• Personal

    Robbed

    My apologies. I’ve been on something of a blogging sabbatical since last Monday, so I’ll explain why. I probably needed to add to it the blog. Just for memory-sake… I mean, this is probably one of those experiences that God will somehow use to shape me in a significant way. Monday morning, I awoke to an empty bed. Paul is never awake before me, so I was a little alarmed. Both the boys were stirring, so I grabbed Simon from his crib and headed out to the living room. Paul was just coming back in the room, too, and without even a good morning, he said: “The Honda was broken into…

  • Faith,  Journaling,  My Life

    Seek Peace and Pursue It

    Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies. Turn from evil and do good. Seek peace and pursue it.Psalm 34:12-14 This is so perfectly simple and beautifully profound. As a mother, I spend a lot of time thinking. Analyzing. WORRYING. I ask God for discernment, for direction, for peace… and what a perfect reminder that everything I need to keep on loving life and seeing many good days… … is right in front of me. Open your Bible. Start a devotional. Talk to God. FINISH a devotional. If you need a recommendation, Jesus Calling by…

  • Weekly Roundup

    Weekly Roundup: 100k

    I missed posting this on Friday, because, well – life. I was out of town starting Thursday for a work retreat with all my San Francisco peeps, and realized I hadn’t officially scheduled this to post. Blogging fail. The question was: If you were given $100,000 with instructions that you could ONLY spend it on yourself and your loved ones, tell me how you’d spend it? I told them not to say things that are responsible, like saving money. Haha! But, truth be told – that’s what we’d do. We’re adults now… it’s actually a little hard to think of ways I would be with ok blowing money. But, if…

  • Food,  Random

    I’m Dreaming Of Carbs

    I had a really vivid dream last night about being on vacation, and at the end of the vacation, I was floating in some turquoise blue water, kidless, because they were napping in our little bungalow. I came in and out with the waves, the sand was really velvety soft and white, and the water was so clear I could see to the bottom. Img Source: Ambitious Kitchen ANYWAY, the point of this post. When I was done frolicking in the water, I told my friend Jen I was going to make some zucchini bread. So random. I never eat any sort of dessert-y bread, because if I’m gonna have…

  • Beauty,  My Favorite Things

    The One With Coconut Oil For All The Things

    I’m a huge fan of coconut oil, and I have gotten many friends and family members hooked on it as well for various parts of their daily routines. I mean, how many products can you moisturize with, cook with, and brush your teeth with – all out of the same tub? I’ll tell you. None. Well, none aside from coconut oil. I have three case studies I’d like to quickly review for you. When you’re done, feel free to run out to Costco and buy the giant tub. You’ll never regret it. The exact one I use  #1 – The One Where Waterproof Mascara Actually WorkedI accidentally bought waterproof mascara…

  • Twenty Questions

    Twenty Questions: Best Friend Edition

    Jess created this little feature for her blog, and I’m so excited to be jumping into this with her: Twenty Questions! We sent each other our list of questions at the same time, and we cracked up over how similar they were, and how much we had to avoid talking about just food. So, here were my twenty questions + Jessica’s answers. Enjoy! 1. If you had to travel for a month with one of the Kardashian/Jenner clan, who would if be? And now, let’s open that up to ANY reality “star”. Who would you tag along with, and why. Aaaaaaand that is the thing that would do me in. End…

  • Food Stories,  Motherhood,  My Day,  Porter

    Frosted Fingers

    One of the best parts about being a mom is learning how to be the fun mom. Porter and I made a cake. A chocolate cake, with milk chocolate frosting. He was beside himself with joy, but I explained to him that we couldn’t frost the cake until the cake was totally cool. “Cool? I cool, mom!” (We always tell him how cool he is – when he dresses himself, or uses his imagination, or keeps a really great beat on his drums). “Yes, Porter, you are SO cool. But I mean, like, we can’t put frosting on the cake when it’s warm because the frosting will slide off.” “Into…

  • Weekly Roundup

    Weekly Roundup: Guilty Pleasures

    THE QUESTION THIS WEEK:As a mom/wife/female… What is your guilty pleasure? Do you zone out with Dr. Phil every day at 2pm during nap time? Do you hide candy bars in the freezer? Do you say you are going to take a shower, but sit on the bathroom floor scrolling Instagram – uninterrupted – for a good 20 minutes? (I don’t do any of these things. Err… Examples from a friend) Here are this week’s responses from some lovely ladies! I hope you enjoy and maybe get a little inspired to INDULGE yourself this weekend/next week – it sounds like a lot of us have the SAME guilty pleasure – food we…

  • Restoring Woodland

    Walk In The (Laminate, Distressed, Grey-Undertoned) Park

    This past weekend was a fun weekend for all things #restoringwoodland. We got to look at floors, which, I thought was going to be a walk in the (laminate) park. It’s not. It’s brutal. Like the abundance of shades of white available for your frustration, did you know there are 450 variations of “hardwood” flooring? We’re going for laminate, but that didn’t do much to narrow it down. There are grey undertones, gold undertones, yellow undertones, green undertones. Texture or no texture. Wide or thin (or, for hair-pulling fun, multi-width!). Long or short. I think we stressed out over samples of Smoked Chestnut and Seared Chestnut for a good 45…