Ten Percent More

Many years ago, I accomplished something good at school (I can’t remember what) and my mother was congratulating me. And — snarky teenager that I was — I replied, “Yeah! Imagine what I could do if I actually worked to my full potential!” I think of that sometimes, because it’s a question I still...

Strawberry Tower and Winter Coat Storage

Strawberry Tower and Winter Coat Storage

I’ve got beets and carrots roasting for salads this week, and thought I’d sit down and write about what’s been happening around here. May is a busy month with school and some activities coming to a close, but I’m ready for summer. I asked D last night what she wanted to do this summer...

Alice In Wonderland Birthday Tea

Alice In Wonderland Birthday Tea

We had such a great time at Devyn’s 7th birthday party. My mom flew out a few days before and we had a great time creating the decorations and food. She wrote those signs that we tacked to the tree in the front yard. It was a really simple agenda for the party. When...

Gluten Free & Allergy Friendly Foods Show Winners!

Got some free tickets to the Gluten Free & Allergy Friendly Foods Show here in Denver, and it just so happened that my mom, who has celiac, was in town. So we grabbed our swag bags and ate our way through the show! Here were some of our standout favorites: RPS Gluten Free Linguini Pasta —...

4 Tools of My Essentialist Closet

Over the last couple of years, I’ve been working hard to declutter and simplify my closet. I don’t have one of those amazing capsule wardrobes in which everything goes with everything else (although… it’s pretty close, actually), but I’ve been consciously keeping my clothing choices to a minimum for the most part. (I do...

My Intentions for 2018

Every year for several years now, I’ve returned to Danielle LaPorte’s The Desire Map: A Guide to Creating Goals with Soul to identify what she calls your “core desired feelings” for the year. Basically, the idea is that rather than starting with a goal like, “lose weight” or “save money,” instead you start with how...

68 Minimalist Consumable Holiday Gift Ideas

Who needs more junk? This year, we are aiming to give more “consumable” gifts — meaning, something that can be experienced or used up. We’re trying to do this for friends and family members young and old. I’ve brainstormed 68 consumable gift ideas to get your creativity started this holiday season. We regularly make...

This is what it means to be a woman in 2017

I had to yell at two tween boys at the park today who were using vicious, nasty, violent language about women and women’s body parts in full view and earshot of my six year old daughter. They called me a bitch. I stood my ground, but it stuck with me, made me uncomfortable and angry...

Graduating

My baby “graduated” from kindergarten this week.   She “graduated” from pre-K last year, too, though there was a bit less pomp and circumstance. Is it silly? A little. Is it fun?  Sure. Does it tug at a mama’s heart strings?  Absolutely. It feels like we are in a season of change right now....