Window Deer, Wisdom, and Simple Things

I’ve previously mentioned the many deer that frequent my parent’s yard. It seems like a daily occurrence for my mom and dad to find deer making themselves at home among my mom’s hosta plants and even eating from the bird feeder!

The picture below is the latest one they sent and I told them maybe they should just let the deer into their fenced yard… as pets ๐Ÿ˜‰

Deer looking through house window (more…)

Five Things I Am Not A Minimalist About and This Week

I like to think of myself as somewhat of a minimalist with material goods. Ever since I read this book a few years ago, I completely changed the way I thought about the things we own.

Minimalist bedroom with steel bed frame and gray blankets

I have a handful of pairs of shoes, hoodies, and jeans. My shirts all fit in one space, and we don’t have a million cooking gadgets. Nail polish and makeup? I can probably hold all that I own of each in one hand.

But… there are some things I’m unashamedly not a minimalist about and those are:

  • Coffee makers. We have three! A drip coffee maker that grinds beans, a Keurig, and a Nespresso. We really love coffee.
  • Books. I have a hard time saying no to books (especially children’s books and ones on midwifery), but only keep ones I truly love… but I love a lot of books ๐Ÿ˜‰
  • Nut butters. I am peanut butter’s #1 fan, but also enjoy sunflower seed butter, cashew butter, almond butter, etc. We currently have six different jars of nut butter sitting in our pantry right now and I use ’em all!
  • Essential oils. I’m new to essential oils, but I’m slowly building up a stash of ones I use to diffuse and others I apply topically for health ailments. I’ve got a whole shelf of oils and it’s fun to pick and choose what suits my mood.

I’m curious, are you minimalistic about some things, but not others? I want to hear about it!

This week has been nice. The weather has just been beautiful, with abundant sunshine and warmth!

My sister came over on Wednesday and brought her son and daughter to play with Sadie (and her dog to play with Niva!) and we had such a great day together.

Sisters with their babies in carriers on their backs
Two month old baby boy laying on a blanket in grass

We took all three kids to Dollar Tree and vowed not to do that again for a long, long time ๐Ÿ˜‰

We’ve been spending lots of time at the parks in our neighborhood and it’s really neat to see Sadie get more brave with climbing things, going down slides, and being more outgoing with other kids as each season passes. Little Sader Tot is growing up!

We attempted a little family picture in the park one night but Sadie was busy chasing rabbits. We have so. many. rabbits. in our neighborhood! They provide endless entertainment for Niva and Sadie.

Mom and dad with daughter photobombing a selfie

Before I go and make Sadie some lunch, I wanted to share a picture of this flyer we got in the mail the other day from a home improvement store.

I saw the part of the ad that said “wicker gone wild!” and I don’t know why, but it made me laugh so hard. Wicker, gone wild?! How? ๐Ÿ˜‚

Funny ad about wicker gone wild in home improvement store flyer

Are you a maximalist about some things and a minimalist about others?

What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen lately?