Tuesday, July 21, 2015

10 item wardrobe, or maybe 15

I was inspired by a Money Saving Mom post about a 10 item wardrobe. Today I got mine down to 23, but only 15 that I will wear often. A few are ridiculous skirts that I love and will wear sometimes, just to be ridiculous. :) And I need a brown shirt for 2 of the skirts (bottom left), so I'll have 24. I'll probably cut that down as I find shirts that better match everything else.
I have one fancy shirt/skirt that aren't in my color wheel, but I love them. And I have one outfit just for Universal (because it has lots of pockets, so no purse check line)! But for general every day wear, I'm counting 15. I had 14 full outfits, but that was overkill since I mix and match better these days. My closet is happy!
As a friend pointed out, yes, camo and tie dye are both in my color wheel. It's a pretty eclectic wheel. :)
You'd think we'd be pretty thinned down already after 5 years in an RV!  When we hit the road, we took 14 outfits. My theory was we could go two weeks between doing laundry, and sometimes we do, but 14 was definitely overkill for all of us. I'm sure we'll keep minimizing. It's crazy to think we still feel like we have too much STUFF when it all fits into our 400 square foot home.  Our perspectives have changed a tad over the years of living small!  :)

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Extra counter space in the RV

I doubled our counter space in 30 seconds! (Well, technically two days, thanks to Amazon Prime, if you count the wait.)  Yes, UPS delivers to Lundy Mountain and, as a bonus, Jack gets a treat from the driver! Even though I do still keep our counters cleared, and we're very used to living small, there just isn't much counter space in an RV.  I've wanted to find a cutting board or something for over the stove for years, but I wasn't sure what I wanted, so I just put it off.  Thanks to the Make Over Your Mornings course, I decided this was something I really wanted, so I put it on my (purposefully very short) to-do list.
I searched, thought, measured, and finally ordered a Baker's Measuring Board from Core Bamboo. One side for cutting (that I doubt I'll use as I like my small, color-coded, flexible ones) and one side for rolling out pie crust, that has some cool measurements and conversions that will be very helpful. And I can flip it up to stand beside the stove when needed.
It's been very handy and I'm glad I finally put it on, and marked it off, my list. It really only took maybe 30 minutes of measuring, reading, and pondering my options.  The trouble certainly wasn't worth putting it off for years!  
I know my to-do list is smaller than most (by much effort!), but I still have some things to work on.  It's been fun focusing on what's important to me, family, others, and rearranging my thoughts. And my countertops!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Make Over Your Mornings, online course

Here's an online course I'm loving and I think some of you would enjoy it too:  Make Over Your Mornings.  I pretty much absolutely despise mornings, but this had me intrigued (especially because it's not about getting up early!).  I have loved Money Saving Mom's resources for years and it's one of the few I share on our website. She's very busy and high energy and I am sooooo not, but I do believe I'll benefit from being more intentional about the beginning of my days.
(Quick note: I love it so far! I especially liked this part "This course is not about getting up early. It's about using your morning well. It's about setting up your day for success.")
I've cut my to-do list to nothing and have no need for productivity, so I'm pretty fortunate (not lucky, we've worked hard to create this peaceful life!) BUT I really don't feel great wasting my mornings away and not getting going until it's hot outside, the kids are wound up, and I've already missed a lot.  This sentence in the course description really caught my attention - it's "about creating a morning that is in line with your life, your strengths, your family’s needs, and your unique situation." Ours is certainly pretty unique! Plus our family has some special needs and I need to better use my strengths to help shape our days.

Make Over Your Mornings Course  -  In this 14-day course, you will:
·Develop a morning routine and before bed routine that actually works- and that sets you up for amazing success!
·Streamline your morning tasks so that the biggest priorities are accomplished first.
·Learn how to make to-do lists that support your day, instead of strangle your life.
·Create realistic, but stretching goals and then follow through with them.
·Discover the power of accountability and how to implement it into your life.
·Establish internal and external motivations to create perseverance in your new routines.
·Find time to refuel your tank and make space in your day for things you love.
·Experience much more focus, organization, and clarity in your daily life.
And it's meant to take 15 minutes or less each day, so not even a big time investment. If you're interested, please check out Make Over Your Mornings.  This is an affiliate link because I think it's a great opportunity.  You take a fun course and I get a few pennies to spend on something helpful, probably chocolate.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Good cat, bad cat, chicks, bunnies, views

Walker Kitty slept upright for hours on this hard stick for some reason.
Later, she used it as a pillow. Better? 
The chicks are settling in. 
As is the cat, who we found inside the locked brooder! At least she was good. 
Bunny pile. 
They like to peek out the cracks. 
And sit in their food. 
It's still a little stormy, but always pretty.  A slice of Bull Shoals Lake from a neighbor's view.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Visiting the goats, new chicks

We went to pick up some new chicks and to visit the goats we had last year. Lily and Lucy were especially happy to see Matt! Annie was a bit wary, but looked happy and healthy. He got hugs from Lucy...
And Lily... 
And Lily walked leaning right against him. You could tell she was happy. 
We happened to see a brand new calf. So cute! 
And a goat randomly running up the road on the drive. It happens. 
We brought home our first batch of chicks! 

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Bunnies, cat, haircut, Easter eggs

Lots and lots of babies. Gypsy's are so pretty. This little one always seems to sleep upside down.
Making friends in the bunny room of happiness. 
This one is so cool, but hard to get a picture of. He has really dark blue eyes and white toes. 
She was tired of me taking pictures of her babies. 
These are sisters from the same mister, but different mamas!  We named them Peaches and Cream. 
We moved the trampoline mat where Walker Kitty had been sleeping and just threw it on top of a crate. She decided to sleep there anyway, even though she was precariously perched over the edge!
Matt requested a mohawk and I attempted. 
Fortunately it's not so bad when he combs it down! 
We decided our Easter Eggs needed no coloring this year. They're so pretty fresh from the neighbor's hens! And we're very thankful to have fresh eggs all year whether ours ever decide to lay any or not.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Garden, storm

We got the garden started. We decided to move it inside the pen since it would already be fenced for deer. Big job! But it's not hard to get help when the ATV's involved. :)
Then another storm rolled in so we hunkered down again. 
There was some crazy lightning. Check out the video! 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015


This was the first of some crazy storm systems rolling through. I was out taking pictures (because duh) when my phone beeped and said tornado warning, take cover now. Good to know!  All was fine though, it passed us by, just leaving lots of pretty pics.
The panoramic pics are really skewed, but pretty cool. 

Monday, March 23, 2015


Springtime is so fun here. Lots of babies, the trees are budding, seeds are started in the greenhouse... but that also means a lot of work. I told Matt and Lizzy they could start work when they came back inside. Their answer was to stay outside all day. Works for us!