Life In Season | A Book Review


Watching friends and peers tap into their deep giftings and then sharing it with the world is very inspiring. I am surrounded by so many men and women that are intentionally showing up in their lives and the impact is far reaching. I am watching friends start non profits, open pottery studios, teach, sell their first paintings, step up to a microphone and speak for the first time, self publishing, publishing…stepping out. It is one of the most beautiful things in my lifetime to see creativity have a platform and to be validated.  I needed it. Maybe you did too.



Recently my friends Vanessa Hunt and Heather Patterson of At the Picket Fence blog published their first book called Life In Season | Celebrate The Moments That Fill Your Heart and Home. Their blogs are filled with DIY, decor and heart. I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised that their first book reflects all of that and more. I expected it to be more amazing projects but what has left me with tears each time I have read is the transparency and vulnerability that these pages drip with. Each time I have closed a chapter I have sat with the most grateful heart that I had the moments to read their words, reflect upon the heart of God, to connect once again with women I adore and do see that we all have the same brokenness. I don’t know why we need to be reminded of that. I don’t know why we sometimes think we are the only ones broken and when we see it in others it actually makes them more beautiful…and it does for us too.


I love a good surprise and this book is that. This is the book I am reading each morning with my devotional because their words last long after the page. Yes, I will try the recipes and projects but the sweetest surprise is the heart of who these women are and their heart for each one of you when you read the pages.

An excerpt from the chapter Scars

“…Are we capable of seeing the scars in our lives in this way? As trophies of that fight we have won, to be displayed proudly. As memorials to what we have conquered in our own lives.

Can we identify with Jesus as He held out His scarred hands to His beloved disciples, as proof that He was alive? Can we see our scars as reminders of a victory over sin and not something to be ashamed of?”


It is just beautiful! The whole book will inspire, make you laugh, cry and encourage you as you love well those around you.  It shares the truth that there is rich joy in all seasons of our lives.

You can read more or order HERE.




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Fall Kitchen and Recipe Tour 2016 | Mini Home Video Too

Welcome to our first home tour in our new home! Thank you for joining me for the Farmhouse Holiday Series. Come back each week over the next few months and get peeks into our home dressed up for Fall and Christmas.  Our hope is that this series will be glimpses into our homes during the holidays, and that we will be sharing inspiration for simple cozy spaces.

We went on a crazy home journey within the past year and you can read about it here, here and here.  We had no interest in moving and then here we are. It was a year ago this month that we looked at that first home and all of the adventuring began.

We have been in this home for 6 months now and we have worked the hardest to turn an unfinished workshop and garage into our new studio.  We have so many ideas and plans for this home and we have been having the best time making it ours.  Today we are taking a peek into our kitchen and this is an area where we will only be making small changes for awhile.  Before we moved in we had the whole house painted Nano White by Behr (ceilings, walls, baseboards) and we had the window frames painted Tricorn Black by Sherwin Williams. We also replaced all of the lighting throughout the whole house. It is amazing what just paint and lighting can do to transform a space.

All of the homes we put offers on were mid century or more modern homes.  We had been wanting this change for awhile and it feels so good to have this new creative energy. Creating comfortable and beautiful spaces within our home for our family and friends is one of my greatest joys.  I am not in a rush to fill the space and want to allow the space to organically come together.



One of our favorite parts about this new house is the layout and all of the windows.

I love making breakfast each morning and looking out the back windows and seeing the mountains. If we are really lucky we will see our favorite residence of our woods…the does and fawns.

I hope that never gets old.

We were able to take many of our vintage pieces and mix them with more modern pieces in this home and I think they work beautifully together.

I have learned to carry scissors in the car so I can cut all of the wild flowers along the side of the road on my way home each day:-)

I like to have my cooking staples on hand and easily within reach.  I love creating layers in decorating throughout the house and the kitchen is no exception.

I change out everything on the vintage cutting board each month based upon the season and what plants I can find.

