We Bought A House!!

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Friends, rejoice with us....... WE BOUGHT A HOUSE! Hold on. Did you hear that?! We have a house! :D Better yet, we bought the RIGHT house. It fits us perfectly and is the ideal next step from the Shoebox for our family. It's funny... all last year while we house hunted I said that I felt like God wouldn't LET ...

How to Make Your Home Work For You

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Hello there, all you lovely small-living enthusiasts! So happy to have you over at Smallish. :) My heart is budding with much to share with you about Shoebox living, but there is just not enough time! My "off" minutes are far and in between, and now that you know I'm growing another baby, you can ...

Soon to be Six! (Another baby on the way)

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Hello everyone! Caveman and I are super excited to share that we are joyfully expecting our fourth baby.   ... And it's a BOY! Our newest member is due sometime mid June. So far I feel great and for that I am amazed and grateful. :)   My tummy looks weird and square here. Huh.   We went to the park ...

Cast-Iron Dutch Oven Convert

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Hey there friends! We're talking cookware today... come on over. :) I've wanted an enameled cast-iron dutch oven for years. I use my crock pot and stock pot independently often, but there is a versatility and depth of flavor that only a dutch oven can deliver. Really I've been gaga over the colors of enamel available ...

DIY Waterproofing Wax

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2014's Christmas project was entirely Caveman's, from idea to implementation. (He is quite the President of Homemade Gifts, you know. For the past couple years, we've given this and this.) I think the only involvement I had to was to whine about the smell and then to beautify (meaning, tie a ribbon around) the pots ...

How to Find Peace in Thanksgiving

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Hello and HAPPY THANKSGIVING, friends! If you're like me, you might find giving thanks for the good things in your life easy. Today is when Americans gather around the table and share what our hearts are grateful for—an abundance for many of us. Much of the time it's a breeze to feel thankful for a supportive ...

Embracing Weakness

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Colorado saw a cold front last week for the first time this year. A really cold snap that nearly snapped me. Between ridiculously early kid wake-ups and mostly being confined indoors, it made for marathon-long days. The Shoebox felt even smaller than usual. The kids, even crazier than usual. Me, weaker than usual. I'm usually not ...

Adding Beauty with a Simple Project

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In our old house we had a large brown wall. We painted it Santa Fe Brown because we liked the color and also because we had lots of very creative ideas to make the wall interesting. In the end, it sat blank for over three years. Empty, big brown wall. I never minded too much ...

Family Update

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Hi. SSSSSHHHHHHHHH... guess what? All three kids are napping in the bedroom. WHAT?! I know. I KNOW. That hasn't happened in, well, a really REALLY long time. So, armed with my traditional midday crutch of strong tea and a small stack of cookies, I'll take a moment to say hello and update this post which ...