To read my story about choosing to live “sensible,” check out this post.
Hi there! Welcome to NellieBellie.
I’m Janel. I’m a blogger, speaker, entrepreneur, product creator, mom to two beautiful teenagers, wife to my wonderful husband of nineteen years, oldest sibling of 10 (!), an author, and most importantly, an imperfect human on a journey to live a life of love, fulfillment, and joy. This blog is where we share that journey.
And boy, It’s been a wild ride. This little blog has been featured in Better Homes & Garden, Country Living, Good Housekeeping, and many other places.
It started out as a craft and DIY blog named “Hating Martha,” as a sarcastic nod to the Queen of Homemaking. I needed to remind myself and my friends/family understand that you could create even if the final creation wasn’t magazine-perfect. I want to empower others to create for the sake of creating, not the final result.
Since then, life’s circumstances led us to choosing to live in a tiny house. As it turns out, we LOVE IT. Some may call it simple living, minimal living, or some other label … but to me, it’s just sensible living. It’s about creating a life that makes you happy. I want you to live a full and joyful life without being bound by “stuff”
I hope you’ll pull up a chair and stay awhile. You’re always welcome at my table.
And if you leave with a recipe to make for your loved ones, an idea to play with, or a bit of encouragement — I’ve done my job.
I love Minnesota. I share quite a few MN recipes, jokes, and information. My family has some pretty cool history here, too. All ten of us children were born in St. Paul and spent the majority of our childhood here. My great grandparents commissioned the first statue of Paul Bunyan and Blue, his ox, found in Brainerd, MN under the historic water tower. My cousin owns and operates Twin Town Pedicabs in Minneapolis. And my family is connected to the former Mayor of St. Paul, McCarty, (as in…closely.) Lots of history, lots of connections.
Where to next?
START HERE with my most popular posts. If you’ve got lots of time, start by reading our journey to a minimal lifestyle, and then check out my recipes (food…the connector of all people) or my capsule wardrobe series. That will pretty much bring you up to speed with where I’ve been, how I play, and even how I look.
I’m so pleased that you are here!
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