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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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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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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Maintaining the Norm

During these unprecedented and unsettling times, normal routine for people across the globe is thrown into complete chaos. Whilst we are being encouraged to stay at home en masse to maintain our population’s physical health and well being (to slow the curve and prevent the spread of COVID-19), I am becoming increasingly concerned about peoples’…

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A Need to Spend

Unless you’ve been livng under a rock, you will be completely aware that the world is topsy turvey due to Wuhan Virus, Coronavirus or COVID-19 (whatever your preferred nae may be). This has resulted in an unprecedented halt to daily life as we know it which has put many people’s employment and businesses in jeapoardy…

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COVID-19 Panic Buying

I’m not sure what the current situation is in other countries, but here in Australia there is currently a wave of Pandemic Panic Buying in the wake of COVID-19 or more commonly known as Coronavirus. Supermarket shelves are being pillaged of essential items such as toilet paper, tissues, paper towel, rice, pasta and eggs (goodness…

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I Bought a New Bag, Before I Needed One

So, I bought a new handbag. I don’t need a new one quite yet, however it’s always been my practice to have one in reserve for when my current one is no longer usable. Now, I’m well aware this doesn’t appear frugal, nor minimalist. However, I have very strong reasons for doing exactly what I’ve…

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