Lily Jade, Unpacked + a Giveaway!

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Oh friends! One, I’m excited to give you a dose of real life today. The inside of my diaper bag kind of real life. It’s not all roses, but it sure it all functional … or at least entertaining :) There was so prepping or staging of this “photo shoot” – just a dump and display. Real […]

Twelve Books For 2015

12 BOOKS FOR 2015

Every year I aim to read “x” amount of books. I love reading, always have, but with little ones roaming about and minimal solo time it’s not like you’ll find me plopped on the couch too often with a book in hand. Well, at least not for a few years until I can establish a bona […]

This + That


I’m in total nesting mode. The pre-travel kind of nesting. I haven’t been on a plane since Jemma was one and now, with 2 kids and a longer trip, I’m busy as a bee with prep. So far today, I’ve deep cleaned the kitchen counters – granite tile instead of granite slab calls for that […]

The Beauty of Books

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This year we’ve resolved to read more and screen less. Jem is thrilled, Max … not so much. Don’t get me wrong, Max loves books too, just not his top pick when put up against a movie. Jemma and I though – books4life! I love that she loves books. And not just any books, she’s truly […]

This + That


I’ve started running again. Well, jogging/walking/jogging/walking. Pretty much, I’m back to the beginning after abandoning everything I gained this summer from my 5K training. Humph. It has coupled well with starting Whole30 because when I eat better I want to exercise and when I exercise I want to eat better.  Here’s the irony — I’m registered […]

The Birthday Turned Christmas Wish List

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Welcome to the December 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Greatest Gifts This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have suggested go-to gifts and gifting experiences for the holiday season for all your loved ones. Back in October […]

This + That


Remember when I mentioned the darling shop, Ella & Ezzi, the other week? Sadly, her mama is terminally ill and there is a YouCaring fundraiser going on to help fly family to Minnesota to say goodbye. If you had an Ella & Ezzi Memory Game on your shopping list for Christmas, read this post, donate $50, and […]

The Girlfriend’s Gift Guide — Gifts For the Sister You Choose

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Yesterday I confessed my love for Black Friday sales. And I do – I really, really love them. Even more, I love sales that aren’t tied to one, crazy day. And friends, I’ve found one of those. With the help of The Microsoft Store I’m thrilled to be sharing something fabulous that is available NOW – no […]

It Doesn’t Always Rain in the Pacific Northwest


Driving down the freeway last week, Jemma began chatting about the weather – one of her favorite topics. She commented on all the rain and how it makes her so “fwusterated” because it makes the slide in our cul-de-sac too wet. Then she transitioned to thoughts on summer and how she hates the sun in her eyes so […]

This + That


The calendar has finally turned to November and Jemma is slowly but surely realizing that it is no longer her birthday season. It’s rough to be here, I tell ya. November is such a dreary month for little 4 year olds who don’t like turkey.  Mid-October we had a Pancakes and Ponies Party. My Little […]

This Week


Fall, in the form of buckets of rain, has forced me to slow down. It has been wonderful. For the last two weeks our Monday-Wednesday has been empty. Other than school pick up for our high school girls, the littles and I have been home. We’ve accomplished a few projects, mostly organizing things, but for […]