Saying Goodbye to the Minivan

If there's one symbol of overwrought suburban life, it's gotta be the minivan. When we decided get ours, I had absolutely no reservations about sacrificing my cool image as I got in the minivan. First of all, rocking the mom-ponytail in my hair and spit-up on my shoulder, I no longer had a cool image. … Continue reading Saying Goodbye to the Minivan

5 Useful Apps for Post-Consumers

Please excuse the post title. The "How to Write a Better Blog Post" gurus say lists like that make better titles. Supposedly people search for that kind of thing. Seems kinda silly to me. So with tongue securely in cheek, here are the Top 5 Apps that have made my life more efficient and minimalist. … Continue reading 5 Useful Apps for Post-Consumers

Used: A Secondhand Fashion Show

In our culture, shopping has become a pastime. Not something you do in order to get something you need. For a lot of people, shopping is entertainment. A destination for socialization and fun. That's what makes it hard for some people to consider getting things used. It's simply not a part of their lifestyle. Especially … Continue reading Used: A Secondhand Fashion Show

How Consumerism Deprives Us of Creativity

Before all this, I used to buy shoes like they were going out of style. Um, yeah. You know what I mean. I bought into that silly concept that you can never have too many shoes. Now that we're in the process of shifting from being consumers to creators, I've reduced my shoe collection to … Continue reading How Consumerism Deprives Us of Creativity

Saying Goodbye to My Espresso Maker

Before we moved out here to the sticks, I did a massive de-appliancification. My goal was to lower our dependence on electricity, as well as to lower our electric bill. I borrowed the Kill-a-Watt electricity monitor from the library (the library!) to see where our usage was going. But frankly, admitting my ignorance here, I … Continue reading Saying Goodbye to My Espresso Maker

The Road Not Taken. Yet.

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. —Robert Frost Welp, the house is sold. The things are packed. The land is ours! Last Friday, we closed on our home and land and packed up the last of our things. We managed … Continue reading The Road Not Taken. Yet.