Our 1st World Obsessions

Our First World obsessions. How did we get them? Picture-perfect homes. With fine decor, and all artistically arranged. I can’t help but wonder: How did we get this way?

I recently read a post about hiding external cords of wall lights. You know, the kind added after construction. Because that cord. Well, it’s ugly, messy, and bothersome. Detracting from our picture-perfect homes. A problem to correct.  Continue reading “Our 1st World Obsessions”

My ABC of Simple Natural Living

Our herb garden

My ABC of Simple Living? It’s about getting back to the basics. Hubby and I strive to life a more simple, natural life. First, because it’s good for us and for the planet. But also because as Nonni to nine grandchildren we want to leave a better world for them! And that’s why we made an ABC of Simple Living to help keep us on track.

It’s our simple living baby steps! Simple and easy to remember. And even though we don’t manage to do everything on this list, it does help! Because simple concise goals are easier to put into practice. Giant leaps often make a pace that’s hard to keep up with. But baby steps? Well, even babies manage them, don’t they?  Continue reading “My ABC of Simple Natural Living”

How to Do Laundry Almost Free {Naturally}

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According to statistics, an average American family of four spends around $185 on laundry detergent annually.¹ Add another $39 for bleach, and $66 for fabric softener. That’s a lot of money going down the drain. (No pun intended!) And it doesn’t even take into account the toll all those chemical products take on the environment.

But you can do laundry almost free! Just switch to soap nuts! We did years ago, and have never regretted it! Here in Italy, we pay about €15 ($16) for 1 kilo (2.2 lbs) of soap “nuts”, which last us almost two years! That’s a great savings!  Continue reading “How to Do Laundry Almost Free {Naturally}”

When Thieves Strike {And the Value of Stuff}

We’ve had thieves strike. Twice. The first time real thieves, but the second were sort of fake thieves. As many of you know, we have a summer home. And in our absence thieves got in, taking our bedroom mirror and a small step ladder.

Odd thieves, seeing how they didn’t mess anything up and the house showed no signs of breaking and entering. They must have gotten hold of a key somehow. So not only do we now have those items to replace. But we also had to pay for having the locks changed. What a hassle!  Continue reading “When Thieves Strike {And the Value of Stuff}”

5 Steps to Reclaim Your Life From the Internet

Have you ever had any epiphany moments in your life? Moments which awaken you and bring deep and lasting change to your life? I have, and one came to me recently.

Epiphany: a sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something, usually initiated by some simple, homely, or commonplace occurrence or experience.

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Scheduling Simplicity?

Gnome cuckoo clock

The multiple distractions of modern life eat away at time, making organization and discipline ever more necessary. Perhaps even more so for folks like me, who work from home. With few actual deadlines to meet, it’s far too easy to procrastinate! And leaving things undone eventually creates problems.

Yet I’d hate to become so structured that I miss out on life’s simple pleasures, like leisurely strolls, watching sunsets, and visits with friends!

But can we really schedule a simple life?

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The Giant, Odor-Free Minimalist Travel Towel

Peshtemals

Do you have a problem with smelly towels? I always did, but no more! Here in Italy, especially during the rainy season, towels take a long time to dry. So unless washed after each use, they turn sour-smelling, and so unpleasant to use!

But how can we wash them daily when it rains? Like many Italians, we don’t own a clothes dryer. So I’d long hoped for a solution.  Continue reading “The Giant, Odor-Free Minimalist Travel Towel”