Make It Do

Following a “use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without” philosophy not only protects our planet’s natural resources, but it provides a pause in the consumption cycle allowing for contentment with what we have. In this series I share personal stories of making do.Seeking Perfection by Making Do | the beauty in simple

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Travel Companions

Miniature Handmade Bear | the beauty in simpleOur suitcases are packed for one last trip before summer comes to an end. A cross-country flight requires a new bag of tricks to keep my two-year-old entertained. Rather than relying on Target or the dollar store for cheap trinkets or emptying my wallet for nicer toys, I made a few treasures using materials I had on hand. My hope is these little travel companions will bring him delight.

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Lavender Lemongrass Lotion

Lavender Lemongrass Lotion | the beauty in simpleYou may have gathered that I like things simple, but that doesn’t always translate to easy. Take for example my homemade lavender lemongrass lotion. It isn’t hard to make, but it’s not as easy as buying lotion off the store shelf. However, there’s satisfaction in making my own products, there’s relief in knowing each ingredient, and in this case there’s an absolute love for the product. This lotion is creamy, super moisturizing, fast absorbing, and smells heavenly.

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I Dare You

Fairdare | the beauty in simpleWe all get dressed everyday. We dress for style, we dress for function, we dress for the weather, we dress for the occasion, but not often enough do we dress for the people or the planet. My friend and favorite blogger, Jane, is daring us to change that. She’s started a powerful and important new website called “fairdare” whose intent is to dare us to dress fair. Here are her words…

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Purse Dump

Keeping a Minimal Purse | the beauty in simpleThere was a bag check at the concert I attended last week. When the guy looked into my purse he said, “Wow, that’s the easiest bag I’ve ever checked,” and ushered me through. I looked at my husband with a grin and said, “The beauty in simple.” It gave me the idea to dump my purse contents out for you all to see. There’s absolutely nothing interesting about what I hold in my purse. What might be interesting (to some) is what I don’t carry.

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