And we’re back!

I can always tell how busy my family is by how often we end up at Chipotle.

Seven times this past month.

Thanks for meeting me back here.

While I gave my blog a vacation, I stayed here and took some time for reflecting, brainstorming, and a little life laundry.

Because it’s so easy not to see the forest for the trees, and I wanted to make sure the direction I was heading in was where I really want to go.

And it definitely is.

I can’t wait to get back to my regular routine of writing here. Have you ever taken a vacation just to find yourself doing more than you would in normal life?

I did do a lot this month. The first thing that I can’t wait to show you is my closet. When I looked in my closet I saw four sizes of clothing and nothing to wear. It was crazy.

Is anyone up for a closet makeover?

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I write about practical tips that will help you simplify at home. Connect with me on Pinterest and Twitter.


  1. I missed you. That felt like a long month. I just cleaned out my closet when I discovered the same thing you did.

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  2. Welcome back!!

    I am definitely in need of a closet makeover…make under, really :)

    Alisha´s last post…Workshop Mid-week Progress Report, Week 3

    • I love that you called it a make under! That’s what mine should be called too.

  3. we just went to chipotle for the first time ever this last weekend! glad you are back. Missed you!

    Denise´s last post…pssst,

  4. So glad you’re back! I’ve missed your updates so look forward to what is coming.

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  5. Glad you had a good vacay from the blog – looking forward to some great posts coming our way :)

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  6. it always makes me happy to learn that other families eat at chipotle. its one of the only meals my kids will all eat.

    Amy´s last post…Man, I wish I lived in Phoenix

  7. YAY! Welcome back! I was so afraid that you were going to come back and say that you weren’t going to write your blog anymore. (Sigh of relief over here.) You are such an inspiration. I look forward to your future posts, and the closet makeover.


  8. Welcome back! I hope you had a great vacation. I loved the roaming gnome pictures, BTW.

  9. Welcome back! I was just thinking about your blog the other day, and wondered how your blogging vacation had been going. Can’t wait to hear about what insights you gleaned during this sabatacle.

  10. Welcome back, Rachel! Looking forward to seeing your closet makeover, and checking in on your blog regularly again :).

  11. Welcome back! I was talking with another online friend about how much I loved your blog, but was sad(ish) that it was on hiatus. And now you’re back. Huzzah!

    Closet makeover? I’m so there.

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  12. Absolutely! Welcome back…I’ve been patiently waiting =]

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  13. Denise C. says:

    Welcome Back! Lane & Tom are SO ADORABLE! I always love makeovers!
    I’m so happy your back, I love your blog! :)

  14. Jessicah says:

    Welcome back! A few days ago I was thinking about your blog, and how I missed it, and that night I actually had a dream that you came back to announce that you were pregnant with twins, and you’d needed the month off to figure out how to fit two more kids in your apartment. :)

    But yes, I also need a closet makeover, but I think mine needs to happen on a treadmill–right now all the maternity clothes are too big, but my regular clothes are too small, so I’m the same 4 shirts and 2 pairs of pants over and over and over!

  15. Welcome back! you were missed! And YES I need a closet makeover in the worst way!

    Diann @ the Thrifty Groove´s last post…Toile de Jouy

  16. Welcome back! As soon as I can get IN my closet, I’ll work on making it over… Obviously, my life has fallen apart without your simplicity and organizational tips.


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  17. So, glad to see you’re back. I always enjoy reading your posts even though I don’t always have a chance to comment.

    Speaking of cleaning out closets, if I could just go through and organize my shoes in bottom of my closet, it would be a great improvement. :)

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  18. I don’t leave comments on blogs often, but I felt the need to say that I am glad that you are back. I have subscribed for a long time and I look forward to reading your posts!

  19. So glad you’re back – looking forward to more regular updates.

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  20. Glad you are back!

