Back at it! This Sunday we joined @stmaryofgrace_iccc
in worship. Lots of toddler shenanigans, good food, good wine, & great fellowship. (image: theirs, filter: VSCO)
Ever since I was super young, I get giant painful, itchy, gross, embarrassing blisters on my mouth. •
And it's always and the most inopportune time 🙄
I've kept Abreva going for years. I should have probs bought stock...
Not anymore!! At the first itchy weird feeling and super dry skin I put less than a drop of this beautiful anti-viral plant juice right on the spot.
It. Never. Even. Shows. Up.
Another win for the hippie life. ✌
Current status: Sebadoh on vinyl and working on my zine.
I've worked hard to cultivate a wardrobe that seamlessly travels from place to place, allowing me to blend in as much as possible wherever I am. And yes, that means there is a LOT of black clothing in my closet (but I'm not at all mad about that 🖤)! .
Rather than simply wearing a black tee, I look for tops with small pops of interest, like the diamond-sleeve detailing on this @only_child
How do you elevate your basics?
What I look for in a children’s book.
I’m the opposite of “handy” — which made repairing these three broken necklaces feel like a triumph!
Yay for returning favorite accessories into active rotation!
Oh yeah we designed and built furniture for the house. I’m so proud and constantly amazed by @szerne
— who makes my sketches into real things. (And has plenty of ideas himself!). Influenced by Donald Judd, the home of Georgia O’keefe, my collection of trippy 1970’s furniture diy books. And also my personal need for record storage in a little historic house with eccentric spaces. #minimalish #handmadefurniture #makersgonnamake #nashvilleinteriors
If you aren’t a reading #renegirard
what are you even doing with your life? Ha! Gift from my brother and it’s soooo good. Also this is a partial #thredup
haul! Totally addicted. And a new flat lay experiment. Happy Monday!
Exploring the early spring scents with Baby No 1.
DAY 18 // The first mini-challenge I’m going to do is something that actually dovetails into our overall mission here and that is decluttering. We’re going to spend the next 30 days playing the "minimalism game". If you’re not familiar with this game, this is what I understand it to be: it was created by @theminimalists
and the gist is that on day 1 you get rid of 1 thing, day 2 - 2 things, up until on day 30 where you get rid of 30 things. (For you fellow numbers nerds, this is a total of 465 things over the course of the game...). I like to think we’re pretty ‘minimal’ people already. And by “normal” standards we are. But living in a big house with a basement, etc. has definitely caused us to hang onto things - and even buy things - that we wouldn’t if we were in a smaller space.
Since we’ll be moving into a smaller space in less than a year, I say no time like the present to start paring down. True to my nerdy fashion, I’ve created a spreadsheet for me to document the things we get rid of, donate or sell each day. I’m excited and terrified to see if we can find 465 things to get rid of… We’ll see how far we make it! (I think you’re technically supposed to play against each other and see who goes the longest but we’re just gonna see how far we can get 🤷🏻♀️) Have you played the minimalist game? Any tips?
#minsgame #minimalism #declutter #outerorderinnercalm #downsizing
We had a spontaneous & full weekend of travel to see some lovely friends we miss dearly. ❤️ We had so much fun we mostly forgot to take pictures!
And now for lots of downtime in the week ahead to recover from our travels 💕. While there will be lots of interviews for the podcast happening this week, there won’t be a new episode coming out - choosing rest because we will need it means saying no to some things that are normally a part of our week! Catch up on some past episodes this week and get ready for some really fun guests coming up! 🙌
#minimalish #momlife #liveintentionally #adventure #simplify #simpleliving #create #minimalistmom #minimalism #weekendvibes #happysunday
Boy can nap like a boss.
Gets it from his mama.
I’ve never been a Spring person, truth be told. Spring is a harbinger of summer, and I’ve never liked the summer. I’m not a person who enjoys hot weather. But after a particularly bad winter (weather, mental health, politics, world-at-large) I have to say I’m pretty excited to see it this year.
