MLK and some links to start your week

First of all, happy Martin Luther King Jr. day. Despite holidays being a great excuse to take the day off or spend some time relaxing, it's also good to remember the intent behind the holiday. Now more than ever in this world, we need to practice tolerance, acceptance, and love of our fellow man. Despite someone's religion, or skin color, or who they decide to love, we all need to try and appreciate others experience and realize it's just as valuable and true as our own.

Today I wanted to share a few links from around the web that have piqued my interest or made me think about something a little deeper.

> six 30-year-old women with very different incomes on how they spend and save 

> this tweet made me laugh (your welcome, Reno 911 fans)

> interesting info on Planned Parenthood

> if you need some home design inspiration, this blog has you covered

> some of Michelle Obama's greatest moments as FLOTUS

> this gal has style for days

> some of my favorite TV shows are back

> her photography is so breathtaking

> Also, we're traveling soon for a little birthday vacation and we're super excited. I'm hoping to take lots of pictures (I've been in a lull lately) and hopefully some video.

Have a wonderful week everyone!

the best resolution sneakers for 2017

Anybody else trying to log extra time at the gym this year, or are you trying to get out a walk a bit more? Do you just like to have cute tennis shoes to wear when you have errands to run and it's too cold out for much else?

Well, here is a great list of some cute and comfortable sneakers to help you reach all of your 2017 goals. Even if the only goal you actually reach is having comfy feet all day long.

so many options

Here are some of the purchases I'm pondering for our new home. We've got a lot more square footage in this house and I'm trying to find some quality pieces to fill it up and finish it off. I've been finding lots of design inspiration from In Honor of Design, A Beautiful Mess, and SF Girl by Bay. Also, surprisingly, Amazon has been a great reference guide. Most of the time you can find what you want on there for a cheaper price and delivered quicker than other online sites. 

the best of 2016








Here are some of my favorite memories from 2016:

1) our chickens! We're still missing our feathery friends. 2017 might be the year of a new pet or two.

2) all the hiking trips we went on in Wyoming and Montana, the views were breathtaking and the company was pretty awesome too

3) our visit to Tippet Rise, still the coolest art museum or installation I've ever been too (sorry Louvre)

4) all of our family time with our super spread out relatives

5) exploring NYC with two little kids, the double stroller made ALL the difference

6) camping!

7) watching our two little girls grow up and become the best of buds

8) weekending in Big Sky, even though most of us were sick the entire time...

9)  getting to meet these fabulous ladies and learn more about them

and last but not least

10) getting to write this blog! Thank you so much for following along on my adventures in mothering, designing, working, and figuring it all out. I really do appreciate anyone and everyone who stops by. I thoroughly enjoy creating and sharing new content on this blog, so thanks for reading!

the Christmas that was

Hi! How are ya? It's been a while!!!

Happy New Year, by the way! 

But before we get to all of that, I thought I'd share a few photos from our wintery holiday vacation in Idaho with my family. It was freezing cold (actually below freezing), but very warm and cozy inside my parent's house with most of my siblings and their kids all staying under the same roof.  

It's a rather crazy tradition, really. At some point, our whole family (my parents, their six children, their significant others, and their children) can't all fit in one house anymore for the holidays. Finally this year, some of us had to stay at a hotel just to make sure everyone had a bed and a little bit of their own space. Also, somehow my parents have internet that is worse than dial-up speed, so keeping everyone entertained for days at a time is no small feat. There were definitely many crafts going on, programming questions being solved (that's my husband in his element), baking, sledding, skiing, gingerbread house making, shopping, and a fair amount of healthy discussions about politics. 

My girls had an absolute blast hanging out with their cousins. They also suited up once a day to go outside into the sub-zero temperatures and snow storms to visit the animals with my Mom. Chloe had lots of fun snuggling up to Lucky (the horse). Who, I believe, was just happy to have a warm body petting him.

We got lots of resting in and didn't think about work or working on a house for at least 7 days. That was worth all the bathroom sharing and the long drive through Wyoming.

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season!!

merry christmas to you and yours

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

etsy thursday

Happy Holidays everyone!

In an amongst the wall painting and box unpacking, I've been trying to make plans about how to make our house feel more like a home. We have this really nice open kitchen in our new home. It has exceptionally tall ceilings and an alcove that stretches above the cabinets to the vaulted ceiling. One of those places that naturally attracts dust and nicknacks, in equal parts. In the past, I would have crammed that space full of my antique kitchen tins and a collection of teapots, but in an effort to keep clean lines and have a more modern feel, I've been exploring what to do with that space besides just fill it.

After watching one too many episodes of Fixer Upper on HGTV, I got some inspiration on how to make my kitchen feel a little more modern and little bit country at the same time. Adding an antique or antiqued sign seems like a good option for that otherwise empty space.

Here are some of the best options I found on Etsy.

Rustic General Store Mercantile Wood Sign - Hand Crafted Antique Wooden Decor

general store - SignTreasure

farmer's market - EmeraldMarket

shaker seed company - MillRiverPrimitives

super market - SouthernBelleSign

If I don't see you again before Christmas, Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!

three up, two down

Instead of rambling on about how things are going lately, I thought I would organize it a bit. Much like sharing the good and the bad of your day, I thought I would share two good things and two bad things that have been happening lately, followed up by one more good thing. It's always good to end on a bright note, right?

> Merry freaking Christmas! And Happy Holidays!!! I'm about to take off nine days in a row from work and spend some time with loved ones. We'll also be getting our dog back, who we've missed so much! She's been staying with family in Montana until we were ready to bring her to our new house. We still don't have a fenced yard for her, but we will soon.

> I've been unpacking and getting things organized at the new house. There is still some extra clutter, but every evening I make a little progress. Things are getting fixed and lights are getting installed thanks to my handy-man husband. It's still a bit discouraging though to find even more things we need to fix, and trying to do it all ourselves sometimes means things take longer than they otherwise would. There is something gratifying about doing a good job yourself, however.

> Little corners of the house are getting styled as I go along. The guest bedroom might still have three boxes that need to be unpacked and stuff stacked on the bed, but doesn't that arrow look great right there? :)

> I'd like to lodge a formal complaint against traffic. Like all traffic. Can everyone please go home on a staggered schedule so that everyone isn't rushing home at 5pm? Wouldn't that be ingenious? Maybe just break the city up into quarters and have a rolling time-out clock. Or maybe just have a much more efficient (and easy to navigate) mass transit system. It's possible, I know it is!

> Chloe started preschool today. I'm anxious to hear all about it. It's a new preschool with a slightly different system than what she is used too. Navigating the education system is going to be an interesting journey, I can tell already. It's hard not to think that each little decision won't possibly affect her future growth and achievement. I know that you don't have to go to the very best schools to turn out very successful. My whole family is very well educated and most of us went to tiny little schools in a small town. Work ethic means a lot more than what kind of degree you get (in most cases). So here's to new beginnings!

Elinor is also doing very, very well. She's gotten a huge vocabulary all of the sudden. Talking about all sorts of things that I didn't really know she knew about. It's been really fun to watch her grow up, seemingly overnight.

They both seem to be adjusting well, thank goodness. The scariest part of moving was wondering how my little girls would adjust, but they always surpass my expectations.

I hope you all have a wonderful week! Stay warm! Oh, and stop shopping, if you haven't gotten them something already, it's too late. Just give them a warm hug or a phone call.