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  Posted: Aug 24, 2012 3:10 PM FEED
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It's Friday and this teacher is ready for late morning weekend smuggles with her little family. The weekends are so much more wonderful when you crave them after a long and stressful week.

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g i v e a w a y ! | the word “fort” basically sums up my childhood, i was really into nesting everywhere (not much has changed, obviously 🤗) and every time the kids dive into play and build their own i can’t help but relive a bit of my past. we have have the fort kit by @sarahssilks that includes large, wooden clips and long, beautiful silk scapes to drape over anything to make their imaginary world come alive. the toys my kids play with the most at home and school are open-ended like these, and these silks + balance board are a few of them we love. i am really excited to be partnering with this intentional company i’ve been purchasing from for a few years now to give TWO of you a $75 credit to add some creative beauty to your home. to enter 1️⃣ share an open-ended toy your kids enjoy 2️⃣ tag a pal or a few 3️⃣ follow @sarahssilks as well - both winners chosen sunday night!🍂🌈💫⛺️✨
still in our jams on a chilly morning walk, collecting, collecting, collecting. mostly leaves, plus gravel thanks to the tiny one. we all woke far too early, me in a frazzle because everyone needed all the things, but outside time always seems to iron things out a bit, especially in the morning. we, we'll just me i suppose, has plans later for transitioning all of our summery things, to autumnal things. so washing, trying on, sorting, donating, making use of what we've got, and going from there is what's in store. our drawers are a free-for-all mess right now, so this should help. these three are growing like weeds and i'm sure nothing fits alfie from last year! so that's friday. with some leaf crafts on the side. and plans for more soup. also, stay tuned for a beautiful giveaway i am doing later with a little shop i just adore. happy end of the week to ya! 🍂👧🏻👦🏻🐶👦🏻
home! 👋🏼 with a bug. 👎🏼 so i thawed out several quarts of bone broth and threw in a handful of brown rice while the boys ran around playing in their super hero costumes i swore i'd never buy. the rest of the day looks like rest, and for that i am thankful. it was lovely to warm our skin in the sun and float in salty water with friends and one another, but even while under the weather, home is best. today's intention: gratitude, especially for small comforts like this here healing mug-o-medicine! 🍵
Posted: Oct 13, 2017 2:25 PM
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"she sang a song, a song of home, a song that reached my heart. home, home, sweet, sweet home. she sang the song of "home sweet home," the song that reach'd my heart." - julian jordan 🍂within these walls, the love, the laughter, the laundry piles, the leaves gathered on tabletops, and the little feet that pitter-patter all day long, is our song, our homesong, and what matters most to me. 💛🎼
Posted: Oct 10, 2017 6:35 PM
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today: cold and rainy out there 🍂🌧 warm and toasty in here ✨🕯☕️ #cozyday
Posted: Oct 10, 2017 12:25 PM
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"when despair for the world grows in me and i wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be, i go and lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds. i come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief. i come into the presence of still water. and i feel above me the day-blind stars waiting with their light. for a time i rest in the grace of the world, and am free." wendell berry 'the peace of wild things' | from yesterday, after watching the very last of our butterfly babies wrangle herself out of her delicate chrysalis, ready to make her way in the world with freshly painted wings. | it was one of the most beautiful things i've ever seen. it was magic.🌟🦋
Posted: Oct 9, 2017 3:03 PM
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we’ve had our share of project blunders since moving into this old colonial, but painting the floorboards bright white up here was not one of them! after looking through old photos (cue yesterday’s stroll down memory lane) i found what this space used to look like - and while beautiful, i love the white so much more. i also enjoy before and afters, and think it’s pretty neat we can do that here now, if even in reverse order. our secret...🥁...deck paint! it wipes up really well and is good for high traffic, but overall, it made this space feel bigger, brighter, and cozier, i think. i am up here this morning organizing crafting stuff back there, listening to my new bluesy playlist - just posted for you old souls to enjoy on my blog! 💛🎼🎷
Posted: Oct 9, 2017 12:13 AM
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note to future self: don't open up a bottle of 🍷 and go through old photos of your baby boys in THE moose suit 😭🍂😭🌲😭
Posted: Oct 8, 2017 9:41 PM
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we don't know what kind of sprawling vine that is, it's most likely a weed of sorts, but the leaves remind me of wine country, so i like them. all summer long we lead the tendrils this way and that, and now, we have a little green sun room! a little green sun room full of old chairs that is, because chairs (and baskets and anything enamel and/or speckled etc.) are very much my thrift store weakness, one can never have too many places to plop, or plop a pumpkin down, you know? 🌞🌿✨🍂
Posted: Oct 7, 2017 8:30 PM
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he now says "me do it" about 10x more than he ever reaches towards me or asks for my help, but now he also goes out of his way to pick me weeds all by himself, proudly & with care. this, my-babies-are-not-babies-anymore thing, is hardest most beautiful kind of unfolding - to let go must be the most delicate part of motherhood, no? 💛💐
it was a beautiful october day for our annual trip to the red barn farm 💛 and i love how both my boys always run full blast with their tongues out - ready, set, GO! 🙊😝 #zoomin 🍂☁️🚜🌾
Posted: Oct 7, 2017 2:09 AM
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it's spa night with my girl! we went on a dinner date, got new nail polish and masks at target, and now foot soaks while watching matlida - major nostalgia colliding with a big mom moment. i seriously dreamed of this before she was born. just us girls, doin' what besties do. 💅🏼👯🥒💞💫
Posted: Oct 6, 2017 6:51 PM
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it’s too easy these days to fall into the “work hard, play hard” mentality as we go about our days, don’t you think? what about “resting hard”? this concept is especially important given that the work of little ones IS play! the hours of 1-3 are sacred ones in our home - they are the "resting hours” as we call them, and an essential part of our daily rhythm. this time in the middle of our day breaks things up and gives us all, me included, a chance to physically and mentally slow down and rest. for the boys, this means naps. for stella, this equals quiet time, which sometimes ends up being a nap, too. as for me, i do whatever it is that restores my energy and helps build up the reserves for when i need it - be reading, handwork, blogging, or tending to something that’s been nagging me and pulling at my attention, like unanswered emails or cleaning out the fridge.