I love including our children’s art throughout the house and I adore this sculpture that our Maddy made a few years ago.

I love when they will let me show them art techniques and then they run with it and create mini masterpieces in my eyes.

We had originally planned to put up open shelving in this area but we have loved the mix of the vintage shoe trolley with the white ironstone and other collected serving pieces.

We have lots of years to play with this space.

While I was in Normandy a few years back I found some of the most wonderful vintage grain sacks.  I framed many of them and you will find some of them around this home.

If you have vintage needlepoint or fabric but you don’t know what to do with it I highly recommend framing it. It adds so much interest and texture to a room.

Because I know that photos make it hard to feel the flow of a home I wanted to make a quick kitchen video for you all.

Kitchen Video Tour


I love cooking for my family but also having friends over and casually and comfortably entertaining.

The biggest thing that I have learned over the years is to cook things that I love to cook and things that I have cooked so many times that I am not stressed with my guests.

So, make a fun cocktail for your guests and enjoy cooking for your friends and family and keep the focus on them and having a great time.

I have included a few of my favorite recipes below with videos that were created for my Art of Home online course from last fall (back when I had red hair:-)).

Butternut Squash + Sausage Soup

Butternut Squash + Sausage Soup Video



Easy Cocktail Recipes Video


Come and check out all of the beautiful glimpses into the other kitchens in the tour.

Farmhouse Fall Kitchen



Ella Claire | Craftberry Bush | Miss Mustard Seed | Jeanne Oliver

Farmhouse Fall Kitchen 2


Love Grows Wild | Rooms FOR Rent | Shades of Blue Interiors | Dear Lillie

Farmhouse Fall Kitchen 3

French Country Cottage | My Sweet Savannah | Kindred Vintage | Jennifer Rizzo



If you are new to my blog you may not know that we have the most gorgeous and fun online home courses on our creative network!

We have a brand new online course beginning on November 1st with the talented Melinda McCoy of House 214 Designs.

Feel Home: Creating a Timeless Feeling Home is all about how to decorate a comfortable and beautiful space!

We all have the same questions when it comes to designing our homes. Where do I begin? Is this really me or am I making this decision because it is the latest trend? Am I still going to like this look six months from now? Whether you are the everyday home designer or working with a professional, the choices you make for your timeless home need to be made with intention. This course will guide you through the process and teach you the framework that I use to create a timeless home with my clients. We will create storyboards, discover the language for a timeless home (hint, it has a lot to do with your personality), and learn the exact design elements that create a timeless feeling. You will learn by doing. As a result, making design decisions for your timeless home will be easier. You will be making your decisions with intention and confidence rather than because you saw it in the latest issue of a favorite magazine. This course will teach you not just the what, but the how and why behind creating a timeless feeling in your home.

If you are new to our creative network here are easy steps to get you started…

1. Register at (this is free).

2. Once your account is active you are able to take advantage of our free courses, series and even pay for courses.

3. Go to and along the top header click on “COURSES” and you will be able to view all three pages of online courses and free series.

4. To purchase a course please choose your course, click on the +join in the upper right hand corner, pay and you will be INSTANTLY in the classroom.

5. All videos can be found along the right hand side of the page under “COURSE CONTENT”.

*as long as we manage the creative network


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Farm To Table {Sneak Peek}

I am sure you all know someone that you admire how they can make so many things look easy.

Maybe even effortless.

I believe that when we see someone in their element that is when we see an effortlessness.

It doesn’t mean they haven’t practiced or worked hard.

They have most likely taken their natural interests, read, practiced and grown their innate interests and gifts.

When I was putting together the other hosts for Creatively Made Home (CMH) I wanted women that were using their gifts to bless their families and others.

I wanted women with distinct styles.

 Kimberly Taylor is one of the five hosts of CMH and I am so excited today to give you the first peek into what she will be sharing with all of you!

(Can I just add that I found myself smiling throughout all of Kim’s videos.  She is that adorable and real.  It doesn’t hurt that she is one of my closest friends).

