Monday, January 19, 2015

potty training

Urgh we're potty training. You should know that I try not to rely on Dr. Google when I need answers and when we decided to start potty training the last thing I wanted to do was read a book. It's not easy, but at the same time it doesn't have to be hard. I'm not in the camp of "Let's go on lock down for a whole week straight" because really who has time for that? However, I am on the camp of letting it happen naturally. So we came up with our own method...Pay someone else to do it for you. HA! Just kidding, I wish. No but really we came up with our own set of rules on potty training and for us, so far it's working great. So if you feel yourself lost in the sea of know it all potty training guides and want a break - here are my recommendations.


Monday, January 12, 2015


In life, especially when you have a routine, you don't think much about the things you do. Sometimes you do things because that's always the way you've done it and sometimes you just do it because it was an un-conscious decision that you never bothered to change.  It wasn't until a few months ago that I started re-evaluating a lot of the things I do in life because of Liam's simple curious question of, "Why?"

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

a year of re-connecting

Oh hey - Happy New Year! I totally went MIA to shut down and to be honest I'm sorry (not sorry).  Everyone needs a break and that break was great, but now I'm back - slowly recovering from my holiday coma and excited about the year to come.  If you follow me on Instagram you know that we spent some time in my hometown of Seattle over the New Year and while I don't typically do resolutions, my trip home motivated me to pick one that I'm determined to stick with....People to people interaction with those I'm socially connected to on the interwebs.

Friday, December 19, 2014

chinese ground pork & eggplant

When you live with 2 boys ground meats are part of our daily dinners.  One meat that is often overlooked is ground pork and when I'm on overload with beef, chicken or turkey I turn to the other white meat.  My go to dish with ground pork, aside from meatloaf, is this chinese ground pork and eggplant dish that is super easy to make.


Sunday, December 14, 2014

filling the void

Not that I want to quickly breeze through the holidays, but I'm already a little sad knowing that eventually our holiday decorations have to come down.  There is something so cozy about having the tree, stockings, lights and garland up around the house.  It's hard to replicate that feeling, but then again we've never really spent the time to fully decorate our walls.  With a new year coming up, this is all going to change and it all starts with Minted!


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

rooted center

Before Thanksgiving I attended the most amazing event at the Rooted Center and I can't stop talking about it to all my friends.  Never have I been to a place or event where you're asked to remove your masks and just be true to yourself.  This therapeutic event was unique, memorable and one that I encourage others to experience especially during those moments of discomfort in your life.


Monday, December 1, 2014

my village

I'm fresh off of a Mexican vacation and very late in saying my thanks, but good thing being thankful isn't limited to just one day a year.  This past month and this season I'm very (very) appreciative for the people in my life.  All of them.  Obviously my family and friends mean the world to me, but it goes without saying that all you readers of my blog, the Facebook friends that I haven't talked to in months, LinkedIn acquaintances that I met at networking events and even those that I merely know through mutual friends - you are part of my village.  While I hope to one day repay my debt for all the kindness and favors that have been thrown my way, for now I hope you accept my gratitude for being a part of my life.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

why we let our son wear makeup

My son is fully aware of what mascara is used for, asks for a ponytail on the daily and says things like, "Mama, do you like my dress?"  Instead of correcting him or telling him what the "norm" is - we think nothing of it, encourage it, let him embrace it and here's why....

We know the weekend is coming to an end, but try to put in a good face...

Friday, November 21, 2014

dressing for every holiday occasion

Tis the season.  That season to gift give, gather with your loved ones, but most importantly dress up for all those holiday festivities...even in the sub-zero temperatures.  With many types of celebrations that range from low-key office parties to more formal family affairs it's tough to choose what to wear, but with a great site like ShopLately  you can elevate what you already have in your closet for any holiday occasion.

Photo credit for this post: Cleodine Photography

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

daily intention checklist

Life is chaotic and especially around the holidays you start to go a little cross-eyed.  While everyday I have all these intentions of doing certain things, sometimes I lose site of them because life happens and keeps you on your toes with unexpected tasks, hard deadlines, etc.  So as of last week I started a new daily intentions checklist to ensure that no matter how crazy my day gets that I can go to bed each night feeling like I've accomplished things that are important to me.