What are you listening to?

  Podcasts were a mystery to me, mostly because I  seriously caught the late train, but also because I believed that they were reserved for Kennedy conspiracy theorists and doomsday preppers. But after reading a couple of articles about new podcasts I thought I would finally see what was lurking being that podcast app on…

Well-being update: Savoring and Gratitude

This weeks' lessons were savoring and gratitude. Stopping to enjoy the little moments that you would normally let pass, and taking time to thank people in your life. Like everyone else we are on the go from Monday- Friday, so I thought hard about how I was going to incorporate this into my easymodern life.…

Mid-Century minutes: George Nelson and his Bubble Light

After graduating with a BF in architecture from Yale in 1931, George Nelson established himself as an expert in the mid-century aesthetic as editor for Architectural Forum. He sought to expand the clean lines of Bauhaus by incorporating splashes of color and a sense of playfulness. As a writer, he published Tomorrow's House: How to…

Frig. Friday: A food waste update… a little late

I am pleased to say  that the refrigerator is in much better shape than last Friday. Much more 'white space' and less waste. How much less 1 lbs.  less, I would say that is progress. This week I am focusing on making dishes that include only the ingredients currently in our refrigerator. Yes, I am…

Last night at the Kon Tiki…

  When I moved to the Bay Area, I was pleased to find there were quite a few Tiki restaurants. But of course! California's the birthplace of Tiki culture. With the opening of Ernest Raymond Beaumont-Gantt's Don Beachcomber restaurant in Hollywood, CA in 1933, Tiki culture was born from his tales of rum-running with his…

What’s for Dinner? Pesto Chicken.

This is my favorite dinner. Not only because it's tasty, but because it's so incredibly easy. With just seven ingredients, five minutes of active time, 30 minutes of cook time and one pan, it's my go-to when I need to get dinner on the table fast. And since the active time is only five minutes. I…

A minimalist tackles food waste

As a modern mom I'm deeply concerned about the world that we are leaving for our children. The easymodern family does its best to reduce, reuse, and recycle, but one area we rarely think about, and has become a hot topic, is food waste. And we're not alone.  Americans typically think nothing of the food we put…

Reconnecting and getting Stuff Done

This past weekend we wanted to relax, reconnect and get stuff done.  The kids are currently between sports so now is a good time get some nagging to-dos off the list, check on some  projects we have going and get in some family time. So while we didn't do anything, today I am feeling tired…

It’s not Rothko, but it’s still very good.

The kids were off school today, so we had a rare slow day. The easymodern kids like to stay home sometimes and reconnect with their toys and screens. 🙂 But after they've played with their toys, played outside and had their screen time for the day, things start to break down. What is an easymodern…

The Science of Well-being

Spurred by a desire to understand her own decline in happiness and those around her, Yale professor Laurie Santos,  wanted to research and  develop a scientific way to measure and improve well-being. As a result of her work, Santos developed a class where students can first establish a 'baseline happiness score' and then learn specific…