Parenthood November 28, 2021

The First Snowfall

Late Friday afternoon, B got to witness snow fall for the first time as a toddler and let me tell you, his arms were swinging with excitement. He kept signing for rain and saying “tick tick tick tick” like he does for raindrops on the back deck. I layered him up in his woollies and snow suit and we took a walk to see if…

Uncategorized November 17, 2021

Wrapping Up Week Two of my Digital Reset

I had a conversation with Taylor quickly in passing Monday morning as we were getting ready for our day, in between brushing B’s teeth and feeding the birds. And I quote, “being off social media has been life changing.” A comment made by someone who was reluctant to read Digital Minimalism and told me he didn’t have to take a break because he didn’t have…

Uncategorized November 9, 2021

Week One of my Digital Reset

As I mentioned in a previous post, I’m currently challenging myself to a digital reset for the month of November, inspired by the book Digital Minimalism. I’d like to share my experience and thoughts each week in hopes of inspiring others to pick up the book and ditch the constant bombardment of STUFF. Before I dive in, I’d like to share a starting statistic or…

Reading November 8, 2021

Reading: Digital Minimalism

Finished this book in about a week’s time and with no surprise, was super motivated by the content to participate in a digital reset. Do I think some information was redundant? Yes. Was the content always the most inspiring? No, but everyone’s relationship with technology is different. I’m glad I stuck it out until the end because it did inspire me to share specific suggestions…

Uncategorized October 27, 2021

Challenging Myself to Complete a Digital Reset

Admittedly I’m only 116/254 pages into Digital Minimalism and hooked. So much so that I’ve decided to do a digital reset for the entire month of November. One may assume that a digital reset is a time in which you get to escape from your phone, kind of like a vacation to a remote place in Mexico (I’ve done that, multiple times, it’s lovely, highly…

Parenthood October 25, 2021

Keeping Christmas Simple

Probably not the topic you were expecting a week before Halloween, but I’ve got the holidays on my mind and in all honesty, I’m done shopping for B. (!) As I’ve gotten older and (ahem) responsible for keeping a house somewhat decent, I’ve shifted my thoughts significantly around gift giving, shopping in general really. It’s not about what’s under the tree but who’s around it…

Reading October 22, 2021

Books B Loves: @ 15 months

Goodnight Moon – I’ve read this book to B since the week he was born, and just this last week he’s been pulling it out of the bedtime basket of books for me to read… and listening to the book in its entirety! In the middle of the night or early morning if he wakes I’ll remind him “goodnight Sun, it’s time to sleep or…

Reading October 4, 2021

Reading: Hunt, Gather, Parent

THIS BOOK. I hadn’t read the inside cover or any reviews but put it on my ‘to read’ list at the recommendation of a couple of moms in my life (aka IG moms in my life). The gist: Hunt, Gather, Parent is about a mom sets out to study Maya families in Mexico, Inuit families above the Arctic Circle, and Hadzabe families in Tanzania… with…

Reading September 20, 2021

Books B Loves: @ 14 months

I’m starting this new mini series partially because I love seeing what other people (and their kids) are reading, partially because I don’t ever want to forget these tiny details. Not that I’d forget how many times I’ve already read Llama Llama at bedtime, but I may forget that little “ohhhhh” and the headshake he does when I make the sound effects for Mama Llama…

Budgeting August 22, 2021

Saving Money on Cell Phone Service

If you’re just joining me: Hi, my name is Jona and I’m a budget believer. We have a written budget every single month and we (for the most part) stick to it. We don’t spend the month away and then tally up how much we’ve (over)spent for each category. Now that we’re down to one full-time income, we’re looking for more ways to reduce our…