• Family

    Solo Parenting When Your Spouse Travels for Work: 5 Tips to Survive

    It’s no secret that Jeff travels quite a bit for work. It was one of the requirements for his job position. From day one, we always knew that work travel would be part of our lives.  When asked in his interview if he would be willing to travel for work, the answer was an emphatic “YES!” Let it be known that there is a difference between the decisions made when you’re twenty-three and starting out and when you’re thirty and you’re parenting two kids. At twenty-three, the idea of work travel across the world sounded adventurous, exciting, even glamorous. Fast forward seven years and this momma and her two kiddos…

  • Faith

    A Summary on Living with Less: 3 Benefits of Pursing Less in Order to Live More

    Today is February 28. Twenty-eight days ago we decided to embark on a challenge to live with less in order to remain true to our core values of faith, marriage, family, contentment and hospitality. We have managed to reduce or eliminate a lot of unnecessary stuff/clutter/noise from our lives, yet if anything, this past month has only revealed to us how much we can still give up – how we still have a long way to go in living a simplified life. God has used our month of less to search our hearts, to reveal to us what truly has a hold on our hearts. All the while, He has…

  • Simple Living

    How to Eat for $500 a Month: Our Take on a Cash Only Grocery Budget

    Phew. We made it. Today was my last grocery run for February. Five hundred dollars in a Hallmark card envelope to feed us for the past twenty-eight days.* A challenge, yes. Especially considering a month ago, our average grocery costs were hovering around $1000/month. This month, we halved it. And then some. In fact, at this moment, there is $8.45 remaining in that crinkled, well worn envelope. So really, we only spent $491.55 this month. Yay us! Truly, it’s you guys who are deserving of the praise. So many of you have messaged me with different techniques and advice you use to minimize your monthly grocery bill. You guys have…

  • Faith

    5 Steps to a Capsule Wardrobe: February’s Living with Less Challenge

    For those of you who follow me on Instagram, this week you witnessed my closet go through a major overhaul. In an effort to live with less for the month of February (see previous post explaining why), both Jeff and I decided to get rid of over half of our clothes. (We both managed to reduce our clothing to 40 items each) Originally, I did not think that I would be able to embrace the idea of a capsule wardrobe. However, the more ruthlessly I started tearing apart my closet, the more attainable the idea became. One of the practical ways we decided to practice contentment was to minimize the…

  • Family

    How to Celebrate(and Somewhat Survive) a Strong-Willed Child

    I was a perfect parent before kids. My theoretical kids were cherubs. I had all the answers. It was going to be all natural, no epidurals, organic baby food, cloth diapers, only breastmilk, never raising my voice, thru-the-night sleepers, dot, dot, dot. I was the living definition of the perfect mom. In theory. And then, four years ago Zoe happened. And you know what, no…I didn’t do everything the way that I had envisioned in my “perfect”fantasy, but I did manage to meet the majority of my expectations. Yes, she changed our world. Drastically. But she was easy. So easy. I remember being so scornful of moms who had picky…