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WHERE THE PARTY'S AT -- February! It’s a fairly busy month because we’re headed over to my hometown for Chinese New Year celebrations, RD’s parents are coming to stay with us over a weekend, and we have tickets to a few VIMFF shows! This month
[Daniel Vollaro, a professor at Georgia Gwinnett College, is interviewing subjects for a book he's writing about Thoreau's impact on 21st Century American culture. Below I've listed his questions and my answers.] How did you become
Some time ago I bought an old (like grandparents-old) Disston for $50 on eBay (if you’re lucky, you might be able to buy one at a yard sale for a few bucks) and I have slowly been accumulating and building the necessary tools to sharpen it.
This lifetime warranty article was updated as of February 2018. As a consumer, buying products with a lifetime warranty or a lifetime guarantee is very important to me. Before you buy anything, I believe it’s important to keep in mind the n
For a few years now, Ive been inching closer and closer towards a uniform. Ive experimented with styles, and pondered the versatility of various tops, bottoms, dresses, etc. Ive pared down to One Shoe, One Coat, and One Handbag. Well, as of late, Ive
It has been a good month, but gotta say, I’m glad January is over. The weather here in Vancouver has been miserable and raining non-stop. I’m usually not one to complain about the weather, but last month was a bit much. That being
Change is in the air folks. Many of you know that I've been posting on Instagram for about a year and a half now, and after mulling it over for some time now, I've finally decided that it's a much more suitable platform for documenting my tr
The jacket for my book, coming out April 10, 2018.I have a hunch that This Land Is Our Land will be viciously attacked.This hunch comes from two places: 1. A review of my book by National Parks Traveler, a website devoted to coverin
It’s not too late to get a flu shot, even a cheap flu shot. That may seem impossible, what with the news about how bad this year’s flu season is. But here’s the truth: it’s shown that people who get the flu sho
How many of you make additional lump sum payments towards your mortgage? Originally, RD and I weren’t going to bother making lump sum payments, but since we had a decent amount of money in our joint account, we revisited that idea a few wee
My piece in Backpacker Magazine ran last week. It's part of their "public lands" issue, so the article has as much to do with my Scottish hike as the public lands situation in America. The photos below are from my hike, from Inverie to Fort
Today we have a wonderful story from Veronica, who tells us how she embraced minimalism to live in a van. Veronica writes: My life as a minimalist began in an unconventional way. I was working my non-profit dream job, but it had become a nightmare. I
DW wanted a rake to get the cuttings off of the lawn, whereas I just wanted to let them be… So I built a rake. The rake is made out of a $2 8 foot long 2×4 which I ripped [lengthwise] with a handsaw. I used one part for the handle
I’ve been meaning to write an Ibotta app review for quite some time now. Like Peapod and Trunk Club, when I find a service that I believe is worth your time and money–and therefore has value beyond a price tag–I want to
Since our wedding date is in about 7 months, we’ve been talking a lot lately about marriage agreements (also known as prenuptial agreements). Did we need one? And if so, what would it look like? I read a Global News article not too long ago
During the Bills-Jaguars playoff game last week, two Bills players went down with head injuries. When I watched football years ago, an injury timeout was a bathroom break. Now it's a lump in my throat.Head injuries, and what we now know abou
This week, Im delighted to feature Dana. She and her family are embracing minimalism so they can take a big, wonderful bus adventure! Dana writes:My husband and I had planned on one day living in a tiny house after our three boys were grown and out o
This is a guest post from Paul Wheaton from permies.com which is the home of the permaculture forums. (You may have noticed the links I put up on the right recently + in a couple of weeks there’ll be a podcast interview with me on Paul&
Deals on Healthy New Years Resolutions When it comes to New Years resolutions, most Americans trend towards having healthy New Years resolutions or resolving to do something to improve their health. Here is what a recent survey on New Year’
Well, I’m a little late with my January budget, but better than not getting it done, right? :) First thing to report is that Zoey had her dental surgery on the 5th and she did really well when I took her in for her 1 week check-up. After a
Im scared of the reader of the distant future. Im not so arrogant to think that Ill have a reader in the distant future. After all, getting read in the present is hard enough. Still, if just out principle, I aspire to be in the good graces o
This week, we have an update from Real Life Minimalist Caroline Garnet McGraw. We heard from Caroline in 2011 and 2013, and now shes here with an account of recovering from perfectionism and decluttering her fantasy self. Caroline writes:Were alike,
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Alas, it seems that the longer I go in between blog posts, the more daunting the prospect of writing a new one becomes. Putting it off for one more day only gets easier, so in hopes of wiping the slate clean and making a fresh go of things, here's li
What Is The Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Did you get an Instant Pot Pressure Cooker or Instapot for the holidays? Not sure what it is or how to use it? You’re in luck. For starters, the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker or Instapot is, it&#821
