It’s Hot. Eat Ice Cream { ice cream maker giveaway}


About two months ago I was walking past a neighbor’s house, (people we had never met about 7ish houses down the street), and I noticed they were painting an array of chairs in bright colors. Um… painting old crap bright colors… that’s right up my alley. So of course I stopped to chat. Then invited [...]

The Kitchen House {my own personal book club}


I love stories from The South. This southern tale starts in 1791 pulls you in on the first two pages. Book: The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom About: Orphaned during her passage from Ireland, young, white Lavinia arrives on the steps of the kitchen house and is placed, as an indentured servant, under the care [...]

If it’s adding to the noise, turn off this blog


My husband and I given blood every 3-4 months since we got married in 2005… because I think it’s super important… everyone’s civic duty… like jury duty. Except that instead of waiting 8 hours in a room full unhappy people you get to give three people life AND get snacks afterward. FREE SNACKS!!! You should [...]

A Tale for the Time Being {My Own Personal Book Club}


I picked this book for it’s cover. Seriously, how great are the color combos??? Book: A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki. About: ”A time being is someone who lives in time, and that means you, and me, and every one of us who is, or was, or ever will be.” In Tokyo, [...]

The Fresh 20 {the cookbook that changed my life}


If you follow my instagram feed (and you should), then you’ve seen my Fresh 20 posts. (Under the hashtags #thefresh20 and #growupandcook) The Fresh 20 cookbook has changed our lives. Really. Before The Fresh 20 I made healthy-ish food but there was no variety and too often I would pop a frozen lasagna in the [...]

The House at Tyneford {My Own Personal Book Club}


I passed by a book at Costco and noticed the review, which reads, “Fans of Downton Abbey… will absolutely adore The House at Tyneford.” So I bought it. And loved it. About: It’s the spring of 1938 and no longer safe to be a Jew in Vienna. Nineteen-year-old Elise Landau is forced to leave her [...]

Pismo Pit Stop and Los Olivos Godparents


South. Now it felt like we were going home. And I just wanted to be home. Our first stop was at Pismo Beach. It was windy and lovely. (If you’ve ever wanted to know how to take a panoramic picture on your iPhone, I’ll let you in on the trick! Plan the picture, so there [...]

Grass Valley Family


We left Eureka and headed south to our Grass Valley family. During our RV trip, we tried our best to visit as many people as we could, without getting overwhelmed, or making visits the focus. And this visit worked out perfectly. We arrived, and got to spend time with Brad’s family on their BEAUTIFUL property. [...]

Crazy Month with Answered Prayers


I’m not sure if you noticed (and it’s no big deal if you didn’t), but I disappeared from cyberspace for a while. (That gap in blog posts bugged me so I did a bit of back posting… I’m insane.) This has been a crazy month with answered prayers! Over the course of a month and [...]