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What’s in My Makeup Bag: My Minimalist Beauty Essentials

I’ve shared how to create a capsule wardrobe for all seasons and how I pack in a carry-on, but I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about how to lighten up on beauty products, especially for travel. It’s taken me years of trial and error to pare down my products and simplify my routine, […]

Packing in a Carry-On: My Top Travel Essentials

Travel is by far my favorite (only?) hobby, and since I’m a carry-on-or-bust kind of person, I’ve perfected the art of packing as efficiently as possible. Side note: Please learn from my recent epic fail, and check your passport expiration dates (like a hawk!) well in advance so you don’t end up having to cancel […]

Why You Should Try a “No New Things Challenge”

My colleague and new friend Ashlee Piper went a full year without buying new things. A full year! A sustainability expert and author, Ashlee started practicing the #NoNewThings challenge because it aligned with her mission to live more sustainably. In the process she also clarified her priorities, reclaimed loads of time, lost weight, and saved […]

Fewer Better: Summer Favorites

And just like that, it’s suddenly summer! To be honest, summer has never been my favorite season, (I’m more of a spring/autumn person) but this one is gearing up to be a good one. The girls are off to sleep-away camp, we’re planning our first family trip to Rome, and I’m working on wrapping up […]

5 Things I No Longer Buy

In my quest to lighten my load, and my environmental footprint, I’ve discovered more than a few things I can swap out – or just happily live without. The five items I’ve stopped buying / bringing into my home straight ahead… Plastic Bags and Food Wraps Oh, how I used to love Saran Wrap and […]

Tiny Changes: A Linen Closet Refresh

Here’s how this actually happened: I crashed into the massive laundry hamper in our bedroom for the millionth time and decided something had to be done. While our shared laundry bin was attractive enough, functional, and even made of sustainable materials, it was huge. Ideally we would’ve tucked it discreetly into a closet or a […]

7 Minimalist Packing Tips For Your Next Trip

I’m just wrapping up an incredible trip to Europe (stay tuned for Book Two!) where I packed for two weeks in a tiny carry-on. My packing list (linked here) was mainly successful, but I did pick up some useful tips and takeaways for next time. My top tips straight ahead… Hold Onto Your Hat While […]

Fewer Better: The Bathroom Edit

I’ve been feeling crummy about my tiny shared bathroom recently which is so silly because there are much bigger things to worry about – but here we are. The good news is our kids are happy, our public schools are wonderful and walkable, and we truly enjoy the rest of our home. But, back to […]

5 Things I Realized I Could Live Without

Over the course of my career, I’ve learned that most people own things just because they were told somewhere along the way that they should own them. Today’s the day I break some great news: you don’t actually have to own anything you don’t want or need! And, if you slow down and question the […]

5 Reasons I Don’t Want a Bigger House

Time for some real talk. Most people want a bigger house. I don’t. Our home is 1200 square feet, which feels absolutely perfect for our busy family of four. Here’s why I think less equates to so much more… Financial Freedom Having a home with a smaller footprint means a smaller monthly payment for mortgage, […]

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