giving and caring for little ones all day long is emotionally draining, and we’ve got to own this. it’s not easy, or at least not for me, for my senses to be engaged all the time, especially as an introvert! i’ve gone full-throttle before, and for what? so this is what self-care looks like for me right now as a stay at home mom, and without it, our days are undoubtedly harder. don’t be afraid to reclaim rest for your family by making it an integral part of your rhythm. my most recent blog post shares some bedtime rituals and recipes you can do and make at home. the pillow mist we use takes less than one minute to make & costs around one dollar, maybe less. it’s a blend of chamomile, lavender, and vetiver essential oils, and is incredibly calming. there are also recipes for oatmeal lavender bath powder, oil diffuser blends, warming massage oil, and take along sleepy balm. give them a try if you’re needing to change things up! 💤🍂
Posted: Oct 5, 2017 10:50 PM
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i feel like i've been posting a lot lately, yeesh! but today was just so deliciously drizzly, tonight is the harvest moon, and i've been listening to neil young on repeat while making supper for our little dinner party, soaking up the energy of it all. plus the the glow of the candles was just too pretty not to capture and share. such a lovely moment at home. so, it's an overgrammy day. 🌝🍂🕯🍽
Posted: Oct 5, 2017 3:59 PM
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when you grow up in the midwest, i think you come appreciate, though sometimes begrudgingly, each of the four seasons and the unique gifts they give us. and while i can say that at this point in my life i truly love them all, rainy autumn takes the cake! now, who put that pumpkin in my mums!? 🌧🍂
Posted: Oct 5, 2017 1:41 PM
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good morning! if you are looking for a simple but tangible and meaningful way to reach out and send love, light, and warmth to the nurses, doctors, and hospital staff who are working so hard to help all those who were affected by the tragedy in las vegas, consider a handwritten note of thanks. who doesn’t love snail mail?! in today's blog post i’ve shared a beautiful blessing we are sending to the hospital staff, written by john o’donohue, along with the addresses of the main hospitals that are treating the those hurt and grieving. it was a wonderful opportunity to talk with stella about the importance of extending kindness to the helpers of the world in the midst of heartache, to let them know we appreciate all that they do. the air is thick with suffering these days, but these are the little things that can pierce through the hurt and offer a bit of hope. we love you vegas, helpers, givers, and those mourning. 💛📝🌈🐌💌🌎✌🏼
Posted: Oct 4, 2017 1:15 PM
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today's plan: get outside. 🍂✔️call senators. ☎️✔️scrub toilets. 🚽✔️email senators. 💻✔️make more homemade playdough. 🌈✔️join @momsdemand and learning how i can do more. 💗✔️take back overdue library books and get more that share bold messages of peace, compassion, vulnerability, and love. 📚✔️ get back outside. 🌿✔️
Posted: Oct 2, 2017 6:57 PM
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nothing looks better on a monday than a steamy crockpot full of comfort food. what's your go-to slow cooker meal? here's one of ours and tonight's supper: one whole chicken + 1/4 cup dijon mustard + 1/4 cup maple syrup + 2 sliced lemons + 1/4 cup pitted green olives + several fresh sage leaves + 3 cloves smashed garlic + on low for 6-7 hours. i'm serving this alongside puréed butternut squash and will make bone broth from the bird for sick time soups this season. it smells like thanksgiving in here, so much goodness. 🌾😋🍂🐓🌿 #slowcookedchicken #yas #simplesupper
Posted: Oct 2, 2017 1:25 PM
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"the gospel is this: we are more sinful and flawed in ourselves than we ever dared believe, yet at the very same time we are more loved and accepted in Jesus Christ than we ever dared hope." - tim keller 💛 waking up to this profoundly beautiful truth, each end every morning 🍂
Posted: Oct 1, 2017 7:49 PM
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we asked theodore what he wanted to do for his special day and he requested one thing (besides a bulldozer): to be outside. what music to my ears. to instill a love of the natural world means everything to me. it's where i sought refuge and daydreamed and felt calm as a youngster, and still do when life gets too loud. so the big kids and i picked and picked and picked, filling those tiny baskets to the brim with heirloom tomatoes and all kinds of peppers, the last bounty from our little harvest, if i had to guess. we smelled the soft leaves, pondered the spice level, and tossed each one in with care, mostly. as you well know, i am so looking forward to the magic and warmth this season gives us with all the colors and glow, the ruby reds, burnt oranges, and glistening golds, but we're not *quite* there yet. so much of what is shared on these squares (and in every single store right now) says autumn is in full throttle. which i get, because it's such a feel-good, cozy time. but sometimes all i see and FEEL is "rush" - probably, almost certainly, my least favorite word. there will be a time to celebrate orange trees, but what about right now? why cast the present aside? as we dance on the cusp of change, the delicate in-between, the emeralds and sages are just as beautiful to me - still thriving and very much alive, offering yet one more thing to be grateful for, or three: fixin's for simple salad, a moment outdoors with my babies, a day that looked like summer but felt like hope. alternative caption: I AM AN INFJ AND I HAVE A LOT OF FEELINGS. 🌿🍅🍂🌶✨