They say that getting married is one of the most stressful events in anyone’s life. But I look at two of my best friends (who are also in my wedding party), and they both seemed pretty calm and collected when it came to planning their own w
I've been doing a "year in review" for the past five years or so. I can't tell you how much I've enjoyed writing them and how much I've benefited from them. They help me focus on the future, make plans, think about long-term goals, and refle
Today, Im happy to introduce you to Jenn, whose minimalist lifestyle helps her maximize time with her little one. Jenn writes:I'm a single mom to Beans (he's about one and a half years old). Just about every day I am thankful I'm a minimalist; it all
Once upon a time, people regularly made things for themselves instead of buying them … The picture shows a bench hook, a mallet, a saw vise (hard to buy these days) to sharpen my saw(s), and a hacksaw that I made. I plan to make the hacksaw
Curious to check out the wildflower super bloom I keep hearing about, I rolled up to the Carrizo Plain a few days ago, turned down a random dirt road, passed a sign warning that the road becomes something of a non-road in wet weather, took note of th
  Where to Get Free Food on Your Anniversary My wedding anniversary is in November, and we recently celebrated a biggie–25 years! Right before our 20th anniversary, I started to research where my husband and I could go to celebrate
2017 was really smooth in terms of our shared finances. We’ve come up with a system that works perfectly for us, in that I can be as detailed with my money management as possible, while RD can learn as much (or as little) as he wants to lea
I wanted this book to go on and on. Im a nut for presidential biographies, and this is one of the bestWashington was a flawed man in many ways:In his early years, he was unbecomingly ambitious. He obsessed over his dress, and he would not-so-subtly e
I always love receiving an update from Heather in Texas! We heard from her in 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2016and now she shares with us her recent experience with Hurricane Harvey. Heather writes:Hurricane Harvey. Water damage and mold. One doesnt even kn
I figured that presenting a table of contents for the book would make it easier to get an idea of the contents or direction of the book. As you see, the book may have wider implications/applications than simply becoming financially independent and re
Yeah, it's been pretty quiet around here for a while, but if it's any consolation, my relative silence over these past couple of months has been offset by some pretty nice improvements to the spaceship. Things are winding down now though, and with th
  Where to Go for Free Food on Your Anniversary My wedding anniversary is in November, and we recently celebrated a biggie–25 years! Right before our 20th anniversary, I started to research where my husband and I could go to celebr
Happy New Year! 2017 was a huge year of change for me personally, but also for us as a couple. We bought our first condo together, went on an amazing adventure to Portugal, adopted the cutest little rescue cat, and just before Christmas, we got engag
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (1813)I'd already read this book, and I was already thinking that I was sick of old English lit., so I opened it up just to see how Austen began the book, but after first page I couldn't stop.&
This week, we have a delightful story from Kelly. After purging their excess possessions, she and her husband found themselves open to a wonderful new possibility: parenthood! Kelly writes:My minimalist adventure may have begun the day I first saw a
This table was built out of a form I made to fiberglass up a new shower pan, hence the curious shape. The table top is therefore an exact copy of our shower—in case you were curious, now you know. The legs are from a potato tower. They are
I bet the list of Vanagon owners who have to switch into panamoric mode just to fit their entire solar array in one photo is a short one.That's 100 new watts of the good stuff at right in the above picture, bringing the spaceship's total to a respect
Paribus Purchase Price Adjustment App This blog post focuses on how getting a purchase price adjustment can help you be smart with your money. It’s part of my approach of getting the most value for my time and money. For starters, when it c
I can’t believe it’s already December! Yes this post comes a little late, but I’ve been busy creating my 2018 budgeting spreadsheet, and getting ready to wind down the year financially so that I can start calculating my
There will be spoilers.1. It was a complete waste a time with hardly a redeeming quality. 2. There was no chemistry between any of the characters. 3. Unlike Episode Seven, there was no functional or adult-level humor. (Cute penguins screaming next to
Today we hear from M. C. Starbuck, a former packrat whose decluttering transformed her life. M. C. Starbuck writes:As a packrat for so long, I thought getting rid of stuff would only lead to regret and frustration. I'm so glad to finally see that I w
Experience without intelligence is just information or a walking encyclopedia. Intelligence without experience is knowledge and knowledge without experience is unwise. Experiences can be bought (and some say they are better than stuff). Intelligence
Leisurely yet productive days of late, parked out back in the "repair bay" for easy access to all the tools. New brake shoes, along with various springs and other bits that make up the Vanagon's rear brake system are now in, but unfortunately, it did