A minimalist gift for the maxed out.

October 30th, 2013

Maximum joy, minimalist holidays (book giveaway)


October, I love you. But I’m so ready for you to leave now. Between the State Fair, Homecoming, Cub Scout Camping, ALL THE HALLOWEEN THINGS, and a little thing called regular life, you’re a 31-day endurance test.

In this eleventh hour, I am like a crazed mountaineer within sight of the summit, exhausted, half-delirious, ditching whatever I’ve still got on my back. Black paper rosettes on the wall, for which I bought the supplies three weeks ago? Don’t need ‘em. Homemade scarecrow in the pansy bed? Screw that. Didn’t get all the pumpkins carved? Whatever.

Friends, do yourselves and your families a favor, and declare Pinterest off limits for the next 32 hours. It’s too late to install the haunted koi pond this year.

Then do yourselves another favor, and buy a copy of Minimalist Parenting, written by my dear friends and Mom 2.0 roomies Christine Koh and Asha Dornfest. Buy it for yourself or for a friend because more holidays are coming, and we can’t resist Pinterest forever. We need reminders like this:

“Imperfect is okay. In fact, it’s more than okay. It’s what makes holiday moments real and fun and memorable. Garnish everything with parsley and call it done.”


Consider it inoculation against the Crazy. Minimalist holidays are about maximizing joy, minimizing stress.

Also consider it a good deed, because if you buy it using this link before the end of October 31, 100% of royalties will be donated to WOMEN AT RISK, an Ethiopian organization that helps women lift themselves out of prostitution. Kind of puts our tragic lack of handmade sidewalk luminaries in perspective, doesn’t it?

Asha and Christine have kindly sent me a copy of their book to give away. To enter, leave a comment telling me about your most insane holiday D-I-Y attempt. Some of you might remember one of mine, a few years back.

Good luck, and Happy Halloween!

Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me more Planting Dandelions Halloween posts

6 Responses to “A minimalist gift for the maxed out.”

  1. lomagirl says:

    Being first is kind of tricky in a giveaway…
    I don’t go all out on holidays so much as on birthdays, and I often have to talk myself down halfway to the day.
    This year (last weekend, actually!) I had to have a lot of forgiveness for my husband who didn’t do what he was supposed to do to have handmade wooden cars in each goody bag. Instead, I went with matchbox cars. The kids were probably just as happy.
    (Did have handmade banner, handmade t-shirt applique, though said t-shirt is barely tolerated, and homemade and decorated car cake.)

  2. Robin says:

    The crazy fondant birthday cakes get me in trouble three times a year!

  3. My Kids Mom says:

    I go crazy at Christmas; Halloween I can keep simple and manageable. In fact, the homemade gingerbread house that takes three days (dough-fridge, roll-bake, assemble-decorate) we’ve now started doing right after Halloween, using candy the boys collected (and more that is on sale). But that same gingerbread house at Christmas? On all that is holy I will never attempt that again! And I can barely think about the science birthday party I threw without breaking into the hives I got that day….

  4. ashley says:

    I can’t even remember all my DIY failures and meltdowns. Several cakes, crafts, and class parties later I just gave up. I guess I already am a minimalist but you know….I always love a good book.

  5. Meg says:

    When my oldest turned one I tackled my first (and last) fondant cake. It took me so long that I had to enlist the help of my mom, sister and husband. We worked late into the night sculpting the ridiculous number of flowers I insisted on. During the party, a family friend mistook the box the cake was in for trash and threw it in the dumpster! When my husband told me I burst into tears . . . those tears quickly evolved into laughter, however, as I realized how absurd all that work was for a one year old pool party. Believe it or not we dug that cake out of the trash (it was wrapped really well!) but promptly put it back in – it tasted terrible.

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