• Environmental

    Favorite Planet Friendly Items

    I realize that we are in the middle of talking about minimalizing your life and house and here I am talking about more things to buy. So I want to make it clear right up front that some of these items should be considered when you are replacing what you already have. No need to be wasteful and ditch stuff…that isn’t good for the environment! With that being said, the world is a wonderful place to live right now, full of beautiful AND useful products that are also ecological. This is by no means an exhaustive list, just things I use everyday and am very pleased with. Without further ado…..…

  • Food

    Feeding a Busy House

    Today starts our 4 weeks of minimizing and sorting stuff out extravaganza! Sounds more fun than drudgery and reinvention, right? Anyway, this first week we are tackling FOOD. Anything from your pantry to your fridge; how you store it, buy it, and what you do with it! Along with the blog posts, we are going to have smaller tips and ideas on Facebook and Instagram, so hopefully you will follow along there as well. With that in mind, let’s dive right in. It is no secret that managing life is crazy for almost all of us. For me, it is juggling the kids and Mr. Peach’s job with this blog…

  • Organizing

    Streamlining This January

    A new year is the chance to start something fresh, try something you have never tried before and to rid yourself of the crap that has been dragging you down. We thought it was a great time to do a little minimalizing in aspects of our lives as well, and to that end, maybe you were looking to do it with us! We have devised a little 4 week system, starting January 7th, to streamline your life in 4 different areas: Food, Life, Stuff and Environmental Impact (still trying to think of a way to make that into one word). On our Instagram account we will be posting daily what…

  • Sisters

    Our Goals for 2019

    The Peach House: I usually do New Year’s Resolutions as goals, and do as many as the year is (so 19 for this coming year, not 2,019. And I have been doing this about 6 or 7 years, so I totally missed crushing the early 2000s). So, while personally I am still making 19 goals, for the purposes of the blog I am only listing half here! Complete the courtyard in our front yard. The Peach House was sorely lacking in curb appeal when we bought it, and every year we try to do something to make it better. in 2017 we painted the exterior of the house, 2018 saw…

  • Homesteading

    18 Great Things I Did, Bought or Discovered this Year

    We have a little 2018 flashback for you all today, in the form of things we did or bought that we loved this year!  For the first time ever, we are also doing a joint post!!  So without further ado… From The Peach House: Happy Not Perfect App – I downloaded this about 6 weeks ago and really love it.  It helps me to start my day with positivism and calmness and usually helps to stop a bad day in its tracks (not always but it has helped me).  It contains a few exercises, such as moderating your breathing, journal your grievances, and listing things you are grateful for.  Every…

  • Homesteading

    Why My Present Self is Thanking My Past Self

    This time of year, hey?  Running ourselves ragged, trying to get everything done (she says as her Christmas cards are not quite ready for the post office…) and always feeling behind the eight ball.  I get it and I am there with you!  But I want to tell you how a couple of things I did in the fall is helping me out SO MUCH right now. All of those tomatoes I froze.  I chose to forgo canning this year because our fall was nuts, and pulling out all of the canning gear was more than I could handle.  Instead, I cooked up tomatoes when I had a bunch (and…

  • Entertaining

    Holiday Hosting Help

    Let’s all take a moment and appreciate that clever title, ok? So, you’re having a Christmas party, huh?  GREAT IDEA!!  What is better than gathering people you like to hang out with and having some fun together?  All you need is a little planning and trust me, it will be great. For the holidays, we like to send our invites early, like right after Halloween (we used Facebook this year, since everyone we wanted to invite was on it!  EASY!).  Even if you don’t know all of the particulars, send out the date so that people don’t make other plans.  Details like time and even a theme or pot luck specifics…

  • Food

    Cookie Game Plan

    I grew up in a house with a Mom who took her Christmas cookie baking seriously. She made several different kinds and always had an assortment out from thanksgiving to New Years. As a mom with kids who take cookie eating seriously, I try to replicate this in my own house. Each year, I ask the members of the peach house what they would like to eat. I peruse Pinterest for fun or new recipes that I think we all would like, and I like to add in a couple things my mom made as well. I feel it is important to note: we host a Christmas party every year,…

  • Holidays

    What I Am Looking at This Black Friday

    Admittedly, I am bonkers for shopping.  Honestly, Christmas is partly so wonderful because shopping is practically a requirement!!  So, clearly, this is my Superbowl World Series NBA Finals, with Black Friday being the first playoff game.  But instead of listing every Black Friday deal I can find, or rounding up a million things I think you could be interested in, I am going to let you inside my madness and take a peek at what I am buying (or really want to buy but my husband reads this and so I guess I can’t buy it all). Tech Things – this is always a big list in our house, partly…

  • Holidays

    Rethinking Hostess Gifts

    Gift guides are starting to pop up all over the internet right now and I LOVE looking at gift guides.  I love finding new things or just the right gift to give someone.  I guess you can tell that gifts are one of my love languages. As I look at hostess gift guides that have been making their way around my social media feed, I can’t help wondering what people are thinking when they make these lists?  Maybe it is because I live in the good ol’ practical Midwest, but I can’t imagine gifting someone a $40 platter as a hostess gift.  What are you trying to say with that? …