  21. So glad you’re back! :)

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  22. 1. Would LOVE to see a closet makeover.
    2. I want to makeover mine – complete with a gorgeous coat of paint or wallpaper, but I’d settle for just having it all organized;)
    3. I miss Chipotle like crazy. We used to live within 5 minutes of the original location as well as a handful of other, but now the closest is 45 mins away. It’s my husband’s one Father’s Day request, so we’re looking forward to it:)

    So glad to see you back!

  23. I missed your posts. Thankful you are back and I can totally relate to your comment about your closet. This weekend I noticed I have 3 sizes of clothes and nothing to wear. I just took 4 bags to Salvation Army and organized the rest, so I no longer run errands in my “mommy” house cleaning clothes. Now in order to scale back and be more streamlined I am trying to create outfits with what I have left- matching things I never wore before together. Great post.

    Stacy´s last post…Mom-Speak, No I’m not talking to myself

  24. Sandra Gonzales says:

    Can’t to wait to see your closet makeover!!!

  25. So so glad you are back!!! Yippeee Yay!!!

    se7en´s last post…Saturday Spot: Making Kelp Horns in Se7en Steps at the Shark Center…

  26. You’ve been missed! Thanks for coming back.

  27. vermontmommy says:

    Yah! You are back!!! Welcome back! You have been missed.

    Yes, ready to see some closet pictures!

  28. Glad you are back, my morning coffee has been lacking your inspiration. I have a minimalist closet and am loving it. I got my motivation from fabulously broke in the city, and another of her sites, everyday minimalist. (I am not sure about the protocol for linking), I just like the less is more approach. I do work outside the home and have plenty of options, just giving my basics a workout and maximizing dress effect.

  29. Heather says:

    May was a long month. I missed you. Glad you’re back. :)

  30. Melissa says:

    Welcome back!!! I totally need to makeover my closets in all the bedrooms. Have a great day.

  31. Welcome Back! I’m always up for a closet clean-out!

  32. Welcome back! I just did a closet makeover and got to donate a ton of clothing to a local community program. It’s such a great feeling to clean the closet out and help others out in the process.

  33. Wow – glad you are back. I am ready for a closet makeover aswell. Looking forward to the pics!

  34. Precious photos, especially your daughter with the cup, scarf and big eyes. Now I am hungry for Chipotle! Welcome back.

    Bren´s last post…Thailand, Here I Come

  35. Sandra Gonzales says:

    Oh and by the way- your babies are getting so big.
    They are too cute!

  36. HI FRIEND!!! I am SO GLAD you are back! I hope you had a wonderful rest. Like you said, now that school is out, we are BUSIER than ever. Seriously. Have hardly had time to catch our breath lately. It’s good though.

    Can’t wait to see the closet. I can TOTALLY relate to four sizes of clothes and NOTHING to wear!

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  37. So glad you’re back – I have to say, this is probably my favorite of all the blogs in my reader, and I was really looking forward to your return.

    I’m in need of a closet makeover, too! I had a baby 2 weeks ago, and am finding that most of my old shirts, that I was so eager to get back into, no longer fit over my (much larger) chest!

    I’m looking forward to reading your posts again.

    Amy´s last post…May reveiw and June goals

  38. Welcome back. Even though I don’t comment here that often. I do like to see what you have going on. Can’t wait to see your closet. I’m so addicted to Chipotle thank God there isn’t one close to my house.:-)

    Rana´s last post…Summer Reading Club…

  39. Oh! I’m so glad you’re writing again, I found your blog AFTER you took your break, so I read a bunch of your old posts. I’m glad I’ll be seeing some new ones. =)

  40. Yay! Rachel’s back! Can’t wait for more…

    jill´s last post…Summer snuck up on me.

  41. So ready for a closet makeover. Just cleaned outthe master bedroom yesterday so perfect timing!

  42. I’m so glad you’re back, and that you are excited about the direction you are heading. SO, are you saying you’ll come tomy house and do a closet makeover? ;)

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  43. HeatherA says:

    Missed ya. Welcome back.

