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Well, Hello There Darlings

Its been a while. Mostly because I’ve been overhauling the site with a little help from my friend Brandon of BDG WebDesign. It shouldn’t look much different to anyone, but everything behind the scenes is new and improved and it took some time to get it done. Thanks to Brandon for doing the stuff I don’t get and for years of tolerating my questions. OK, he “pets” my hair when I’m really not getting things, so it’s an even deal. I downloaded pictures from my phone to give a sneak peek at what’s been going on since we last chatted……Read More »Well, Hello There Darlings

The Purge One Year Later

It’s the one year anniversary of The Purge. Time goes quickly and this year has been no exception. My take away’s after a year? Life is much, much less stressful. I miss almost nothing that’s gone (that one damned desk!). We can focus on what’s more important than constantly cleaning and “organizing” clutter. What remains is what we love – except the couch that needs to be replaced eventually. Read More »The Purge One Year Later

Winter Running

It’s cold. Sure, not as cold as Alaska when I lived there, but still cold. It snows too. Not always as much as this year and not as much as other places, but we get it. This year quite a bit of it, relatively speaking. Ice. It’s everywhere. I’ve only gone running in temps as low as 13* this year. I’ve also bypassed running when the roads have been excessively crappy which seems like a lot. I used to run no matter what, but then I broke my foot. That taught me to be more of a fair weather runner – or at least less stupid about running. Winter running isn’t just about the clothing you wear – although that makes it manageable – it’s about being safe and following rules differently.Read More »Winter Running

Women Are Amazing

A friend recently posted the below on Facebook. It’s so true. Not that men aren’t equally amazing. They are. I’ve never understood a couple of things. One: Why don’t women embrace being women. That means we aren’t men, probably shouldn’t be treated like them, are unique and how amazing is that? Two: Why don’t we support each other more? We’re all women, we all go through a list of the same issues, we’re all struggling in similar ways. Geez, band together and raise each other up.Read More »Women Are Amazing

For Those Of You Who Assume I Have My S**t Together, Think Again

Recently on a run, a friend asked me for parenting advice. The timing was interesting since – on this particular run – I was internally decompressing about my own parenting. Having 9 teenagers in the home makes life fun and interesting, it keeps me young and ages me. People comment often: “I don’t know how you do it and stay sane!”, “You have such a big heart!”, “You have it so together!”. Bull. Who says I’m sane, have a big heart or have anything together? People assume an awful lot. Kids don’t come with a manual,Read More »For Those Of You Who Assume I Have My S**t Together, Think Again

Capsule Wardrobe My Way

It’s been almost one year since minimizing and I have yet to embrace a traditional minimalist capsule wardrobe. The packing everything up except a certain number of items hasn’t worked for me and I’m OK with that. I like having all my clothes out and available and it’s actually kept me more accountable and helped me streamline. Could I live with less? Of course. If I got rid of half of what I have would life be honky dory? Yup. But I found a comfort zone and that’s where I’ll stay for now. My closet is still shrinking slowly, but it’s not the shrinking that’s interesting to me this past year, it’s the morphing.Read More »Capsule Wardrobe My Way

Someday I Will……

That elusive someday. Always putting off the things we “want” to do for the things we “have” to do. I recently watched the movie Paper Towns with several of the teenagers and it was a great conversation starter.Read More »Someday I Will……

Christmas 2015

It was a different Christmas this year. Not what most would consider minimalistic but not entirely commercial either. We shot for a balance somewhere in between and (I think) came out well in the end. Our children are all getting older and although I wanted to take a family trip this year like we did last year, the kids asked for something different. They wanted a more “traditional” Christmas with presents, but most of the lists were practical.Read More »Christmas 2015

My Pinterest Has ADD

I did it again. I went on Pinterest. I loooooove visiting, but I only go on sparingly because I know I’ll be sucked in. Not in a bad habit way, I learn great things, read articles, find information. It’s awesome. But still, I know an hour (or more) can go by in a blink so I am cautious. This is what I noticed today. Pinterest is in my head. On my feed I see “get a tighter butt”, “habits of elite runners”, “how to stay fit in your 40’s” and right next to those are “artichoke spinach dip that will blow your mind”, “cheesy garlic bread”, “sinful mac and cheese”. How will I keep that great butt if I’m dipping chips in the artichoke dip? In another category that I love, I read “minimize your closet”, “tiny house ideas”, “12 things you own too many of” and right next to that I read, “closet must haves”, “you can never own too many sweaters”, “dream home closet”. So my Pinterest has ADD.  Or I do.Read More »My Pinterest Has ADD

Motivating Kids When They Are Unmotivated

With thirteen kids, I can tell those of you looking for the One Best Way To Raise Kids – there IS no one best way.  Just like all of us adults have unique personalities, so do our kiddos who come wired with a personality we sometimes feel is familiar and sometimes have no clue where they came from.  Little alien’s we’re supposed to raise by doing all the right things the right ways.  A best way doesn’t exist and neither does the manual. I”m far from perfect.  I raise my voice too often, I have high expectations, I like to keep our home clean and I’m not always great at being lazy or relaxing.  But I’m good at a lot too and I give my family my all every day.Read More »Motivating Kids When They Are Unmotivated