The Happiness of Pursuit

By |December 29th, 2014|

Ask me what I’m thinking about in November of each year and I’ll reply “goals.” Ever since I first took Aby’s Achieve Your  Goals and Create a Life You Love class I usually start making lists […]

The Pros + Cons of Decanting

By |December 23rd, 2014|

Do you decant?

Picture an organized kitchen. Does the image in your mind include a pantry full of matching, neatly labeled containers? For a lot of people, the answer is yes. In fact, shelter magazines and Pinterest […]

5 Simple Ideas for Last-Minute Holiday Shopping

By |December 19th, 2014|

I’m finding it hard to believe, but this weekend is the last weekend before Christmas! If you still have shopping left to do, don’t panic. Instead give these ideas a try to streamline your last-minute gift […]

How to Make Hot Chocolate in a Jar

By |December 17th, 2014|

If you’re running short on time or ideas for holiday gifts, hot chocolate in a jar is a simple, semi-homemade gift idea sure to please many on your holiday list. This is an idea I have […]

Flip Your Stack of Paper

By |December 10th, 2014|

During the course of preparing for the holidays (decorating, tidying up for guests or holiday parties, etc.) chances are that you’ll encounter a stack of paper that needs to be sorted through and dealt with. You […]

Five Quick Decluttering Projects to Clear Up Space in Your Kitchen

By |December 4th, 2014|

Does your kitchen have what my friend calls a “scary cabinet,” stuffed with perilously stacked items? Or a drawer crammed so full that it’s hard to open—or to find anything inside?

It’s easy to accumulate kitchen items, […]

7 Ways to Have a Happier Holiday

By |December 2nd, 2014|

If you find yourself in the midst of this holiday season wishing to trade in all the hustle and bustle for a bit more happiness, you’re not alone!  Here’s a collection of some of my top holiday planning tips to help you create a merrier season.  […]


By |November 26th, 2014|

And just like that, our new site is launched. Welcome…to the new simplify 101!

Jay and I hope you love the new site. And we hope you find it easier than ever to find your way around […]

Change is in the Air

By |November 21st, 2014|

Around here change is most definitely in the air. Just look at these two photos I took in my yard, just one week apart.

The first was taken on November 7th. It was a sunny, not-too-cool beautiful […]

Holiday Planning Tip: Is it time to change your traditions?

By |November 19th, 2014|

I’m sure you’d agree that traditions are part of what make the season so meaningful and memorable. Activities like cutting down a fresh tree, going to the Christmas Eve candlelight service, visiting Santa, and decorating your […]