“Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible — the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family.” – Virginia Satir

What is Zen Family Habits?

In two words: Simple Happiness.

In a few more words: Zen Family Habits is a celebration of all things family. It’s about living simply and with presence of mind. It’s about cultivating healthy, meaningful, relationships with loved ones. It’s about just having fun and enjoying life’s simple pleasures.

Zen Family Habits provides practical articles on: home and organizing, education and learning, fitness and nutrition, family, and simplicity.

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Who are we?

LeoMy name is Leo Babauta, and I’m the co-creator and writer of Zen Family Habits, sister site to Zen Habits. I’m married with six kids(!), I live on Guam (but moving to S.F.), I’m a writer and a runner and a vegan. I like long walks on the beach (at least, the one time I tried it, except for the sandfleas) and read trashy novels (also some good ones). I also created mnmlist.com (on minimalism) and Write To Done (for writers and bloggers). I’m the author of a new best-selling book, “The Power of Less: The Fine Art of Limiting Yourself to the Essentials … in Work and in Life” and I’m (ostensibly) hard at work on my second book, Focus.

If you just can’t get enough of reading about me, take a gander at my story.



My name is Sherri Kruger, I am a wife and a mom, I love aerobics and yoga, and I thrive on order and simplicity, which is difficult most days with young kids. I also created Serene Journey (on enjoying life) and co-created Zen Family Habits with the lovely Leo.

Zen Family Habits is a place where we can all find inspiration and get different perspectives for improving and enjoying our families.

So what do I bring to the ZFH table?

  • I LOVE my family.
  • I love simple living. It’s a lot less stressful and just plain easier.
  • I enjoy learning new ways to make my family better, stronger, and closer. I enjoy sharing what I’ve learned with others so they can be inspired to create a closer and happier family themselves.
  • I know you get out what you put in, so I give my family all of me.

You can read more of my story here.


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  • via email: zenfamilyhabits[at]gmail[dot]com.

The Regular Contributors

MelMelanie Thomassian – Dietriffic

I’m passionate about many things in life, but my determination lies in helping others achieve their health goals, through sensible eating, exercise, and fostering a positive mindset.
I’m a wife, new mum, registered dietitian, writer, editor, and amateur cook. I love spending time with my family, having coffee with friends, walks in the country, and experimenting in the kitchen (my favourite splurge is white chocolate cheesecake).

My usual home is Dietriffic, where I regularly give healthy eating tips and weight loss advice. Come and join me, as we learn what it takes to live a healthy lifestyle together.

MandiMandi Ehman – Organizing Your Way

As the work-at-home mom of four little girls five years old and under, Mandi knows the value of organizing and streamlining her home and her to-do list firsthand. After graduating summa cum laude with a degree in business administration and marketing, Mandi used her organizational skills to manage a busy real estate office. As a newlywed, she set off on a cross-country adventure with her new husband and began her search for opportunities to work from home before they began a family.

These days, she works as a blog consultant, freelance writer and blogger while homeschooling her girls and spending time with her husband, who recently sold his business to become a stay-at-home dad. Although Mandi’s never been a professional organizer, she is passionate about helping others find their own organizational style — tailored to their individual needs, preferences and lifestyles — because she believes that’s the only way to make lasting changes. Organizing Your Way was born out of that passion and continues to be a platform for exploring the different ways various people organize, declutter and manage their time.

JulesJules Clancy – Stone Soup

Jules is a Sydney based food scientist, writer, photographer, runner and aspiring minimalist. In January this year, she packed in her day job as a chocolate biscuit designer for Australia’s largest biscuit company to become a full time blogger. She writes stonesoup | minimalist home cooking, a blog that helps people become better home cooks by using a minimalist approach to cooking. She focuses on super simple recipes with 5 ingredients or less that can be made in 10 minutes.

Previous contributors:

Suzannah – Write it Sideways

Baker – ManvsDebt

Corey – Simple Marriage