Top 5 Houseplants for Beginners

*disclaimer: this is a sponsored post. All opinions and views are my own. photos from: thesill.com *

As the number of house-plants I own increases, so too do the number of messages and emails I get from readers looking to grow their own collections. Now, I am in NO way a professional or a certified expert, but researching and talking plants is one of my favorite pastimes…I mean, I could do it all day long…so I thought what better way to do that then to have somewhat regular posts here on my blog dedicated to plants, gardening, and all things nature related! I know you come to me with questions on this topic for a reason, so lets give you guys what you want! Right?? Right!

I totally geek out over plant life. Maybe its the artist in me, or the reverence for God and His creation in my life. I don’t know…but it’s engraved in my DNA to be captivated by nature. Since as far back as I can remember it has awe’d me completely. I remember sitting on the soccer field during recess as a first grader, and picking those little clover flowers. I’d put them up close to my nose, almost going cross eyed, and look at the teeny tiny veins in the leaves, the structure of the stem, and the way each little rice-shaped petal connected itself to it. Just, blew my mind, and still does! The different varieties of plants, care instructions, soil types, different pots (especially fond of hand thrown ceramic! If you know of some good ones, send the deets my way!), decorating with houseplants, and watching the Q&A Instagram Live videos from The Sill….I want all of it..SO good!

Okay, so here we go! I thought I’d tackle the most asked question first.. “What plant should I start with?” I will give you my personal picks, but please do your research as well! The Sill is a great resource because they’ve got their online plant store organized by categories, and “beginners” is a great place to start! If you sign up for their annual membership Plant Parent Club you also gain exclusive access to online and in person workshops, and free shipping!

Here are my picks, along with a little blurb from The Sill  on each plant. Click each plant name learn more info or to have it shipped straight to your door! Happy shopping!

Top 5 Best Houseplants for Beginners

Air Plant

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Plant Care

  • BRIGHTNESS
    • Bright
    • Bright indirect light to full sun.
  • SUN EXPOSURE
    • Direct to Indirect
    • Indirect to full sun.
  • WATER
    • Weekly
    • Mist daily, and soak once a week for about 15 minutes in warm water.
  • HUMIDITY
    • Normal to High
    • Normal to higher humidity. Mist daily.

Snake Plant

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Plant Care

  • BRIGHTNESS
    • Low to Medium to Bright
    • Medium indirect light to full sun. Tolerates low light.
  • SUN EXPOSURE
    • Indirect
    • Indirect light to dappled sun preferred. However, can handle full sun quite well.
  • WATER
    • About every 2 weeks
    • Allow potting mix to dry out completely between waterings.
  • HUMIDITY
    • Any!
    • Don’t sweat it. Any humidity level will do.

Pothos

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Plant Care

  • BRIGHTNESS
    • Low to Medium
    • Low light to dappled sun. Tolerates low light.
  • SUN EXPOSURE
    • Indirect
    • Indirect light to dappled sun. Not suited for intense, direct sun.
  • WATER
    • Weekly
    • Allow potting mix to dry out completely between waterings.
  • HUMIDITY
    • Any!
    • Don’t sweat it. Any humidity level will do.

Succulents

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Plant Care

  • BRIGHTNESS
    • Bright
    • Prefers bright direct light.
  • SUN EXPOSURE
    • Direct
    • Full sun ideal.
  • WATER
    • About every 2-3 weeks in full sun
    • When soil is completely dry and leaves start to wrinkle.
  • HUMIDITY
    • Normal to Dry
    • Think of a desert.

Philodendron

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Plant Care

  • BRIGHTNESS
    • Low to Medium to Bright
    • Medium indirect light to dappled sun. Tolerates low light.
  • SUN EXPOSURE
    • Indirect
    • Indirect light to dappled sun. Not suited for intense, direct sun.
  • WATER
    • Weekly
    • Allow potting mix to dry out completely between waterings.
  • HUMIDITY
    • Any!
    • Don’t sweat it. Any humidity level will do.

