The moving house endless tidying and cleaning is made far better with plants based products that don't hurt your lungs or hands. It's been so nice to clean and not have sore hands that peel and burn. Not all plant based products are created equal, so you need to do your research. I diluted this guy to last twice as long-so far we're on month 2 with 3/4 left! Amazing!
This weekend is a weekend of much fun and joy. I can't wait to take you along for the ride. The cleaning is done, so let the fun begin!
It’s been a little quiet here because I took a short hiatus to take my baby on a trip to get inspired again - I was feeling a bit burnt out with motherhood, work and the constant pressure to do better and do more / this short break was exactly what I needed, I’m now fuelled with more energy and creativity than ever before. Thank you for your patience. xx #makingmoves
Apparently in some (not just male) circles, as a collective group, women over the age of 50 are considered too old to be ambitious. What? That’s it, you’ve made your bed, now you have to lie in it for the rest of your life?⠀
So yes, aside from having to confirm the obvious, that I am indeed aged over 50, when The Dom Post contacted me for my experience over the age old divide, and asked why I had changed careers, and apparently was still not resting on my laurels, I was very happy to weigh in on the subject. The article, written by @sharonstephensonjournalist is in today’s Your Weekend magazine and online @nzstuff⠀
Age should never be a barrier to anything you want to do. Being self-employed in a creative field, I’ve never had a corporate ladder to climb. Instead I’ve had to create my own goals and ambitions. The good thing about getting older – you no longer care quite so much what other people think. And I’ve always believed you have to seize every opportunity when it comes your way. Do something that scares you, step so far outside of your comfort zone that it makes you feel just a little sick, then with the benefit of hindsight, perhaps realise that it isn’t so bad after all. And remember that age old quote, what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger. The link to the article is in my profile. ⠀
I was sitting on the porch, reading my book while Bruce played in the hose water, when he suddenly ran inside. Soon he reappeared with a book of his own, climbed into the bench next to me and said, "Read Brucey's book!" Melted my heart.
I can't believe this little baby is going to be two tomorrow 😭😭
“One toddler size and one ‘my wife is super pregnant size’ please” This is how my husband ordered our cotton candy tonight.
🏅That deserves a good star in my opinion! We ventured out to the @wearecachurch Summer Kick Off Movie night and had a blast! Ezra was climbing up and rolling down anything she could! Including a 20ft drop that she voluntarily chose to log roll down😂🤷🏻♀️ How are you starting off your summer? Camping? Carnivals? Pool Party....sitting in the kiddie pool in the backyard? .
➡️ Head to my stories to check out the whole night, some sticky hands and epic bouncy castle landings!
Our grandkids ❤️ LOVED ❤️ the Forney Splash 💦 Pad! The Splash Pad provides play areas for all age groups, and there’s a playground adjacent to it for even more fun. The park has plenty of space to run around, play and just have fun. There is a pavilion you can rent or just have a picnic on the grass. It’s a perfect spot for playdates and summertime ☀️ fun! ∙
What fun things are you doing this ☀️ summer? ∙ 📍The Forney Splash Pad is located at 241 S FM 548, in the Forney Community 🌳Park.
Welcoming summer with a crew of sick babies and now it all can leave my house 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼 🙅🏼♀️ BUT we travel next week, so better now than then, right? I never thought I’d be relieved to have a bunch of vomiting, feverish children 🤒
A day too late for both National Selfie Day and Throwback Thursday, but here I am anyways!
I mentioned to my mom earlier how much I love Georgia--how much better I feel around all of its trees, basking in its warmth
What I forgot to say was there's something about this land that's full of energy. Of potential
Everywhere I look I see progress, new homes and businesses being built, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but near my home it feels like the land is being beaten down. Here, though, nature just feels like it's waiting. Like we're one step away from returning to the earth
There's something very liminal about the South. Everywhere I visit has its own unique kind of energy, but there are a few places I'm always drawn to again and again. Deserts of red sand. Ancient stone circles. And these old stomping grounds in Georgia
Maybe this is just leftover vibes from the Solstice, but it's very much a "shouting into the void" kind of night. With that in mind, let's share. Is there anything you want to get off your chest? Anything you want to speak into the world? Even if you're not sure how, just let the thoughts go, even if you can't express them quite right
Wherever you are tonight, walk in love.
Friendly public service announcement ~ featuring @thebookishkitchen Fluffy Snickers Pie up on my blog today! 😋🍫🎉 If you haven’t checked it out or followed her, I highly recommend it! 😃❤️ #thebookishkitchen#alyshathekitchenologist
Vintage tee and jeans for casual Friday 🙌
Started my first day roasting with @bonyknees.co so I wanted to keep my outfit comfortable and simple. Accessories today include my favorite notebook, my new favorite pen (thanks @linenandpoppi !) and the water bottle I received in my @causebox ! Full review coming this weekend once I’ve had a chance to try out all the products 👯♀️
It’s interesting how babies take time to acknowledge each other.
For the first 4 days they played separately. Then started touching each other’s heads and hair. Then started snatching the toys from each other’s hands. And today decided to walk together. 👶🏻👶🏻
. [the same shorts was an accident.. not on purpose]
Day 10 : 6/22/18. A riot of color, a beautiful beginning, a sunny spot on the porch, where Hydrangea and Bougainvillea are celebrating the month of June!
One hundred days, one hundred ways of focusing on what is beautiful, whatever that means to me, however beauty speaks to me on any given day. No more “all bad news” days. I’m taking a break from that. I’m going to focus on what is beautiful in my life, in the world. Thanks for the inspiration, IG!