Kimberly lives on a few acres outside of Seattle.

She has chickens, gardens, berry bushes, a horse, sheep and she makes it all look dreamy!

I admire so much of what she does and how she does it.

I love how much she uses her land and how she is learning to use this land to it’s full potential more and more.

It was an amazing reminder to me that just because I am not on acreage doesn’t mean that my land is not full of self sustaining potential.

Because of just knowing her, being at her home and even watching the videos that you will get to see….I have big plans for my smaller yard!

Here is a peek at what Kim so beautifully brings to the course (this is just a peek though)…..

Kim will talk about:

*Her personal journey with her home and family

*Her design influences

*How she found her own style and how she began incorporating it

*Share favorite recipes and photos of her home

*Have a live, online discussion with members of the course to ask whatever they wish about her style, home, passions.

*Share 10 project videos in different areas that are true to how she incorporates her creativity and passions in everyday living.

A peek into her project videos

Kim will have three different videos about harvesting from her land and how to enjoy it all winter long.

She will also talk about how to harvest seeds from your favorite plants and how to add to your garden naturally and cost effectively.

She will talk about food, herbs and flowers.

She will have videos on raising chickens and the different chickens they have added to the farm and the eggs they produce.

This is something I was dying to learn more about!

Kim will share some of her recipe staples and extras like ricotta cheese and yogurt.

She will also be sharing about a few of the special things they create on the farm just for guests to take home with them.

I loved these videos and know it will get your creativity going for yourself and your family.

Keep in mind that this is just a little peek.  There is so much more that Kim will be sharing!

All of Kim’s projects were really about using what is around you, simplifying your life and having a home that is always open to friends and family (and even the unexpected stranger).

You will love, love, love the lifestyle that Kim brings to the course!

I chose four women to join me in this five week, online course that have very different gifts so there is something for everyone and bits of knowledge for everyone…..but there is a common thread of hospitality.

There are only three more weeks until Creatively Made Home begins and we can’t wait to have you join us!

The website is new and the community aspect will be even better than before (and our community is what keeps people coming back)!


A few words about the course…

I wanted to create a course that celebrated what really matters in your home… and your family.

I also wanted to celebrate making life beautiful in the everyday.

I know that so many want to make their homes beautiful but feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to start….so they do nothing.

I believe that everyone should be surrounded by beauty in their homes and that has nothing to do with how much you spend.

I think sometimes we can get lost and distracted with everything that comes at us each day.

Sometimes things can look so perfect and we as women may feel inadequate.

It is time to exhale and delight in your home.

It is time to open your doors because of what is inside of you…not what is inside your home.

Our desire is that this five week online course will change how you see yourself, your home and your family.


We are excited to make this course not just about the videos but also about connecting with each of the hosts and connecting with each other.

To read more about the course go HERE.

FAQ are answered HERE.

To register you can go HERE or pay below!

We are so giddy to get started.


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Work it girl {do your thing on the runway}

Before I get started I wanted to let you know you only have through this weekend to get the discounted registration price for the retreat I am teaching at this coming February!

I will be teaching with Mindy Lacefield in the Seattle area.

Imagine waking up to a NIA class, all day creating, fireside talks and journaling, long walks along the water and through the gardens, time for yourself to think and create and time to connect with other creative souls.

I am excited just writing about it!

Come on….what else were you going to be doing in February that is amazing??? Join us!


Sorry this is late getting up today.

Last night Maddy and I went to a friend’s house last minute just to tell them that we will miss them when they move.

I was talking with the mom and Maddy was playing with her friend.

Long story short…Maddy stepped on something (probably glass) in their garage and we spent last night in the ER getting stitches.

Poor kid (how many times do we have to say don’t run around in a garage without shoes on??)

She is the most sad about not being able to go to the pool for two weeks.

So in honor of Maddy:-) this post is about fashion, the runway and working it.

Last Sunday we headed to the Cherry Creeks Art Festival.

