It's Farmer's Market season! YAY!!! Yesterday my kids and I ventured down to the Fulton Street Market. It was a beautiful representative of our awesome city...Grand Rapids. There were artisans with handmade decor, soaps, pottery, jewelry and more. The summers abundance was evident in the careful rows fruits and veggies. The vivid colors, thoughtful displays… Continue reading Living Local
I live in the state that is nicknamed the "Mitten". There is good reason for this, the obvious fact...Michigan is shaped like a mitten, and the not so obvious... the majority of the year we are wearing mittens. It gets cold here, really cold for a long time. Winter is by far our longest season.… Continue reading “Skinny House”-On the Road
I can still feel the agony, the dread of the once a year mile run in elementary school. I never could do it. I would try so hard, but my legs would hurt, my side would cramp and my throat would get so dry I couldn't even spit (which was so unlike prissy little me… Continue reading Changing My Script- “I am NOT a runner.”
As we enter summer I always know that I need to have a strategy. I have a few simple goals for the summer. 1. Get the kids out of bed 2. Don't let kids waste their lives on a screen 3. Use Teamwork to get house work done so that we can have FUN! In… Continue reading Teamwork Jar
I'd spent the day running around town exploring different options for selling clothes on consignment. My last stop was a kids store filled with rows of perfectly hung clothes arranged by size in rainbow order-an organizers delight. I only needed to purchase one small thing for the giving tables at our church. I was careful… Continue reading Grief Strikes When You Least Expect It.
I love the story of Goldilocks. I want to be Mama Bear. I want her house. Everything inside is "Just Right" for the people who live there. Think about the story. Goldilocks comes to an open door. I want that to be my house. The house where the door is always open. Then she finds… Continue reading What Goldilocks and Simplism have in common.
I find that many of my moments of brilliant revelation are born out of desperate frustration. One day after we had finished our family dinner I looked around and realized that everyone was sitting on the couch in the family room joking around...everyone but me. "Why am I the only one cleaning up", my mind… Continue reading The End of Nagging
Strip off the excess and find the real you underneath.
Hi, my name is “Michelle”, and I am a recovering laundryaholic. I am obsessed with laundry. If there are clothes in the basket, I empty it, a damp towel, I wash it. I can’t stand to have mountains of laundry pile up. “So what’s the big deal,” you ask? The trouble is that it is… Continue reading Laundry Addiction
Birthday’s seemed to be getting bigger and grander. Each year getting a little bit more out of balance. It was hard to compete with peers who were having amazing parties with tons of gifts, food, and prizes. We decided that this would be a great teaching opportunity. We decided to give each child $100.00 for… Continue reading Simplified Birthdays