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JP and I celebrated eight years of marriage two weekends ago and what a time we had! We started off the adventure by driving to Eugene and staying the first night (Thursday) at my parent's house. They had offered to watch Hannah while we were gone so we left her there for Friday and Saturday. Friday morning we headed over to Florence and then drove up the coast and landed in Newport. We had stayed at the Elizabeth Street Inn seven years ago on our 1st wedding anniversary and had just an awful time. We would both agree it was our worst anniversary to date. Now to clarify, the accommodations were great, we just fought the entire trip! We were spitting language venom in the car, at dinner, in the hotel room, in the pool, at's like we were caught in a hurricane! When we got home from our trip we barely spoke to each other for about two weeks.
So, this eighth anniversary we wanted to redeem ourselves and give that place another try and boy we were not disappointed!
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As we're nearing the RV move-in date, I am preparing and planning where we will store our belongings and what we'll need on a regular basis. Once we get settled into the RV, we'll need everything, but mainly the kitchen, to be incredibly streamlined. Since we won't have a dishwasher in the RV, we'll be hand washing everything and we'll need quick access to soap. So of course I headed to Pinterest to get some inspiration and as usual, was not disappointed. I found this little DIY from Almost Makes Perfect and wanted to replicate it. In all of the DIY projects I've done, this is my favorite. And the easiest. Sometimes the simple ones make the biggest impact!
Let's get into it!



Make sure your bottles are clean before adhering the stickers. Just like Molly (from Almost Makes Perfect), I used D for dish soap and H for hand soap. One thing I will say is that I found glass bottles to use rather than plastic. In our household, plastic is prohibited…

5TH WHEEL PROGRESS | Power, Paint + Flooring

Since we're trying to share our renovation progress on the blog, here is a look into what we've done most recently. We still have a bit to go before we move in but we're encouraged with the progress we've made. So let's see what we've been up to!

JP dug a trench on the property where we're parked (wonderful family has offered to let us park on their acreage outside of Bend) in order to lay the piping so we could feed the power hook up. We hired an electrician to install an RV power outlet (50, 40, and 30 amps on post). We prepped the walls for painting by spraying them with TSP (you can now get phosphate free I believe!) so that the paint would adhere better.We filled all holes in the walls with plaster putty. We started painting the bedroom and living/kitchen space. We still have the toy hauler, the bathroom, the loft, storage area, and part of the kitchen to complete.
We ripped off the plywood and wood veneer around two of the three slide-outs because we found…


Since sharing what's in my minimalist purse, and my minimalist makeup bag, I've had a few requests to share my shoe collection. At this point, I certainly don't feel like I have reached "minimalist" status with my shoes but I have definitely slim-lined what I consider to be my essentials. This is a journey of sorts and what works for us may not work for you. Also, for some, the amount of shoes I have may seem very large and for others, very small.

When we first started decluttering, I had forty-two pairs of shoes in my closet. Most of them rested on my storage rack getting dusty because they were simply uncomfortable and never got worn. For some, I simply didn't like the style and color any longer. Once I was diagnosed with a bone spur in my ankle a couple of years ago, the orthopedist prescribed that I stop wearing heels all together. So, once I made the decision to start decluttering, it didn't take much time to whittle down my collection.

Now I own ten p…


It seems like there has been a heavy trend over the last couple of years on social media platforms sharing curated capsule wardrobes and streamlined collections of shoes, jewelry, makeup, and really anything you can think of. Since we've downsized 90% of our belongings and live in a 450 sqft apartment, I thought I'd share with you my basic makeup collection. This isn't just some of my favorites, this is all of the makeup I own in this world. Now, this "minimalist" collection may seem large to some, and to others the bare essentials. Honestly, I could downsize more but I'm happy with what I have for now.

As I wrote about transitioning to a clean beauty routine last year, I'm still interested in going to a more natural kind of makeup. I've also been reading and learning more about vegan and cruelty-free brands and am interested to see if any "natural" makeup can also be zero-waste? This might be too much to ask for and if there is even such a t…


For the past three years, the end of February, the beginning of April, and the beginning of November, have been some of the most difficult times of the year. They mark painful anniversaries of the day we lost our baby and the expected due date. It was over three years ago the only time I saw the word "pregnant" on a stick.
Yes, I've been a Mom for three years. No, I'm not raising a child, but I'm a Mom to one in heaven.

Over the last three years, God has been working in my heart. For so long I was angry, depressed, anxious, life was challenging to say the least. Then early last year we learned about my autoimmune disease and the other conditions it has caused and everything began to make sense. Now I could put names to what was causing me to feel so awful all day, every day.

About three months ago, I had a bout of tachycardia while working (certainly not the first time this has happened). So, I ended up seeing my doctor and the anxiety was consuming me. My focus was…


As much as I liked the idea of using Dr. Bronner's castile soap for everything, we wrote about it here, I developed some kind of a skin sensitivity to it! After a shower, my skin was very itchy and clean clothes even made me itch.
So, while perusing Pinterest for homemade detergent recipes, I came across a pin from the Trash is for Tossers blogger, Lauren Singer. On top of living a zero-waste lifestyle, which I so admire, she has created her own organic, all natural laundry detergent. At first I was unsure whether a few simple ingredients could be so effective without chemicals, but I was intrigued. That night I asked JP what he thought of the product and he told me to go ahead and buy a container. The detergent was on a three week back order so it was well over a month later before we actually received the product, but SO WORTH THE WAIT! Oh my goodness you guys. This stuff smells so amazing and works SO well!

Introducing our most favorite organic and natural laundry powder detergen…