Holiday Gift Guide

It’s the season of giving, and I believe in shopping small when possible! I’ve rounded up TEN of my favorite goodies for everyone in the family in my first ever Holiday Gift Guide!!

I hope you will find some cute and unique gifts for the ones you love this season; hand made and hand curated with lots of love!Happy Shopping!

1. Bookroo monthly children’s book subscription boxes to get children excited about reading! Use code KIMIGIFT for 25% off Nov 24-27th!

2. The Blueberry Hillmodern & whimsical hats and caps! Use code BF25 for 25% off all week! Sale ends 11/27/17 at midnight.

3. Cuddle & Kindheirloom quality plush friends. Each doll purchase provides 10 meals for children in need! Plus receive two free prints when you purchase two dolls!

4. M is For Monster educational crafts monthly subscription box to make learning fun! Use code bf2017 for 15% off your purchase!

5. Muffin Bub Dolls hand stitched and felted toys for imaginative play! They will be having their final restock of the year this Friday 11/24/17 at 5 pm PST/8 pm EST, so lots of fun Holiday items!

 

1. Rosalynne Love handlettered hand screenprinted encouraging apparel and drink wares! Use code shopsmall2017 for 20% off Friday 11/24- Monday 11/27.

2.Jane’s Agenda disc bound, six ring, and spiral customized planners! They will be having a Black Friday sale that will run through the weekend, so don’t miss out!

3. Green Cove Collectiveapparel and housewares for the adventurous at heart!

4. Faithboxmonthly subscription box for believers that includes items from shops with a cause! They are offering 50% off of their Christmas Favorite Things Box now through Cyber Monday! They are also offering 50% off of your first month subscription with code BFHC50 on Black Friday!

5.Jessica Wertz handmade pottery & porcelain jewelry. Jessica will be offering 15% off for the holidays, and the code is listed her website.

 

 

Happy Holidays, friends! 💚

-Kimi

On Chasing Wellness + Why I Write

Being a mom is without a shadow of a doubt the greatest gift I’ve ever been given. I love my kids from the depths of my heart, and I wouldn’t trade being their mom for anything. 

I love the way they laugh, the way their eyes light up when they’re telling me a story, the way they run to me when they fall. I love the way they look at the world, and the way they were born with kind hearts, and the way they wake up and climb straight into bed with us. I love them, and that will never change. Period.

That being said, it’s not always rainbows and sunshine, and being a mom can also have its challenges .

Some of you know by now that I’ve been on a road to wellness, initiated by a bumpy road with my health (physical and mental) since having my sweet little twinlettes two years ago. If not- surprise, you do now ;).

Between swapping out products for clean alternatives ( going to share a post on some of my favs soon!), taking time to rest, focusing on eating real foods & supplements , visiting my doctors regularly for blood tests, exams, (and an upcoming surgery…more on that some other time), I’ve been feeling mostly better; but I’m not 100% yet, and every day comes with new struggles, but I’m always chasing after wellness.

I talk about it more in depth on my secondary Instagram account @fitishkimi (which I am considering just merging into my main account for the sake of “one-less-thing”…thoughts?)if you want to know more specifics, but for a brief run down so you know WHY I am on this quest to a healthier me: I have always struggled with anxiety and it hit a pretty scary (for me) tipping point coupled with depression last year. It snowballed into 4 rounds of bronchitis within a few months, adrenal fatigue, and hormone imbalances among other things, and I got sick and tired of always being sick and  tired.

I’m still working towards finding balance and breaking bad habbits, working towards making time for self care, clearing out mental clutter & negative self talk that I’ve held onto for way too long…towards finding energy and motivation to get moving more with my always aching body, and to also sometimes being okay resting in the stillness that often comes instead.

It’s an uphill battle, and one that I know could always be worse and for that I am thankful. But it’s one I’ve committed the past two years of my life to, and don’t intend to ever give up fighting for myself.