6/13/18 - 9/21/18
Today my son sat on my lap and we shared a bowl of cherries the best way I could figure out how (without making a huge mess) I bit off the half with pits in them and gave him the other half without the pit and it looked a lot less like a murder scene as opposed to yesterday when he tried to pit them himself. I remember a few years ago (under the Obama administration) when there was a huge influx of children to the border, and authorities had to try and think fast about what to do with all of them. A woman I worked with said “what kind of mother would send her children over the border like that?” And I flung around so fast in my office chair that I might have nearly fallen out and said “you’re asking the wrong question! What kind of hell is she living in to take such a risk with her child!?” What is it about us that so quickly wants to assume less of the other? Well, there are a million answers to that but I have no doubt that almost every mother wants to sit with her two year old in her lap and share a bowl of cherries in the late afternoon light, without a care in the world. I’ve been so heavy this week, as so many have. And for the first time in my life I’ve really been without words (kind, humble ones anyway) so I’ve been mostly silent and shared what I found encouraging through other peoples’ words. I’m seeking deep inside myself with honesty, how do I look down on the other? Rich, poor, white, brown? What are the prejudices in me that I pretend I don’t have and what am I doing to kill them? Won’t we give each other the benefit of the doubt? That the “other” isn’t as barbaric, selfish or dumb as it would be convenient to believe they are? I’m still angry and so devastated and I know that calling reps, marching, donating & continuing the conversation are all important so I’m striving to but none of it feels big enough for the boulder that needs over this mountain. Thankful for the collective voices with more strength that I’ve had to give and for those of you who have encouraged me to keep fighting. I recommend donating to @aclu or @raicestexas but also digging deep within & speaking with our families about the things that cause divide from within us.
The best view comes after the hardest climb ✨
Have you ever wondered why the worlds 14 highest mountains are all just below 9km, it’s because the base of the mountain would become liquid because of the enormous pressure. That’s how the maximal hight is obtained.
Dreaming of climbing mountains today and loving a mountain fact 😌
Don't wait for someone else to get you flowers. Go buy that bouquet. Get the most beautiful and best smelling flowers you can find. Don’t wait for a special occasion. Just celebrate that you're alive. Or celebrate that you've made it through the week. That you're still showing up despite how hard life may be at times and all that you might be going through. Celebrate what you've accomplished so far, and everything that you have yet to learn. Celebrate that your heart beats in your chest and that you have eyes to see. Celebrate that summer just arrived, with all its promises.🌞🌸✨ Wishing you the most magical summer, friends!✨ #summersolstice#selflove
Started the weekend a day early with a delicious brunch from @oldhandcoffee this afternoon.
Cass : Freshly bakes pretzel + mustard
Kenz : @fieldhousebrewing on tap
Ezra : OJ and smelling the giant fiddle leaf trees
How’s your Friday going?
We work really hard in this garden. We pour hours upon hours tending. Sometimes gardening is so romanticized. We bleed. We swear. We sweat. Crops fail. Others flourish. Pests. Weeding. Watering. Yell. Quiet. Burn. So yes, it is romantic. But I only know truth in romance. All of these things exist outside of gardening. 🌿
We harvested all of the violas today for drying. They will sit in an old glass container with a muted lid, and wait to be added to whatever is in our little hearts.
i found this hand towel at the goodwill. isn’t it amazing the gems you can find thrifting sometimes!? i don’t always walk out with something, but some days the Lord shines down on me, right there, in the middle of my local goodwill. ☀️🤗
Alas, I'm spending this gray and drizzly day indoors, continuing work on our new @WaxingWistful site... but I still wanted to drop by and wish each of you a happy #FriYAY ! As you head out and about on this first official weekend of Summer, I hope your path leads you somewhere beautiful!
Guys! My interview with sweet @bymariandrew (aka one of my favorite illustrators / sweetest humans) is up on the @yellowco.co blog today! Go read it! We talk about bodies, recovery, art! Link in my bio. AND do yourself a favor and check out her work / read her new book (which I devoured in .02 seconds after getting in the mail). It is SO beautiful. ✨
The lovely George at Temper studio recently made the decision to stop offering his range of wooden boards and smaller items for sale through his online shop (specific requests and commissions are still welcome though). Instead he is going to focus more time on creating unique items and experimentation. I'm really looking forward to seeing his new work. The good news is… all the Temper PLANE and SLAB boards will still be available to buy from Made+Good – hurrah!
📷 from @temperstudio
I dream of you - and my beautiful bedlinen, thank you sales for existing! And I love this lighter beige shade, the bedroom curtains are pretty much the same colour and I like the overall feeling. Have a great Friday evening, dear friends!
Rock and roll Friday night - I am in my PJs and my overnight oats are soaking because we have an early start tomorrow morning 😴.
When I first heard about overnight oats I wasn’t convinced, it sounded a bit too much like cold porridge to me 😝 but I think I am going to like it.
The mess on the bench wasn’t for artistic purposes by the way. I actually am that untidy in the kitchen 🙈
Interior tip#8 •
Don't slave to your home objects.
Don't buy a carpet If you are not going to allow anyone walking on it or if it requires to brush the fringes on it. Don't have a sofa where only the cleanest people can sit and your dog is left in despair of not knowing what he has done to deserve this.
Buy items that don't require you being their slave, they serve you not another way around, remember!
Passion is lifted from the earth itself by the muddy hands of the young; it travels along grass-stained sleeves to the heart. If we are going to save environmentalism and the environment, we must also save an endangered indicator species: the child in nature.
Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods
I haven’t faffed for a while and I’ve really missed it, only I didn’t know how much until I started again today. House builds, crafty evenings and having friends over has filled my days but I’m hoping to faff a bit more again 🙌🏻. Wishing you all a lovely Friday night and happy weekend 😘💕