Do you have kids who love to play in the snow, but they don't feel well or you just can't keep dressing them up to go out for two minutes? Try bringing in snow to play with indoors! Winter sensory play brilliance! We don't see much snow since we moved to sunny California, but back when we lived in Massachusetts it was a fixture of our lives for months on end. The kids … [Read more...] about Winter Fun for Kids: Bring in the Snow for Winter Sensory Play!
Visiting Miramar Beach and Setting Goals for May 2017. Setting goals each month makes it easier to stay accountable. April was a hard month, so it was pretty amazing to end it by dropping the kids off for a one-night sleepover with cousins while Mike and I escaped to Half Moon Bay. This was our first time child-free since Emma was born in 2006! The kids had a blast with … [Read more...] about Visiting Miramar Beach and Setting Goals for May 2017
Small space living with a family is all about adapting to meet changing needs. We live in a condo that was designed for a couple to have a home office and a guest room. Making this blueprint work for our family has been a creative endeavor from the beginning! We have had all four children sharing one room, and we put one child in the master bedroom turned playroom closet for a … [Read more...] about Shared Sibling Bedroom and Adaptive Small Space Living for Families
I’m a big fan of energy efficiency. It saves money, and it’s good for the environment. We put a lot of thought into making our home in Massachusetts energy efficient, and by the time we left our monthly utility bill had dropped 60% in the wintertime! Today, I’m sharing some of my favorite energy saving hacks, and I would love to hear yours in the comments for this … [Read more...] about Energy Saving Hacks: Tips, Tricks, and DIY Solutions
Silicon Valley has one of the world’s highest costs of living. So, when we moved here, we jumped at the chance to get into a (much more affordable than other options) condo owned by Mike’s employer. We didn't even see it before agreeing to live there, but it had MORE square footage to our little ranch in Massachusetts, so we figured we could easily make it work as our home. Now … [Read more...] about Creating a Family-Friendly Living Space