Monday Montage: Time to Get Real

One of my aspirations with this blog is to keep my writing honest and open. I have told you about some of my most embarrassing moments, my scariest moments, and even some of my introspective thoughts about travel. I have written about my real (housewife) life before, but there were a ton of comments in my Monday Montage last week from people wanting to see what the normal (some may even say mundane) things in my life look like. I had specific requests for my groceries and my housework (or lack thereof).

Because I like all you guys so much, I am bowing to your request! So todays pictures are of my not-so-clean house and my groceries, and a few other pictures from the week. Happy Monday everyone!



No clothes dryer for us! The great part of living on a tropical island is having line-dried laundry all the time. I have always found doing laundry to be soothing, and nothing is better than crisp sun-dried linens.


One of my least favorite chores, taking out the garbage… obviously. We separate our recyclable trash here, not because the garbage collectors need them that way when they collect, but because we have a few people who come around the neighborhood collecting them to help support their families. I have seen them digging through garbage bin after bin and I try to make it as easy for them as possible.


Dishes never seem to end… never ever ever ever.


A clean, but messy toddlers room… I promise it looked immaculate a few hours later (for about 5 minutes at least).


I went grocery shopping this afternoon and here is my haul. Fresh fruit from the fruit seller, yogurt, tea, Yakult (a fermented milk drink that Z LOVES) along with a bunch of other stuff.

(**Disclaimer- I was not asked to write about or recommend any of the products shown above. This is simply my personal shopping.)


And for my final photo, Z and her friends looking out at the ocean… What better way to get out of the house and forget about the work to be done?

Well, there you have it, a look into my life. Hopefully I didn’t bore you to tears (I mean how exciting can a dirty house be right)!

Now it’s your turn! What chore do you like to do? Hate? Leave a comment and share! Also, if you want to join in the fun and write a post and share some pictures of your real life, make sure to leave the link to it in the comments so I can read it!

  30 comments for “Monday Montage: Time to Get Real

  1. journey2dfuture
    January 19, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    I’m surprised, I don’t know why but i was always under the impression you were in hotels, apartments with no where to really call home. Now I’ve seen these pictures you have a home and Z has toys lol. I’ve no idea why I thought you guys lived out of cases and hopped from place to place each week. :. Sorry x

    • andthreetogo
      January 19, 2015 at 10:30 pm

      That is totally understandable! We have settled here in Phuket as a home base and have accumulated some belongings now. Z more than the Chad and I. We lived out of cases for a year and now bring them out for our trips every few months. 🙂

  2. mamabyfire
    January 19, 2015 at 10:47 pm

    So I guess it’s true, no matter where you are, the chores are about the same. I love that you separate the recycling to help support other people. Z’s room looks a lot like our playroom. Very similar floor mats and everything. Love that last picture! So cute!

    • andthreetogo
      January 19, 2015 at 10:53 pm

      It is true, the same chores come with you no matter where you are! 🙂

  3. 5sOnTheFly
    January 20, 2015 at 1:36 am

    We can’t think of the last time we’ve used a dryer either. We have definitely increased our laundry skills by traveling 🙂

    • andthreetogo
      January 20, 2015 at 7:36 am

      I have to say I love it! I love being in a place where line drying is possible almost every day.

  4. Patti Mitchell
    January 20, 2015 at 1:47 am

    I didn’t have a dryer for a long time and while the clothes and sheets were fine i hate stiff towels! Now i have a dryer and while my electric bill is higher Im loving it. The dryer was given to me so it’s even better! But i can see how hindering out would be to lug one around or worry about selling it,etc.

    • andthreetogo
      January 20, 2015 at 8:20 am

      I cannot imagine not having a dryer back home. I would never have dry clothes! It seemed like it rained or was dewey much of the time. That would be difficult to plan for nice days. (:
      Hope you guys are all well and happy! Say hi to Paul and the kids for us!

  5. Rachel
    January 20, 2015 at 4:31 am

    I love housework, particularly cleaning. Not much of a fanboy cooking though!

    • andthreetogo
      January 20, 2015 at 8:22 am

      Cooking is definitely not my strong suit. I find it tedious and frustrating. Soon I am getting an oven though, so I will be able to make casseroles and such, so at least it will be easier to make meals (I guess).

  6. thehomeschoolingdoctor
    January 20, 2015 at 8:51 am

    Such good pictures! I hate laundry the most. The most! We had someone who would rummage through our recycle in South Carolina too, like you describe. Nice of you to separate it!

    • andthreetogo
      January 20, 2015 at 9:37 am

      Thanks so much! I have been molded to seperate really, in my hometown there was a time that you could get fined if you didn’t seperate your recyclable trash… Now though they have a machine that seperates it (I guess) so they don’t require seperation. Wow, that was a long response! Haha, you really wanted to know that back story right?! Haha

      • thehomeschoolingdoctor
        January 20, 2015 at 7:10 pm

        You know I did! It kills me they dont recycle glass where I live! Can u believe that?

