Monday, October 29, 2012

Recipe & Song

Hi friends! I only have time for a quick post today. I just returned from a whirlwind trip to Atlanta where I got to go to the Country Living Fair and, even better, hang out with my family for the weekend to celebrate this baby boy.  I wanted to share a recipe that I made this weekend as my 'hostess' gifts for the wonderful women who put on such an incredible baby shower.

I won't repost the recipe because I completely copied it from my favorite food blog: Smitten Kitchen.

I made these Whole Wheat Apple Muffins and click the link above for the recipe. They were a success!

image from smitten kitchen

While I bake or cook, I've been trying to listen to music. Why haven't I always done this? It makes it so much more enjoyable! Enjoy this music clip of Zooey Deschanel singing "Hello Dolly- such a happy song to sift flour to! 

Thursday, October 25, 2012


Yesterday was, as Alexander said, a horrible, terrible, no-good, very bad day. (Did you read that book too?) Just one of those days. I know we all have them. So, it was time for some comfort.  

I ate my mom's recipe for vegetable soup for dinner.

I read Jesus Calling and read from What Women Fear by Angie Smith and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Borrows.

I drank salted caramel hot chocolate and prayed.

I lit some candles.

I took a long shower and didn't blow-dry my hair (my most favorite thing).

I looked at photographers' websites that I loved.  

I made my dog stay in my lap because it makes me happy.

I let myself be sad and angry for as long as I needed.

And the day ended, never to be repeated. Over and done with, thank heavens. I got to start a new one today. I'm thankful for that. 

What do you do for comfort?

I came across this little nifty product in Real Simple and thought it was an adorable idea, especially for use on comfort days. Enjoy!

Soup & Cracker Mugs

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Movies that Make You Feel Like Fall

Who says that only Christmas movies can spark warm & fuzzy feelings for the season? Here is a list of 12 movies that give me the warm and fuzzies about fall's arrival. I hope you curl up and enjoy one of them this week!

images from wikipedia

I would like to say that Ernest Scared Stupid was my husband's addition. He is rather proud of his contribution. Did I miss any that you love? Happy watching!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Maternity Photos - Do or Don't?

Now that I'm pregnant, one of the questions people ask me often is if I'm going to get maternity photos. I have mixed feelings.

One of my favorite things growing up was to go through my baby book with my mom once every few years. She'd bring it down from the highest shelf in the closet and I'd fidget impatiently until we would sit on the bed together to flip slowly through the pages. She would share stories and memories about her pregnancy and my birth. It was magical to hear her tell me about what my own life was like before I could remember it.

What made it particularly special was that there still was an aura of mystery surrounding my earliest days. There were just enough mementos and pictures to piece together the events and tell the story, but not every detail was laid out in front of me. I had to rely on my mom to tell me. I loved that sense of mystery. I still do.

Maternity photographs have become increasingly popular and, I admit, I find them adorable. I worry, however, that we 'over-document' our lives. Would I feel the same sense of mystery if my mom had a million pictures of her pregnancy? I'm not so sure.

What do you think? Would you get maternity photographs or have you already gotten them? Did you have any rituals with your mom or dad about the story of your earliest days? Here are a few maternity pictures that I have found to be beautiful and inspiring.

1; 23; 4 

Saturday, October 20, 2012


via This Isn't Happiness

Change is coming. I have a baby due February 1st and my hope is to be a stay-at-home mom while this sweet baby boy is an infant. I am stepping away from a private therapy practice with the hope of focusing on writing, blogging, and other creative pursuits I can do from home to support my family. Or just have an outlet. I've always had a nagging yearning to do something creative once this season in my life begins.

Writing is not too different from therapy, really. Words hold power whether they are spoken or written. Images have the undefinable ability to leave impressions on us for days or even years. I've always used symbols and pictures in therapy to help women connect with deeper parts of themselves. Therapy is an art that balances times of lightness and times of heaviness. Likewise, my favorite blogs and authors mix humor and light-hearted topics with deeper issues and authenticity. I hope to do the same. 

I will be featuring posts on real life issues that we all face (and sometimes are afraid to talk about), healthy and whole living, book reviews, giveaways, inspiring links from around the web, art & images, design & products, interviews with women living out their dreams, and travel guides. I welcome ideas, suggestions, & guest post submissions at

I always invite my clients to pull up a chair and sit a while with me. I'm inviting you to do the same.