Start Small

Start Small

I am an overthinker. I'm an enneagram 6 (if you know about that) and that means I love LOVE to think about things. Everything. Mostly in an effort to find clarity and fully understand the world. It also is a personality trait to become incredibly loyal to causes I...

5 Ways to Treat Yourself This Month

5 Ways to Treat Yourself This Month

We're living in tough times and it can be difficult to find time or mental space to really search for a moment of peace, but I've found it to be essential for me now, as a parent of two small kids, working, running a business, etc. If I don't treat myself right,...

Yakima Valley

Yakima Valley

IS IT EMBARASSING TO SAY I DIDN’T DISCOVER THE EASTERN SIDE OF THIS STATE UNTIL I WAS A GROWN ADULT? Turns out, I married someone who’s family moved here from over the mountains, so I knew there was bound to be a lot of Eastern Washing- ton travels in my life. When I...

All in a Day

All in a Day

While we’re easing back into travel and getting out, we’re starting with some family friendly day trips. I’ll be honest, we are really out of practice when it comes to travelling... especially with kids. We haven’t taken a big trip in quite some time. We have two...

Let’s Go Somewhere

Let’s Go Somewhere

Now that I’ve got my vaccine, I can’t help but wonder what it’s like out there... have things changed? Is anything open? Will traveling be fun again? I’ve been a pretty avid traveler for most of my life. Starting as a kid, we often travelled to see family, I started...

Garden Grown

Garden Grown

THANKS INTERNET. Who knew so many flowers were edible!? While I’ve been working on designing my garden, I’ve also been learning more about all of the plants we already have growing here. Our garden is fairly large and bordered by trees, bushes and flowers. It’s fun...

Reduce, Reduce, Reduce

Reduce, Reduce, Reduce

I think that unintentionally, through choosing to live in a small town, I’ve naturally found ways to reduce my waste and environmental impact. Maybe because of personality? I honestly don’t like shopping and I love being organized... and being organized is easier when...

Oasis

Oasis

A hot market in a small town... what a strange time to own a house! We live in Aberdeen, WA - a small coastal town that has a “hot” real estate market these days with homes selling quickly. I must admit, there’s that temptation to sell our house and make a pretty nice...

Local Dollars

Local Dollars

2020 was a “buy nothing” year, conveniently occurring in a year where we really couldn’t go out much anyway. While I’m certain we didn’t 100% follow the rules (I went on a sewing binge and definitely bought some fabric)... it was an enlightening year to stave off the...

Changes

Changes

How many times have I said “what a year?!” lately? One year ago, I was baking in the back kitchen of a coffee shop, trying to make some online orders even though all of my wholesale orders and upcoming events had been cancelled. It didn’t take long to realize this...

Our Anniversary Celebrations

Our Anniversary Celebrations

My husband and I are celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary this weekend and while we like to keep our celebrations simple, especially this year, we have a few traditions... Like cake! We had eight cakes at our wedding. I can’t completely remember why - for one thing...

OH HI at Home!

OH HI at Home!

When the pandemic hit, and really even before that, I had been analyzing and thinking hard about the world of retail. I have run retail businesses before. It's a big challenge and a huge time commitment! And considering the times we are in now, it can also be...

Holiday Gift Guide 2020!

Holiday Gift Guide 2020!

DIY CHEESE KIT / PRODUCE BAGS / MUSTARD & CO GIFT PACK / HAYDEN FLOUR MILLS / THAI FOR 2 / GRAIN SALT CELLAR / HAND PIE SUBSCRIPTION / SAN JUAN SEA SALT / SLINGSHOT COFFEE SODA BRIGHT DAY BATH AND BODY: VISIT THEIR WEBSITE TO GET GIFTABLE ITEMS AND GIFT PACKS FOR...

Shop Local: Grays Harbor

Shop Local: Grays Harbor

We are working away on a gift guide, but I'd love to share a list of local businesses in my community for those who live nearby and are looking for ways to support small businesses this season. I can't say for certain if any of these businesses with retail spaces are...

5 Family Friendly Comfort Meals for Fall

5 Family Friendly Comfort Meals for Fall

Kabocha Squash Shrimp This is one of my favorite comfort meals which I only recently discovered. Since my mother-in-law is from the Philippines, my husband was raised on filipino cooking and I've also become accustomed to eating many dishes I was only made of aware of...

Apple Sauce

Apple Sauce

I have to admit, my love for "homesteading" is a fairly new one. As a marketer and designer by trade for many years, home made things seemed to look a little - blah - and less than appetizing. But, I've made a solution... because my theory is that so much of joy in...

Our House

Our House

Did you ever watch HGTV House Hunters and just yell at the TV because someone didn't want to buy a house because of the paint color on the walls? Well, it seems absurd but then you actually go out looking for a house and you're like - wow this is hideous. And there...

2020 Vision: How I Made Changes to Make it Through!

2020 Vision: How I Made Changes to Make it Through!

This year has obviously provided so many challenges and loss for so many people. It's likely that none of us have been untouched by some major altered reality... which really made me think about the idea of "2020 Vision" and how that may really be an accurate metaphor...

Apple Cider at Home

Apple Cider at Home

I've had a love affair with the apple tree in my yard since we moved! On my dream list when searching for a home was a fruit tree, so imagine my excitement when I found our current home with a raggedy old apple tree! Ha. This year was our second harvest, and I spent a...

Modern Bed Frames & What We Bought!

Modern Bed Frames & What We Bought!

After recently deciding to upgrade to a new organic mattress and make it a King size! We realized we needed a good solid frame for the type of mattress we planned to purchase. I haven't had an actual bed frame that wasn't just the metal frame you get from the mattress...

Fall Capsule Wardrobe: Staying Home!

Fall Capsule Wardrobe: Staying Home!

I've been itching to update my wardrobe, but every time I shop around online these days, I can't seem to convince myself that I really NEED any of these clothes - I don't go anywhere! So, I've turned my efforts from mindlessly shopping into curating a Capsule...

Cleaning Up & Clearing Out

Cleaning Up & Clearing Out

Do you ever have a thing - an object or a space in your house or a project on your list - that gives you an inner shudder everytime you see or think of it? This week, while mostly being completely stuck inside our house due to the inferior air quality, I took a moment...

Fall “Play List”: 10 Fun Things to do in Grays Harbor

Fall “Play List”: 10 Fun Things to do in Grays Harbor

It's (almost) fall in the PNW! Yet another season - where we're still under a level of quaratine/social distancing precautions to keep safe - and, if you're like me and have kids who are getting VERY ANTSY, you might need to get out. At least outside... or something...

The Organic Mattress Hunt!

In recent years, sustainable and ethical choices have really become a highlight in my decision making process. I do enjoy a good research project, so it honestly is interesting to dive into where things come from and how they are made - from our food to clothes to our...

Meditations on Lavender

Meditations on Lavender

While I was pulling apart this lavender to be used for some unknown future project, I started thinking about the life of this lavender - and also, just how very farmy I felt in the moment.  For one, I was wearing a black and white check maxi skirt and standing at...

Bullet Journal 2.0

Bullet Journal 2.0

A few years ago I started using a bullet journal to keep myself in order... well, mostly to keep my mind in order. It helped so much! I was a new mom, running a business and working on readjusting my expectations for what "productivity" really means for me. I watched...