Santa Barbara

Our 3 year old is turning 4 at the end of the month and I've found myself honing in on the big boy encouragement the closer we get to the date.  You can do it you’re a big boy, be a big boy, whose a big boy, wow look at that big boy. After a while, it’s just become habit, another one of those phrases that fills the day, like, has anyone fed the dog, I can’t find my car keys and what’s for dinner.  But it’s been there, slowly taking shape, without me ever even noticing. He has been changing ever so slighting, all this time.

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Home

We’ve been married for 7 years. I feel every single minute and yet it went by in the blink of an eye. I remember the most from our first year, the ups and downs, living with my parents and saving every cent of my salary to build our first home. We chose to sacrifice our newly wed days for big risks and a lot of moving around. It was simple then, just the two of us creating spaces we loved and believed in. We learned how to make a house beautiful with little money, while knowing that collecting less allowed us to say yes to the freedom that comes with moving and adventure.

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Peach Pie

A few weeks ago we had a photo shoot at the house. Our house is earthy in tone, so I decided a bowl of peaches would add a nice muted pop of color to the kitchen. Apples, with their shiny peel came across too harsh. I love the images; peaches complimented the wood tones throughout the house, layered to the earthy feel and pulled out the livability in the house.

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The ONE secret to building or renovating a house

I love social media for many reasons, keeping up with old friends, making new ones and staying on trend to name a few. I also love that it’s a place to support, encourage and celebrate one another in our adventures. Yet, I find myself questioning my own abilities when I see an image of a trendy mom on an adventure with her eight super stylish children who all happen to be smiling and genuinely looking happy.  Why can’t I pull this off? Did I miss a seminar?

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Moving Well

Brett and I are apart of a supper club that meets once a month on a rotating house basis. It’s been one of the most enriching life experiences during our season of small children, when the sleepless nights and lack of adult conversation is pressing in on the daily routine.  Our first-born kiddos are within months in age, which is certainly what brought our group together, but the constant struggle to raise children and stay sane is the glue that binds us. 

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