How We Cut Our Grocery Budget by 40% and Still Eat Healthy

Oy. I wondered if I should actually tackle this topic as there are more blog posts on saving money on food on the interwebs than you can shake a stick at. And yet, I’ve been asked about a dozen times over the past month (and especially after the last Cohesive Home podcast) how we keep […]

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6 Days….

In 6 short days, my husband Kirk will be finished working at the hospital. For good (I hope.) And in 6 days, the way we approach our work, our time, and our family will also change. And if it wasn’t for all of the legwork we began nearly 3 years ago, when I had my […]

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2016 Annual Review and 2017 Intentions: Good-Bye Hustle, Hello Quiet

Warning: super-long post! As I look forward to the start of 2017, I am also very aware of the mistakes and triumphs of this past year. And as I took some time these past few weeks to truly reflect, I saw certain patterns emerge and also identified a slightly different course for this new year. […]

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Part Four | San Luis Obispo to Home

This is the final installment in a series about our cross-country road trip in our Casita travel trailer in the summer of 2016. To catch up on previous posts, head here: Part One, Part Two, and Part Three. After the 4th of July finale of our trip in Morro Bay, we reset our navigation to […]

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A Quiet Christmas and Look Toward 2017

Our December was hectic and overflowing with my daughter’s involvement in the Nutcracker and Kirk transitioning to a new job. Last week I turned in my grades for my online humanities courses and hid my laptop. 2016 had been a year of too much technology, constant digital connection, and limited face to face interactions of […]

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2013 Casita Freedom Deluxe For Sale

With another little adventurer due in April, it’s time for us to find Golden Silverwind a new home and hunt down a more spacious travel trailer to fit our growing family. Don’t worry; we won’t be off the road for long. This 2013 Casita Freedom Deluxe ’17 has journeyed across the United States, trekking into […]

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On Changing Seasons

Although it is an unseasonably warm 72 degrees today in Northern Indiana, we know not to get too comfortable. The weather here is fickle and there could just as easily be snow tomorrow. More telling of the changing of seasons is that we’ll be putting the Casita in storage for the winter very soon. The […]

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Living Simply and Frugally at Home

As I mentioned yesterday, we’re working really hard to shift our income sources to activities and work that align with our values. Rather than depend on one employer to supply an entire income, we’re creating multiple income source while also reducing our lifestyle expenses. As I dive deeper into the realm of frugal and simple […]

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Pursuing Dreams While Raising a Family

As a little girl I was filled with wild, exciting dreams for who I would be as an adult. Aren’t we all, though? There isn’t anything remarkable, in a sense, about a child dreaming, except that the dreaming often ends when the first job, bills, and weighted sense of responsibility fly through the door of […]

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Part Three | The Family Cabin to Morro Bay

The few days we spent at the cabin were restorative. We ate delicious meals home-cooked by Kirk’s mom and aunt in the screened in sun porch, made s’mores around a bonfire, took a hike around the property, and had plenty of time to catch up with family. Kirk’s brother even proposed to his girlfriend, and […]

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