citrus in the neighborhood / Maeve (9 months old) exploring grass / the studio is coming along (walls will stay unpainted plywood, the desk is a placeholder desk that Chris built quickly from scrap wall material / tracking my workouts with a habit tracker from Elise (sign up for her newsletter to get one) It's a new year, I have new annual goals, and my monthly goals are where I put plans in motion. Recently someone asked me how I translate my annual goals into actions. Having been at this goal-setting thing for a while my process has become second... Read more →


Since my first blog post on January 1, 2011 I've been putting an exclamation point on my new year posts. While I can't stand to break the tradition I'm not sure I'm feeling quite as excited as that exclamation point. Excited to leave all the hard parts of 2020 behind? YES. But living through 2020 (plus not being done with the pandemic yet) has not left me with the same new year energy that I usually have. It's more like a sigh of relief but we don't have a punctuation for that. And of course the year has already brought... Read more →


I've long admired activity-based advent calendars seen at friend's houses or online. This is the first year we've had one for our family and I'm smitten with it! I had been eying reusable fabric advent calendars on Etsy but hadn’t found one that I absolutely loved. I wanted something easy to store and in a simple, modern-ish style. Then, I came across the perfect one when I wasn't even thinking of them while browsing the beautiful Food52 shop (so sorry, they seem to be out of stock - check back next season!). I often second guess myself and hesitate before... Read more →


We've arrived at the last month of what has felt like the longest year. I feel...wrung out. I had to go back and read blog posts from January and February to remind myself what the beginning of the year felt like before we were staying home. So full of hope and excitement for the auspicious-sounding year of 2020. And then...plot twist! Although the year brought a lot of hard it also brought me and our family a lot of joy. Primarily in the form of our happy, sweet, chunky Maeve. What a bright spot in this crazy year. Taking care... Read more →


Being stuck at home for months has inspired us to plan some big changes for our house. And apparently we aren't the only ones. After a lot of thought we have decided to dedicate a significant chunk of money to some big changes that will make our home even more functional and beautiful – we're excited! We are planning a backyard update including a studio space, a kitchen renovation, and new floors throughout the house. Let me tell you a bit about how we came to this decision. This summer our 1,776 square foot house, which normally feels like a... Read more →