The Housewarming Party

It has been almost two months since we moved into our house. That entire time has been spent trying

Saving Money On Summer Fun

It doesn’t really feel like it here in the Midwest, but summer is right around the corner. My stepsons

Bible Journaling

As we were going through our possessions after the fire, I stumbled across my textbook from beauty school. The

My Hometalk Painting Board

Since we moved into our new house, barely a day has gone by that we haven’t been painting SOMETHING.

Cilantro Lime Quinoa

I never need an excuse to eat Mexican food, but since Cinco de Mayo is tomorrow I thought I

Mason Jar Pencil Holder

When we lived in an apartment my office space was in my bedroom, which meant every time I wanted

Easy Granola Recipe

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you know that we have been trying to clean up our diet and

Choosing Paint Colors

I am very indecisive. Very. Just ask my husband.  So when it came to choosing paint colors for our

The Bird Feeder

Since we moved into our new house one of the fascinating features has been the wildlife that wanders into

5 Minute Drop Cloth Curtains

When we lived in an apartment we had two windows, one in each bedroom. We also had sliding glass

Minimizing Negativity

We have been going through all of our stuff and getting rid of as much as possible in anticipation

Sweet and Sour Tofu Stir Fry

My family is being forced to is trying to eat a little lighter and healthier this spring, but with most

Why I Quit Buying Things In Bulk

One of my family’s biggest monthly expenses is groceries, and from speaking to other moms, that is pretty common.

Minimizing Technology

I have minimized a lot of things in my life from excess kitchen appliances to clothes that weren’t flattering

Life After A Fire

I worked a short day on Wednesday. I was headed home around 6:30 and called my husband to make

Chemical-Free Haircare

My family has been doing a lot of simplifying these days, and our haircare routines are no exception. Chemical-free

Mom Bullies

Back in the day there were chat rooms and message boards for people to connect on the world wide

The Sentimental Value Of Stuff

  Over the past few months I have been on a serious mission to minimize my possessions and simplify

Decluttering Your Inbox

I talk a lot about decluttering, but there was one area of my life I had been putting off

Project 2015: Simple Goal Setting

Instead of making new year’s resolutions, I like to set goals for the next year. Resolutions are like promises

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

We had a nice, quiet Thanksgiving dinner at home this year, which meant no travel, but also meant I

Book Review: The Nesting Place

I am not a good interior decorator. As a matter of fact, I have a Pinterest board titled “Decorating

Crock Pot Pasta Shells

  We got our first measurable snow this week, and it has been bitterly cold. I don’t like the

A Nice Sunday

Today my birthday weekend continued.  This morning we visited a new church because my sister’s band was playing for


A case of the Mondays seems to have invaded my entire week.  This morning we heard a loud BOOM,

One Of Those Days

Today has been a weird day. We had some hits financially, which makes me default to insane worry mode.

The Anatomy Of An Argument

My husband woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning. He hasn’t felt very good this

Happy Hair Days

Today I was really busy working at the salon, plus it was my weekend to clean. There are 4

Eternal Priorities

I had planned an entirely different post for today, but when I ran across this blog post, I couldn’t

Thankfulness Begets Positivity

Whether our lives are good or bad depends a great deal on our perspective. Sometimes it seems like the

Hi! I'm Melissa!

Melissa is a former hairstylist of 20 years who has a passion for living a simply creative life. She loves inspiring others to pick up a planner and get their lives organized, to clean out a closet and minimize their clutter, and to clean up their physical and mental space to lead their most fulfilled life. She is a wife, mom, and crazy dog lady who constantly rewatches The Office.



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