Posts by Marko:
I have mixed emotions about Valentine’s Day. On the one hand, I love doing a little something special for my husband and children on February 14th. On the other hand, I’m repulsed by the over-commercialization and pressure to overspend on a holiday that should have nothing to do with buying expensive jewelry.
My friend Robert from Untitled Minimalism absolutely nailed it in his post The Secret to Experience Gifts, Valentine’s Edition.
In his post, Robert explains the goal of all gift giving perfectly. As Robert suggests, we all want to present a gift that will create a memory for the recipient. I laughed out loud reading about Robert’s comparison to giving a teddy bear as a gift versus dressing up as a teddy bear and singing “Teddy Bear” by Elvis. Read more…
I’m not sure why we waited so long, but Kirk and I finally refinanced our mortgage to secure a lower interest rate. We have been trying to figure out how to pay off our mortgage sooner, but we didn’t want to lower our retirement contributions to get there. Refinancing our mortgage allowed us to reduce […]
Round and round and back again. It’s been a long time coming, but I finally feel that I’m in a place where I can choose work based on my interests rather than the income. I always dreamed of this place and thought it to be a distant fantasy rather than a reality for me. Simplifying […]
I love Christmas. I love the family gatherings, the cookies, the lights and most of all — I love the magic glimmer in children’s eyes as they anticipate the excitement of the holiday season. When I think back to my favorite Christmas memories from years past, a few things stick out. Like the years my […]
I have a dirty little secret. There is a room in our home that escaped the rampage of purging and downsizing undertaken over the past two years. It’s a room with sentimental clutter, outdated files and memories of a past I wasn’t ready to let go. The home office. We’ve decided to turn the space […]
In the city where I live, there are practically limitless opportunities for children to participate in enrichment activities. There are opportunities to partake in sports of every kind, music lessons, scouting, writing workshops, martial arts training, art classes, science classes, dance lessons, math enrichment and even manners training. Allowing our children to try all of […]
I’ve never been a fan of white clothes. Not only do they lose their brilliance after several washes in our hard water, but wearing a crisp white shirt always makes me uneasy. White is unforgiving. Unrelenting even. Like my clothes, I prefer a life enveloped in more forgiving shades of grey as well. It’s better […]
It’s been about two months since I quit my full-time job. During this time I’ve been trying to balance freelance projects with a newfound freedom. When I go though a big change to my daily routine, it typically takes me a few months to reorganize and focus my time. I tend to get overwhelmed when my […]
Ingrijirea corecta si regulata a copacilor asigura nu numai o crestere a randamentului, ci, prelungeste si viata copacilor, sustinand aspectul atractiv si sanatatea lor. Pentru acest lucru exista tratament pentru copaci care este atat de necesar pentru sanatatea gradinii. Mentinerea trunchiului de copac si a ramurilor scheletice principale intr-o stare sanatoasa, asigura longevitatea copacului. Copacii care […]
For some time now, I’ve felt a strong push (or pull?) to move. I dream about living in a condo where someone else would take care of yard work and there would be less rooms to clean. Or a sustainable home that generates its own energy and distributes grey water to the gardens. I’ve even […]