Hi, my name is Melissa! I love

I’ve been sharing my life on this blog since 2008! I am in my late 30’s and from a small city in Northwest Iowa. I was an award-winning hairstylist for over 20 years, but was forced to quit after a major back injury. 

I am newly single and navigating life on my own. I have an adult child who is going to make me a grandma this fall, and am a doting aunt to 3 nephews and a niece. 

Some random facts about me – I am a twin (yes, my step-sons are twins, too!), I live in a 95-year-old house, I have severe OCD and anxiety, and my favorite color is black. I love photography, reading, doodling on my iPad, and watching squirrels at my backyard feeder.

What can you expect to find on this blog? Lots of planners, minimalism, running a household from cleaning to budgeting, plant based recipes, and thoughts on ethical, sustainable living. 

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