It’s nice to see the color starting to creep back into the world, and I’m (surprisingly) feeling energized by the later sunsets that DST has brought us. Despite being more of a nighttime person, I think it’s doing me good to have a little more daylight to work with. I’m hoping now that the weather is warming up I’ll be able to tackle more outdoor projects and in general just spend more time out in the world.
How are you feeling about Spring’s arrival? .
#seasons #spring #tulips #colorful #flora #fleurs
#🌸 #minimalism #minimalish #sparkjoy #seasonalaffectivedisorder #mentalHealth #outdoors
yesterday. We still got our class done!
Have autoimmune issues?
Unexplained fatigue? •
We walk around like these things are normal every day. They. ARE. NOT. NORMAL. Common? Maybe. But not normal.
What you put in and on your body MATTERS. We just taught a huge, amazing, fun free class on allllll that.
Come hang out with us.
This quotation has long been a favorite. Such a fantastic guiding principle in designing life and home!
Feeling always grateful we get to live near my parents. Gemma just adores her pappy- you can probably see that the feeling is mutual. ❤️
You know, growing up, I never felt like I had parents who centered their life around work or were never home. I never felt like we were SO busy. They were present when they were home. They were often home. There was a lot of family time and rest built into our days and weekends together. Looking back, I see that- and I realize it is rare and I’m so thankful for the way they prioritized family and downtime and actually living.
The resistance I’ve had to long to do lists and busy days- I think part of it comes from a slower childhood. And I used to think it was something that was wrong with me. I used to try to change it. To try to become a more productive version of myself. Now I’m more interested in getting a few important things done each day (at most) and embracing the slow pace that feels more natural as often as we can.
We always joke that my dad is still 12 years old at heart. He was always playing with my brother and I, basically becoming a kid again himself while he played, and he still does the same with Gemma. Now I’m starting to think he has it right.
Maybe we get it wrong when we stop playing- when we believe there are too many other things more important than fun- so much so that we forget to have fun at all.
Im thankful for motherhood- for bringing play back into my life & for urging me to slow down more often. And I’m grateful for a little girl who keeps teaching me more and more how to live well💕
#liveslow #chasingslow #minimalistmom #motherhood #momlife #grandparents #liveintentionally #childlikeliving #childlikewonder #enjoythelittlethings #livewell #thehappynow #ittakesavillage #mypeople #minimalish #simplify #simpleliving
This isn’t a quote from today’s episode- I really couldn’t decide on which quote to share because there’s so much about this message that I care about- so this is kind of a summary of the essence of it.
You are in control of the pace in which you live (most of the time). You are in control of what you commit yourself to. You are in control of what you allow your kids to commit to. You are in control of how long your list is for the day. .
Maybe it’s time to trade in the constantly busy days for soulful, slower ones, or at least move a few steps in that direction. Life is meant for living, for enjoying, for savoring, for playing. Work is important, too. But somehow so many of us have leaned completely towards work and productivity that we’ve lost the margin for play.
Head to the link in my profile for an episode about living slower, some steps you can take to slow down, notes on being productive and busy, and what happened on the day I slowed down.
Hint: it was good- and I’ve lived a little slower ever since.
#minimalistmom #minimalish #minimalism #ig_minimalism #soulfulliving #slowdown #slowliving #findrest #rest #liveslow #chasingslow #bemorewithless #simplify #simplicity #simplifyyourdays #simplifyeverything #simpleliving #enjoythelittlethings #savor
Off the beaten path. Mostly.
New, darker color. Sure, why not?
My laziest, tastiest, plant-based dinner. Ready for the recipe? Take notes. It’s complicated. 1 microwaveable sweet potato. 1 can black beans, drained. Some salsa. Mix the beans & salsa. Heat. Put on top of the cooked sweet potato. Top with @tofuttibrands
sour cream & green @tabasco
. Eat. Yum. Enjoy.
“Shoes. Door. Outside. Car. Pop.” Aye, aye captain.
Picture it! Italian grandmother’s house, 2019.... I love when my favorite humans spend time together.
the defining spirit or mood of a particular period of history as shown by the ideas and beliefs of the time. But you know, with cider.
