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Join Our Team! A Call for Contributors…

Hi, friends!  I’m back from Portland this morning (Wednesday)– sleepy-eyed, but feeling so grateful for a fun work trip, new projects on the horizon and a fun shoot that’s happening around me right now as we speak.  The last six months have been a time of serious soul searching on this site.  I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about what kind of content we create, why we create it, and how it’s impacting you, our audience.  It has to be more than pretty pictures, ya know? There’s a lot of …

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What I Want for Mother’s Day || A Gift Guide

We are busy prepping today for a big shoot tomorrow that includes a really dreamy, laid-back Mother’s Day brunch that I couldn’t be more excited about!  (We haven’t had a chance to get our backyard together just yet and are partnering with Loot Vintage Rentals on a fanciful set up that I’m sure will send me wanting to buy a vintage table of my own.)  We actually have a lot of Mother’s Day content coming up these next two weeks.  (This is our Mother’s Day brunch from last year!)  It’s a pretty …

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A Flourishing Weekend + Favorite Links!

Is there any better season than spring?! She’s making a very strong case for herself in Austin this week!  Aaron is in Los Angeles this weekend for the Daytime Emmys (Going for number three– fingers crossed!) which means Parker and I are flying solo.  As I’m nearing my third trimester and Aaron will be on hiatus all summer from work, I can’t help but wonder if it might be one of the final weekends we have just the two of us for awhile. I’m dreaming of Saturday snuggles in bed, homemade waffles covered in …

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DIY Succulent Planters for Earth Day

My mind is often wandering into the world of actionable things that can be done to make this world, and our day-to-day, a brighter, more hope-filled place.  We chatted a few months ago about what it looks like to raise the next generation in a kinder, more compassionate world and after watching this documentary I felt compelled to learn more about composting and the waste we create.  There’s so much work to be done that it can feel overwhelming, but I love the way Aveeno’s Earth Day campaign is creating actionable steps …

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