Author: The Mama On The Rocks

If 40 Is The New 30, I Want My Money Back: Eight Reasons Being In Your Mid 30s Is Horribly Hilarious

I am the obnoxious type of birthday celebrator who has festivities for an entire week. My aunt always did crazy stuff like that and it makes me feel closer to her somehow. So, rolling past various milestone birthdays hasn’t really ever bothered me. I lost no sleep (above the norm), I shed no tears reliving my ‘glory days’, I spent no extra time elbow deep in a pint of Ben and Jerry’s wondering if this is as good as it gets. It has just always been part of life for me. However, the in the last two months, our...

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Reflections on Reflecting: Five Things Tiny Life Is Teaching Me

  I started jotting down an outline for this post three weeks ago about how my outlook on basic things has changed since going tiny. Traveling back to our old house in Virginia for our final clean out two weekends ago changed my perspective…again. The first few minutes back in the old house were surreal. Did we really live here? Was this place always so ginormous!? Oh, and the memories; my heart broke. Just as I was settling in to the discomfort of our twin-sized air matress, the thoughts began to flood in of all that we had left...

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Dear Stay at Home Parent—A Letter From The One Who Works

  While my husband and I fully recognize that our arrangement at home is less than traditional, we also struggle to believe that much follows suit with what once was believed to be the old school nuclear family; dad, mom, 2.5 kids, Labrador retriever, white picket fence—those days are all but extinct. Once we made the decision to go tiny and homeschool our son, we knew our little family wouldn’t ‘follow the rules’. In our house (See: Camper), my husband is a stay-at-home dad and he ROCKS IT! Anyone who knows us probably isn’t surprised that he is the...

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The Good, The Bad, and The Toilet Paper—8 Lessons 4 Burgers Learned in 7 Days of Living In 200 sq. ft.:

We are still newbies to both the camping world and to tiny living, but we are getting the hang of things as we go. As I adjust into a new position at a new school and Spence eases into his role as a stay-at-home dad for the first time, we are finding our way. It may sound crazy, but although we have only been in our new lifestyle for a week, we both feel like we have lived a lifetime this way. So, here are a few of the most valuable takeaways for us in our first week living tiny...

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#TheBurgersGoTiny: How A Family of Four Downsized from 2000 to 200 sq. ft.

I sat in the recliner covered in spit up, nursing our two week old daughter while our son (who has multiple behavioral diagnosis) ran laps in the living room. I had cleaned up the same messes no less than twice that morning. I had been up four times in the night either nursing the baby or changing sheets for the four year old who just had night terrors. The mound of dishes threatened to create an avalanche with Briggs’ T-Rex stomping in the kitchen. That was the scene that was the backdrop to my epiphany. I tearfully watched a marathon...

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