This is a really nice, once a year art festival that brings artists from around the US to Colorado.

The talent is unbelievable.  Even if something isn’t necessarily your taste  you sit back in awe of the talent.

We went specifically so I could see the new work of Aaron Hequembourg.  I had purchased a small piece of his last year and was happy to pick up another small piece this time too.

I wanted a large one but seeing that it was $3,400 I had to walk away:-)

I love that my children know what they like and pull us in this or that direction to get a closer look.

My heart melts when an artist sees my child’s love of their work and lets them touch and talks to them about it.

Benjamin loves sculptures and was pulling me all over the place to show me.  The boy now has a business card/postcard collection of every artist he liked.  Pretty cute.

I guess it is one of the things I love most about my family.

We embrace whatever we are doing.

I asked to go to the art show and everyone was on board.

Everyone had a great attitude at the show and enjoyed it as if it had been their choice to spend the day looking at art.

After the show we decided to head over to the Denver Art Museum to see if we could still get tickets to the Saint Laurent exhibit.

Of course it was the LAST DAY and I had been meaning to see it for months!

I was not the only loser in line that day trying to get tickets to a sold out exhibit.

We begged and pleaded and they let me and Maddy in.

Kelly and Benjamin were going to explore the art museum while we went to the exhibit (Jack was at camp).

Before our time slot for the exhibit we all hung out in the “fashion studio”.

I would have DIED as a kid in this space.

There were designers working the whole time on a new dress.  You could stay all day if you wanted and see them go from start to finish making apparel.

(Maddy drew this. Isn’t it amazing?)

There were art stations for creating your own designs, areas to create clothing for your dolls, tons of fabric to explore and create with and…….

The runway!

So here is what happens when you give a girl a lot of dress up cloths, fabric and a runway:-)

(all photos taken with my phone and a very fast moving model)

The Yves Saint Laurent The Retrospective exhibit was INCREDIBLE!!!

Maddy and I oohed and aahed the whole time.

We loved the clothes, the photos and the videos.  It was worth all of the extra time we made to see it and it was definitely worth the endless begging we did to get the tickets:-)

Thank you to my family that gave me a whole day of art and design.

Yay me! (picture me clapping like London Tipton)


If you are in the Denver area I hope I will see you tomorrow for the Horseshoe Market!

This is one of the most incredible handmade/vintage markets in the area (and the food is killer too).

There will be over 115 vendors and the stuff is amazing.

I always spend a bit of the day buying from other artists because the stuff is so high quality.

Print this coupon off for 20% off any one thing in my booth (the prices will already be really good).

See you bright and early tomorrow!!!!


With the weekend on us I thought I would share three really easy meals I make all of the time.

Fish Tacos

This is one of our favorite summer dinners.

The kids love them and there are never leftovers.

All of my recipes will be gluten free.


Cod fish (I use 2-3 fillets)

Old Bay Seasoning

Corn tortillas

red cabbage (shaved)


Cherry Tomatoes (quartered)

Avocados (sliced)

Feta Cheese

Limes (quartered)

You can grill the fish but I often pan fry it in olive oil.

It will only take a few minutes and you only cook it enough to be nice and flaky

The rest is just a piece of cake.

I heat up the tortillas and then place the fish on it and dress it up with all of the toppings.

The last step is letting each person squeeze a lime over their tacos.

Easy, easy, easy:-)

Quinoa Salad

I really like making food for myself and my family with fresh ingredients.

Not only is it good for you but it tastes better and it just looks so purdy:-)

I love the colors, the smells of fresh herbs and using fresh veggies.

This recipe has been changed so many times.

I really just use what I have on hand and it works every time.


Quinoa (1 cup uncooked)

Chicken Stock (1 1/4 cup)

Garbanzo Beans (one can)

Cilantro or Parsley

Cherry Tomatoes (quartered)

Cucumbers (diced)

Red Onion (diced)

Olive Oil

Sea Salt

Bragg Liquid Amino Acids

Use any fresh veggies you have on hand.

