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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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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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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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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Peanut Butter Economy

I recently made a batch of cookies that called for one cup of peanut butter in the ingredients list. Now, many frugal blogs always preach about buying store brands or home brands and saving a few dollars and cents on every item here and there (thereby translating into significant savings over long periods of time).…

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My Reusable Bubble Tea Cup: Bumbler Cup

In previous posts, I have mentioned my love for bubble tea. Aside from the expense, the one thing I resent about my tea drinking habit is the environmental impact it has. Bubble tea comes in single use plastic cups with a single use plastic lid and a single use plastic straw (yes I know, I…

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Post-Christmas Packaging Blues

I find one of the times that really gets me thinking about my environmental impact is after Christmas. When everything has been unwrapped and unboxed, that’s when all I begin to see is wasted and unnecessary packaging. It makes me feel guilty and it’s one of the things that definitely has an impact on my…

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The Dollar Value of Gifts

My Dad is difficult to buy for (I’m sure like most Dad’s are). In all honesty he already has too much stuff, wants for nothing and if he does happen to want or need something he just goes right ahead and buys it himself. As a result, for his birthday I’ve been agonizing over what…

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If You Haven’t Started Your Christmas Shopping Yet…

…Start now… For many people, saying the word Christmas at this time of year is like saying a dirty word, however I find that starting my Christmas shopping as early as possible helps me with at least one thing closer to Christmas- my stress levels. And yes, I actually started my Christmas shopping back in…

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Easter Reflections as a Minimalist

I was extremely spoilt this Easter, I received four big chocolate eggs (gluten and dairy free of course!). There’s something about Easter eggs isn’t there…the majority of chocolate you can buy all year round just in the form of a block or chocolate bar, but for some reason it tastes much much better when it’s…

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