Now, I want to also address the fact that I’m a sharer and I need you to know that it is not just for me. Yes, I do love to write because it helps to calm the constant racing thoughts/ anxiety…it’s therapeutic, and also I like to look back and read years later, because my memory is complete shit and there are things I don’t want to forget (pretty much 90% of why I love Instagram so much; it’s my photo diary).

Honestly though, at times I am extremely self conscious about sharing personal experiences & thoughts (and what I do share is usually just the tip of the iceberg and if you want to message me to dig deeper, I’m always open to that) because I don’t want to be judged, or I don’t want my intentions to be misconstrued, or I don’t want to sound…I don’t even know.

I try to keep things positive for the most part, but that’s not always me, that’s not always life. Because I also want to be an open book. I feel strongly in sharing my experiences in hopes that if anyone out there is in the same boat, it helps you, on some level, to feel a little bit less isolated and alone. I know the feeling well and I want you to know you are worth fighting for.

And it may not always be rainbows and sunshine, but there are still bits of sunshine between the clouds. And you may not know me, but I know how it feels. And I want you to know that. And you are not alone. And that’s why I write.

Growing Little Readers with BookRoo

*This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.*

Did you know that September is national literacy month?! I wish I could say that as a kid, I loved to read…but that would be a lie. Throughout elementary school, I distinctly remember dreading any reading lessons that were assigned- especially reading aloud. I read very slowly, fumbled on my words, and didn’t comprehend what I was reading. The words were just words on a page, and nothing more.

If it were up to little Kimi, I would have given up reading for leisure the day I graduated elementary school, but I’m SO glad that’s not the case. I realized I wasn’t comprehending because I was too nervous about what others thought of my reading abilities, so there wasn’t enough room to soak in the beautiful stories over the noise of my own insecurities. I never loved to read because since realizing I was behind in kindergarten, I had continued to feel that I was behind and inadequate. I felt like every other student was somehow better than me, and instead of wanting to get better, it made me want to give up!

Fortunately, that realization sparked something inside of me and between that and my curiosity (or nosiness?) and desire to constantly be learning and growing, I have become a total lover of books! So much so in fact that I want to be sure that I pass this on to my kids. We did a book raffle at my oldests’ baby shower instead of a diaper raffle, my twins’ nursery theme was children’s literature, and my daughter is named after the author of my favorite book: Harper Lee.
I want to give my children the amazing gift of an EARLY love of reading and the confidence that comes with it, so when I first heard about BookRoo, I was beyond excited!

Created by three sisters-in-law, moms, and book lovers, BookRoo is a unique subscription box for kids: they deliver absolutely beautiful children’s books to your door every month! They are hand wrapped like little gifts for your kids to unwrap, and packaged in recycled (and recycleable!) boxes!

Their mission is to enable and empower parents to build their children’s book collections in an affordable and exciting way through curated monthly book deliveries! They believe in the power and impact of the written word in the life of a child, and believe it’s never too early to start reading to children!

BookRoo believes as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle did that:

“It is a great thing to start life with a small number of really good books which are your very own.”

One of the most beautiful things about this box for me, is the excitement that my kids had when opening their boxes. They WANTED to read!! I mean, look at those smiles!! Total win!!

So how does it work?:

There are two levels of boxes for your readers: picture books (which come with two books per box), and board books for younger readers (which come with three books). They carefully source hidden gems; books that aren’t easily found in stores and online in hopes of adding to your collection with books you don’t have yet! These books are highly recommended and reviewed by a panel of 12 families attending Stanford University and their combined 22 kids before they make their way into your box!
Overall, we are SO excited about BookRoo and HIGHLY reccommend these boxes! I seriously couldn’t wait to share this blog post with you!!