This little ray of sunshine just turned 18! Ohmigosh @jojoradecky
you’re obviously my BCFE and... you’re such a gracious, sweet, hard-working, bright, optimistic gem of a human. I am grateful every day I get to see you grow up. And to paraphrase @arianagrande
“She taught me love. She taught me patience. How she handles pain, that sh*t’s amazing... I got so much love... [so 17] THANK YOU, NEXT. 💕💕💕💕
When they talk about education reform, what they’re really saying is, “Our schools are suffering from a distinct lack of window tracery & battlements.” Upcycling at its best.
Sometimes we get dressed up & go out on the town. Congrats @mollye519
and Pat! 💕💕
Just a gentleman & his bicycle.
Snow day plotting and planning. #bujo
Back at it! Today our little guy was a total squirmy worm in the pew. He did manage to stay in the sanctuary long enough to belt out the Alleluia at full volume! It’s a good start up a good week.
My funny Valentines. 😍😍😍 Valentine’s Day is one of my very favorite holidays because it celebrates all things pink, chocolate-y, and sweet. 🍫💕🍫💕 And stationery! 📬 Now that we have two cards under our belts, I can officially say we have a Valentine card tradition! 🙌🏻 Instead of smooshing pictures, updating my address book, stamping, and sending cards all during the first busy weeks of December, I spread it out so the joy extends well into February. Plus, I hate lines at the post office. 😂 Hope you’re snuggled up warm today with your loved ones, even if by “loved ones” you mean books & hot cocoa. 💕🍫📬🌹☕️📚❤️
Mucking it up in the sunshine. Took a walk around our lake & then checked out the construction site down the road. Good to get out!
Snow day with my little car guy. 💕
P. I. C. for 40 yrs running. 💕💕 Cousins are the best. Thanks for tagging along on my wholesome gambling-free Vegas shopping and eating vaca. 😂
Last time I was waiting for room service breakfast was in a high rise hotel room at the Shangri-La Hotel in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia in 2016. Rest assured I am beyond grateful for the luxuries I get every few years or so and never take a moment for granted. The pineapple coconut banana oats and soy latte were well worth the wait!
This isn’t amateur hour brunch, folks.
Vegas baby! The lighting from my hotel room window is very flattering so... Haha! Having a great birthday celebration and planning a lazy afternoon.
Legend has it that this church was built because the Vegas mob bosses were tired of their casino employees coming in late on Sundays because they had to trek to Boulder City to attend mass. The casino owners even petitioned the Vatican! It was built in the early 60s and has the most amazing design & architecture. The presiding priest was humble, funny, and a real servant leader. I miss the church out west so much. Simple. Unadorned. Humble. And embracing the future of my faith. Sigh... it’s good to be home.
Just gazing down at the Grand Canyon on a Friday. It was so cute, the high school guy next to me gave me his camera and was like, “Do you? Would you mind? Can you take a picture of the view? I want to send it to my friends.” 💕💕 I love being near people who take a break from all the stuff in their lives and just say “wow. look at that” to the world. Heading to Vegas with my cousin for a well-earned birthday trip. Food! Shopping! Church! Shopping! Mocktails! People watching! Pool! We may not be partiers or high rollers but the warm weather is calling to our names. Ahhhh...
Here’s to my reeeeaaaalll friends! 🥂 Swipe for the very first picture we ever took together... ✂️👯♀️ I mean, come on, super overexposed and a 2012 Instagram border. Wow. 😂Hard to remember a life before you fell into mine... I’m very grateful and #blessed
to have you in it. You know why? You ain’t no joke, baby, and neither am I. That’s why we’ve stuck through so much. We’re a matched set: blonde and brunette, heretic and devout, tan and fair, introvert and extrovert, 4 and 1, Northeast and Midwest, fourth wave feminist and third wave feminist, fiction and non fiction, shameless and modest, electric and gasoline, paycheck and none, tall and not... What we share is too much to quantify though. 💕I’m holding on to all these memories and I hope they hold onto you. Here’s to another six birthdays together!! 🎂🎉🎈