Coffee Break

I’ve never been a “but first coffee” girl. I enjoy coffee but I don’t *need* it in the mornings to jumpstart my days. That being said, I love the art of coffee. I love a beautiful French press, a nice Chemix, I enjoy the preparation and the serving and the savoring. But as a busy…

Midwinter Kale Salad

In the midst of the confinement or dreariness of midwinter, few things perk us up at meal time like something fresh and green! Those summer days of fresh vegetables coming in straight-from-the-garden, or farmer’s market to our tables are still many months away for most of us. And while most grocery stores are still full…

January Skies | Audacious Hope

Oh, these January skies! We won’t be getting snow here in our part of Texas, at least not today, but this is definitely our rainy season. And in Texas, January rains mean lots of green and flowers come the end of February. Though I’ll tell you right now … I have some daffodils and hyacinth…

Winter Care | Elderberry Syrup

It’s that time of year again! Time to replenish our stock of Elderberry syrup. Seasonal threats are looming and aside from our regular essential oil protocols, we soothe sore throats, coughs, and boost our immune systems with this luscious, silky, maroon elixir! Every year I recommend it to friends, sometimes to strangers even, and every…

Nurturing Rituals

Relishing and indulging in some cozy moments, and delving into one of my fall reads; these moments are not only an integral part of my self care, but of continual growth and brain food. Before I was a mom, and a homeschooling mom at that, I was a comparative literature major. And even now as…

Halloween 2018|Part II|Hermione Granger

I know I say this every year but this girl of mine, she is fierce and brave, kind and smart as all get out! So I was thrilled when she asked to be Hermione Granger for Halloween this year. I think she nailed it … sass, bossiness, and spunk included!  I love her spirit, her…

Halloween 2018|Part I|Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Happy Halloween! Won’t You Be My Neighbor? My son and I had such a wonderful time with this costume this year.  Mr. Rogers was such a influential figure in my own childhood and I have nothing but fond memories of his programs.  My children have only had a taste, but my husband and I have…

Fall-ing Away

I’m finally layering in little touches of fall decor around the house, and taking the time to nurture my home and simultaneously a part of my heart again. It feels like it’s been a spell since I truly nurtured my home, but that can happen when your heart feels overwhelmed and overburdened, so I am…

Dancing with Daffodils

With all the blooming happening out of doors, it seems the polite and neighbourly thing to do to invite Spring indoors as well! Some glimpses of the daffodils and spring decor currently brightening things up inside our home! And then my heart with pleasure fills, And dances with the daffodils. William Wordsworth The afternoon light…

Weekend Spring Brunch

Well hello there, March!! Goodness we are glad to see you! Here in our neck of the woods, visions of spring are bursting everywhere these days! And we are hopeful that our “monsoon” season has passed! With such beauty and warmth calling our names, and beckoning us to come out and soak it all in,…