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raising boys | writer, podcaster, optimist
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What are the essentials for creating a livable home even in a small space? This was the question pondered by the Small Family Homes writers this month. As I thought of what would be on my list I realized that these are things I would want in a small or big house. Here's what I came up with... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at RISING*SHINING
This episode is all about the little things. We start off with a Status Update, in which Chris describes giving up caffeinated beverages completely (WHAT.), and Kelsey gets prematurely excited about all things winter (it's still 104 degrees here guys). In Home Economics, we talk through the many small ways... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Matrimoney
My spending this month offers an occasion to talk about an important budgeting topic: what happens when we don't stick to a budget. Because that definitely happened this month. Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at RISING*SHINING
As I flip to a new month in my Get To Work Book there is a page for reflection and goal setting. It includes categories like, "Last Month's Wins" and "To Let Go Of." Seeing it will prompt me to jot down what I got done last month, what I'm still working on, and what I want to do with the next month. I feel so organized and centered when I finish. Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at RISING*SHINING
There are so many clothes in the boys section I would put my girl in so definitely do that! I used to buy girls leggings for the boys when they were just sitting and crawling bc they are so comfortable and functional for crawlers. On asking parents for help...we pay for our daycare and get a note saying that they welcome volunteers and of course I'm happy to help. So maybe if you present it as a way that you are trying to include them and as an "opportunity" - which it really is! - it would go over well. I love being involved but then don't want to encroach on the teacher's territory so maybe just putting it out there as an option will bring some parents forward. Good luck!
I've been looking at primary! I love dressing the boys in simple and soft polo shirts. They used to carry them at Target but no more. Good to hear you're liking Primary, I might stock up there!
Cute! Thank you! And since we recorded Target did come out with some cute space shirts for boys.
OMG YES! Just last week I bought a bag for the first time and from the first bit I knew it wasn't the same. What are we to do??
On this episode, we share a bit of good financial news after a run of unlikely and unexpected expenses. Chris talks middle-age heartburn and Kelsey chats about books she's been devouring recently (including Fangirl and Carry On, which Chris also loved). In Home Economics, we discuss our late-to-the-party conversion to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2017 at Matrimoney
Ahhh, yes and yes. Sounds like you need to plan a little trip for yourself sometime!
Toggle Commented Aug 29, 2017 on Do you like to travel alone? at RISING*SHINING
Sedona is amazing!! It's just two hours north from here and I really want to spend more time there. So many great hikes and places to swim. A staycation would be so rejuvenating. Just knowing that you have no parenting duties and can do just what you want is so liberating!
Toggle Commented Aug 29, 2017 on Do you like to travel alone? at RISING*SHINING
Recently, I traveled to San Francisco for work to attend a (fantastic) writing workshop. And I was reminded of something: I love to travel by myself. I kept my hotel room, which overlooked the bay, ridiculously tidy just because I could. When I needed to be somewhere I could get ready leisurely but arrive in plenty of time. At home I'm so accustomed to the long list of tasks that must be negotiated and completed before we leave. To suddenly only worry about myself felt laughably simple. I also find being in an unfamiliar place slightly disorienting in a pleasing... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2017 at RISING*SHINING
I think what makes it a misto is the steamed milk so I'm thinking a cold version would just be iced coffee + milk!
Toggle Commented Aug 27, 2017 on What I spent: July 2017 at RISING*SHINING
Today we are talking about Feeding a Family - that daily and sometimes thankless task that can be both an expression of love but also a moving target. We’ll talk about logistics, go-to recipes and what works for us. We sip an okay gin-raspberry slushy. Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2017 at Girl Next Door Podcast
We're sipping a Mileva (hats off to you!) and discussing The Other Einstein. Honest thoughts about Albert included. Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2017 at Girl Next Door Podcast
Thank you! We are so glad to be back!
Toggle Commented Aug 24, 2017 on episode 46. One crazy summer at Matrimoney
This sounds like such a fun game, putting it on our wishlist. I wish our library checked out games...! We love Zingo and Spot It too! Thank you so much for listening and adulting - ha!
Toggle Commented Aug 23, 2017 on episode 40. Budgeting works, folks! at Matrimoney
We're back, and we missed you dear listeners! In our first episode of season 2, we catch you up on the heckuva summer we experienced...the good and the bad. In our new Home Economics segment, Chris talks about his new job and how we decided, together, to take it. We... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2017 at Matrimoney
Ohhh thank you!
Toggle Commented Aug 16, 2017 on What I spent: July 2017 at RISING*SHINING
I love a good Starbucks hack - good job!
Toggle Commented Aug 16, 2017 on What I spent: July 2017 at RISING*SHINING
I definitely will! So far making very slow progress because I'm not working on it consistently but excited to see how it goes - my first piece of clothing eek!
Toggle Commented Aug 16, 2017 on What I spent: July 2017 at RISING*SHINING
This is so funny - if you go far enough back in the archives you will hear that we both loved the bullet journal for a while! Love the concept, but ended up needing something with a bit more structure. But perhaps something like that could be good in addition to my planner for capturing ideas, etc. Thank you!
My spending in July was awesome. Although I think this is partly because in July we had a 10 day trip to Austin and when we travel we lump everything into "travel" expenses. Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at RISING*SHINING
The light shifts ever so slightly after the summer solstice and I find myself welcoming the darkness inching into our evenings; slowly, slowly. Last weekend we went to Canyon Lake with friends (our first time there) and it felt a bit like a summer send off. We've gone swimming so much this summer! Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2017 at RISING*SHINING
Haha - it just means your suggestions are spot on!
Toggle Commented Aug 1, 2017 on episode 40. Budgeting works, folks! at Matrimoney