a minimalist christmas | 10 simple gift ideas for kids

Joy and Simplicity | minimalist christmas - 10 simple gift ideas

There’s something about the Christmas season that drives me crazy. Don’t get me wrong — there are aspects I enjoy with all my heart, like spending time with family, indulging in too much junk, and pausing to feel the joy of Christ in my life.  But, I always seem to get wrapped up in consumerism way more than I would like.

When it comes to avoiding over-consumerism, last year was one of the best Christmases I’ve had.  It was sweet and simple, thanks to a new rule we’ve adopted. read more

top 10 hygge-inspired gift ideas

top 10 hygge inspired gift ideas | Joy and Simplicity

We’re almost halfway through November.

(I’ll pause for a moment to let that settle in.)

Soon we’ll find ourselves in the bustling Christmas season. And while it’s easy to get caught up in the busyness, I think it’s important to remember that this is a season for us to really be present with each other and *enjoy* the moments we have together.

One of my favorite ways to do this is by encouraging loved ones to pursue a slower and more intentional lifestyle through the gifts we give. This year, I anticipate many of our gifts having a theme of minimalism and hygge. read more

how to mom like a boss: 12 tips from the office

We moms have a lot going on.  Every day is a balancing act.

We juggle our little ones’ needs and nap schedules, the endless tasks of running a home (cleaning, laundry, dishes, errands), and hopefully leave some space for ourselves (exercise, showering, or even just eating).  On top of this, some moms even add office work to the mix.

Like many other moms out there, I worked in a business setting for several years before having my first child.  While the work of mothering is vastly different, I’ve found that applying some of the project management skills from my old jobs has helped me in the home. read more

9 konmari tidying tips you need to know

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.  If you haven’t read it, it’s one of a handful of books I completely recommend.  Especially if your home is in need of some order.

Joy and Simplicity | 9 konmari tidying tips you need to know

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Top 9 Konmari Tidying Tips You Need to Know

Here are my top 9 tidying tips from the Konmari method:

1. Start with a vision. And realize that your home doesn’t need to look Pinterest-perfect to bring you joy. Instead, consider how you want your home and life to look. For example, I desired a home that felt clean, airy, and uncluttered.  I also wanted to pursue a more minimalistic lifestyle. My son’s nursery encompasses this perfectly for me. read more

6 ways to adopt hygge into your life this season

Joy and Simplicity | 6 ways to adopt hygge into your life this season

Is anyone else as excited for autumn as I am?  We’ve been experiencing a bit of a heat wave lately, but the nights and mornings have been cooling down beautifully.  With the crisp air and the shorter days, I can’t help but think ahead to the holidays. This is already such a sweet and special season, but I plan to relish in it even more with a little bit of hygge.

What is hygge?

Perhaps you’ve been living under a rock (or raising little ones — same thing) and haven’t heard the term. read more

las vegas | prayers in the aftermath

My heart is broken and I am sickened. Another horrific act of senseless violence.

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I’m shocked.

And yet, I’m not. Because this just keeps happening, doesn’t it? Our world seems to be growing more volatile by the day. read more

irreconcilable differences

It’s 7:55pm. I’ve just put the baby down for what I hope will be the night, while Grant tucks Lily in. I’m indulging in a cup of tea after a rather uninspiring week.

I open the cupboard and smile to myself at the label on the box of tea.

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My husband.

husband irreconcilable differences

A few months ago, we got Lily an activity book, boasting more than 100 stickers.  (Yay ~ more to pick up off the floor!)

Some of those stickers were labels, meant for older kids to apply to the corresponding image.

Well, since Lily was too young to read (or to really care about labeling at all), my husband found a better use for them. read more

15 ideas for simple play

Joy and Simplicity | 15 ideas for simple play

Kids don’t need a lot of toys. They are gifted with wondrous imaginations that only expand when their toy options are strategically limited.

I love watching my daughter pretend that her wooden blocks are tea cups, sandwiches, and cookies.  Or seeing her use scrap PVC pipe as a microphone. She doesn’t need to be told to imagine. She just does.

With that, I try to be somewhat minimalistic in the toys (etc.) we buy for our kids. I’ve made many purchases that I later regretted (and donated). Here’s my list of keepers. read more

my little pumpkin

I always smile when Starbucks brings out its pumpkin spice lattes.

I’m not particularly fond of the drink (don’t shoot!), but I love the season it represents.

While September is usually the hottest part of the year for us in San Diego, it brings a certain freshness to it. The promise of cozier times ahead, along with some of that crisp, cold air of fall and winter.

Yes, that “crisp, cold air” for me is a good 58 degrees.

For me, the PSL almost acts as a catalyst of anticipation: warm, comforting meals, picking apples from the local orchard, visiting the pumpkin patch, and of course, trick-or-treating. read more

this is me

My name is Christi. I live in San Diego, CA with my seriously wonderful husband, our two kids, one dog, and three chickens.

I love Jesus. I need Him. Every day. When I’m walking alongside Him, everything seems clear and makes sense (even the challenges). When I’m not, it feels like I’m navigating through fog.

I’m passionate about health and balance, both for myself and those around me. Part of what supports my own health and balance is having a home that is beautiful and orderly (at least to the best of my budget and abilities). read more