Hi friends! Since I haven’t been out and about on the local scene as much, I figured I’d write about different things that have been on the top of my mind lately. One of the things we’ve been discussing lately, has been modern day conveniences that our family has been living without.

Like I said in my most recent post, things have been changing a lot for myself and my family. We have been living without a common household appliance for the last year and it comes up quite regularly so here I am blogging about it.

For the past year, we have not had a…..wait for it…..

Our kitchen when we purchased our home 2 years ago.


This was not intentional at first. Let me explain.

We have been “in the process” of redoing our kitchen for well over a year now. The first thing we did was remove the million cabinets in our kitchen that our home came with. The microwave was mounted above the stove, underneath a cabinet set.

Since we didn’t have the cabinet to support the microwave, it had to come down. We couldn’t place it on the counter because it was huge and the bottom of it wasn’t flat. Anyway we sold it, figuring we would get a counter top one soon after that.

Bye bye microwave.

It was a bit of an adjustment at first but we quickly learned to live without it. Dare I say it? We almost enjoy not having one.

It doesn’t take much longer to heat something up on the stove top or in a counter top toaster oven. Plus, food comes out way better when it’s cooked properly!

Now that we’re in the process of figuring out what we want to do to finish our kitchen, I found it funny that neither me or my husband has even mentioned getting a microwave.

Another thing we recently cut out of our lives…. PAPER TOWELS. It’s safe to say our families think we’re crazy.

The paper towels thing was an easy decision because we were taking out so much more trash because of the amount we were using. It’s also an extra expense we’ve managed to cut out. This has been a slight adjustment as well, but an easy one. We have a big pile of reusable cleaning rags that we use in lieu of paper.

We’ve made a noticeable reduction in the amount of trash we’ve had to take out, and it’s so nice to not have to worry about picking more up at the store. It seemed like we were always doing that. It’s nice to know that we’re doing a small part in reducing how much trash we contribute as a family.

Now that we have the means, we are really preparing to finish our kitchen. I found it interesting to revisit my post on kitchen inspo and my kitchen board on pinterest and found that my taste for an updated kitchen hasn’t really changed. Now I just have to convince my husband to let me get this tile for our kitchen from The Cement Tile Shop in Old Town. It’s a wee bit pricey….

The dreamiest starburst tile from The Cement Tile Shop!

Anyway, our next efforts in reducing trash includes straws and I’m looking into cloth diapers for baby boy.

Do you live without a modern day convenience? I would love to hear your experiences!

Sending sunshine,


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