It’s nice to meet you.

My name is Tsh Oxenreider, and no, my name is not a typo (one of the first things people ask). It’s pronounced “Tish.”

I’m originally from Austin, Texas, which means I love me some brisket, breakfast tacos, and margaritas, sometimes in the same meal. I’m currently living with my husband and three kids in Bend, Oregon, having also lived… sigh. Gosh. All over the place. Don’t get me started.

I like all four seasons because I thrive on change, but if I had to pick, I’d like it to be 75 degrees year-round, cool enough to drink coffee in the morning, warm enough to wear flip flops in the afternoon, watch the leaves change color from a comfy chair near sunset, and then read a book near the fire pit on the deck after dinner. All on one day.

I like to travel. A lot. I get itchy if I stay home too long. Thankfully, my family feels the same way, so we usually hit the road or the skies together.

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I like to write. Read, too. I usually read about five books at a time.

If I had things my way, I’d wear stripes everyday without my kids making fun of me, flour tortillas would be magically gluten-free, I’d live on the beach without getting sand in my suit (maybe that’s called a lake), and my three-year-old would sleep in. And Friends would still be on, perpetually in that good phase when Chandler was funny and Monica wasn’t shrill.

It depends on the year, but most of the time we’re a homeschooling family. Mostly because we have ants in our pants and can’t stay still for too long, but also because we like to make you feel uncomfortable at dinner parties by either making you feel guilty for sending your kids to school or paranoid that you’re sitting by a right-wing weirdo.

Neither of which are true. You’re awesome, and we’re just regular weirdos.

I really do think a library card, a Netflix subscription, and a passport are some of the greatest parenting tools in the universe. Toys, schmoys.

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Honestly? I think that’s about all you need to know about me. But if you want to know more fancy stuff, feel free to read on.

About my work

I write about the art and science of living simpler at The Art of Simple.  I started the blog in early 2008 (it used to be called Simple Mom), and it grew pretty quickly, and I now share the space with 20-plus amazing writers.  In 2010, the blog expanded into a five-channel network, and in 2012, we added a sixth.

In early 2013, we decided to no longer be a network, but several of the sites I created are still kicking, under the helm of brilliant women: Simple Bites, Simple Homeschool, and Simple Kids, totally worth a look.

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.

My third book, Notes From a Blue Bike, is published with Thomas Nelson and released February 4, 2014.

Fancy talk

Nice people have said stuff about my work, stuff like… (to be read like those guys who read the disclaimers ridiculously fast at the end of car commercials) …the fact that Simple Mom was named one of the Top 100 Mom Blogs of 2012, and that I was number 2 in the top 50 Twitter Moms of 2011 and was one of the Top 100 Mom Blogs of 2011 was one of the Best New Blogs of 2008. I’ve been mentioned on Apartment Therapy, HGTV, Better Homes and Gardens, Food Network, CNBC, CNN, NPR, Parents magazine, Real Simple magazine, and more.

Phew.

I’m also an advocate for Compassion International, serving as one of their bloggers, I’m a regular contributor at (in)courage, and I’m currently an A-List Expert with Real Simple magazine. I also record a podcast with Homefries called The Art of Simple Podcast, which during one week ranked second under NPR’s This American Life in most listened-to podcasts (for like 15 minutes).

Here’s what I believe, spiritually and all. Some people are curious.

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I love blogging. I love writing, working from home and doing something I love. I can work from any country in the world. That’s pretty amazing. I’m grateful, ever so.

If you’d like to contact me, please head to The Art of Simple’s contact page for more info. Thanks.