Embracing Weakness

by Thursday, November 20, 2014 4 Permalink

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

by Thursday, November 6, 2014 10 Permalink

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

by Thursday, October 30, 2014 4 Permalink

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

by Thursday, October 16, 2014 4 Permalink

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

by Thursday, October 9, 2014 10 Permalink

"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

by Thursday, October 2, 2014 10 Permalink

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

by Thursday, September 25, 2014 8 Permalink

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 ...

On Sponsors, Advertising, and a Giveaway!

by Thursday, September 18, 2014 15 Permalink

Hey everyone! You might have noticed that our miniature redesign is complete. What do you think?!  :) ***The WINNER of the Mountain Paper giveaway is Sarah+T. (Sa4*****@hotmail.com).***   Congratulations! Please contact me before Wednesday evening to sort out your lovely note cards.   Kristin over at Mountain Paper (our main sponsor) whipped up the new graphics like they ...

Five Ways to Drop-Kick Unbudgeted Spending

by Thursday, September 4, 2014 30 Permalink

Howdy! It's a new month and we've got money on the brain. I don't write about the "small budget" part of Smallish often. I probably avoid the subject because I feel so unqualified to approach it. We, um, are not very disciplined in sticking to our budget. Lately we have been treating our budget like The ...