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Minimalist Moms Favorite Reads This Week

This a collection of my favorite things I’ve read this week. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. If you enjoy these posts, be sure to share the love and comment on the author’s site.

The Quick and Easy Guide to Coming Out as a Minimalist
by Francine at Miss Minimalist

My favorite line: “It’s never easy to make a dramatic lifestyle change, let alone explain that choice to those around you.”

I loved this! I laughed out loud when I read that telling your friends and relatives “I don’t want to end up like you” is probably not a great way to share why you’ve become a minimalist. I’ve been tempted to say something quite similar on many occasions, but I’ll take Francine’s advice on this one.

Three Steps to a Simplified Holiday
by Robyn at Be More With Less

My favorite line: “It can seem hard, but simplifying your holiday season can be done with a few swift decisions and then just a few minutes a day of triage and maintenance.”

It’s seems almost too simple to just do less around the holidays, but it’s so easy to get sucked in to the holiday madness. Some great tips and a link to Robyn’s awesome holiday ebook if you’re looking for extra help and inspiration.

How to Live Simply: Lessons I Learned from My Grandparents
by Tammy at Rowdy Kittens

My favorite line: “Living a simple life isn’t about self-deprivation. Instead, it’s about giving yourself the time, freedom, and money to pursue your dreams.”

This post is a great reminder on how to avoid the common traps that can lead you into debt. Tammy includes some ways that her grandparents saved money and were self-sufficient that are very applicable today. It doesn’t have to be a given that you purchase an expensive home, go further into debt each year, and live like everyone else around you.

Plan Your Peaceful Christmas: Give Back
by Tsh at Simple Mom

My favorite line: “Spend it where it matters eternally.”

This has a great list of reminders on why we should be giving back. It’s a really important example to our children among other reasons. Tsh also includes a great list of resources of everyday ways to give back as well as including some awesome online resources for charitable giving.

I’d love to hear your thoughts or comments on any of these posts in the comments below.


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Article originally published on 12/11/2010

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  1. What a great idea! Thanks for providing info on these posts. I’m familiar with Miss Minimalist and Rowdy Kittens as well as Be More With Less. But Simple Mom is a new one that I’ve never read before I will definitely check it out!


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