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Showing posts from January, 2018

Tiny House Toys: BeginAgain Puzzles

For Christmas, my cousin gave each of my girls a wooden block puzzle, and at first I felt a little trepidation about having another wooden puzzle with knobby pieces to step on or lose. Puzzles seem like a great toy for a tiny house, and we have a number of them and love them, but the wooden ones are usually so much harder to store, and the pieces always seem to get lost so easily around here. Plus, up until now, my girls haven't really been too interested in the wooden puzzles they've had. I went through about a year ago and purged most of their wooden puzzle collection because it rarely got played with, even when brand new.

These puzzles, though, are different. The pieces are big, but not too big, and they are a very nice quality. No glued on paper coating for my toddler to chew off. No knobby handles to step on in bare feet (though they still hurt if you land on one just right). And they are just enough of a challenge for my kids to actually enjoy playing with them.

Winter Tree

A couple of weeks ago we finally got around to taking down our Christmas tree and erecting our new "winter tree" in its place. Birch trees have always been one of my favorite trees, and my parents gave me a four-foot white birch tree with LED lights for Christmas. I saw a similar (taller) one at Costco months ago, and I fell in love with it. I could just picture a tree like that in our home. Something about the soft lights on these long nights makes our tiny house seem even more cozy.

The Mirror Cabinet

My dad came over on Thursday and kindly installed my brand new mirrored cabinet in our bathroom.

He assembled the cabinet at his house and carried it up here to hang. It's a pretty heavy cabinet even before we filled it with stuff, and the screw holes didn't match up with the studs in our bathroom at all. We had some birch boards left from making Sweetheart's toddler bed last year, and we decided to screw two boards perpendicular to the studs on the bathroom wall and then attach the cupboard to those boards. The back of the cabinet is slightly recessed, so it barely sticks away from the wall even with the two boards there.

One of the biggest unexpected obstacles was the mirror that came installed when we bought the house. I thought maybe we could move the mirror somewhere else, though I wasn't quite sure where, but it turns out that it was stuck hard to the drywall with special tape and then screwed on, and it cracked when we were taking it off. Oh well. (I definitely …

Odds and Ends

I was planning to take our Christmas tree down last Thursday, but then Sunshine came down with strep, and I spent the next three days nursing my girl back to health instead. In the glow of the Christmas tree lights.

Then I came down with a horrid cold and found myself curled up on the couch under a blanket while Sunshine fed herself and Sweetheart cheese crackers until Daddy woke up and fed everyone some real food. (Bless my sweet girl and my husband.)

We are both much recovered now, but that tree still sits there, looking beautiful and festive. And mocking me.

I'm hoping to get to it this weekend.

For Christmas, my parents gave me a beautiful little four-foot white birch tree with white lights, and I am eager to set it up on that loft ledge where the Christmas tree stands. We love the soft glow of the lights in our small house, especially on these long winter nights, and a white birch seems like the perfect winter tree now that Christmas is over.

My parents also bought me a medic…

The Stokke Flexi Bath

A couple of months ago, I was wandering through Target with my girls when I stumbled upon an item that I have had my eye on for a long time: the Stokke Flexi Bath (Amazon link). It was on clearance. I was so excited.

As you may remember, it's long been a dilemma for us how to go about bathing our kids without an actual bathtub in our tiny house. A few months ago, I started putting a large plastic storage container in the shower on bath nights, and it worked really well except for one issue: we were constantly having to move it out of the way when it wasn't being used. This quickly got annoying, as you can imagine.

Even before Sunshine was born, I thought the Stokke tub might be a worthwhile purchase, but I could never bring myself to pay that much for a plastic bathtub. I just wasn't sure how well it would work. After weeks of tripping over our makeshift tub, which otherwise was working quite well for us, I did go online and look at the Flexi Bath again. I even measured the…