the three-step reset

Some days at home are longer than others. When I start to feel like I’m caught in an infinite loop of dishes and dumped toys, I try to catch a second wind by doing a three-step reset. Step 1: Turn on some soul-nourishing music Here’s what I’m listening to these days. I’m in a bit of a United Pursuit rut, but I don’t mind. Will … Continue reading the three-step reset

oaty almond cookies

I’m in a bit of baking spree right now. I recently flipped through “Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break” at the public library which describes the Swedish custom of taking the time to enjoy your coffee along with a snack or baked treat (basically the best tradition ever). Since then I have felt quite justified, nay compelled in my desire to have a cookie with my … Continue reading oaty almond cookies

thoughts from the cave

Many fall down,    few return to the sunlit lands. C.S. Lewis, The Silver Chair Greetings, friendly readers! Are you guys into the introvert/extrovert conversation? I’m pretty into it but I don’t like to admit it. On the one hand, it seems silly to try and categorize all people so diametrically but, on the other hand, it’s quite fun to talk about. For me, it’s … Continue reading thoughts from the cave

life inspired: the secret garden

“when you see a bit of earth you want,” he said with something like a smile, “take it, child, and make it come alive” A week or so ago I mentioned that I want to start posting about things that have inspired me lately. When I look around me (in real life or on the internet) I am often overwhelmed by things that are difficult … Continue reading life inspired: the secret garden

how to plan an ok birthday party (including a cupcake hack!)

This year our little Joy requested a Paw Patrol party for her third birthday, and as it seemed easy enough to execute I was happy to oblige her. I love celebrating my kid’s birthdays! Kid’s parties can be expensive and elaborate things which can be fun and wonderful but they really don’t have to be expensive and elaborate. Sometimes you just do what you can do … Continue reading how to plan an ok birthday party (including a cupcake hack!)

slow progress

just keep swimming just keep swimming just keep swimming swimming swimming what do we do? we swim swim swim. dory   Its seems to me that my life, creatively speaking and otherwise, adheres to the seasons. Fall is productive and winter is… less so. As a stay-at-home mom, I find that having some sort of side-project gives me more focus and helps me to be more … Continue reading slow progress

life inspired: the sea in between

“When you have kids there’s this natural concern…this is going to change everything. How are we going to do what we’ve been doing? But you can do just about anything you did with kids that you did without. It’s just a lot more work.”  Josh Garrels I know I’m not the only person out there looking to integrate a bit more creativity into the ordinary; … Continue reading life inspired: the sea in between