Welcome to Simple Mom

Alright, so this blog. It’s kinda new. My personal blog isn’t, however, and that’s where you can read our family updates, little cultural stories about life here, and generally whatever comes to my mind that doesn’t fit here.

So what does fit on this blog?

This blog is dedicated to encouraging moms to simplify their high calling. That means freedom from unnecessary complications, and free enough to do our job well.


Photo by Atimoth

And don’t think that by my penning this blog that I have this “simplicity” thing all figured out!  By reading, you’ll be following my journey as I learn what works and what doesn’t. 

I love exploring the practical sides of simplicity, so I highlight some of the many tools and resources available. Topics that interest me most are:

  1. managing time as we manage the home – how on earth do we do it “all”?
  2. budgeting and managing the family’s finances
  3. cooking and eating well
  4. filling our family’s minds with only quality books, music, and movies
  5. cultivating the dying arts for the benefit of our family – sewing, gardening, and the like
  6. keeping paperwork to a minimum, and organizing well the paperwork that is necessary
  7. incorporating our children in household management – even the little ones can help out

I want to showcase the benefit of simplicity, that keeping things simple can free us to invest in the things that really matter – relationships with family and friends.

Interested? Then please stick around and explore! All suggestions and ideas are welcome. I’ll try my darndest to make even personal finance interesting and fun.

Tsh Oxenreider

Tsh is the founder of this blog and just finished traveling around the world with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

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  1. Hello to a fellow FPU gal! Nice to meet you! Oh! And congrats on the new baby. We just had a new baby on December 19th. Wow! Do I remember week 10!?! Peanut is 2.5 months old now…. times flies, huh?!

  2. Greetings from snowy Westfield, NY. I hate hot weather, too. That’s why we moved to the Northeast. Thanks for having me to your party.


  3. Oh your Etsy shop is cool.. love the card designs! I am a digi scrapper and have been doing a few invites and cards for friends of late as well

    Happy Blog Party!

  4. Hi, and thanks for dropping by my party. I am a little partied out from yesterday, but I will catch up later.

  5. I also love your etsy shop. I love browsing Etsy and finding awesome made products.

    Happy Blog Party

  6. love your header, and your shop! And hey, I am the one who has a blast at parties by sitting to talk to that one person who doesn’t want to drunkenly dance naked on a table (my in laws) so I bet you would be great at parties! 🙂

  7. Thanks for the wonderful welcome and congrats on the new addition to your family. I’ll have some chocolate, please. LOL Happy blogging!

  8. The movie is Love at First Bite! I love that movie and actually am probably one of the only people in the world that actually has it on DVD!

    Have a great party!

  9. omG, Austin, TX I am DYING for a cherry limeade now (THANKS for that)!

    I actually miss EVERYTHING on your list, too…


    Well, enjoy the party anyhow. Ciao!

  10. I *heart* Dave Ramsey, he’s awesome.

    And– I am a “Chewy Granola” type person as well, lol. I’m not quite crunchy, but I’m not the average person, either, lol.

    I enjoyed your post!

  11. Hmmm… I’m thinking you might be a Lynn, that’s my mn anyway, which also has no vowels. A fun claim to fame that I’d never thought about 🙂 I love your blog’s design! Nice to meet you!

  12. Love the dark chocolate cake! Yum!

    I’m inviting you to party with me!

    Win some chocolate from my-sister-in-law and I…we blog about CHOCOLATE…me from Australia…and her from Michigan. Here’s the link: http://thechocolistas.blogspot.com/2008/03/ultimate-blog-party-2008.html

    What am I doing in Australia? I married an Aussie…and moved to Brisbane, leaving my family and friends and all the right-side-of-the-road drivers in America.

    Win a handmade pocket place mat from my blog Comfort Joy Designs. Here’s the link:

    Want to know more about life in Australia? Visit my A Cup of Joy site where I keep up with my family and friends in America. Here’s the link:

    Happy Partying!

  13. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm
    That cake is giving me a huge chocolate craving! Lol
    You sound like a very interesting lady, congrats on the new baby, I am expecting my second baby in July:)

    I hope to get to know you better, stop by and say hi sometime. Enjoy the party!

  14. Aloha from Hawaii. I’ve enjoyed the party and mingling on your site. I’ll be back since there is a lot of useful information.

  15. Party Hopping and I like your blog here and your store! Oh and you other blog too! I even dropped some advice for you there too!!
    I will have some chocolate and wine if that is ok with you! Nice to meet you!!

  16. Great blog! Love it. Happy Party . . . hop over to mine! Blessings.

  17. Fun blog. Love your party post. You have me curious. I’ll check back, that’s for sure. Thanks for coming to my party!!!

  18. Hey just popping in from the party….beautiful design and I love love love that chocolate cake, thanks! Happy blog hopping (I’m a bit of a cherry limeade addict myself, I empathize).

  19. Hi there, just wanted to say thanks for visiting our blog and thought I would hop over here for some chocolate! Love your philosophy and will definitely bookmark the blog. (Great ideas!)

    Take care,

  20. Stephanie V says:

    stopping by

  21. I love your little blog and can’t wait to read more! I too am on a quest for more simplicity and home-centeredness in my life, so your blog is of exceptional interest to me! Thanks for having me and I hope to see you around the party!


  22. Hello from a fellow Chuy’s lover.

    You have a great site! I’ll be back. :o)

    Happy Ultimate Blog Party!


  23. Still hopping from blog to blog… my goal is to post at each blog at least once. Nice to meet you. Happy blogging!

    Storm’s last blog post..Economic Stimulus

  24. Thanks, everyone! Feel free to stick around, and let me know of any suggestions you may have.

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