Welcome to Simplifying Family! Here is everything you need to know about me – Orlando Blogger Whitney Cornelison, my family of six, and how Simplifying Family can change your life.
Thank you for being here.
What Does Simplifying Family Mean?
“Simplifying Family” is the process of simplifying and streamlining the activities and belongings of a family in order to reduce stress, improve quality of life, and create more time and space for what is truly important. This process involves identifying what activities are truly necessary and meaningful and eliminating those that are not.
Simplifying Family is important because modern families often face a great deal of stress and overwhelm due to the demands of daily life. Many families feel stretched thin by juggling work, school, extracurricular activities, household chores, and social obligations.
I can not tell you the number of times I’ve heard people say that they wish they could go back to the time when everyone was at home so they could be together as a family again.
Simplifying Family can help you reduce this stress and create more time and space for rest, relaxation, and meaningful connections with your loved ones.
By simplifying your belongings and activities, you can also reduce your environmental impact and save money. This can be accomplished by reducing the amount of waste they produce, buying less and using what they have more efficiently, and choosing activities that are less costly but still enjoyable.
In short, Simplifying Family can help families lead more intentional, fulfilling, and sustainable lives by focusing on what truly matters and eliminating the clutter and noise that can detract from that.
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Who Is Orlando Blogger Whitney Cornelison?
Hi! I’m Whitney! I started my first website in 2003 to keep family and friends updated on what was happening in my life after moving to North Carolina. I was so proud of myself for figuring out how to code a little mailbox so people could email me. It might have even had sparkles.
I was definitely on MySpace but haven’t tried to log in (I’ve heard you can!). I don’t even remember which email I used for that. I started writing on Blogspot when we moved from Wake Forest to Charlotte as a way to keep in touch with those friends who were more like family that we were leaving behind.
While I wish I had documented our infertility journey, the monthly rollercoaster was too raw to share.
I did, however, start writing again on Blogspot in 2009 as a way to stay connected and get free baby items. Haha! I shared the birth story of our firstborn and things like how to make vanilla extract (which was really amazing. I definitely need to make that again!!).
In 2013, I officially started blogging as a business as Beauty in the Mess, which you will still see on pictures and in some blog posts. It was a time when I struggled to see the beauty in the mess but I desperately wanted to and I wanted others to see the beauty in their mess as well.
It was super confusing for a lot of people though so I rebranded to Simplifying Family.
Now, I’m a Mom of a fabulous 14-year-old, an adventurous 12-year-old, an animated 10-year-old, and a spicy 8-year-old.
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.
Yes! We are living the dream of little Whitney as we live close to Walt Disney World.
Apartment living was great for a while but in 2021 we bought a house!
Life is an adventure, and I am here for it.
We love to travel as a family. It’s kind of messy, and always loud, 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 a dress from Ivy City Co or jeans and a t-shirt (affiliate link). Usually wearing my Saltwaters or TOMS.
Stitch Fix has helped me get out of the “mommy rut” clothing (affiliate link) dilemma. Did you know they carry TOMS?!
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!!
About Me | Simplifying Family
Life is never dull with four kids. Our family is loud and spicy. We love adventure, spending time together, and adding a bit of laughter everywhere we go.
The most profound lesson I learned over the last 14 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.
Friend, 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.
If you are like I was when you look at your life, it’s nothing like what you thought it would be.
Join the journey to discover more family time and live the life you dreamed of.
The Simplifying Family
As with every family, each person is an individual with their own personality that shines through.
The boys are polar opposites. While the oldest (12) 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, Star Wars, and Marvel fans. They 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.
The girls are our bookends. While only five years separate them, sometimes that feels like an eternity.
The oldest (14) 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 10 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our unique situation leaves us flexible and allows us to think outside the box.
Simplifying Family is a must-follow social media account for anyone looking to streamline their family life and create more time for what really matters. With practical tips and expert advice on everything from meal planning and organization to budgeting and self-care, Simplifying Family offers a wealth of resources to help busy parents and caregivers navigate the challenges of modern family life.
Through engaging and informative posts, the Simplifying Family team shares proven strategies for simplifying daily routines, reducing stress, and finding more joy in everyday moments. Whether you’re a busy mom or dad, a grandparent, or a caregiver, Simplifying Family is the ultimate resource for creating a happier, healthier, and more simplified family life.
So don’t wait – follow Simplifying Family today and start enjoying more time, more peace, and more connection with the people you love!
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