Simple Joys: (first impressions of Blok & Co.)

Coming home from traveling always seems to nurture a sense of let down and even more wanderlust for me. But I’m reminded, what about the every day adventures? This is a way of thinking I’ve been trying to embrace more and more in my recent days. Every situation can become an adventure when we make a point to try something new, be more present, and take part in simple joys. 

My simple joys are: 

– a slow and quiet morning

– enjoying a hot cup of good coffee

– going for a walk

– trying a new restaurant

– reading a book 

– wearing my favorite clothes (which is everyday thanks to a pared down wardrobe!)

So with this mindset in action Lucy and I stopped by Blok & Co, a new coffee shop, on our morning errands run yesterday. Not only was the coffee seriously good, the interior was gorgeous and so inspiring for my design soul. The style was earthy and minimal, which I’m always a fan of. Even Lucy had an enriching time, as two little girls at a nearby table came over to play.   One of the sweet girls pointed out that Lucy and I had “matching shoes” on- guilty! 

The simple joy of a good cup of coffee in a beautiful setting was the perfect reminder for me to enjoy the little everyday moments.  

Blok & Co

1800 N Locust Grove Rd

Meridian, Id 83646


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Lucy’s Fall Capsule Wardrobe

With kids, minimizing possessions seems impossible sometimes. (And maybe a little crazy!) But since paring down my closet to only things I love and wear often, I have found my morning routine (and laundry) go so much smoother. A more streamlined morning routine with a little one sounds like a dream, so I figured why not simplify Lucy’s clothing as well? Yes, it was hard- there are so many cute things for little girls to buy! But I’m hoping that having a limited number of things for Lucy will keep us from shopping and instead spend that time playing together. Also, by planning out her wardrobe, it gave me the ability to be more selective so more items go together seamlessly (this is important for when her daddy and Opa dress her, ha!) and I also was able to save money by shopping at the thrift store with the main goal of being sustainable (a win-win!)

For second hand items, I love because I can search for my favorite brands online at any time of day! Also, there’s always free shipping or other coupons available online.  If you shop through my referral link here, you will get 20% off and I will get a $20 shop credit! Thank you for supporting the blog! Also, I like to purchase through the Poshmark app (or website) because it supports other individuals- and if you’re buying kids clothes there, it usually is supporting other mommas!  Use code NXTPF for $5 off your first order at Poshmark.  Brick and mortar resale stores near our home that I like for Lucy are Kidz Again and Kids to Kids. Both are very clean and organized nicely! I also like to sell to these stores so I can essentially just trade her clothing for larger sizes.

** I am not giving you these discount codes in hopes that you will go buy many things to clutter your life- but I do want to help save you money if possible!  I also feel very strongly about buying second hand, so I’m happy to share these sites and stores with you.**

To plan Lucy’s wardrobe, I first picked a color palette of neutrals (cream, black, white) army green, and pops of pink (blush and bright pink). From there, I listed out types of clothing she needed: bottoms, tops, dresses, and jackets/coats/sweaters. More tops are necessary than bottoms, and I love Lucy in dresses so I focused my attention on those two areas. I’m so happy with all the great pieces I found (some were gifts, some things are on loan from friends, but most are thrifted).

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I have also been working on my Fall capsule wardrobe so stay tuned for that, but little girl clothing is way more fun to show off so Lucy’s was top priority!

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Decluttering Burst: Getting Rid of 100 Things in 1 Hour

I have been getting such joy out of minimizing our belongings on our journey to a more simplified life and home. But lately, I’ve hit a plateau- I’ve gone through my closet, my bathroom drawers, the winter gear, junk drawers, and our office area. But why do I still feel “heavy” like I have too much stuff weighing me down?
I came across a Decluttering Burst Challenge on Courtney Carver’s blog and thought it was just the right activity to get me motivated again! Boy, did it work. The challenge is to discard or donate 100 things in one hour. I have to admit, my hour may have been cut in half because a toddler will do that! But I still was able to get rid of at least 100 items.  I wonder how many things I could have purged in the whole hour?!

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