  44. Can’t wait to hear more!


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  45. I discovered your lovely blog the day you were going on vacation. I’m glad you’re back and am looking forward to getting to know you!

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  46. I’m so glad you’re back! I too keep editing my closet, I just want things as simple as possible these days. I guess a lot of us are on the same wavelength!

    Amy Lynne´s last post…Memorial Day

  47. Evon T. says:

    Don’t you just love Chipotle? I especially like their burrito bowl. I’m in desperate need of a closet makeover. Maybe I’ll attack mine during the next long weekend I have coming up. Hope you enjoyed your time away. And your family is just adoreable, btw.

  48. Mmmm, we love Chipotle. :) And I just took 36 (yes, 36!!) shirts to Goodwill. Yes, they were all mine. And about 15 pairs of pants and skirts. Eeegads.

  49. I miss you! so glad that you are back

    I just clean my closet too! It look so great that I just stand there and look at it!
    So liberating..

  50. Welcome back! Sound like you had a busy month but I am sure it was much needed. Can’t wait to see your new organized closet.

    Zengirl @ Heart and Mind´s last post…101 changes: Change 4: Plant something

  51. Welcome back! Would love to know what has been on your mind, and how the break was!
    I’m glad you have been able to have the time to concentrate on your family (and do all the other busy things you got up to!)

    All the best for this next chapter in your life! May it be a good one!

    Meeks´s last post…And the winner is!!!

  52. Welcome back! It’s always fun to clean out the closet!! Looking forward to your before and after pics. :)

  53. Rebecca says:

    First time at your blog and I really like it a lot. Looking forward to your closet makeover.

  54. Welcome back. You have been missed! I so need a closet makeover! I don’t think I actually wear anything in my closet…I just put all the current clothing on the floor in front of the closet. I think it might be time to purge.

  55. Hi! I found your blog while you were away and so did some browsing of back posts while waiting for you to come back. Looking forward to reading more! And my closet needs a major overhaul. First, I’ve lost 40 lbs., so I need to figure out what fits and what doesn’t. Second, we’re switching rooms around and the room we are turning into a master bedroom doesn’t have a closet available, so I’m planning to get a wardrobe (or two) from IKEA, so I need to figure out how much space I need. Whew!

    Welcome back!

    Jennifer´s last post…Did you send out a search party?

  56. Monique says:

    I’m so glad you’re back! Your blog is my absolute favorite. I’m 32, never been married and have have no children, however, I read your blog faithfully and find it totally useful! I hope you had a wonderful vacation. Can not wait to see that closet.

  57. So glad you’re back, Rachel! I think of you as my wise, sensible blog friend who gives thoughtful and meaningful advice. Looking forward to future posts.

  58. Glad your back. I did a closet clean out earlier this spring. I had the same problem. Three different sized but never anything to wear. Once all the clutter in the closet was gone, I actually found clothes I to wear! Funny how that works! ;D

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  59. Great to see you back… love the photos!

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  60. Welcome back. Your little one sure has grown. What a cutie!!

    Let the blogging begin… can’t wait for your new posts.

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  61. Love love love a good clean out! I too found your blog right before your hiatus, and spent some time in the archives waiting for your return. I also have been clearing out the closet so I can A) hang things up again and B) see what I have and C) wear everything in the joint, not save crap for the magical day it fits again!
    To get rid of the stuff, I’ll be holding a yard sale, and have solicited donations from all my friends (many of whom work in clothing stores) and will be donating all the proceeds to my favourite charity. YAY for clean outs!!!
    And I’m glad you’re back.

  62. Welcome back and so glad to hear you enjoyed the break. I’m having the same clothing difficulties as you – stinks doesn’t it!

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  63. Happiness. I missed you. I will admit, I only really sit down and read three or four blogs and yours is one of them. So glad to have you back!! xo

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