Since early 2008, The Art of Simple (formerly Simple Mom) has published stories and practical tips dedicated to simple living. We’re passionate about both the art and the science behind living a little simpler—and maybe living a bit unconventionally, too.
The stuff we publish is a blend of useful tips, stories about the simple-living process, and the motivating kick in the pants you need to simplify. We like to talk about the hard stuff, too, because simplifying isn’t just about getting rid of all your physical possessions. There’s a lot of heart involved—living simply is a lifestyle that involves our relationships, our time, our souls, and our priorities. Mostly, we like to tell stories.
We’re a snark-free, friendly community that loves the benefits of living with more intention—but that doesn’t mean we always have our act together. Love living clutter-free? Absolutely. Still step on LEGO and have a closet that needs decluttering? You betcha. We’re a work in progress, just like you.
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Founder & Editor-in-Chief
I’m Tsh Oxenreider, the founder of this place. Originally from Austin, Texas, I’m a mom to three kids, wife to a bearded Oregonian named Kyle, and a lover of black coffee and gorgeous typography. I first became passionate about simple living when we moved overseas and started a new home and life from the one we had. The famous quote from 19th century architect William Morris rang truer for me than ever before: “Have nothing in your homes that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” It felt true in my bones, not only for my home, but for my family’s entire lifestyle—the choices we made, the calendar we kept, the food we ate, the things we valued. How we lived mattered.
I’ve since written three books (crazy!)—Organized Simplicity, One Bite at a Time, and Notes From a Blue Bike (release date: February 2014), and host a podcast called The Art of Simple Podcast. I think a library card, a Netflix subscription, and a passport are some of the greatest parenting tools in the universe, and that a good beverage will get you through the end of any hard day.
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Katie Fox serves as the Managing Editor of The Art of Simple, which means she makes this site function without unicorns and glitter, even when it looks like it. Katie is a writer, a teacher, a mezzo-soprano, and a lover of all things red. She has been a stay-at-home mom since 2007, and while she loves her family more than anything, she also loves to make time for pursuing the crafts of writing and choral music. Katie is a native Texas girl, happily married to her best friend, Shaun, and together they are passionate about mentoring and equipping artists of all kinds. Find her online at katiefox.net.
Every week, several other friends from around the Internet share their own stories, ideas, tips, and encouragement to help you live a little simpler, too.
Alysa BajenaruAlysa Bajenaru is a dietician, personal trainer, crafter, mom, and justice advocate. Find recipes, workouts, inspiration, and more at her blog InspiredRD.com.
Lisa ByrneLisa is a trusted authority on mothers’ wellness and founder of WellGrounded Life, where she teaches and mentors busy moms with tools and skills to live vibrant and energized lives. She is also the author of the newly released book, Replenish: Experience Radiant Calm and True Vitality in Your Everyday Life.
Nicole BennettNicole can be found blogging at her lifestyle blog Gidget Goes Home, and is the former editor of Simple Homemade. She loves to read, sew, make ice cream, take pictures, watch baseball, and go for walks by the beach with her hubby and three little kiddos. She loves anything handmade and is affectionately known as a bit of a hippie among family and friends.
Rebecca CooperRebecca Cooper is a 34-year-old wife and mother of four who lives with her family in beautiful Alberta, Canada. As a photographer, crafter, author, and blogger, she finds joy and fulfillment in celebrating everyday moments. She loves to read and eat chocolate, and is a firm believer in afternoon naps. Rebecca shares her family’s adventures, photo tips, simple craft projects + more at Simple as That.
Sandy CoughlinSandy Coughlin is an author, blogger, wife, and mom to three children (16, 19, 21). She lives in a 1978 home in Oregon where her family loves to entertain. Sandy’s found that back-to-the-basics entertaining, not letting a dinner party be ruled by her pocketbook, contentment, using what she has, and a love for her guests are the true source of hospitality. Read more and be inspired at Reluctant Entertainer.
Robin DanceMarried over half her life to her college sweetheart, Robin writes about parenting teens at Simple Mom – not because her sons and daughters are perfect, but because they’re becoming who she hoped they would. She’s as Southern as sugar-shocked tea, squirmy when she has to write bios, and hopes you’ll visit Pensieve, and introduce yourself (or at least stalk her on Twitter).
Kara FleckKara is the editor of Simple Kids . She lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children.
Jeannett GibsonJeannett Gibson is a mom to four and wife to one who loves color and believes in story. She loves to tell you hers and wants to hear yours, too…because there is really no sense in wasting our suffering or not sharing in each other’s joy. She blogs, fund raises, and sometimes even gets her crafty pants on at Life Rearranged.
Crystal HadidianCrystal Hadidian has one son, two degrees, three tattoos and more books than any sane person who moves so often should have. In addition to parenting and working full-time, she dabbles in every creative medium possible. Born and raised in Austin, Texas, she now calls San Diego home. Check out her children’s book, Grey and the Good Attitude Cape.
Kat LeeKat Lee is a writer, speaker, and the reigning CandyLand champion in her home. She blogs at Inspired to Action, where she helps overwhelmed moms become focused and purposeful. She has traveled with and is an advocate for Compassion International. Kat and her husband live in Texas with their three children. She loves running, God, and Tex-Mex food, not necessarily in that order.
Sarah MarkleySarah Markley is the mother of two daughters and a wife to an amazing husband of seventeen years. She’s been writing all her life but has been blogging for the last six. Sarah loves extravagant grace, second chances, and knows firsthand what it’s like living in a post-crisis marriage.
Megan TietzMegan Tietz shares tips on parenting newborns to big kids, as well as what real like looks like in the days of spit-up stains and poster paint. She is also the soothing voice and spirited pen behind Sorta Crunchy – blog hub for all things faith, family, and natural living since 2006. You’ll most likely find her in a rocking chair on the front porch, enjoying the too-short days of family life with her husband and four kids.
Emily WalkerEmily Walker writes about making your home a haven, and is a stay at home mom to two littles. While she and her husband have fixed up their 1960s ranch home, Emily has learned lessons along the way in do-it-yourself, making do with what you have, simplifying, and living life to the fullest. When she’s not busy bossing her husband around on remodel projects, Emily blogs at Remodeling This Life.