January 12, 2015


i look for books, and books find me.

i look in bookstores, because a bookstore is not just one place, it is many.  within the walls are pages, and within the pages; places, people and practices that you can peek into and possibly take with you.  you can take your escape.  you can start your excavate.  i find this possibility promising.  i also look online, when the looking is late at night.  one click leading to another until the final one that is the promise of a package in your post.  and, then there are others who do the looking for me.  friends that recommend.  and, a mom who still seems to know what is needed to grow.  a grandmother and a father who’s shelves i never pass by.  instead, i study.  i study the shelves crowded with years upon years of wisdom through written word, calling out to me.  just the titles alone are telling.  they tell of growth, of past pain, of purpose, of  personality and of life living.

i’ve listed all the books (that i can remember) that i read last year:

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September 17, 2014



i have something to confess.  i don’t do crafts with my kids very often.  this is kind of hard to admit as a mom of four and a design blogger who is “supposed” to live my offline life in a very crafty online kind of way.  the thing is i’m not a super great crafter myself.  i think of the clean up.  i think of not being able to do it just right (i know i know, clearly i need to learn a thing or two about art and inhibitions), i think of meltdowns.  but, what i’ve been thinking lately after thumbing through mer mag’s newly released book, PLAYFUL, is that i can do this, and i want to!  and, hey, the back of the book has templates (click through to see), how amazing is that?  there are crafts a plenty that would be appealing to both girls and boys (mer is a mom of boys) and moms too!

playful, styled by brittany watson jepsen of the house that lars built, is a darling as darling gets.  i’m so inspired creatively just looking through this book.  it’s one i’m glad to have in my collection and one that i’ll be buying as gift.

want to win a copy?  

you do.  i promise you do.

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June 26, 2014


let’s talk books.  it’s been awhile (last post here).  i’ve always got a book or two or four going, so i thought it would be a good time to catch up.  and after all, summer is the best for reading.  don’t you think?  while i’m sharing what i’ve read recently / am reading.  i’d love to hear what you’ve been reading and whats on your list.

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January 16, 2014


clearly, i like books.  they might be my favorite thing to shop for.  books and beauty products, probably.  and, when it comes to books i’m a two timer.  i usually have a few books going at a time.  this can be bothersome, at times, but it works for me.  i tend to always have some sort of fiction going along with an inspirational or personal growth book (or should we just say, self help).  with that, i’m also always thumbing through cook books, magazines, and anything designing i can get my hands on.

without a doubt, i still prefer reading an actual book.  long live print – – books, magazines and newspapers.   there is just something magical, and now, seemingly, old fashioned about holding a book, and turning it’s crinkly inky pages.  i love everything about the tactile experience.  i do read on my iPad when i’m traveling, on the treadmill, or if i want to stay up way late and read a book in bed.  i have found that when it comes to personal growth / self help books i always prefer print because i love to underline, write thoughts, and just mark the heck out of it.  for quick easy reading fiction the iPad is great.


click through to see what i’m reading and have currently read:

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do you want your life to count for something?  to have meaning?  the answer to that is, probably, yes.   i do.  badly.  some days, in the midst of the daily mundane routine, i question how it all adds up.  i know that being a mom is crazy important and carries more purpose than i realize.  but some days i can’t  seem to find the meaning behind the mom.  i know it is there.  somewhere.  because before four kids, and, really, before growing up, it was there.  and through all these in between years, i’ve come to know that meaning goes beyond what we do.  and has much more to do with who we are.

Freefall to Fly, A Breathtaking Journey Towards a Life of Meaning, is a book that i’ve recently read on the topic of meaning.


and, i’m so excited about this book  because it’s a great one but also because it is written by one of dearest friends, rebekah lyons (you may remember rebekah, and her family, from the land of nod feature a few months back…i helped decorate + style their home).


but back to the book. … Freefall to Fly is a story.  a journey, to be exact.  it’s rebekah’s personal  journey towards a life of meaning told in a very honest, raw and real way.  a few years back, rebekah and her family packed up the familiar and left for new york city with 3 kids in tow.  as her friend, i remember  basking in her braveness and wanting a piece of it for myself.  but, taking risks and being brave doesn’t always come easy.  in the thick of it there was everything from midtown daydreams to park avenue meltdowns.  and then came a beautiful surrender.


it was over this past christmas break, when rebekah sent me her manuscript to read. i curled up under the covers and found myself reading into the early morning hours because i just couldn’t seem to put it down.  yes, because it was a story that i wanted to see through until the end but also because i couldn’t help but find myself hidden inside the words and the pages and the pages and the words.  i seemed to be finding bits and pieces of myself that had been missing for some time.  i was found in words like, “facing our fears opens the way forward.”  (the brave piece seems to go missing with me more than i care to admit).  after reading every last word, i’d say i’m a little more found, and gently reminded that i want to be moving forward, even if it scares me.   i’m certainly on this journey towards a life of meaning.

i’m  excited to GIVEAWAY one copy of Freefall to Fly today (CLOSED)
*all you have to do is leave me a comment.  and if you’d like to share, i’d love to know what it is you’d love to do in life, if nothing was holding you back. (giveaway ends 5/16)

also, anyone who subscribes to rebekah’s blog will have a prelude and 1st chapter of Freefall to Fly delivered to their inbox.  you can subscribe here.  And…EVERYONE who purchases Freefall to Fly will receive three awesome gifts An original chalk art print by chalk artist, Dana Tanamachi, a $5 TOMS gift card, and a Freefall to Fly digital soundtrack. (I really did say everyone. Swoon!)

lastly…tonight you can join gabe and rebekah lyons, Q founders,  on launch night (tonight / april 9th at 8PM) for a Live Simulcast from NYC discussing womanhood and calling.

UPDATE : winner #33 rachel!