Restrictions, curfews, and isolation are fast becoming a normal part of life since the Covid-19 outbreak took root here in the U.S. A little over one week has passed since social-distancing was introduced and several public gathering venues closed. Even for those of us who don't mind a little down-time being a homebody, the lack of choice can be a cause for anxiety. I had a … [Read more...] about Rediscovering the Joys of Being a Homebody
Minimalism and Sustainable Living
The benefits of minimalism are countless. A smaller house and a small car (or no car!) are just tips of the iceberg. Learn how a life with less things can improve your focus, save you a ton of money, and help you focus on people and relationships over material possessions. You might just save the planet in the process!
The headlines are catchy. Some 20-something out there worked hard for 5 years to save $500,000 so he or she could retire early before 30. A noble, Instagram-worthy pursuit to be sure, but with it comes a brutal stretch of self-deprivation. Starbucks suddenly becomes a no-no. Getting around in a car is a sin. You might even have to give up your gym membership. Damn. I'll be … [Read more...] about Is Self Deprivation Keeping You From Enjoying the Journey?
There's never enough room in a small house. If I want to buy a Foosball table, I'm screwed. If Mrs. Cubert wants to bring home a rowing machine, we'd have to lose our second family room. Finding a cheap minimalist home theater with a stellar picture and sound is a daunting proposition. Home theater is an investment I'll make room for ANY day. Before the kids came along, I … [Read more...] about Minimalist Home Theater Options
The nice thing about the occasional Polar Vortex is the unplanned bonus time you get to spend with your kids (building a Lego Death Star!) Last week, the kids' school was canceled four out of five days due to the extreme cold. Sure, it was trying in some aspects. This is the time of year when projects start to get rolling at work. Taking a few half-days off to watch the … [Read more...] about How Our Homemade LEGO Death Star Saved Us $500
"Alexa, can you please take all my calls and alert me if anything important comes up? I've got some early retirement to do, and I don't want to be bothered..." Curious about why we bought an Amazon Echo Plus? After all, isn't it just one more clutter-making device designed to spy on us and take our hard-earned money? This is the kind of thing that happens when a birthday … [Read more...] about Is the Amazon Echo Pointless? Here’s Why We Bought One