Cook the quinoa (I cook it in chicken stock instead of water sometimes for flavor)

After the quinoa is cooked just add all your fresh veggies, beans, herbs and mix.

Toss with some olive oil and sea salt and you are ready to serve.

We like to add a little Bragg Liquid Amino Acids to our bowls.

I make this a lot for lunch.

If I make this for a light dinner I include something simple like a few gluten free, rosemary baguettes from Against the Grain.

(you can find the baguettes in the frozen food section of Whole Foods or your natural grocers)

Pasta Salad

I feel like we have tried so many gluten free pastas to find something that doesn’t disappoint.

I have found that brown rice pasta is the best.

We all like the taste and it holds up to any of the recipes we make.

In the summer I love a simple dinner that doesn’t keep me in the kitchen long.

This dinner has to be served outside on the patio:-)

I always include the gluten free, rosemary baguettes that I mentioned above.


Rice Pasta

Olive Oil

Bragg all purpose seasoning

Sea Salt

Container of Organic Girl Super Greens salad mix (I use a few handfuls torn up)

Kalamata Olives (1-2 jars pitted)

Feta Cheese

Red Onion (diced)

Basil (torn)

Artichoke Hearts (cut in half)

Cherry Tomatoes (quartered)

Once the pasta is cooked you just mix everything together and sprinkle with feta.

Come on…how can it get any easier than that?

I hope you have an amazing weekend!

In the next two weeks we will be launching our new line and our new e-course!

We can’t wait to share all the new goodness:-)

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Crazy Road To Health {Repost}

{original post May 19, 2010}

It was eight years ago.

I was three months pregnant with our second child.

My mom was visiting and giving me a head rub…which she always does when she visits me (don’t you just love mamas).

I was extremely tired and talking to both Kelly and my mom.

I started to not talk correctly.  What I was thinking in my head was coming out as something else when I spoke.

My left hand then went numb.

This was followed by a pressure that started in my left hand and then went up my arm.

I was so scared at this point and so was my family.

Kelly immediately took me to the hospital.

By the time we had arrived most of my symptoms had dissipated but I felt exhausted.

The rest of the evening was the doctors talking to me about my symptoms being a stroke or even a tumor.

Here I was three months pregnant and I had a little 1 1/2 year old boy at home and I was trying to stay calm when the doctors talked of tumors.

I then had a CAT scan.

There was no tumor.

This started months of tests to conclude what had happened.

The answer was inconclusive.  They finally guessed that it was a TIA….mini stroke.

For the next three years I had a few times of experiencing auras…for me that looks like rippling water over my vision.

Three years after my first trip to the hospital it happened again.

This time is was worse.  Same tests and same lack of answers.

Over the years the symptoms continued and also new ones began.

Sometimes these stroke symptoms could happen four times a day and then I wouldn’t have anything for a few weeks.

I started to have symmetrical numbness on my face, scalp and even my eyes, nose and tongue.

I have also had a weird sensitivity to too much sound.

My head would feel cloudy and almost as if I were in a dream.

I have had MRIs and almost every test the doctors could think of.

I have been offered medications all along the way and always declined because they didn’t really know the reason why all of this was happening.

About three years ago I kind of gave up with the traditional doctors.

I have been to an acupuncturist, chiropractor and naturopath.

I had seen some improvement over the year and then could never find a pattern for why the A typical migraines were happening…that is what the doctors finally said was happening to me.

They told me that because they truly didn’t have an answer…and I so desperately needed one.

This has effected so much of my life and how I feel everyday.

About six weeks ago one of my friends (who is also a chiropractor and specializes in nutrition) asked me to give her integrated medicine clinic a try.

I did.

I had the most comprehensive physical of my life.  During that exam is when they found the lumps in my breast (which ending up being nothing).

They also did a round of blood tests.

They also ordered another MRI to rule out tumors, lesions or MS……everything was fine with my brain.

