Read It, Know It, Defend It.

I do not apologize for being conservative. But we ON BOTH SIDES need to be respectful of others, find compromise, and stop tearing each other down.

Simplicity Rushes In

Others' expectations of me are what they want. Not what I need. And not who I was divinely created to be.

A Delicate Balance

If you're like me, you are stressed, tired, and overwhelmed - finding it a challenge to maintain the simple lifestyle you crave

Putting On My Super Hero Big Girl Panties

My ego was just a tad inflated to have heard my 14 year old daughter compare me to a super hero

A Pinterest-Worthy Garden

This year I have created my first Pinterest-worthy vegetable garden.  It’s far from perfect, but I justify referring to it in this way because of all the research, learning, planning, and serious effort that went into the final product. 🙂  I should say that, though I have been organically growing since I started gardening, I … Continue reading A Pinterest-Worthy Garden

Leprechauns & Tornadoes

One thing that definitely does not relate to simplicity is lying awake at night and running through things in your mind over and over. It’s after 3:30AM and I woke from a strange dream - I was living in impoverished conditions. My husband was gone and I was crying over a photo of an Irish … Continue reading Leprechauns & Tornadoes

Everything With A Place

For those of you who are born organizers this is likely your favorite part of simple living. Some of you, in fact, may be ready for this “final” step to minimalism right now... Having everything in its place. Ahhh... the ultimate goal! I will humbly admit that I am not there yet. I’m still languishing … Continue reading Everything With A Place

Simply No Sleep Tonight

So, what do you do when your pets are keeping you awake all night? Write a blog post, of course!  With two cats and a large dog residing with us in our small home, it is not unusual for this to happen. There seems to be no rhyme or reason to it, and tonight it simply … Continue reading Simply No Sleep Tonight

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden in Winter

One thing that makes my already rewarding job fun, are visits like the one I enjoyed with a potential new donor-partner yesterday. I had the pleasure of a personal, guided tour through the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, in winter. What a beautiful season to experience their 60 acres - salvaged and restored from a decimated strip-mining … Continue reading Pittsburgh Botanic Garden in Winter