Within These Walls

I curl up in bed at night with my fluffy IKEA clearance bin comforter and a half-read library book, the sounds of my husband tapping away on his work tablet in the living room and my daughters’ sleepy thick breathing comforting me, like a solid rain pummeling our old window panes. In the gray early […]

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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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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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4 Big Reasons to Consider Small House Living Instead of a Tiny House

    Several years ago I read a book by Tammy Strobel about living in a tiny house. Totally enamored with the idea of >350 square feet to clean and maintain, I set out to convince Kirk. Although we didn’t end up with a tiny house, we did find a compact and well-designed small house […]

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How Living Simply Inspires Gratitude

  When I was younger I correlated lack of possession with identity. If there was something that I did not own that others did, I felt resentment, jealousy, and desire. Even if I was able to buy that *thing* that was so special, the happiness would inevitable fade, and I would find myself back at […]

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Moving Forward (Even When the Past Calls)

A phone call from the school V was going to attend in OKC, inquiring about her enrollment for next school year. Photos of our old house and its curb appeal-loving updates, under its new owners. Calls and texts from best friends expressing how much they miss us (and we miss them!) These little moments, when […]

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The Best Laid Plans | A Streamlined Life June Update

Hanging out at the beach, trips to the marina, hoofing it everywhere and trying new restaurants, stores, trails, you name it: we are loving the new place and loving the fun (ok, and sometimes stress) that comes with exploring and adapting to a new lifestyle. Although they both struggled with the big change initially, both […]

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Minimalism

There are days where I pine for more. More clothes, better furniture, and nicer decor. But most days I crave less. You know those days where toys are scattered across the floor like the ground after a hail storm? The days where you hunt the kitchen for a clean rag to wash a coffee mug […]

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