When did Gifting Become Over the Top?

I have found myself, on a number of occasions that involve the standard gift giving ritual feeling rather uncomfortable about the gift I’ve given. There are various events that I believe require a modest, yet thoughtful gift. Now, I’m not talking about a wedding (though I do find the new fad of asking for money…

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Less Plastic, Less Stuff

One of the most plastic filled environments in my house is the bathroom cabinet. It’s quite frightenting really, especially being that it’s all single use plastic. As a result, I’ve been attempting to slowly make the switch to more environmental alternatives. Glass, metal and refillables wherever possible. But moreover, I’ve slowly been reducing the amount…

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Wanting What Others Have

Jealousy, envy, longing, keeping up with the Jonses’ or general dissatisfaction. Whatever you like to call it. Comparing stuff, status and our lives with others only leads to excessive consumption and unhappiness. Do we buy things because they are actually what we want? Or is it because we want others to perceive us in a…

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Minimalism and the Workplace Wardrobe

I work in an office environment. Part of working in this particular office environment involves certain dress standards and requirements – both written and unwritten. For instance, there are times when I am required to wear a jacket. As in, a suit blazer style jacket. This is a requirement that is stipulated for certain activities…

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Last Weekend

Last weekend I didn’t post anything, I was sooo busy actually having a big clear out. My parents’ dining room has over the years become the room where odds and ends have ended up. Mainly because whilst they have a formal dining room, they no longer entertain. Growing up I only really remember it ever…

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See a Penny Pick it Up

Prior to the lockdown my boyfriend and I were at IKEA, yes IKEA… a minimalists nightmare…so might I also add for my fellow minimalists that we went in for two items and only left with the two items we intended to purchase (no unusual kitchen utensils were bought in the making of this blog post).…

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Literally Living with Less

As a side effect of the current COVID-19 situation, I’ve been staying with my boyfriend full time. It was a real rush to move in and gather together additional items I considered to be ‘essential’ prior to leaving home. I’ve been here for over a month now and let me be clear – I brought…

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Selling Unwanted Items

Many years ago, I used the play the flute. I wasn’t that great and it wasn’t ever a real passion of mine so eventually it ended up in a cupboard. Until recently, it’s been covered in dust – out of sight out of mind. But during one of my many clear outs, I thought I’d…

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For Others

During this pandemic I’ve found that I’ve been quite self absorbed. I have spent the majority of my time focusing on how this has affected me. It’s all been about me. How I can’t go to dancing, how I can’t go on holiday, how I can’t eat out at a restaurant. This constant focus on…

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Gluten Free Lentil Pizza Bases

Today I thought, why not share one of my favourite frugal and gluten free recipes? Eating gluten free can sure hurt the hip pocket with many gluten free alternatives costing twice the price of the non-gluten free version (or sometimes even more). This is evident in bread, pasta, cereal, flour and of course pizza bases.…

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