TV-Free January — Day 1

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I did it! I made it to midnight yesterday — happy 2018! 🍾🎉 After sleeping in a bit and drinking some tea, today has been about making a pile ‘o muffins and celebrating the first day of a TV-free January by reading on the couch.

These gingerbread muffins are my favorite and I make them all year! The website that I found the original recipe from doesn’t exist anymore, but this recipe is very similar. Soooo good!!!

I love to cook and bake in our small kitchen, but quickly found that the only way to make the tight space work was to reduce the amount of things in it. The funny thing is that we don’t seem to mind the absence of a few items (like a toaster) and just get a little creative when we need a tool that don’t have. For muffins, we only have one 12-cup muffin pan and don’t own liners or a cupcake storage tote to save space. For transporting, other items like a 9×13 baking dish or a serving plate work perfectly!

Would love to hear how you’re jump-starting your 2018 goals this month! Feel free to drop a comment below.

Also, follow me on Instagram (@lightandminimal) for more TV-free January updates!

Simply, Becky

19 thoughts on “TV-Free January — Day 1

  1. Currently halfway through my own Day 1 of Cable Free January! I think I’m obsessing over the lack of TV instead of embracing all the other things I could be doing today… your post inspires me to make a fantastic lunch though!

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    1. Aww thanks!! I’m hoping that maybe it will extend through the February as well… but we’ll see. 😉 It’s still a fairly lose challenge so my husband can watch it occasionally while I’m around, but for me, not having the option to binge-watch shows is going to be so helpful for my mental space. Cheers!

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  2. Your pictures look great and the muffins must have been tasty! Wish you a Happy New Year and am excited about your experiences without TV during the next weeks! I did this challenge in November and December as well. It turned to be an enrichment and I even rediscovered the joy of reading books. 🙂

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    1. Oh my goodness, thank you so much for sharing! It’s always so helpful to hear from someone who has already tried something out, especially on day 1 when I may have already felt the gravitational pull to the TV remote this afternoon when boredom struck. I decided to try making some bagels instead! Thanks for your comment!

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      1. Yes, at the beginning it is the hardest as you have to find alternative activities. But the best about that is: It’s getting easier each day and enables you to do what you always wanted but didn’t have the time for 🙂

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  3. I have been TV-free since spring 2015 and I will never go back! It is a freedom I wish more people could see. I was never a big user of the TV, but it’s still feel like I’m way more free. I would rather read a book or watch a YouTube video once in a while, if I need the entertainment.

    I wish you a happy New year. Your blog is very inspiring 🙂

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  4. Happy New Year!
    I am happy that I am living without TV for the last 2 years since I don’t have a permanent address so i don’t need TV 😊 you can do it!many activities to do…
    The cupcakes looks yum! I wanna bake soon..:)

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  5. I don’t have specific goals for this month but I would like to add that I love sitting in silence with the TV off, perhaps reading, blogging, or just scrolling on the internet or phone. I find it so relaxing and such a great time to think. I can literally sit without the tv for hours. I also don’t like the TV on when I sleep. Of course there are times when I fall asleep watching a show but then there are times when I’m just ready to go to bed and I will turn the TV off. It has never bothered me. My fiancé says I’m weird. He’s such a TV person. If it was up to him he would have the TV on 24/7. Enjoy this new venture that you are on. Good Luck. Oh, I and don’t own a toaster either. One because of space and two, I just didn’t want one. The oven works just fine. **You can always put a little water in the empty muffin tin cups when baking to avoid burning**

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    1. I hear ya — the silence has been so restorative this week! Thanks for sharing! I actually just saw a little blurb in Bon Apatite magazine about ways to toast bread without a toaster, we’re not alone! 😉 Great tip about putting water in the empty muffin cups, thanks!

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  6. Really enjoying your blog! We haven’t gone the TV free route – but have decided to be a lot more INTENTIONAL about what we are watching and how often the TV is on – especially for the kids. I don’t do resolutions – but have decided to start adding positive habits into my life every 31 Days – simple things but really helpful to start the year on a good note.

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