        • andthreetogo
          January 21, 2015 at 7:17 am

          Seriously! How can that be? I though they recycle glass, paper, and aluminium every where in the States! Shame on them!

  7. Lani
    January 20, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    555+ You did it. You overshared beause we told you to! Yes. Peer presure wins! Bhahahahaha. But seriously, who doesn’t like that probiotic drink? Chore that I hate. Chore that I hate…sweeping (only because here in Thailand you have to do it religiously).

    • andthreetogo
      January 20, 2015 at 3:41 pm

      55555! I did! I totally caved to the pressure.
      I agree Yakults are delicious every once in a while. Especially with eggs for breakfast!
      I hate sweeping as well. It is amazing how much sand gets in our house. Admittedly I have a housekeeper come once a week now for an hour or two to sweep, mop, wash the windows, and clean the bathrooms. But in between those weekly visits I still have to clean everyday. 🙂 I would blame my daughter for the constant cleaning, but it’s really chad. Hahaha!

      • Lani
        January 20, 2015 at 3:49 pm

        !!! Chad! Oh, brother… 😛

  8. melissajane01
    January 21, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    Funny how some cities in the states won’t allow you to have a clothes line outside but in other places it’s commonplace. And, speaking of laundry, I hate hanging up clothing.

    • andthreetogo
      January 21, 2015 at 9:17 pm

      Wait… What? Some cities don’t allow clothes lines?! I have never heard of such a thing!

  9. Jhanis
    January 22, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    I hate all chores! Except cooking! 🙂 The clothesline looks so familiar LOL We do that here too.OMG! YOu have Yakult there too! My kids love it! But I don’t! Tastes like spoiled vinegar! 😀

    • andthreetogo
      January 22, 2015 at 7:48 pm

      Haha. Now that you say that… I may not be able to drink it anymore. Lol.
      I wish I loved cooking… Want to do mine?

  10. theblackberryboys
    January 22, 2015 at 10:47 pm

    I loved this post. Very interesting. We don’t have a clothes dryer either. They are not very popular here, so we also have line-dried laundry. I would love to see other posts about what you eat. maybe a what I ate today or something like that. Or A Grocery haul post. I like doing laundry, except the folding part at the end. I hate ironing, it is the worst.

    • andthreetogo
      January 22, 2015 at 10:54 pm

      Ironing is the worst! I totally agree!
      I like the “what I ate today” idea! thanks Fanni!

  11. kemkem
    January 23, 2015 at 7:37 pm matter where you are, there you are. The same routine..bills,chores,shopping etc. We use the clothes line and indulged in a Standino. There is a dryer, but we’ve never used it. The landlord is like l’ll pick it up. Told her to go right ahead, and she hasn’t either in 2 months. Malta got us used to line drying, but of course The hubby was used to it in Rome. I hate all chores, every single last one of them 🙂

    • andthreetogo
      January 23, 2015 at 8:53 pm

      Exactly. 🙂 I love line dried laundry… So it all works out. Yeah, today I am loathing chores… They are never ending!

  12. Much to be thankful for!
    January 23, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    Poor Zoë, no toys in other countries obviously! Hahahah! Her room looks mighty fun.
    thanks for showing a slice if “real” life in the tropics!
    Chores I like…well, I really liked the way you did my laundry when you visited. Just like your granny, a laundry perfectionist. I am just now realizing, aside from folding towels (all corners MUST matchup) I’m not a huge fan of any chores though I love a clean house. Least favorite, it’s a 3 way tie between toilets, garbage and probably ahead by a smidge, scrubbing the tub.
    loved seeing a “slice of life” thank you!

    • andthreetogo
      January 24, 2015 at 6:57 am

      Yeah, she is simply destitute isn’t she? I blame her Nana 🙂
      Thanks for commenting mom! 🙂

  13. thebritishberliner
    January 31, 2015 at 2:37 am

    I like the fact that you leave your clothes to dry in the sunshine. I like that too except for in the winter….! I hate the hovering as I always seem to start tidying other stuff, and abandon the actual hoovering! I like washing the windows in Spring as I open the garden door, open all the windows, and put on my favourite rock-pop group as loudly as I can; funnily enough called “Garbage!”

    • andthreetogo
      January 31, 2015 at 1:48 pm

      I do not miss having to vacuum our carpets at all! Having all tile floors helps with that. 🙂
      I don’t think I have ever heard of someone who enjoys washing windows until you! Want to come do mine? Hahaha
      I also love Garbage, if you are talking about the 90’s alternative band with the red headed woman singer?

      • thebritishberliner
        February 11, 2015 at 12:28 pm

        Indeed I am! I love the very Scottish Shirley, and I was absolutely chuffed when they ended up singing the theme tune of James Bond’s “The World is not Enough!”. The video is a fantastic scream. Just so brilliant! Well, they all are. I don’t think 007 has ever had a dud song. Even the Madonna track was pretty alright. I mean, it’s James Bond. It’s got to be a bit quirky LOL!

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