Rituals

Children have a natural affinity for rituals. They brighten at all of the precious moments of a birthday, not just the moment the presents are opened. They enjoy eating by candle light and my girls love setting their table with cloth napkins and pretty china they picked out. Children model rituals in their play. Tea…

When It All Came Down Around Me

D is for Doozy Divorce is a doozy, but somehow we made it through still good friends and supportive of each other in countless ways. The warning you hear sometimes is about your finances. We were never huge savers when together but C was in charge of the money and I tried not to spend…

Intention

A topic I will always return to is intention. I want to live my life with intention, not accidentally stumbling my way through it. I want to be the person who I see when I close my eyes and know I’m striving everyday to become more of myself. I look back at my 18 year…

Being Who I Want My Kid To Be

        What do I want for Charlotte? I want her to be generous, to volunteer to help those less fortunate, to eat well and exercise regularly. I want her to have hobbies and to read often and to know where her food comes from and to love the crunch and taste of…

Friday Yoga Update: 77 Surprising Health Benefits of Yoga

About a month ago, I signed up for an unlimited yoga pass at my local studio and planned to go every other day. The first class back was revolutionary and calming and really felt like returning home after a long time away. After that it took more work to get my butt in there. I just…

10 Crazy Mom Goals for the Next Eternity

I suddenly want to be the person who makes perfect birthday cakes, sews Halloween costumes, whips up pancakes on Saturdays and always know the right thing to say. I want to be the person who always sends a card on your birthday with a message that’s heartfelt. Having Charlotte makes me want to be a…

The Frugal Girl: Simplicity

This series of phrases and images really hits home with my hopes for our family. For the whole post, click here. ______________________________________________ Learn to like what doesn’t cost much. Learn to like reading, conversation, music. Learn to like simple food, and simple cooking. Learn to like fields, trees, brooks, hiking, rowing, climbing hills.

My 2009 “Life List”

I was inspired a few years ago, November 2, 2009 to write a life list. No, not a bucket list… how depressing is it to sit around writing lists that involve thinking about dying? I wrote a life list that to me resembled a full life. That list was written less than two years ago…

Babies and Bugs

C and I used to have brains, but in the last two weeks that reality has completely been reset and we can confidently say we don’t know where they went. I’m finding the cereal box in the fridge and we’re both up at night too excited frantic to sleep. The other night I heard a weird thump after…

Longing

                                                                                  Today is filled with longing. Longing for pretty Kate Spade dresses and West Elm sheets. And longing for a lovely mid century home, with hardwood floors and an interior decorator who wants to…