this Christmas…

Wishing you all the merry this Christmas. Dan & I are spending Christmas Eve in San Juan, and will travel back to VT in the morning to join the Bigs for Christmas Day. The Littles will join us early in the week, and we'll celebrate Hanukkah & Christmas with them. The entire month has been a bit untraditional for us…unexpected…

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British Columbia : part two (the unexpected story)

This is a story that I didn't expect to tell, about a trip that I didn't expect to take, about something happening that I didn't expect to happen… Dan & I had spent American Thanksgiving weekend in British Columbia, visiting with Austin. We stayed at a beautiful AirBnB and spent some time in Vancouver & Whistler Village. We headed to…

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hard things & lessons.

It has been a FULL week…and I mean full as in so many things, not full as in seven simple days. I feel like I have finally caught my breath. And then I read this article and was finally able to exhale. Last week, Dan & I showed up & stood for ourselves, our relationship, and our family. It wasn't…

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on doing the work.

"Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power…

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#startandendhappy : mindful happiness

Some of you may have seen Elizabeth Gilbert's Facebook post last week, pointing to Sarah Trimmer's Ted Talk. I'm a fan of any/all exercises that encourage hitting the pause button on life & remembering the good. Over the years, I've relied on gratitude/happiness texts & emails with my friends when times are tough. It occurred to me while listening to…

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currently 10.27.16

drinking more & more coffee. It's my winter transition…my consumption creeps up, and then I start to balance out with hot tea.  wearing this Garnet Hill skirt often. It's so comfy. I'm perplexed about a winter capsule wardrobe. Needing winter clothes at home, and warm-weather clothes for a lot of our winter travel.  getting excited about visiting Barb & Austin next month.…

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fall reads : october 2016

I've been reading & listening quite a bit this month. I've still got titles from my Summer reading list waiting for attention…but I chose to simply go where my attention led me.  French Kids Eat Everything – I picked up the Kindle edition on sale after a few conversations about our frustrations with the Littles' eating habits. Too much snacking,…

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hello october 2016

Oh hey y'all! I'm kicking off October in Texas & Oklahoma…combining a visit with my family and some work appts. Facing down the last quarter of the year seems impossible! Let's start with a few hellos… hello vacation planning. Fall & winter trips on the calendar…need flights, hotels, and details sorted.  hello paleo eating (sort of. sometimes.). I do well…

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i survived Whole 30® (& lived to tell about it)

I finished up Whole 30® last week, and gave myself a few days to recover before writing about it. Mostly b/c an earlier post might have included all the swear words, and my Mom gets cranky with me over that. Thoughts from the other side… I have little tolerance/patience for people who don't do the work. I wandered about the online…

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the universe has your back : gabrielle bernstein

I've been a Gabby Bernstein fan since I read her first book, Add More Ing to Your Life: A Hip Guide to Happiness. I've even traveled to see her speak & had one of her books signed. It's fair to say that her books were instrumental in me surviving the first few pre-&-post divorce years. Her latest book releases today. I…

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2 years…

2 years ago, I met a guy with a fresh tattoo (who took his shirt off 30 seconds after intros…to show me said tattoo) at a dinner arranged by mutual friends. I could tell you, in exacting detail, about that dinner…Dan laughs that I remember so much. It's easier to sum it up with this… We met. And in an…

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hello (mid) september 2016

(insert some cliched comment about time moving quickly here) Hello to one more week of Whole 30. Absolutely counting the days.  Hello travel. After taking a break from travel in August, I'm back at it. Although I love travel, being in California for less than 24hrs between flights this week was not my favorite.  Hello celebrations. Dan celebrates 42, and my Dad…

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Whole 30® – more than halfway through!

Thoughts from Day 18 of Whole 30®… Even though I was eating fairly clean before…the strict rules of this program are no joke. Sneaky sugar is EVERYWHERE. Why in the world does dried fruit needed added sugar?? Commercially available salmon jerky is hard to find. Trader Joe's jerky has brown sugar, and Epic Bars are way too peppery.  NSVs (non-scale…

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so long, #summer2016…

It's the un-official last weekend of summer, and our house seems very quiet. We've had a steady stream of houseguests, travel, bigs, and littles over the past few months. It's all added up to be a season of love, light, and so much fun. I got to spend time with two of my very best friends in California in June.…

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changing it up with Whole30®…

I have experimented with a handful of eating "programs" over the last few years. I've done vegan challenges, raw challenges, no-alcohol challenges, and even (believe it or not), a no-coffee challenge. I find that challenges are the best way to mix things up for me, and to keep me out of wacky thinking when it comes to food. For example…I…

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fab finds : CORA

Even though I've been a bit neglectful of this blog in the past year, I still get the occasional product review request. To be honest, I turn down most. So when this opportunity came along, I was poised to say "no, thank you!"…and then I read more about the company & the product, and changed my mind. Which is why…

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you’re my favorite : july/august 2016

Revisiting the "you're my favorite" prompt (my last post was a full year ago!) today! A few things that are my favorite right now/this summer/subject to change… Travel. Still & always. Strangely, I don't have any flights booked this month, although I do have some local-ish travel planned. Starting to book fall travel, and very much looking forward to winter…

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las vegas : july 2016

I had a trade show to attend in Vegas last month, and Dan came along for the adventure! I'm super grateful that he's always ready & willing to explore, experience, & enjoy.  Dan's business mentor, Nick, and his girlfriend Kathy joined us for a few days. Seeing The Beatles: Love was amazing. So great to share the experience with awesome…

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