• Life,  Tiny House Life

    Tiny House Beginnings — Why We Choose Tiny Living

    Choosing to live in a tiny house wasn’t an easy decision. We looked at so many options to get us out on our property without creating a bunch of debt. Well, truthfully, we did get really excited about moving out here and went to a mobile home place and looked at getting a $180,000 loan on a double wide. I’m so grateful we decided against that! When we left Colorado we had some ideas about what we wanted out of life. Cowboy wanted out of the city, I wasn’t so sure about that, but we both wanted to lower our bills as much as possible with the hopes of bringing…

  • BBM 7.0,  Health Nut

    Week 7 Healthy Challenge Update

    Just the numbers: ? I don’t know. I put up my scale. The one I just bought before I started this journey. I noticed that I was starting to feel defeated when I wasn’t seeing the scale move and it was frustrating. I was starting to not be motivated and I didn’t want to feel this way about this journey. This is not a weight loss challenge, this is a health challenge I am doing for myself, my family and the life I want to live. Getting discouraged isn’t going to help keep my making changes and getting the results I want. So I put up my scale for a…

  • Homemaker,  Life,  Tiny House Life

    Changing Bedtimes: How to help your children adjust. Part 1

    Throwing Our Old Routine Out We are currently adjusting our regular bedtime routine we’ve had for many years because Cowboy is officially on a home every night truck route (Yay!) and I’m consistently waking early to get a workout in. We are tossing out the old times of being in bed around 9:00p.m. and waking up around 8:00a.m. We’ve always had the kids up later because Cowboy was getting home late and he wanted to make sure he got plenty of time with the them without fighting them to get into bed. Now he’s still getting home around the same time but living tiny means that when he goes to…

  • Health Nut

    Week 6 Health Challenge

    Just the numbers: +/- 0 pounds This week I didn’t gain or lose anything. I guess I can consider That a success because I’ve been steadily gaining a pound or two back each week from my awful eating habits I’m falling back into. What changes did I make? I didn’t follow what I had planned last week of having desserts and snacks ready like I wanted. I did much better with making my yummy smoothies for breakfast, leftovers or healthy Trim Healthy Mama sandwiches with a salads and dinners have been pretty good. It’s the snacking and cookies in the house that are causing me to make choices that aren’t…

  • Uncategorized

    Week 5 Health Challenge Update

    Just the scale info: +1 again I know this is a process and I’m not all the way recovered from being sick but I know exactly what is causing this weight gain instead of loss…….my nutrition! Being sick I gave into eating whatever was easy, whatever sounded good because let’s face it I was sick and so we’re the kids and Cowboy was over the road and not able to help and cooking was low on the priority. And I struggle with emotional eating which is exactly what I was doing. Eating to make me feel good because everyone was sick. And now I’m paying for it. I was down…

  • Health Nut,  Homemaker,  Life,  Mom

    Embracing Habits

    I’m not a type A person. I’m pretty much the exact opposite. If you give me a to do list, schedule or even something as small as a routine I will completely fail at it. My brain just doesn’t function well that way. I’ve struggled for years trying to figure out how to keep my house in order, get school done with the kids and make dinner consistently without forgetting to pull meat out of the freezer…speaking of I really need to do that right now! (FYI I didn’t actually do this when I was writing. It was forgotten for several more hours). But who would have guessed that changing…

  • Health Nut,  Life

    Week 4 Health Challenge Update

      Well its been 4 weeks since I started this new health challenge and it’s taken a turn for the worse. Its been 10 days of our family being sick and I started out so good staying on track and keeping up with eating well so I didn’t derail my progress. I did so well the end of last week that I even won the diet bet I was apart of just because I was eating well. Once that was over and I weighed in all bets were off. I ate packaged mac and cheese, cookies with milk, and other delicious foods I’ve been avoiding because they no longer fit…

  • Life,  Mom,  Teacher/Homeschooler

    5 Tips to Surviving Homeschooling while Sick

    When you homeschool there is no time for mom to be down sick. This cold I have is not fun. Cowboy is over the road with his current trucking job so I’m on my own. Bookworm is quite helpful when I’m sick and helps get everyone cereal for breakfast so I can get some extra rest. However, kids will be kids and they do require lots of attention, guidance and direction throughout the day so I can’t stay in bed forever. Over the years on being a stay at home mom I have developed some tips and tricks to get through the day when not feeling 100% but now that…

  • Life,  Mom

    Why Focusing On What Matters?

    Why did I start a blog and name it Focusing on What Matters? 3 years ago our life changed more than I could have realized. We had a big decision on our hands. We had two choices. 1. We could stay in Colorado where all our family was and where we grew up but I would have to return to work which would mean our 2 boys would be put in daycare and public school. 2. We could move out of state where the cost of living was less so we could make it as a one income family and keep our children home like we desired. Even though this…

  • Health Nut

    Week 2 Health Challenge Update

    Well it’s that time in the week where I want to not only share my successes and struggles with you but also to help hold me accountable. I missed a week one update so I’ll give you a little recap. I’m currently using Bikini Body Mommy’s FREE 90 day challenge for my workouts. 20 minutes a day…who can’t squeeze that in? Well me for many years now. I was able to complete 5 of the 6 workouts last week. I was using Briana’s meal plan and while the food was good it jist wasn’t working for me. I’ve tried it several times and just can’t be successful with it. But…