free diet. So many recipes require a lot of flour or heavy cream. We don’t even have those things in the house. So whats a girl to do when a savory gravy train dinner smothering mashed potatoes is calling your name? Break out…

Cuban Pork and Potatoes

A version of this Cuban Pork and Potato recipe was given to my mother by a friend’s dear Cuban grandmother. My friend wrote it in her bubbly middle school handwriting. She translating some of it from her grandmothers Spanish, on a piece of pharmaceutical notepad paper that I still have stuffed in one of my…

15 Ways to Break Your Phone Chains

If you are reading this, there is a decent chance you are viewing it on your smart phone. The likelihood is also high that you have a love/hate relationship with this silky smooth glowing box or at a minimum want to reduce your daily usage. Our phones, the connection to the world outside our home,…