What does it take to not just get by, but to really thrive in life? I asked Simple Living Family readers how they don't just live, but flourish. Here are a couple of my favorite answers. "Thriving in life and living with passion mean the same things to me....more

Ways to Have More Energy

Feeling tired and sluggish?...more

New Year's Opportunities

"We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day." ~ Edith Lovejoy Pierce According to Merriam-Webster, opportunity is a favorable juncture of circumstances or a good chance of advancement or progress....more

Letting Go

Last month when I put my older son on the school bus for the first time. The time when I went to hold his hand and he pushed it away. The first time he woke up and dressed himself rather than wait for me to pick out his clothes. These are all times when I've had to practice letting go. ...more

The Stock Market and Simple Living

The stock market plunged today in reaction to the credit rating for the United States changing from "AAA" to "AA+". This followed a week of people worrying about the European debt crisis and among fears of a new recession happening in our country.   What does this all mean for the average American?...more

Back to School - Keep it Simple

I don't know about you, but I really don't want this summer to end....more

How to be Summer Ready

As summer finally begins to make itself known around here (I know, everyone else is experiencing record highs, right?), last week I found myself feeling outsmarted again by our stuff."OK, everyone outside.""Wait, where's your hat?""Do you have sunblock on yet?""I don't know. Where IS the sunblock?""Who used the sunblock last?!"...more

Operation Home Organization - Introduction and Task 1 (Kitchen Counters)

Since I started this site over a year ago, I have been doing things here and there to clean out the clutter in our home. While we were on vacation we rented a house that was nice, clean, and had only the necessities. Coming back to our own home I realized how far we still really have to go....more

Not Jewish? What We All Can Learn from Shabbat

Shabbat in Hebrew or the Sabbath in English is the seventh day of the Jewish week and a day of rest in Judaism. Shabbat is observed from sunset on Friday night until Saturday night. It is a festive day free of labors of everyday life and is a time to contemplate the spiritual aspects of life and spend time with family. Many activities are prohibited on Shabbat according to halakha (Jewish law). They are mostly activities that are creative or that exercise control over one's environment....more

Are You a Hugger?

I am. I can't even imagine saying hi or good-bye to my best friend without giving her a hug. But there certainly have been times in my life where it has become painfully obvious that not everyone is....more