There are several subscription options available to you, as well as the option to gift  a box! Check out Bookroo, and get your own box here !

gofanco EdgeS 7-Port Charging Station

When you are a family of 5 in 926 sq ft, you have to get creative with the space you have. Every inch of every corner of every room needs to be optimized for max-usage. (And when I put it that way, it kind of sounds like I’m talking about a Transformer…but I guess I basically am.)
We have floating shelves for our bowls, plates, and cups, to keep the few upper cabinets we do have free for spices & every day cooking ingredients. We have shelves over the washer & dryer that act as our pantry. We’ve got the kid’s walk-in-closet set up as toy storage as well as a reading space, and part of our front room is also a play room.
The dresser in our bedroom doubles as our desk & workspace, and our kids each have one drawer in the dresser in their room. Our bookshelf doubles as a console/catch all station, and our couch folds down into a guest bed. Every inch, max usage.
Needless to say, space is limited for things like electronics & the chargers and cords that go along with them. For this reason, I was ALL IN when gofanco reached out to me to test and review their EdgeS 7-Port USB charging station!

*First off, let me preface this by saying that I received this product for free in exchange for my review. Rest assured these opinions are completely my own.*
The EdgeS arrived in a carefully packed package, the cord & power source packaged neatly & separately. The product comes with two dust mats (which I thought was a nice little touch) so you can choose between white or black. I received the white dock, but chose the black mat so that fingerprints won’t show. The power source plugs into the wall, and an adapter connects it to the EdgeS. There is a beautiful blue power light, which I like the look of, however, regardless if the device is off or on, the power source stays on. This confused me a bit, but I don’t know too much about the ins & outs of electronics or if it even effects the overall function for it to remain engaged. We constantly have at least once device on the charger so this is a non-issue for us, and we could always just unplug it.

After using it for a week, here are a few of the things I enjoy most about the EdgeS 7-Port Charging Station:
-I noticed better and faster charging of my devices compared to directly charging on the wall outlet.
-I REALLY enjoy that I can charge multiple devices at once. Not only do I work partially from my phone, but we use one of our old phones as a sound box for the kids during nap and bedtime. Before this, we would always have to switch out the cords & trade off who gets to charge next (often arguing over who needs it first. “I’m at 7%!”, “Well I’m only at 6!”…Haha! Oh, marriage <3. ), since we have limited space, and we are hesitant to buy more “stuff” including cords. With the dock, everyone is happy!
-You can charge multiple TYPES of devices: iPhone, android, iPad, etc. on the same dock.
-It is compact, about the size of a typical paperback novel, so it takes up very little space.
-It’s sleek design & minimalist black/white colorway help it blend into any type of home decor without being overpowering or awkward.
– It’s priced affordably for the quality!
There are only a couple of things that, I think, could use improvement:
-The constant use of the power bank cord when the device is not in/in use. Again, I am no electronics wizard, so this could very well be necessary for the proper function of this device. And if so, than it’s easy to overlook.
-The charging station does not come with the charging cords for each port. It would be nice to include short charging cords for this device (even if just one or two) so you aren’t using one of the standard long cords that comes with a phone. Again-this could be overlooked because if you have an iPhone, it would be a waste to have a bunch of android chargers or vice versa. On that note, they ARE easy to find and purchase separately based on your own needs.


Overall, if you are on the market for a multi device charging dock, I am really happy with the function, affordability and design of this one by gofanco. You can purchase here.
Do you have a gofanco EdgeS? If so, let me know what you think of it in the comments below!!
As always, thank you SO much for taking time to read my blog! Please reach out and say hello, I’d love to talk!
Is there something you’d like to see me write about? Let me know!

How to be Present as a Work at Home Mom

 


It’s been about 2 1/2 years since “officially” leaving my previous 9-5 employer of 8 years. I was put on bed rest during my twin pregnancy in January ’15, welcomed my little preemies to the world that March, and resigned that July.  Staying home to raise our kids was the best decision my husband and I have ever made for our family, but it has no doubt been a challenge…and, I say that with total gratitude and in the best way possible.