Most all of my tests came back fine…in fact wonderful…except a few small things.

My thyroid was barely working and my vitamin D levels were really off.   This could have stopped right there with most doctor’s offices but it didn’t.

My friend (the chiropractor) looked at the results and said, “this makes so much sense”.

I had no clue what she was talking about.

She said that hypothyroidism and gluten intolerance go hand in hand.  I told her that I don’t eat gluten…I don’t eat bread, pasta etc because I don’t like them and I feel sick (isn’t that funny now?).  She told me gluten is in everything and let me tell you (now that I am looking) it is.

It was in my gum, spices etc.

She then proceeded to tell me that if I cut out gluten my thyroid would start working again within 3-6 months instead of being on thyroid medicine for the rest of my life.

She also began some in depth blood work regarding allergies.

That first day (four weeks ago) that she told me I could have a gluten allergy I have cut out all gluten in my life.

If I had a chance to feel good…REALLY GOOD…I was starting that day.

I have also gotten back the first round of tests and it has come back that I am allergic mildly to coffee, dairy, flax seed, chocolate and wheat.  I am also very allergic to rice.

I have more tests coming and more details will follow.

Eight years and I had never been tested for allergies that could be causing me to have stroke symptoms.

I know more answers are coming but I have not lost my vision or speech since I cut out gluten and dairy.

After the last test came back I have also cut out coffee and I have not had any numbness on my hands or face since that day.

My doctor was amazed that I didn’t feel lethargic all of the time because of my thyroid. I know that the only reason I have felt as good as I have all these years is because we eat really well.

I don’t eat breads and pastas.

We eat only organic fruits and vegetables.  We only buy grass fed meats.

We use coconut flour, almond flour and coconut oil to cook.

Most of the things that I needed to do I was already doing…now I am taking it to a new level.

I feel hope for the first time that my head will feel clear and these “A typical migraines” will no longer effect my life.

I know there has to be someone reading that is going through the same thing and is so frustrated because they don’t have answers.

I haven’t written about this before because I didn’t have answers…now I hope I do.


This post was originally posted on May 19, 2010.

Since then I have learned more about my allergies and what symptoms they cause.

At the time of the original post I was not aware the I am very allergic to Red 40 dye.

I will lose my vision, speech etc. within 30 minutes of having an artificial dye.

Do you realize how many things have artificial dyes?

Did you know that these same dyes are banned in Europe but we have them in so many things here and the worst part is much of it is aimed at children??!!

Red 40 is one of the biggest triggers for migraines and it is one of the main coatings in many headache medicines!

I do drink coffee now but can’t drink much.

I would probably feel even better if I could completely cut it out of my life.

I have been gluten free for over a year now and can almost tell immediately if I accidentally eat gluten.

My stomach is very sensitive to dairy and I really try to limit how much I eat.

We make almost all of our foods from scratch and my whole family has embraced this eating (my husband likes to cheat sometimes:-)).

I have met so many people over the past year that have been able to find answers to their illnesses because I had been given answers to mine.

How amazing is that?

My friends that know my health story have been able to give THEIR friends advice and help.

I can not even count the number of people that have gone to my doctor and have received LIFE CHANGING diagnosis.

The most exciting thing for me is that because of my health experiences I was able to know what to do when my own daughter had some horrible symtpoms before Christmas this past year.

I have never written about her journey and I will tell her story on Friday.

I wanted to re-post my story because my doctor (and good friend) is FINALLY offering an ecourse!

I am so excited for all the people that will have the opportunity to CHANGE THEIR LIVES!

I have spent many office visits and over a year learning what you can learn in four weeks for a tiny fraction of what I have paid.

I sound like an infomercial 🙂 but it is so true!!

I love Shamanie for making it affordable.

You can find more information about the ecourse and sign up HERE.

I will be back on Friday writing about my daughter’s health journey and the amazing answers we were able to find because of Dr. Haneca.

Here is a little information about the ecourse…




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