Welcome to the #StrandGarden2018 1

Welcome to our garden! I realized I’ve been posting up a storm on Instagram about our new happy place, but I haven’t shared about it here yet. Just about 5 weeks ago, we embarked on the most wonderful journey building the garden we’ve always talked about. First we fenced the […]

Ready, Set, Migrate! Survive the Sound with Long Live the Kings

Because conservation in the Northwest is something I care a lot about, I’m excited to share about the Survive the Sound campaign. As a mom of a third grader, first grader and preschooler, I can imagine how fun it is for classrooms to follow along as salmon “race” in this […]

After 9 Years, I’ve Finally Figured Our Memory Keeping

Photo printing has hung over my head for years. I print photos from time to time for framing purposes, but I don’t have filled albums like I wish I did. With thousands of photos on both our computer and my phone, it’s overwhelmed me so badly that I’ve not even […]

My Kid’s Favorite Chocolate Banana Protein Muffins

It’s such a funny thing to observe how we’re such creators of habit. Lately this little darlin’ of mine has been loving watching The Pioneer Women and everyday after she’s done watching recorded episodes, she wants to cook. Well, of course she does, isn’t that how we all feel after […]

Running a Mile Everyday for a Year 1

She bakes cakes, gorgeous cookies, and one time in Safeway we bumped into each other and I’ll tell you what, she’s just as sweet (and gorgeous) in real life as you’d imagine! I don’t remember exactly what I was doing when I saw Emily’s story, but it stopped me in […]


Have you ever dropped a bag off at the thrift store? Maybe posted something on the local Buy, Sell and Swap? How about Craigslist? For many of us, donating items is just a normal part of life. Recently I heard about a new app that let’s you #GiveItUpForFosterKids by selling […]

Creating the most Peaceful December

Yesterday morning my sister texted me and asked if she could stop by. A few hours later, as she hung her jacket and settled in, she said that our home feels so peaceful. It was the best compliment I’ve received in a very, very long time.  Whether it’s by keeping […]

Skyline Lake Snowshoe 2

The day after Thanksgiving my friend Brenda and I headed out to Steven’s Pass for a few hours of snowshoeing. This trail! I can’t say enough good things about it. It’s short, steep, relatively easy to follow and all around wonderful. I already can’t wait to return.  If you’re looking […]

Our Table Makeover from PNW Farm Tables

It’s been 7 sleeps since we’ve moved in. During the last few days, I’ve been relishing what it feels like to finally be HOME. It’s something I haven’t felt for over 2 1/2 years. We’ve worked all day long, unpacking boxes, hanging curtains, designing our pantry, organizing the garage and […]

Mama Owned Businesses to Support this Season 1

Mama owned businesses. If you’re like me, I’m guessing you want to support them, but sometimes it’s tricky to know where to start. Well, hang onto your hats, this round-up of local makers will not only get you started in the right direction, but you could practically finish your shopping […]

Thanksgiving Cranberry-Orange Meatballs

Happy Friday, friends! As we’ve been packing, having final inspections at the house and getting ready to move, 100% homemade cooking hasn’t really been in the cards for me lately. It’s given me so much insight for friends of mine who keep chicken nuggets in the freezer for crazy days […]

Supporting Adoption with Chestine Design

Well friends, as I worked on this post from Chelsea at Chestine Design, I couldn’t help but sit here with tears in my eyes. Many of my personal friends and family have been affected in the most positive ways by adoption. It’s the ultimate privalege to be able to share […]

Let’s Welcome Hanky Pies to Granite Falls! 6

If  you’ve ever hiked off of the Mountain  Loop highway, chances are you’ve wished there was an awesome coffee shop in Granite Falls for a post-adventure warm drink and treat.  I can’t even count the times I’ve been in a car with friends or family, wondering where we should stop […]