Zucchini season is upon us! I put one zucchini plant in my straw bale garden and I can barely keep up with it. I am more inclined to bake with zucchini than cook with it, so these recipes are some of the ones I have tried with grated zucchini. I overheard someone telling a story about anonymously passing along extra zucchini by putting it on someone’s mailbox. So if you are the lucky recipient of some (unwanted?) zucchini, here are some ideas for you.Read More
Ten years ago, as I gave my mom the tour of our newly purchased home, I can remember one of her comments clearly: “This basement would be the perfect place to homeschool!”
I also remember my reaction. “Ha. I’m not homeschooling.”Read More
Do you love book lists? My friend Beki has been posting her reading lists each year and they inspire me like no other. Plus, I read two books about the value of reading to kids: The Read-Aloud Handbook and Honey for a Child’s Heart. As a result, I think I read more in 2018 than I have in years, and it feels so good.
Reading is a discipline. I find that if I have a spare five or ten minutes, I often fritter away the time doing who-knows-what on my phone. But I’ve been trying to be more intentional about “redeeming” those pockets of time to use for quality, edifying reading—especially before bed. So if you’re looking for a good book or just curious to know what books have been on my nightstand, this post is for you! I’ll split the lists into books I read for myself and then read-alouds with the kids. I share in the hope that you, too, will be spurred on to more good reading in 2019! And frankly, reviewing this list is fun for me because it’s a sort of roadmap of where my brain was in 2018.Read More
Hello, friends! It's been about two years since my last Five Things Friday post. But the timing here is actually quite wonderful. I'd like to start using this space again as a place to share creative ideas and thoughts. So here we go again!Read More
A while back, a friend totally nailed it when she said this: “Amy, you are someone who is comforted by boundaries."
I had never thought of it that way, but she was right. I like boundaries. I am helped by boundaries. And, I am comforted by boundaries.
So when I also read that boundaries can cause creativity to flourish, I got it! Yes, that made sense to me! Limitations help me think creatively. This applies in areas related to home design, but I also think it applies to wardrobes, too. I have been a longtime reader of the Unfancy blog, where Caroline talks a lot about capsule wardrobes and intentional closets.Read More
It's kind of hard to believe we have lived in this house for nine years. In that time, this dining area has changed a lot. We moved in pre-kids, and now we have three! That certainly changes the way we use the space. I've made my share of mistakes and tried a few different looks and configurations here, but I'm really, really happy with how this latest iteration has turned out. I think it's a keeper.Read More
Our dining area (it's really an eat-in kitchen) has long been a sore spot for me. It is one of the most-used rooms in our home. We are here for meals and snacks and the assortment of puzzles, legos, coloring, and crafting sessions. I want it to really work well for the way we live. But I also want it to be pretty!
I have been thinking of giving it a little attention and changing things up, which is why I was so thrilled when the kind people at Photowall asked me if I'd be interested in trying out their product. Photowall is a Swedish company that produces wallpaper, wall murals, and canvas prints. (You can even turn your own images into wall murals!) I knew right where I wanted a little wall pattern: our dining area.Read More
Guys, I built this bookshelf for the girls' room and I can't even tell you how much joy it brings me. It is possibly the plainest bookshelf ever (the only detail is that I sprayed the tips of the legs gold) but I LOVE it. So very much.
Why? I love when a vague idea takes form and becomes something tangible. This was a project I designed and made with my own hands. It tested my limited math skills and my patience. But also, I love it because I learned some lessons about persistence, progress, and the joy of keeping at something until it is finished . . . even if it takes six months.Read More