I’m Allison, a slightly out-of-the-box mama! Welcome!
Out-of-the-box mama was started as a place for me to share about my favorite things in life: faith, family, and food. I sort of thought I knew the direction I was going to take the blog, but I just wanted to get started and worry about that part later.
In October, 2015 I participated in the 31 day writing challenge. I chose to write about living small, inspired by Emily Freeman’s work in the book Simply Tuesday. You can find that series here. After writing that series, I began to see how living small was really the kind of life I wanted to live. I began to see how God really does show up in the small moments of life. My writing kind of took a turn on that theme.
This is my inspiration for all I do in life.
Here’s a little sneak peak into what you’ll find here.
I’ve been on a real food journey for the last fifteen years. Despite eating real and traditional food for this long, I’m continually amazed at how much there is to learn. For as much as I think about food and feeding my family well, I realize this is a whole new world for many people. While I don’t want to be a food blogger by any means, I will share here what it means for me to “eat small.” That means supporting small and local farmers when possible, cooking from scratch, and eating as close to real food as possible. You likely won’t find original recipes here or tons of beautiful food pictures, but I will talk about how eating small can help connect us to our food and each other. You can read about my core food beliefs here.
I’ve become increasingly aware of the effects of consumerism in our nation and world. My hope is to provide you with information and connection with small companies who are using ethical practices or quality ingredients. This is an area I’m working to build and I hope you keep checking back to see what companies will be featured here.
In an age of information, where news and information are readily available, where people want to breeze from one thing to the next, where the pace of the world seems to move a mile a minute, everywhere we turn there’s distractions. These things call our attention away from being present with our families and our work. In the last year, I’ve been much more aware that I have to purposely be present in each moment of the day. When my kids are talking, really looking into their eyes, listening to my husband and not multi-tasking on social media. It takes work to be intentional in all areas and trust me, I’m far from perfect. I want to enjoy the small moments of life, and to stay focused and live in the moment. It’s hard to sometimes force yourself to slow down when everything around you moves so quickly and you feel like you might miss something if you’re not part of everything. So my goal in my writing is to share how I’m slowing down and to help my readers do the same thing.
I don’t want to live my life the way the rest of the world does, so I’m trying to get out of the box that is considered “normal” or mainstream, a little bit each day. That includes trying to make intentional choices about what we eat, the kinds of things we buy, the companies we support, as well as other lifestyle choices such as homeschooling. We don’t strive to be perfect, but to do the best we can with what we have and to make choices for our family. So while we do our best, we try not to worry about what we can’t do. God is first and foremost in our home and we try to live not by what we see, but by faith and His promises to us.
I’m far from perfect in any of these areas, but I feel called to make a difference in my corner of the world. To write about the messiness and beauty that is life. So while you’ll always find dust bunnies and crumbs on my floors, you’ll also find lots of love and grace.
Find yourself to be a little out-of-the-box too? Join me on the journey. Leave comments and share about your journey too. That’s how we all learn and grow together.
Above all, may God be glorified through this blog!