Clearing out the Muck

I’m realizing as a go through each room in my home - how simple I like things. Even decorating for the holidays I want less. Because less is more. Things to bring joy and comfort for all who enter. Nothing more, nothing less. Half off flowers and a basket of fruit. I still have my…

Simplifying & Thrifting

With 4 kids I’m forever trying to keep up on housework and efficiency in all things. We recently moved into a duplex (a very nice one I might add... phew!) and my goal has been to be completely unpacked and every box sorted by the week of Thanksgiving. It has been exhausting but enjoyable, fine-tuning…

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

I am happy to say we are expecting the arrival of baby #3 on the tentative due date of April 2nd. As exciting as it is I have had a completely opposite pregnancy than I had with my boys (fingers crossed for a girl but will be just as thrilled with another boy)... nausea, vomiting, heartburn and…

National Corn Fritter Day

The boys and I figured it was about time we celebrated a holiday, lucky for us it was National Corn Fritter Day - something new to try. This boy is a ball of energy and always so excited to help me cook but as soon as it's picture time I get this bored expression... hmm... Thankfully…

Daring Greatly

"Nothing is as uncomfortable, dangerous, and hurtful as believing that I am standing on the outside of my life looking in and wondering what it would be like if I had the courage to show up and let myself be seen." -Brené Brown This is how I imagine my life - just a little too…

Being Intentional: Sleep

I am TIRED! Bet you haven't said that before... ha! This is my daily mantra - maybe even my hourly one. The problem is as soon as my boys are in bed I get a second wind. I am FREE! To read, to write, to watch a movie, play a board game, to clean in peace (OK this is one is…

If I Want To Be, I Have To Do

My new mantra is: If I want to BE, I have to DO. So often I think, say, or ask myself (and others): What do I do? I want to be an artist. What do I do? I want to be a photographer. What do I do? I want to be a singer/ songwriter. What do I do? I…

Letting Go of Gluttony

I've gained weight. In a previous post on Intuitive Eating I recommended the book “How to Have Your Cake and Your Skinny Jeans Too,” by Josie Spinardi. A book I still find very good! At the time of the post I was 151 pounds, now I am back up to the 157-160 pound range I was stuck…

A Lesson On Gratitude

This past weekend we took a mini vacation to the Seattle area. It was a fun break as well as an opportunity to see a close friend who was visiting from the East Coast. One of the best parts of our trip was exploring Whidbey Island. Jeffrey, as well as most children I assume, loves to stop and…