Anyone with kids understands that being a parent is totally a thankless job. It’s kind of just part of the gig. It’s what we sign up for. And whether you work out of the home, stay at home, or work from home, I believe it’s indeed the single most important position we as parents will hold in our lifetimes.

I have been on all sides of the above (as far as working situations go) in my short 4 and something years as a mother, and all have their ups and downs, and one is no more or less acceptable or okay than the other. We’re all just trying to do the best we can for our kids, and I love that.

Now, I just have to say that I won’t try to pretend that I have it all together, because truth is- most days I flounder about & fail five times times before I succeed. But that’s all part of personal growth, and part of teaching my kids that it’s okay make mistakes, as long as we try (and try and try..) to do better. Hey, I’m human …and unless there’s some new crazy robotics technology that I’m not aware of, I’m pretty sure you are too.

So here is my experience, for whatever it’s worth.

Transitioning from a consistent paycheck, deadlines, and even appreciations for a job well done to 24/7 selflessness and perpetual sleep deprivation is a heavy transition.
Over the past 2.5 years I’ve been consumed with guilt for not “working” (in the traditional sense of course), and overwhelmed with gratitude & humility at the opportunity that has been presented to me to stay home and raise my children- my lifelong dream. I know that none of this would be possible without having to face the hard challenges that we did, and without the help of my incredibly supportive family. I am forever grateful for the opportunity and know that in this day and age it is so much harder to come by. I don’t want to take that for granted.

This lifestyle has no doubt  taken much sacrifice of not only the life we once lived, but of self, and of expectations.
Most days, I try to fill the time between naps with my odd jobs- lettering and design work, social media consulting, and this blog. And once my husband gets home, my nights are filled with my actual job, doing photography and imaging for a top jewelry retailer, a job I absolutely love.

Doing these things definitely helps with the guilt trips I put on myself, but I have learned that there is definitely an art to balancing the hustle with the little ones still in tow.

It’s hard work to try to do it all. When this work life balance is off kilter, enter the anxiety and the mommy guilt for not feeling present or spending enough time on the house and with the kids.

I put together a simple list of things I do to remind myself to be present while working at home, keeping the balance. Please keep in mind that I am in no way an expert on this topic (an expert at changing diapers maybe, but a life coach I am not!). I am just sharing the things that have worked for me. I hope these tips help you in your work at home journey!:

1. Set work hours:
Give yourself designated hours to work (I know, it’s ALL work when you’re an at home parent…here, I’m talking about your income producing tasks) and stick to them. Whether this means waking up before the kids to check your emails and reply to clients, or going full on after their bed time, do what works for you! It helps you get into that routine again, and the kids know that your work hours are for helping the family. They may still tug on your shirt and want you to play, and that’s okay too. Just get back to it when you can, or start over the next day. It’s a process to adjust to, but it has definitely helped me! I have 3 under 5- an almost 5 year old and 2 year old twins, and they constantly want to play (which I LOVE), so I set my hours for nap time and after bed time so I can be as present as possible while they’re awake.

2.Unplug:
…depending on the type of work you do, of course. For me, this is a no brainer…but sometimes it’s easier said then done. Let family time be family time. When you aren’t working, leave your devices in another room. (Especially during meals and story time!)

3. Get on their level:
It really helps me to sit down on the floor at my kids’ level. I experience the world through their eyes, and am reminded what a precious fleeting season of life this is! While it’s important for you to have something for you (part of why I personally choose to work from home), it’s also extremely important for your kids to know they are your priority. Mine get so excited when I’m down on the ground playing with them, plus I win “cool points”, and as a mom, I can never really get enough of those from my kids…I wonder if I can stockpile a surplus of them for the teenage years to come….is that how that works?

