Video: This Wild Life – A short story trailer for Eating Buckets

What do you wish for? What keeps you up at night? Where will your heart take you? Brian and I ask each other these questions often because it keeps us curious and alive, but we don’t often get to combine words and pictures and think about these questions the way we were able to in…

Video: Morning routines that work.

Here are three oh-so-simple habits you can form or reinforce for yourself and your family that help you start living well from the moment you rise—and help carry you successfully through the day. 1. Make your bed first thing in the morning—no excuses. Insist your children do the same. 2. Savor your hot coffee (or…

Video: Making a vision board

As I have mentioned, our family has a tradition of making dream or vision boards every new year. These contain our hopes, dreams, and motivation for the year ahead. A few of you have messaged me to ask me how you can make one yourself. Here, I talk about the process and why it works…

Video: On anger and authenticity

Happy New Year! In the spirit of one of my main New Year’s resolutions to open my doors and welcome you (with the lights on) into my work-in-progress home and life, I welcome you to join me in a discussion about anger and authenticity. Does any of this resonate? Do the competing themes of kindness…

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, friends! Wishing you all good things and new friendships and connections in the next iteration of the Roaring Twenties! Let’s come ALIVE and tackle our dreams, let’s be who we were meant to be, let’s support and love each other and arrive to each day with a sense of wonder and curiosity….

Food for a Happy Heart: A Story of Surprise and Legacy on Mother’s Day

I have an amazing story to share with you today. Do you remember when I posted a Farmhouse Contest Giveaway a few weeks ago? It was a joy to watch people participate and it was super fun to select the winners of a variety of useful gifts representing the various parts of building a home…

Winter wonderland.

Oh, PEOPLE! It’s a beautiful land out here. It’s that rare magic of rain turned ❄️ that we of Pacific Northwest ilk don’t often experience. I know our little shovelfuls of snow ain’t nuttin to the polar freeze capturing the Midwest. I know. But our little stretch of pearly white nature blankets has brought us the magic…

Winter days in our old farmhouse: Making, resting, and planning.

Winter in the Pacific Northwest is distinctively dark. Here in our old farmhouse I like to imagine all the quiet fireside chats that have been shared here over the past 120 years while our home’s residents settled into the rhythm of “getting through” these long, dark winter days. One of my favorite parts of winter…

Top ten Thanksgiving tips.

First of all, before we dive into tips & tricks, isn’t this photo so cool?! It’s a naturally made wormhole “tattoo” in a piece of firewood. Like Brian said when he chopped the wood and somehow sliced it precisely enough to expose this little bit of magic, “It’s a perfect tree within a tree.”Second of…