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Finding balance in your day

I love this quote from the extraordinary Helen Keller. She died almost fifty years ago, but somehow her take on finding a good balance between getting through each day and following her passions seems perfectly relevant in 2017. In my…

How’s your sleep hygiene?

Sleep is a hot health topic these days. A lot of women struggle to get a good night's sleep — especially moms and those of us aged 50 plus. I thought I had a pretty good pre-sleep routine in place,…

A lesson in mindfulness from the Coffee Queen

I sit with my friends Ruth and Warren and our kids on low wooden plank benches. The ground beneath our feet is swept dirt between a tiny house made of mud and reeds, and an open outdoor wooden structure which…

Sidewalk Wisdom

Walking my doggy around the block in my new/old neighborhood led me to this beautiful series of chalk messages this week. What a fantastic gift for those of us walking up the hill from the beach, right at the steepest…

Setting A Deadline

It's so easy to put things off. Take my last two weeks. I haven't posted here, even though I fully intended to. I even had posts photographed and written. I had some great excuses — I moved house among other…

Not inspired, unnerved

I like to post something inspiring on a Wednesday. The middle of the week is when I need a little uplifting, but I’m guessing we’re all just doing our best to get through each day after the seeing the horrific…

DIY Marbled Cards

I tried marbelizing paper once. It was a delicate, messy, drippy experience. This is not that. It's quick and satisfying, okay it's a bit messy, but it's so much easier. The step by step instructions are here. The two main…

DIY Modern Fall Wreath

I have been re-using these simple square craft-store wire frames for almost a year now (see previous wreaths here: Spring, Holiday, succulent). They have been a great little investment! For my Fall wreaths, I used thin green florists' wire (which…