• What Minimalism Looks Like For Our Family

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    Minimalism is a parallel topic that is important to us but that hasn't been addressed directly on Smallish much. My hesitancy to officially claim the term "minimalist" is mostly due to a ridiculous anxiety that we're not quite minimalists yet. I worry that if the Minimalism Police stepped through our door they'd slap us with ...

  • On Wearing a Maternity Capsule Wardrobe

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    Howdy! Have you heard about the "capsule wardrobe (Project 333)"? The idea of wearing only a small collection of basic, classic, interchangeable essentials is taking the web by storm. Also related is the more restrictive personal uniform—wearing exactly the same thing every day. Many high profile, highly influential people are said to use a personal ...

  • Cast-Iron Dutch Oven Convert

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    Hey there friends! We're talking cookware today... come on over. :) I've wanted an enameled cast-iron dutch oven for years. I use my crock pot and stock pot independently often, but there is a versatility and depth of flavor that only a dutch oven can deliver. Really I've been gaga over the colors of enamel available ...

  • DIY Waterproofing Wax

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    2014's Christmas project was entirely Caveman's, from idea to implementation. (He is quite the President of Homemade Gifts, you know. For the past couple years, we've given this and this.) I think the only involvement I had to was to whine about the smell and then to beautify (meaning, tie a ribbon around) the pots ...

  • Adding Beauty with a Simple Project

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    In our old house we had a large brown wall. We painted it Santa Fe Brown because we liked the color and also because we had lots of very creative ideas to make the wall interesting. In the end, it sat blank for over three years. Empty, big brown wall. I never minded too much ...

  • Our Stay-on-Budget Update and a Challenge for You

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    September is over but our big stick-to-it budget push continues. Last month we committed to drop-kick extra spending and really follow the amounts our budget allows. Today I'll share a little budget update on how that went and pose a challenge for us all in this new month. Overall, September was a good month for tracking ...

  • Five Ways to Drop-Kick Unbudgeted Spending

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    Howdy! It's a new month and we've got money on the brain. I don't write about the "small budget" part of Smallish often. I probably avoid the subject because I feel so unqualified to approach it. We, um, are not very disciplined in sticking to our budget. Lately we have been treating our budget like The ...