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 ...

Small Living Spotlight: The Ashley Family

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Unexpected blessings are the best kind. Especially when they come in friend-packages. :) When I tagged along on this podcast awhile ago, I met a family who lives about five minutes away from us and who also carves out a meaningful life in a very small home only a teeny bit bigger than our Shoebox. ...

The Balance of Contentment in Imperfect Now

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"I hate this house!" Red's Arctic-blue eyes intensely searched mine for a reaction. On his forehead a red bump glared. The wall hadn't moved when he somersaulted into it, and this was the apparent reason for the passionate declaration. It was a test, of course. He was merely parroting an outburst I made a few weeks ...

Our Stay-on-Budget Update and a Challenge for You

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September is over but our big stick-to-it budget push continues. Last month we committed to drop-kick extra spending and really follow the amounts our budget allows. Today I'll share a little budget update on how that went and pose a challenge for us all in this new month. Overall, September was a good month for tracking ...

Our Experience: Small Home Q&A

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A couple weeks ago I received an email from a reader wanting some general small home advice. He and his wife are considering building a tiny house, and they had some good questions. I don't seek to give advice much but I'm happy to share our experience. (That is, after all, what this whole blog ...