a little note to say...

hello, it's been awhile. i thought i would take a few moments of your time to explain a bit of where i've been and why i haven't visited here for sometime.

for those that follow along on instagram probably know by now that my family suffered a significant loss early february. my sister's husband passed away unexpectedly during the late night on super bowl sunday. there were no warning signs. there were zero complaints of him not feeling well. in fact, he was gearing up for a trip to Nepal just days before his passing and had just found out that he would be a father of two girls come july. everything seemed normal. everything was good. it was great actually. it's no surprise that this has been nothing short of devastating for my sister and family and everyone that crossed paths with the extraordinary person that he was.

loss no matter how young or old or unexpected or expected is difficult to bear. it's the kind of pain we don't give much thought about until we're in it. living it. breathing it. feeling it. it's one of those things that we can't prepare for until it happens. it's something that takes time and even time may never heal or fill the void that is deeply felt. i have witnessed my sister's strength and see the strong woman that she is. still, this is something that even someone who is very strong is hard to feel and experience. i know in my heart that she will march onward in love and learn to dance with this great loss. she will find her way again.

another reason why i have been away is my family has suffered from a season of bad sickness. it's been an obnoxious five weeks of one illness that then has opened the door to another. we've had the stomach flu four times, strep throat twice, double ear infections and now just getting over the influenza. it's been painful to watch my little ones so sick. it's been painful to be on the receiving end of the sickness too. parenting when not feeling well is not fun, as you know. it's extremely hard actually and literally wipes you out. i feel so bad that we have been so sick this season. BUT if anything it gave us good reason to slow things way down and pay attention to one thing and one thing only, F A M I L Y. and that my friends is exactly what we did.

i am happy to report that we are all feeling better again! WHOO! and that i have found some energy to come here and write again. i have a few fun posts in the works for you and hope to share them with you soon!

BUT first I want to thank all of you again for your prayers, emails, messages, and texts sent our way these past few weeks. they have been felt and we appreciate all your love and for taking the time to think of us.

continue to be rays of light, dear ones!

xx hugs!


changing the world starts with you

i was reminded of this video again and thought it was worth sharing, given our time in history. 
to view, click here.


a big girl room for our littlest bird


klo is still sleeping in her crib that is currently tucked in a little nook in my and aaron's bedroom. it's the perfect spot for her right now but someday, not too far from now, she'll need a little more space to stretch those growing limbs and this room will be ready for her when that time comes. for now, we use this room for guests or occasionally for naps during the day or even for the midnight bed hopping that tends to happen around here. 

personally, i feel a sense of peace and calm coming into this space. i especially love entering this room around midday as the sun starts to prepare it's last light and filters in the softest glow. sometimes, i'll make a warm drink and sneak off to enjoy a few sips of quiet before the after school rush and before the dinner hour begins. anyway, i believe it suits our littlest bird and is beautifully fitting for her good natured, old soul. 

i carefully put a list of sources together for the curious below.

- headboard: family heirloom piece, vintage. 
- bedside table: designed and handmade by bloom  
- throw pillows: target does it again. 
- lamp: taget
- pink linen pillow cases: handmade
- duvet cover: pottery barn. similar here. 
- variety of books: purchased at barnes and noble and local red balloon. 
- floral rocking chair: vintage 
- rug: west elm 
- "i love you for all that you are… " picture hanging: @jaxnblvd 
- peg hooks: container store
solly baby wrap from solly baby
- baby sling: sakura bloom 
- small hanging calendar: paper source
- letter "K": anthropologie 
- hangers for art: search vintage hangers on etsy
- floral and horse illustrations: kellie murray
- pot for plant or flowers: target 
- dresser: vintage 
- beautiful lace on dresser: vintage
- basket for toys: home goods 


a new week

after many requests i share with you a playlist. this is one we listen to often during the day. it's a mix of feel good, get yourself out of a funk but relax me too kinda lists. it's good. i think you'll like it. actually i know you will. enjoy, here!

happy new week to you!


a simple how to using essential oils

the girls and i spent the last day of winter vacation and the first day of the new year purging closets, organizing, cleaning, creating and giving our home a fresh start for twenty seventeen. i always find this time of year to be uplifting as we have a new beginning, a clean slate if you will, to purge and make changes we feel is necessary for a positive year ahead. so i guess spending time doing all these things seemed like a great way to start the year.

in the wake of purging and moving things around i came across a vase of cockscomb flowers i had dried from a bouquet i picked up at the farmer's market this past fall. for those that may not be familiar, cockscomb flowers are vibrant in color and have a fuzzy like texture to them. they keep well too. so if you're into drying flowers these are a beautiful option and they make a lovely natural diffuser or freshener for your space!

here's a simple how to + what you'll need to make a natural diffuser using cockscomb flowers:

you'll need the following: 
- dried cockscomb flowers
- essential oil - we use young living essential oil. you can find them here and order here.
- a vase to put them in - the one you see here you can find at ikea.

a simple how to: 
- take your favorite pure essential oil and add 1-3 drops on each of the dried flowers. i used young living's peace + calming blend, orange, and lemon grass. these oils combined provide a calm and clean and uplifting vibe. a must try, in my opinion!
- arrange in a vase and find a special home for it. my only suggestion is make sure you find a place that you visit often. your heart will thank you every time you walk by or enter the room.

also, i find the fragrance lasts a good 5-7 days but feel free to add more drops once the scent fades.



where the pines touch the sky

early december before all the snow and real cold weather settled in the girls and i adventured to one of our favorite wilderness parks, where the pine trees touch the sky. this place is a little slice of heaven all year round and a place we adventure to when we need it most.

it's been three months since my big career change from family therapist to stay at home mama-hood and while i thought it was going to be an easy transition, i quickly discovered my ideals were much different than what i imagined them to be. before this new life all began, i landed on this idea that being home would free up more time and space for me to be more present with my girls while allowing some time to build on some dreams i've been wanting to dive into more freely. how incredibly wrong i was. in some ways my idea of how this new life would be have been just as so and in other ways they have posed some very new challenges.

i've learned being home with my children delivers a heap of sacrifice, more than i ever imagined. BUT i also learned how much i was missing and how much i needed this new way of life almost as much as they did. my days with them have been some of my hardest but also some of my very best. i feel i work twice as hard than i once did and feel ten times more tired at the end of the day. BUT every morning i rise feeling so grateful that i get to spend my days like this with them.

our adventure to where the pine trees touch the sky took place on a day where our moods were off and our need for adventure and fresh air were something fierce. coming from a home body who on cold winter days prefers to stay inside where it's cozy and warm than to face the bite of bitterness on my nose, i've found little adventures mixed into our day are a complete game changer.

so on a cold winter day we bundled up in our winter gear, snuggled klo in our stokke stroller using their foot muff to keep her extra cozy and warm, and off we went on a long winter walk to one of our favorite places and gathered a beautiful plethora of pine cones along the way. sometimes fresh air and a change of scenery is all you need.

photography by the lovely kadi tiede

this post is in collaboration with Stokke. thank you kindly for supporting brands that help support living life's moments. 


happy holidays

"you're blessed when you're content with who you are--no more, no less. that's the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that cannot be bought" -- Matthew 5:5 

may you wrap your heart around these words this holiday season and find joy in the things that cannot be bought. wishing you happy moments this holiday season and a very happy new year, from our little flock to yours.  

{ girls are clothed in the ever so beautiful marie chantal }