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...

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...

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...

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....

The Myth of the Perfect Mother

Happy Mother’s Day to those who celebrate! I say that because while I have a great mom and am blessed to be a mom, there are those who don’t have great associations with this day. I know many women whose relationship with their mothers is tenuous at best. Many women who have lost their...

Summer White Space

I’ve been thinking a lot about clutter and white space lately (physical, mental, and time-based) and what’s really necessary in our lives. Sometimes it feels like a fight against mainstream culture not to buy into consumerism, ultra-connectedness, keeping up with the Joneses. I remember as a teenager, working at Crate & Barrel, brides registering...

Sunday Morning Biscuits

Sunday morning. I am up hours before the rest of my family wakes.  I feed the dog, get the newspaper, make the coffee.  I sit for a blissful hour or more, sipping hot black coffee and reading the front page section of The New York Times cover to cover. I get up because I decide...