minimalism no more

WARNING: The following post could be upsetting to individuals who adhere to a minimalistic lifestyle; it could be disturbing to people who prefer their living spaces to be clean and uncluttered; and it could potentially unhinge those who seek solace and serenity in their homes. ANOTHER WARNING: The following post […]

how to reason with a stink bug

In case you ever have an infestation* of stink bugs,** allow me to share some hard-earned wisdom with you. * Infestation consists of at least one sighting. ** Stink bugs, a.k.a Pentatomidae, are shaped like a shield and apparently emit a smell of rancid almonds if disturbed/squashed/or in any way […]

the science of swaddling

Five Weeks 1. Even though you have no idea what they are talking about, trust your (extremely wise and highly experienced) peers when they tell you that The Swaddle is one of the most important techniques you have to master as a new parent. 2. Obtain swaddling gear like: Cotton […]

laundry room button art

Our laundry room is a crying shame. It’s dingy, it’s messy, it favors function over style a thousand-fold. This didn’t used to bother me. After all, it’s just a laundry room. But now that I have an infant and am doing approximately 65,000 loads of laundry per week, I find […]

taxi, please!

So the theme of Ian’s nursery has turned out to be Nature and City: this wasn’t intentional but this is how it evolved. And I suppose it’s not that surprising… For those of you who don’t know, Rob and I met when I was living in Manhattan and he was […]

cold day, warm salad

A blizzard blew through, dumping about a foot of snow. Fortunately, our bookgroup was still going to meet – in fact, our gathering was fast approaching and we were all supposed to bring some comfort food. (I didn’t read the book this time, which is a first, but I still […]

magical mobile

In honor of upcoming Valentine’s Day, I would like to share how much I heart this mobile we hung in Ian’s nursery. Rob picked it out on etsy. It’s by Sqrl & Bee Studio, the creations of Melissa Frueh. It’s colorful, whimsical, and made of sustainably farmed wool. When you […]

holly jollies

Let me start off this otherwise lighthearted holiday post by saying that I hope we can bring our baby boy (due Dec 26) up a country with less access to guns and more access to help for mental health. The news out of CT is gut-wrenching and my heart goes […]

birth. mix.

Yup, The Time is nearing and our baby boy is on his way. I admit that giving birth to to a little person safely and with minimal complication is now consuming my thoughts. We have some wonderful doulas on deck, books have been read, fancy breathing has been practiced. Focal […]