My name is Tsh Oxenreider, and no, my name is not a typo (one of the first things people ask). It’s pronounced “Tish.” No reason, really, except that my parents were experimental with their names choices in the 70s. Until my younger brother was born in the 80s, whom they named Josh, quite possibly one of the most common names for people his age. Who knows what they were thinking, really.
About My Work
I write about living simply and intentionally at Simple Mom. I started this blog in early 2008, and it grew pretty quickly. In 2010, it expanded into a five-channel network called Simple Living Media, and in 2012, we added a sixth. I still write at Simple Mom, but I also serve as Editor in Chief of the other channels — Simple Bites, Simple Design, Simple Homeschool, Simple Kids, and Simple Homemade. It’s a lot of work, but it’s a ton of fun, and I can’t think of a better job in the world.
My first book, Organized Simplicity: The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Living, hit bookshelves in November 2010. In 2011, I released an e-book called One Bite at a Time: 52 Projects for Making Life Simpler. I’m currently writing my third book, due for release in early 2014 with Thomas Nelson.
I was number 2 in the top 50 Twitter Moms of 2011, was named one of the Top 100 Mom Blogs of 2011 and 2012, Simple Mom was nominated for Best New Blog of 2008, and it’s been mentioned on Apartment Therapy, HGTV, Better Homes and Gardens, Food Network, CNBC, CNN, NPR, and more.
I speak frequently about blogging, writing, living intentionally, and motherhood in between changing diapers and hitting the ‘publish’ button. I’m also an advocate for Compassion International, serving as one of their bloggers, and I also record a podcast with Homefries called The Simple Mom Podcast.
I like having music on in the house all day long, drinking black coffee, and wearing green (the color, not the concept… Although that’s pretty great, too). I dislike extremely hot or cold weather, sprouts, and wearing socks.
I’m married to Kyle, and I think he’s a great guy. We met in Kosovo, the former Yugoslavia, in 2000. I was working in a little village teaching English, and he was helping rebuild houses from the war. We’ve got a pretty sweet love story, actually. I probably should write about it. (I did, a little.)
Together we have three kids — Tatum (we call her ‘Tate’), Reed, and Finn. It’s really, really loud and chaotic in our car, but I love it anyway. The days are long but the years are short.
We love traveling the world. Not too long ago, we moved back from the Middle East, where Reed was born, and right now we we’re in beautiful Bend, Oregon.
I love blogging. I love writing, working from home and doing something I love, and interacting with people all day long. I can work from any country in the world. That’s pretty amazing.