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....

Cheater’s Shrimp and Scallop Paella

This easy paella recipe is from the book, 400 Calorie Fix by Liz Vaccariello (I believe it is out of print, but you can find used copies at that link.) Since it is a diet book, it uses a small amount turkey kielbasa for flavor. If you’re not concerned about calories, you can sub regular...

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...

Fairy Garden Birthday Party

My house is kind of a wreck right now.  But we had fun wrecking it. Yesterday we hosted a fairy garden party for my daughter’s sixth birthday. She told me she wanted a fairy party, but also wanted to invite some boys — who I didn’t think would be thrilled with lots of pink and...