By now everyone reading this blog knows that I hate clutter. And if you follow me on Instagram, you may also know that I’m participating in a challenge to clear out clutter from my house this year! Does that mean I regard myself as a minimalist? Eh, probably not. However, I find the whole movement fascinating! Let’s talk about that, and how it relates to domestication!
Minimalism can mean different things to different people. There is no single set of rules that need to be followed to class you as a minimalist. Joshua Becker, founder and editor of the website ‘Becoming minimalist’ says “minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we value most and the removal of everything that distracts us from it.” This statement perfectly summarizes minimalism. Minimalism is about being intentional with the way you live your life and aligning your time with what means the most to you. Minimalism doesn’t have to be about getting rid of everything you own, but about making room for more of what matters, allowing you more time, more peace, more space and more freedom.
Minimalism itself is not a new concept; many religions encourage people to get rid of things that are considered to be a virtue. Figures such as Indian Civil Rights leader Mahatma Gandhi have preached about the powers of a simple life for years. With the rise of people broadcasting their ‘simpler’ lives on social media, it is almost becoming fashionable to have less. Whether travelling the world with just a single backpack or living in a small eco house, people are becoming more interested in simplifying material aspects of their lives.
Y’all. We are down.
I mean, we are knocked down GOOD. Last week was the week of the stomach virus. This week we are fighting some kind of fever with no other symptoms…yet. I mean, thank goodness it’s not the flu, but it has not been pretty around here, I’ll tell you that much.
Of course, as much as I can, I’ve been airing out the house and CLEANING. Cleaning like my life depends on it. And trying to stay as natural yet effective with my cleaning products as humanly possible.
Nowadays, people are more interested in using natural products than ever. Every aspect from our life is influenced by this trend, even house cleaning. However, the intention of using natural products for your house or apartment cleaning is not bad at all, because this method improves indoor air quality and is much safer, especially for children.
Did you know that January is National Slow Cooking Month? I’m a pretty big fan of the slow cooker, and I use mine often! So when the folks at Minerva Dairy sent me some of their yummy butter and asked me to use it in a slow cooker recipe, I decided that their butter really needed to be the star of the dish!
The dairy is America’s oldest family-owned dairy producing traditionally-made cheese and butter! For five generations, the family has used fresh farm milk, old-fashioned churns and wholesome ingredients to make their butter and cheese products. They also offer gift baskets and yummy meats and mustards!
With that said…on to the recipe!
I like cooking rice in my slow cooker. Have you ever tried it that way? I feel like, when I’m making a meal that utilizes rice as a side, I’m already using my stove and my microwave and my steamer for other things. Somehow it’s hard to get rice done in there, too, so I normally throw mine in the slow cooker. The result leaves me with two layers of rice: one that is almost the texture of risotto (which I love) and one that is a bit more firm (which my husband loves)! Both have an almost “sticky rice” consistency, but I can’t get those two combinations anywhere else but my slow cooker.
If you were to ask me what the hardest part of home decor is, for ME, I would tell you window treatments, hands down. I’m NEVER happy with mine. I’m always agitated with local selections, and I never can get things quite right when I order them, either. One of the few fights my husband and I have had that I can clearly remember was over window treatments. And we’ve been in our current home for 8 months now, and I STILL have windows that aren’t dressed.
So when Laura Costello suggested an article to me regarding choosing fabric for curtains…YES, please! I’ll take all the help I can get! And I LOVE her suggestions! Check them out…
When it comes to choosing fabric for your curtains, there are a few things you should consider. Fabric is an essential part of commercial drapery, dictating how well your curtains function and hold up over time. With so many fabrics, patterns and styles to choose from, it can take time to find the right curtains for your space. Follow these simple tips and tricks to select the right fabric for your new curtains.
Every Room is Different
Having the same kind of curtains in every room can leave a lot of creative potential unfulfilled. The type of curtain fabric you use in each room depends on the purpose of the room, and how much daily sunlight the room receives. Some rooms need light and airy curtains, while others might need a heavier fabric. For this reason, there is no ‘one-size fits all’ policy available for curtains, and it is important to carefully consider and design each curtain with appropriate fabric in mind.
Colour: Colour is the most obvious influence on curtain fabric choice. The safe way to select a curtain colour is to choose a colour that is one tone from either side of your wall colour. In this way, you will make the room and the curtains feel harmonious. If possible, always borrow a returnable sample of the fabric or, buy a yard of the fabric to see it in the light of your own home. The color can change dramatically depending on light levels in each room.
Welcome to the Home Matters Linky Party #168! Are YOU a football fan?! We sure hope so…because this week’s THEME is Super Bowl Party Ideas, and I’ve found some great ones for you! #SuperBowlPartyIdeas #HomeMattersParty
Super Bowl Party Ideas + HM #168
Here are five fantastic ideas for YOUR Super Bowl Party from around the blogosphere!