Enrichment Activities on a Dime

25 Sep
by Jenny, posted in Consumerism/Minimalism, Money Honey   |  3 Comments

In the city where I live, there are practically limitless opportunities for children to participate in enrichment activities. There are opportunities to partake in sports of every kind, music lessons, scouting, writing workshops, martial arts training, art classes, science classes, dance lessons, math enrichment and even manners training.

Allowing our children to try all of the things that interest them can get overwhelming pretty quickly. Continue Reading

Some Thoughts About Being on Time

13 Sep
by Jenny, posted in Consumerism/Minimalism   |  15 Comments

I’ve been noticing people’s habits lately. Mostly, I’ve noticed individual’s tendency to be on time — or be chronically late.

It’s always obvious who is on time when meeting others in person. But in-person meetings aren’t the only instances where we can offend others by being late.

  • We can be late in responding to a phone call.
  • We can be late sending a payment for a bill that’s due.
  • We can be late in posting a blog entry (oops!).
  • We can be late in playing that game we promised our child.
  • We can be late taking steps to live our purpose.

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This is All Temporary

28 Aug
by Jenny, posted in Consumerism/Minimalism   |  34 Comments

For some time now, I’ve felt a strong push (or pull?) to move. I dream about living in a condo where someone else would take care of yard work and there would be less rooms to clean. Or a sustainable home that generates its own energy and distributes grey water to the gardens.

I’ve even fantasized about living in another country like Denmark. They always rank so high in happiness ratings, afterall. Of course I don’t speak any Danish, so that might be a problem.

But mostly, I imagine an extended period of time where I would be able to shed most of my material burdens and focus on my family. Where we could all enjoy each other’s company rather than play paper-scissors-rock to decide who gets to weed the flower beds this week. Continue Reading

Scattered

24 Aug
by Jenny, posted in Consumerism/Minimalism   |  2 Comments

Photo taken on vacation of the beautiful oak trees on Magnolia Street in St. Augustine FL

Wow. These past few weeks have been a whirlwind. After vacation at the beginning of August, I had both kids home with me until my oldest started school yesterday. Trying to work (or eat lunch, or use the restroom…) with both kids at home proved to be quite the challenge.

And blogging fell by the wayside.

As the new school year picks up and I prepare my youngest for preschool, I’m becoming excited at the prospect of a little bit of time to myself this coming year. Continue Reading

A Change in Daily Routines

09 Aug
by Jenny, posted in Consumerism/Minimalism   |  12 Comments

It’s been about two months since I quit my full-time job. During this time I’ve been trying to balance freelance projects with a newfound freedom.

When I go though a big change to my daily routine, it typically takes me a few months to reorganize and focus my time. I tend to get overwhelmed when my days dramatically shift.

While I don’t miss working full-time, I do miss the predictability of my days. Continue Reading

Debt Busters!

04 Aug
by Jenny, posted in Ditching Debt, Money Honey   |  7 Comments

Today is my 35th birthday, so I’m going to be a bit self indulgent and send you a quick note about an exciting opportunity I was fortunate enough to participate in. On Wednesday, August 1st, I appeared in CNN Money’s Debt Busters! gallery, which you may have already known if you follow me on Facebook.

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Your Ideal Life

31 Jul
by Jenny, posted in Consumerism/Minimalism, Money Honey   |  8 Comments

What is your ideal life? How far away is your ideal life from where you are today? What can you do this week to start closing the gap?

For me, the ideal life involves a flexible work schedule that allows for plenty of traveling and time with my family. It also involves doing work I’m passionate about.

What do you love to do? How could you turn your passion into your work? What’s in the way?

For me, it was too much debt and too many possessions. Continue Reading

4 Ways To Effectively Manage Your Income (Inspired by The Ancient Egyptians)

28 Jul
by Jenny, posted in Money Honey   |  3 Comments

The following is a guest post from Mohamed Tohami of Midway Simplicity

Let’s have a quick look at one part of the economic system of Ancient Egypt.

Agriculture produce collected as government revenue was treated in the following way:

  1. A portion goes to state workshops to manufacture secondary, value-added products.
  2. Some of the value-added products were traded at a profit.
  3. Others used to pay employees and fund projects.
  4. The remaining portion of the agriculture produce was put into storage as an emergency stock.

What a simple, impressive economic system! This system was created more than 5000 years ago. Continue Reading

Simple DIY Homemade POWDER Laundry Detergent

24 Jul
by Jenny, posted in Consumerism/Minimalism, Money Honey, Saving More   |  20 Comments

Over a year ago, I wrote a post about making homemade liquid laundry detergent. I loved and used the recipe exclusively — until a simpler recipe stole my heart a few weeks ago.

Powder Laundry Detergent!

This recipe is so quick, easy and compact to store. And it works great.

Quick and Easy Powder Laundry Detergent Recipe

  • 1 bar soap (Fels-Naptha, Kirk’s Castile, Ivory, Dr. Bronner’s, etc.)
  • 1 cup washing soda (not baking soda)
  • 1 cup borax (20 Mule Team)

To make: Chop soap into small pieces. Add washing soda, borax and chopped soap to blender or food processor. Blend or process until mixture is a fine powder (about a minute or two). Store in an airtight container. Continue Reading

Are You Prepared for an Emergency?

16 Jul
by Jenny, posted in Uncategorized   |  13 Comments

A recent power outage in my area that lasted up to nine days for many people prompted me to begin assembling an emergency kit of sorts. I realized that my family doesn’t keep any nonperishable food, and we never stock extra water. It’s become clear to me that having some basic supplies in case of an emergency is important.

There were so many great suggestions on my last post from many of you about what to keep in case of an emergency. Thank you!

In talking with others, I’ve discovered most everyone keeps some kind of emergency supplies. I know it can get out of hand (my cousin was telling me about her friend that has three years of dehydrated food stored!). But having at least a few days worth of food and water for you and your family just makes good sense. Continue Reading

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