October 28, 2014

la la loving dining area

this space.  my one day some house will have a dining area just like this in the kitchen.  fireplace, beams + skylights for the win!


photos like this.  in a world with too many images sometimes there are a few that get it just right.


dutch doors.  another one day some day thing for me.  and, because i’m dutch….why not!


fashionABLE’s mamuye leather tote in black (which is on sale this week!).


this wall mounted kraft paper roll dispenser.  such a fun idea for lists and such.


yes and yes to living life.

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what are you loving this week?

October 27, 2014


this past week, i had the amazing opportunity to attend the AYA Summit with ONE Girls & Women in Washington DC at google.  we heard from experts on issues that girls and women are facing in the developing world.  the panels included discussions on issues like human trafficking, poverty, preventable diseases and vaccinations, sustainable business for women, child brides, and even ebola.

these are heavy topics, friends.  after listening to one story after the other, regarding dark, and, let’s just call it what it is, evil things happening in the world it could seem to be rather hopeless.  too dark.  too much.  if i’m honest this is how i’ve always felt.  i want to help, i do give, i will share, but i can only take in so much dark.  i’m the person that will change the channel or avoid the news if it is too much.  sometimes its safer to keep your head in the sand.  i’ve taken this ostrich approach in my very personal life and in issues of the world.  but, this past week, after my heart immediately said yes to this opportunity, i unburied my head from the sand.

and, do you know what i found?  light.

here are people that are on the front lines working in the dark, some having lived through palpable evil and yet they, themselves, are a shining light.  we heard from Clementine, a survivor of the genoicde in Rwanda,  living through things no 6 year old should ever even know about, yet after it all she shines bright with hope.  palpable light.

during the summit, author Nicolas Kristof shared that he is always asked,

“how do you process difficult circumstances?”

his answer, “i’m reasonably upbeat not in spite of what i see, but because of it, and the progress i’ve seen.”  he went on to share a story of a trip where he was interviewing a warlord in eastern congo who was out-shined by a polish nun (who stayed when all others left) feeding the children and negotiating with the warlord.  the nun was the lasting impression of the trip (not the warlord).  palpable light.

i think it is hard to face some of these issues because we feel so very helpless.  what can i do?  here is the thing i also learned this week.  we can do something.  but, i’m just a mom, i’m just a blogger, i’m just a wife, i’m just a student.  yet, here is what we all have and can use, a voice.  i love that ONE’s motto is, “we don’t ask for your money, we ask for your voice.”  it starts with just sharing.  one voice becomes a collective voice.  and, sharing information, can put pressure on governments to share funding.  really.

if you want to help or share your voice here is something i’m kindly asking you to consider sharing about:

GAVI a program that provides vaccines that saves millions of children’s lifes each year is needing to up funding for this life saving program.

all it takes is a simple tweet, facebook or instagram post to the White House:

@Whitehouse – Help save 6 million children’s lives by funding @gavi #AYAaction.

(and, ask your friends, readers, etc to share as well).  here is a video on what GAVI is doing:

you can read more about the AYA Summit under the hashtag #AYASummit + see a news report on the summit here (pretty  a-w-e-s-o-m-e)!

Thank you, ONE Girls & Women!  You have my voice!

October 23, 2014


these rooms belong together.  do you every piece and place your pinning pictures together?  i like the idea of that.  pairing rooms from here and there that look like they belong together in the same house.

i think this bedroom, bathroom and kitchen look like they should all be under the same roof.  don’t you?  

all of the rooms are calming, simple, interesting and look the best room to relax in (yes all of them!).

image : romain ricard / the stone collectionkk living


October 22, 2014


how do you do halloween?

while i’d love to tell you that i come up with an original design and sew my kids costumes and that we craft them to completion together or maybe even that i search and scour the web for the coolest most unique costume, the truth is, i’m like, “oh you want to be spider man, AGAIN?  ok, that works.”  it used to pain me, but now it justs makes things more peaceful for all of us.  no use convincing why it would be cooler to be vincent van goh or something.

however, i la la love looking at all of the creative DIY costumes that fill up my feed this time of year.  and, every year they just keep getting better and better.

click through for my faves:

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October 20, 2014


a few weeks ago i put out a tweet asking mom’s about their morning routines.

most days, by 8am i feel done for the day.  and, i know i’m not alone on this.

are you having good mornings?

i want(ed) to know what you all are doing with the morning madness or how you avoid it, combat it, or just don’t let it bother you.

we can learn a lot when we have conversations, ask questions, and exchange ideas.  that’s why i keep h hanging out digitally, almost daily.

so, lets conversate on morning routines.  while, i’ve been a mom for almost 12 years, i seem to keep coming up short in this area, almost, every day.  i’d love to hear what your morning routine is like.  what has worked for you and what hasn’t worked.  the more specific the better.  i want to hear from anybody and everybody.  mothers and non-mothers.  tell me about morning time.

the thing about kids is that no matter how much you plan and prepare they can be unpredictable.  i have, personally, always found (and read over the years) that kids thrive on routine (i went with this approach starting when mine were babies and that worked well for us.  happy to share more on that if anyone wants).  so i like the idea of routine.  i tend to be a routined person, but i do not rate high on adaptability.  so when i make a routine and it doesn’t go according to plan, i have a hard time with that.  and, with 4 kids (two being toddlers), that means pretty much all the time something doesn’t go according to plan or the routine gets wrecked.  if you can have a routine and be flexible and adaptable i think thats the ticket.  would you agree?

but, lets talk talk details and exchange ideas.

here are some things that i have been doing that have very much helped:

-wake up 45 minutes before my kids to have a cup of coffee in the quiet, read, journal, pray and prepare for the day.  this has been hard for me as i’m not a morning person, but i have really surprised myself at how consistently i have been getting up because i like this quiet time so much.  doing something for yourself before you do everything for everyone else is really centering.  maybe for you that is exercise.

-lay out the kids clothes the night before.  i know this is probably like, “duh.” but, i wasn’t doing it.

-pack lunches the night before and have older kids pack their own

-no TV or electronics before school.  i used to always put the tv first thing.  it was habit.  i liked the white noise.  it kept the little ones occupied.  but without fail it would always cause fights or meltdowns.

-decide who gets to sit shotgun for the entire week and then rotate (thank you to my wise friend for this idea)

these are just a few new things that we have been incorporating that have been helping, but our mornings are still hairy, hurried and sometimes end in tears (and, i’m talking about me, here).  i wonder if that is just how it is with 4 kids and the ages and stages we are at.  the thing is i don’t want to send them off on the wrong foot.  i’m looking for some good mornings.

now, i’d love to hear from you.

ps- here are some good tips from parenting.com on the topic

more thoughts on rituals + routines.

image : asia pietrzyk