4. Keep a daily schedule:
I started doing this again maybe a week or so ago, and boy- I wish I had done it sooner. This totally streamlines my day! I made a schedule with times, and three different columns (mommy, Jude, and twins- can be edited depending on your kids’ ages to mommy, baby, toddler, etc.) I write out per hour or so what we normally do in each time, and find the slots where I can get my work done while the kids are occupied with other things. This will surely vary based on your situation, and can seem sort of extreme, but for a crazy multitasker with anxiety like myself- it has SO helped. This is not all to say that you have to stick strictly to the schedule (because we ALL know, when a child refuses to nap, all bets are off…), but helps serve as a guide to a productive work day AND a productive parenting day, while still allowing your kids to do their thing. (I will upload a free printable template if there is a desire for it!)

5. Let them “help” you work:
Whenever there are tasks that I can have my almost 5 year old help me with, he jumps on them! Whether it’s stamping or sealing envelopes, picking out designs, offering color suggestions, grabbing me a certain pen or paintbrush- he eats it up! Get them involved and let them know that you value their help and “expertise”.

6. Eat together: 
This is SO important for our family. Even though we moved halfway across the country, are living with family, and have crazy schedules, we have and will always make it a point to sit down and have dinner together. Some nights, my husband may work and it’s just me and the kids, but I so treasure this time with them. My 3 year old and I talk about our day (while I also negotiate with him over taking 5 more bites of his food lol), talk about our feelings, plan exciting and fun things to do for the next day. We are totally in eachothers company, and totally present. It is definitely my favorite part of the day.

7. Breathe & give yourself some grace!: 
I’m going to be real with you. All of these things are awesome, IF you can remember to do them everyday. I am the QUEEN of beating myself up…no really. I am constantly fudging up, giving myself guilt trips and telling myself I’m no good at what I’m doing. I feel guilty for not working, but would feel even more guilty for leaving. I have good days and bad days. But you know what, I have a feeling that THAT’S MOTHERHOOD! Some days are amazing and I am present, and happy, and the kids are happy, and everything flows. Other days, I feel like crying and I want to stay in my sweats all day and binge watch OUAT with a 5 Lb bag of Jelly Bellys (don’t judge me, sister)! If you are still learning this balancing act, which I think, for me at least, is going to be a life long thing- take a step back, take a deep breath, give yourself some grace, and go love on those kids. Remember, you’re doing the best you can. They just want YOU, your love and your attention. They are the reason we do this, after all.

 

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*Thanks for taking the time and reading! Please, say hello! I’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback! Please keep it friendly, this is a community based on support and encouragement ❤️.

Choosing Joy

Getting caught up in the raging rapids of a hectic day is so easy to do. Trust me, I know all too well. It’s so easy to have a day start off on the wrong note…and then to straight up milk it the rest of the day. You woke up twenty minutes late, ugh. You ran out of milk for your coffee, ugh. Your hair is all friggin’ wonky and you just.cant.get your eyeliner to flick out evenly on both sides, UGH. Nothing is going right. You’re irritated as hell, and nothing can change it. So, you carry this nasty chip on your shoulder the rest of the day. You’re mad at the car who waited too long to go when the light turned green, or irritated when you ask a question and don’t get the answer you wanted, or upset that your spouse just.doesnt.get it, or, or, or.
You’re tired. You’re frustrated…..

Let me tell you something; you don’t have to be.

Those moments when you have nothing left to give. When the kids are whining and rolling their little bodies all over the ground in exhaustion. When the dogs are being crazy and won’t stop barking. When the house is a mess and laundry’s unfolded and you’re thinking of all the million things you couldn’t get done. Stop. Take a deep breath, and find the things to smile about. The kids are exhausted from a full day of playing. The dogs are barking because they love you and want to protect you. The house is a mess and things are undone, but you have shelter, and clothes. There is always a bright side when you stop to look for one.

