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Top ten posts of 2014

What is the condition of your home telling you?

Happy New Year, darlings! We sure had fun this year, didn’t we? I’m excited to welcome 2015, as I’m sure you are, but before we fully step into the new year, I wanted to take a brief stroll down memory lane to review the top 10 most popular posts of 2014. As always, I adore you. […]

Bittersweet things.

The meaning of life, as I see it.

As we get ready to bid farewell to another year, it seems natural to reflect on how the past year changed us. Late in the spring I lost my sweet cat, Charlie. He was only 7, and I wasn’t ready to say goodbye. He slept on my heart every night, loved to holler at me […]

I’M SELF EMPLOYED! and other wonderful news


Sarah J. Bray sent an email this week about how she’s been spending a lot of time writing but not much Writing, and so she hasn’t been hitting the “publish” button much…and I read her words and thought, hey! Me too. I’ve been having tons of fascinating thoughts and ideas…but haven’t really had the capacity to publish […]

Teenage scars + sunshine + giggling at swear words

This has always made me laugh when I see it. Now, I totally get why.

[In case it’s not mega-obvious from the title: this post contains some swears. You have been warned.] Not so long ago, I put some puzzle pieces together in my brain. The story starts when I was a teenager. My friends and classmates started remarking on how nice/smiley/optimistic I was. Somewhere around 9th grade, there were […]

Friday snapshot #8


Happy Friday, lovelies! Quick reminder that TODAY is the last day to get the pre-order bonus of the new {ever-so-reasonable} Meal Planning Kit—a PDF download with links to all my own go-to recipes. That’s right, all the recipes I’ve tried and tested and determined to be so delicious I can’t help making them again—I’m sharing […]

June snapshot


Hi! I missed you. This month has gotten away from me. Some great things happened, like family weddings and visitors and playing outside, that made time speed up and made me think, wait, where did June go? And some not-so-great things happened, that kind of stopped all my aspirations in their tracks and made me […]

Friday snapshot #6

Spring sun shower

This week, I took a walk outside wearing flip flops and a tank top. It was transcendant.  And then later in the week we had a sun shower. Oh, hello Spring. You feel gooooood. Peach cake. I started thinking about cake last night right before I went to bed. Then I remembered I had peaches in the freezer […]


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