the lively show: embracing minimalism with dana shultz (the minimalist baker)


The Lively Show episodes are officially in the double digits now!

Thank you, thank you, thank you for your support for the show.

In today’s episode I’m talking to Dana Shultz of Minimalist Baker.

Dana is a talented food blogger who crafts gorgeous, easy to make recipes that often have a vegan, dairy-free, or gluten-free slant.

She and her husband, John, also happen to be passionate minimalists as well.

In the show, Dana explains what minimalism means and shares how she and John have implemented several big and small changes that have created more time, space, and freedom in their lives.

In addition, Dana also dishes on her blogging schedule and time management strategy that allows her to travel for 3+ weeks at a time.

If you are looking to simplify your life, or blog more efficiently, this show is for you!


* Sara, thanks for suggesting Dana for the show! 




  • How Dana and John became interested in minimalism and the choices they’ve made as a result.
  • How Dana’s very first post on became a huge hit.
  • Dana’s minimalism suggestions and tips.
  • The biggest mindset shift that has occurred as a result of minimalism for Dana and John.
  • The area of life that Dana is currently focusing her minimalist philosophy on right now.
  • Dana’s approach to time management and blogging topics.
  • How Dana runs her site and maintains reader engagement while traveling 3+ weeks.
  • What Dana would tell someone just starting out on this journey.




Minimalist Baker about page

Minimalism FAQ

Sara @ Cake Over Steak (allows you to schedule Pinterest pins)







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  1. Thank you so much for this, Jess! I loved hearing more about Dana’s background and her experience with minimalism. That is super inspiring, and something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. When you have an intense hobby, like blogging – which for me is in addition to a full-time job, you have to start to pare down what you want to spend your time on, so this was very thought-provoking for me. And thanks for linking to my site! 🙂

    1. I’m glad you liked the episode Sara, thank you for helping it happen! : )

      I’m happy to hear that her thoughts helped you become clearer about your own choices.

  2. Michelle S.

    Great show! I found this episode and the Danielle Moss one particularly interesting since I’m an avid lifestyle (interior design, fashion, food, etc) blog reader.

    While moving into my first apartment ever, I decided to be minimalistic in that I gave away a majority of non-sentimental items from childhood (like furniture) and have been very intentional in buying items to fill my new space. Thus far, I’ve been successful in my patience to research and save to buy high-quality items, but I have to say my apartment does continually feel unfinished. I wonder if others also have this nagging feeling?

    I do have to say though, the joy of creating my ideal space does outweigh this “unfinished feeling”!

    Thanks so much for your podcast!

    1. That is great to hear, Michelle! : )

      I can hear you on the unfinished-ness of your space. It reminds me of what Erin Gates ( says all the time. Buy what you love and let it build over time. Yes, it might not be finished yet, but it does free up more money to be saved for what you really want vs. buying a cheapo thing that you’ll end up getting rid of anyways. : )

  3. Hey Jess! I loved this episode and your podcast in general (yup, I left a review on iTunes!). I know a few episodes back you had asked for topic suggestions, so here’s one, if you haven’t already considered it: maybe it would be interesting to talk about diversity in the blogging world? I thought it was really fascinating when Grace Bonney mentioned it in her episode and I imagine it would be more so in light of the American Blogger controversy. Just a suggestion, and regardless, thanks so much for the work you’re doing!

    1. Hi Michelle, thank you for leaving a review (of course!). : )

      And I wonder if you can help me out, I just learned about the AB video you mentioned yesterday (I know, where have I been?!). But I am unfamiliar with the controversy around it. I was thinking about reaching out to the filmmaker yesterday to talk about the movie, but I’d like to be a bit more informed about what the controversy is. If you have any insights or links to share that would help me have a better understanding on it, that would be wonderful!

      Thank you so much for the suggestion! : )

      1. Sure! Don’t worry, a lot of it is SUPER recent so I only just started reading about it as well. In a nutshell, a lot of people are criticizing the film for not featuring a more diverse range of bloggers, especially given that it’s called “American Blogger.” Here are some interesting links:

        You can watch the trailer and get a (snarky) summary of the criticism here:

        Here’s a Jezebel post about it:

        And here’s a response from the filmmaker’s wife:

        You might also want to talk to Erin Loechner (loved that episode too btw), who I think is actually one of the bloggers featured.

        My two cents: I don’t think the filmmaker and his wife deserve the vitriol that everyone is heaping on them, but unfortunately that seems to be the Internet way. I do think that the critics make very valid points, and maybe the Wiegands could have been more self-aware. But I think it’s more useful to make the criticism more constructive, and directed at the world they present, rather than at them personally.

        Anyway, regardless of what one thinks about the documentary itself, I think this whole situation has presented a good opportunity to discuss diversity–a topic that seems to interest a lot of people (myself included). Hopefully that was somewhat helpful and not too long-winded. 🙂

        1. Thank you SO much for all of this! I appreciate it. I am going to go through these so I’ll have a better handle on the topic if I do end up interviewing the filmmaker. : )

          Have a great weekend!

  4. Maryn

    I love Dana’s blog and outlook on life! It’s refreshing to hear from these bloggers that make it look so effortlessly beautiful online. Through your show, I catch a glimpse of the real people behind the blogs and how they’re figuring it out like the rest of us 🙂

    1. That is fantastic, Maryn! That is exactly what I hope to accomplish with The Lively Show. : )

  5. joanna

    This was a great episode. I have embraced minimalism recently too. I love hearing the voice of bloggers that I follow. It really brings to life and enables you to connect in another way. -joanna

    1. That’s wonderful to hear, Joanna! I agree, listening to bloggers adds a whole new level.

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