Weekend Links

The drive near Cafayate, in Northwest Argentina. Stunning.

Links I loved this week:

Perfect is a Poison @ Jon Acuff

On Fear and Speaking to 3600 Women @ Shaun Groves

Responding to the homeschooling critics @ Simple Homeschool

The Problem With Being Supermom and How to Fix It @ Inspired to Action (probably my favorite post of the bunch, this one really hit me where I’m at this week)

More Grace: On Not Being Mean, Hateful or Horrible @ Jen Hatmaker (yes, yes, yes. I need so much more grace.)

5 Simple Ways to Make the Most of Your Income @ Stacy Makes Cents

3 Real Food Changes That You Thought Were Hard (But Are Really Simple) @ Modern Alternative Mama (these really are 3 excellent but simple steps- if you’re still transitioning to real food, these are things that you could absolutely start doing!)

5 Tips to Help You Rise Early @ A Delightful Home (Preach it, sister! Just maybe not to me. Did I just write that out loud? Gosh, getting up in the mornings is HARD when you’re living in a culture where they always stay up crazy late.)

Climbing up the “Devil’s Throat” canyon with my darling boy, Kepler.

This week…

What I’ve been making: Empanadas! I learned how to make them savory, with both chicken and beef. But then… my husband tried using the empanada wrappers to make something sweet. He added diced apples, cinnamon, butter and a bit of raw sugar. These things are crazy good. I can eat three six in one sitting. Seriously.

What I’m wearing: The same things. Over and over. It’s strange, having a wardrobe that consists of 3 bottoms (2 capris and 1 skirt), a dress, and about 7 tops, and 2 pairs of shoes. In many ways, it’s oddly freeing to remove all of the decision making and simply say “Oh, this is the pair of capris that are clean? Let me put them on. Hmm, it’s hot out. Should I wear my white tank top or my gray and blue one? White it is.”

What I’m enjoying: This weekend is a mix of sadness at leaving the city of Salta, Argentina, where we’ve been living this past month, and thrill at moving on to our next destination (way down south, to the very bottom of South America!). One of the hard parts of travel is that just as you learn to love a place, it’s time to go.

So, I’m not a total minimalist when it comes to clothes (although this trip is making me one), but are there any of you out there? Does having such a small wardrobe sound good or bad to you?

About Stephanie Langford

Stephanie Langford has a passion for sharing ideas and information for homemakers who want to make healthy changes in their homes, and carefully steward all that they've been given. She has written three books geared to helping families live more naturally and eat real, whole foods, without being overwhelmed, without going broke and with simple meal planning. She is the creator of Keeper of the Home.

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  1. I love having such a small wardrobe. It makes picking clothes to wear a lot easier and allows me to be less concerned about what I’m wearing and more focused on what’s inside of me. Also, you might want to check out this post I wrote awhile ago: http://tinyhousetalk.com/how-to-declutter-your-wardrobe/

  2. Hey Steph,
    I hope you’re going to share your empanada recipe. :)

  3. We’re now in a continuos downsizing plan. Although nowhere near where we would like to be, at least my impulse for buying has been changed, thanks to God. I am now trying to keep skimming through the clothes and ask whether it is something that I wear or not. If not, to the always present charity box at home. Still a lot to go through!

  4. You picked some great weekend links! I really enjoyed clicking through all of them, especially More Grace.

  5. I just recently took our clothing down even more. My first child had a dresser all to his own just for clothes when he was born. Now that same dresser holds his clothes, the babies clothes and the babies cloth diapers! Definitely redefining our necessities around here.

  6. Our family is having a blast following your travels (I’m living vicariously through y’all)!
    If you have a chance and could share your Empanada recipe, we’d love to try them!

  7. Yum–empanadas are wonderful! Hubby’s family is from Cuba, and we enjoy many latino recipes. :) Homemade empanadas are amazing with fruits, especially tropicals.

    For modest clothing, Laura, you may want to try to make your own. Finding decent ones off the rack can prove to be an near impossible mission. There are many great patterns available that are easy to tweak to make something feminine and modest. :)

  8. jeanne rhodes says:
  9. Right now, because I have been ever-slowly changing my definition of “modest”, I only own about 10 tops (half summer, half winter) and 2 summer skirts and 2 winter skirts. That’s it. It does make dressing very easy because I just try to alternate what I’m wearing (not wearing the same thing two-times in a row). And the only thing that I “long for” is a more feminine looking top, but I have yet to find anything more girly/frilly that fits my modesty definition and is within my price-range. But I don’t ever wish I had more clothes — and this is coming from someone who used to have to use 2 closets and a dresser (which were all stuffed) in order to fit all my clothes!