Simply Living Blog Carnival February 2013 Call for Submissions: New Beginnings

Welcome to the Simply Living Blog Carnival cohosted by Mandy at Living Peacefully with Children, Laura at Authentic Parenting, Jennifer at True Confessions of a Real Mommy, and Joella at Fine and Fair. We hope that you will join us on the third Tuesday of each month as we share posts about simple living in our lives. Submission deadline will be the second Tuesday of each month.

It’s been a month since the New Year began, and for most that means that any new resolutions have gone by the wayside. Have you started something new in order to bring about a more simple lifestyle? What prompted you to look at simple living? Share one of your New Beginnings with us.

To submit an article to the blog carnival, please e-mail your submission to mandy{at}livingpeacefullywithchildren{dot}com anddelilahfineandfair{at}gmail{dot}com, and fill out the webform by February 12. Please write a new, unpublished piece for the carnival. We will e-mail you with instructions before the carnival date. We ask that you publish your post on February 19.

We want you to use creativity and to express yourself as you see fit. To that end, you are welcome to post at your discretion with a few guidelines in mind. Please be respectful in your posts. Avoid excessive profanity and poor grammar or spelling. As the co-hosts of the carnival are all advocates of peaceful living and gentle parenting, we ask that you not post about non-gentle practices or violence toward others. While we will not be editing your articles, we do reserve the right to not add your post to the carnival if it is not on topic, is poorly written, or goes against the guidelines which have been set forth.

Blog carnivals are a great way to generate blog traffic and build a supportive community. Your blog will receive links from many other blogs and you and your readers will have the opportunity to discover other blogs with similar goals in mind. Please join us as we embrace Simply Living through Simple Living! We hope you will consider joining us every month as we discuss ways we simplify our lives.

2012: A New Year!

Happy New Year, everyone! As I contemplated this day, I thought hard about to mark it for our family. Typical resolutions always seem to fall by the wayside. After reading about various bucket lists, I thought it might be a good idea to make a 2012 bucket list. It took some explaining over lunch one day, so everyone undertsood I was not asking my quarterly question of what the kids wanted to do so that we could make certain to fit activities into our budget and schedule.

Once everyone was on the same page, we were stumped. This wasn’t from a lack of desire to try new things but from a place of uncertainty. We plan to move this year, finding a new job for my husband and relocating to a bigger house in a different part of the country. We seemed to be stuck on that point, as everything we wanted to do hinged around that very important aspect.

So….we are in preparation: working on resumes, decluttering and streamlining, and researching areas of the country, homesteading, and healthy living in general. We plan to enjoy the time we have left here and prepare for our move. It’s rather exciting in and of itself.

Happy Boxing Day!

Photo by Rob Howells

Boxing Day isn’t celebrated much in the States. It started out long ago as the day when wealthy land owners would give supplies to their workers for the following year. Hundreds of years later, the day has turned into a day to think of others – those who are less fortunate or who are in a lower position. Whatever one’s take on it, it’s a great day to give to others and declutter some things that you don’t need.

We plan to look around our house today for items we no longer need. Boxing Day is the perfect holiday for an obessessive declutterer (ahem!). It’s also a way to start the coming new year off right, with fewer things to take care of. I also plan to set up an official donation station in our garage in order to keep the donations going out in a timely manner all year long.


As we gather nearer to the Winter Solstice, the darkness presses in closer, leaving us with an ever decreasing amount of daylight as we go about our lives. This period of darkness is when our family celebrates Halcyon.

The word halcyon is used to depict a time of peace and quiet reflection, stemming from the mythical halcyon bird which was thought to bring calming winds to turbulent seas. It was used to describe times of peace between warring peoples.

Photo by Lel4nd

Beginning on Thanksgiving and culminating with the Winter Solstice, our family embraces and celebrates Halcyon. We light a Halcyon candle each night to remind us that the light will once again return, just as it always has. The flame serves to focus our reflection of where we are in our lives and where we want to be, of how we want to improve upon our selves, and how we resolve to live our lives more peacefully and fully. We use this time of quiet darkness to focus ourselves and prepare for the things to come in the new year, after the return of the light.