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I know all too well how easy it is to turn a bad moment into a bad day. Choose joy instead. It’s easy to let that feeling of self pity take over and run the show. Don’t let it. Choose joy instead. CHOOSE to wake up and let both feet hit the floor ready for a new adventure. Choose to let the little stuff be just what it is- little. Tell yourself, first thing in the morning, that the day is going to be beautiful, that life is a gift, and that you are going to make the best of WHATEVER comes your way, that it’s a brand.new.day with so much potential. I know that everyone’s walk is different. Some of you may be having the most amazing day of your lives, while others are dealing with things I can’t even begin to imagine….but you’re here, you’re alive. And that… is a beautiful thing. There is SO much beauty in that alone. Do you know how amazing the human body is? Like, really, truly amazing!  What a gift! Isn’t that enough to smile about!? Whatever your circumstance is, I challenge you to choose joy. It’s much harder to stop and intentionally choose, but it’s so worth it. There’s so much good. Stop. Breathe. Find it. Live it.

A Walking Contradiction

Okay, I’m going to be honest here for a minute. I have no idea what I’m doing. I’m 28 and still figuring things out… and that’s okay! Some of you may say “Oh, you’re only 28, you’ve got your whole life to figure it out!” And others, “WOW LADY!!! 28? And you STILL don’t know? I feel sorry for you!…” I get that…probably all too well, because these are the things I tell myself constantly. Here’s the thing, when you have anxiety- your whole day is talking yourself into and out of the random thoughts that pop in your head. You know better, but you can’t help it. It’s exhausting, but I’m worth it.

On a physical level – I’m struggling to lose my baby weight from the twins (born March 2015). I am currently on week 3 of the CIZE program by Shaun T. Most days i’m like YEAH, i’m totally kicking this extra weights @$$, and others, like today I’m at the other end..”you’ve ONLY lost 7 lbs. It’s been 3 weeks. Just give up, it’s not worth it.” See? A walking contradiction…and that’s okay. I will keep going, because I find myself more motivated by the lack of progress than I do discouraged. I will keep feeding my body whole foods and nutrient packed supplements and limit the artificial junk that was never supposed to be made into “food” in the first place. It’s exhausting, but I’m worth it.

On an intellectual level- I find myself torn in two directions when I hear debates on certain topics. Some “hot button” which we won’t get into (this is not the time or place for that), some minuscule and irrelevant. When you’re younger you think you have it all figured out…you’re SO SURE of the things you know…but then…life happens…you SEE things, you experience things…you get married, or buy a house, or start a family…or there’s a traumatic event that happens, or a death…and these things that you thought you knew all of a sudden don’t make any sense. You look back at things you did, or said, and you can’t even stand your old self. “Who WAS that?” you think. You shy away from certain conversations because you don’t know HOW you feel anymore. It’s not so black and white. You see both sides of the story. Maybe I’m not supposed to know? It has affected my confidence in ways I’ve not experienced before…but I’m working on getting it back. I do know that my position on many topics is one of empathy. I do know that LOVE and EQUALITY and JUSTICE will ALWAYS be my heart’s deciding factors. I do know that where there is an injustice, I will be the first person to stand up and say something. I may not KNOW things, but I FEEL, and maybe that should be enough, and maybe I should learn to appreciate that about myself… that I feel deeply. It’s exhausting, but it’s worth it.

I DO know that I was fearfully and wonderfully made, that I was a lost and lonely sinner and by some amazing miracle I was saved by grace, by Love Himself.  I was created to pour that love & light into the world around me. That I’m sure of. I know that I am undeserving and broken, but through His love I am made whole. My heart knows, my soul knows. And in these moments of anxiety, I will let that be enough. il_fullxfull.559429966_bk2m

Make Yourself at Home

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I am starting this blog to share my journey as a work at home mama of 3, an illustrative designer and letter, wife, believer, celiac, and California girl living in Texas, and living with anxiety. I am a wearer of many hats, as I believe a lot of women are, and I would love to build a community of readers who support and encourage each other. My hope is to not only share with you bits of my life, but that I would get a peek into yours as well, growing friendships, learning new things, and adding value to each other’s lives! Join me on this crazy adventure; of a creative soul, saved by Grace and fueled by coffee!