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    Chain Reaction

    12.16.2014 / FAMILY

    There are days where parenting-  as a verb, as we’ve been told – seems insurmountable. Thick days, stuck days. Where we tip the maple syrup bottle just one more miniscule degree hoping for something – anything – to seep out. And we find that, no, we didn’t keep any morsels in the reserve. We used it yesterday, and the day before, and promised ourselves we’d make a run to the grocery tomorrow. Today, no. But perhaps soon. On these days, …

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    The Ken Den

    12.15.2014 / PLAY

    Remember last year when our basement plans were but a dream? When movie night meant huddling up in bed with the iPad or piled on blankets amidst drywall rubble? No more, friends. No. More. Take a look:

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    Bring the Crowbar

    12.12.2014 / WORK

    I receive quite a bit of emails asking me for advice on blogging. Here’s what I say, nearly every time: Write something – anything – you are proud of. Bleed into it on a Saturday afternoon when the world offers much else but your heart denies anything but. Swim in the pencil shavings, dance in the Word doc. Leave parts of you as you work, fixed and frozen. Wedged. Return next week to this place. Bring a crowbar and unwedge …

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    Simplifying Motherhood

    12.10.2014 / FAMILY

    The easy things are never good and the good things are never easy. Isn’t there a saying about that? Somewhere? In better words? (Google this later.) Motherhood, as I know it, is not easy. But it is so, so good. When Ken and I were new parents – zombies, really – we chatted with friends who were a bit further along in their parenting journey. And I’ll never forget what they shared around a dinner table of take-out pizza and …

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    The Bells Ring

    12.09.2014 / OTHER

    I didn’t want to write this post. It feels scary and raw, and there is a deep temptation to stay in my lane – my self-imposed lane, of course – where I share throw pillows and toys and memories. Things stay fluffy and good; positive and bright. Bright is my specialty, my second set of skin. Encouraging comes easy for me, and I see quite a bit of value in creating an environment where beauty is celebrated and hope is …

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    12.04.2014 / FAMILY

    I’ve been patiently waiting to announce my latest product design with one of my favorite Dutch brands, but first things first – if you haven’t yet transformed your kids’ closet into a reading corner, make thee a Target run. A few body pillows, a small rug, panel curtains, a tension rod (that moonlights as a super unsafe sword when Bee’s friends come over, in case you’re curious!) – and boom, done. It’s by far the best $30 I’ve spent given …

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