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About Me | Minimalist Living With Simplifying Family

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Welcome to Simplifying Family! Here is everything you need to know about me – Orlando Blogger Whitney Cornelison and my family of six.

It’s nice to meet you.

I’m an Orlando Florida mom blogger, the mother of a fabulous 11-year-old, adventurous 10-year-old, animated 8-year-old, spicy 6-year-old, and wife to my husband of 19 years.

Our family packed up our house in North Carolina in the Spring of 2016 and moved across the country to Denver, Colorado. Then in 2018, after an epic road trip along the West Coast, we moved from Denver to Orlando Florida – SUPER close to Walt Disney World Resort!!

Apartment living was great for a while but in 2021 we bought a house! Even in the housing market the way it was, we were able to buy our house below asking so we can make it our home.

Life is an adventure, and I am here for it.

We love to travel as a family. It’s kind of messy, but all good adventures are.

No matter the weather, the mornings will find me drinking coffee with non-dairy creamer and sugar, and gluten-free something. If you see me out at Disney Parks or out and about, you’ll usually find me in jeans, a t-shirt, and TOMS. Stitch Fix has helped me get out of the “mommy rut” clothing dilemma. Did you know they carry TOMS?! THEY DO!

As of 2016, I can call myself a half-marathoner. I set a goal to run a half-marathon, and I reached that goal. As a mom of four littles, training was not an easy task, but I made it work. In 2017, I added several more medals to that one. I ran in the runDisney Princess Half Marathon in February 2017, and ran in the Tinker Bell Half Marathon in May 2017, which earned me the coveted PINK Coast to Coast Medal!!

runDisney Princess Half-Marathon Medal in front of the Castle

About Me | Simplifying Family

Life is never dull with four kids. Our family is loud, loving, and spicy. We love adventure, spending time together, and adding a bit of laughter and mess everywhere we go.

The most profound lesson I learned over the last 13 years as a mom is my need for simplifying.

We try so hard to live up to the expectations given to us by family, friends, and society. The truth is, only we know what is best for our family. We know our children, and our family dynamics, only we know our breaking point.

About Me | Family of six | Mom, Dad, four kids blowing bubbles in grass by a tree

Friends, I want you to stop comparing your life to the ones you see online.

I want to give you the tools to help you simplify your life so you can find freedom, live stress-free, and reinvent your family life.

Because if you are like I was, when you look at your life right now, it’s nothing like what you thought it would be.

Join the journey to discover more family time and less “mess stress”.

As with every family, each person is an individual with their own personality that shines through.

The boys are polar opposites. While the oldest (11) has never met a stranger and speaks his mind, the youngest (10) is reserved and thoughtful, taking it all in. Once he warms up though, he’s a comedian. Both love to travel and have a good adventure. They are big Disney Junior fans and could play with LEGOS for hours. But neither one ever wants to eat anything green, unless the oldest is at Olive Garden. Only then will he eat a salad. They share a room and are fine with that unless a bunk bed is involved. Neither likes the top bunk because Mommy refuses to climb the ladder to lay with them at night.

The girls are our bookends. While only five years separate them, sometimes that feels like an eternity.

The oldest (13) is trying to pave her own way, while also wanting to play with her siblings. She loves to travel and talks about wanting to visit Paris, France when she’s older. She went from reading the Harry Potter Series to all things Percy Jackson and Rick Riordan. Now life is all about Percy Jackson, cosplay, and embroidery.

The littlest is sweet and spicy and not so little anymore at 8 years old. She can hold her own in squabbles with her older siblings. She is the best storyteller and is always trying to figure out how to make money.

Holidays and birthdays are always an adventure. We think our kids need stuff. Is that really what will make them happy? Let’s come up with creative solutions to celebrate our children without more toys to clutter our living spaces.

While we are in a house, apartment living was our way of life for so long. Small space living meant my office was in the living room which was also the dining room. There is still room sharing as our oldest and youngest share space, as do our boys.

Family travel is important to us. If we can travel as a family of six, then anyone can. If you would like to sponsor a road trip, email me at whitney@simplifyingfamily.com.

Our unique situation leaves us flexible and allows us to think outside the box.

Let’s Connect!

Email me at whitney@simplifyingfamily.com

Follow me on Twitter at @simplifyingfam.

Connect with me on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, G+, or YouTube.

If you are a brand or business that would like to connect with our audience of over 160k readers and followers, find out more about partnering with Whitney on our Let’s Work Together page.

I would LOVE to hear from you. Email me at whitney@simplifyingfamily.com

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