You all know I’m a forever-and-always neutral girl. But mixed in, I usually have a certain color I’m drawn to at the moment. Sometimes it’s blue (usually it’s blue), sometimes mustardy-yellow, once it was orangey/peach. Right now, I’m feeling emerald green. This deep, pure, bright-ish-but-not-too-bright… Continue Reading…Inspired by Emeralds
Each summer, it seems, I re-acquaint myself with my love of a good novel. As hard as I try to pick up a book in the Christian living genre (you know, those self-help-ish, but not self-help types), I just can’t get through them. Fiction novels… Continue Reading…summer reading list 2015
I met Jamie Ivey (next to me, second from left) over chips + queso in Austin at if:gathering this winter and connected instantly. We both have four kids – three boys and a youngest girl. We are the same age. We love Noonday and Sole Hope and talking and Jesus.… Continue Reading…if you’re curious about what I’m really like …
It’s springtime in the Pacific Northwest which means the weather changes daily between bright and sunny and sudden downpour. It also means the hills are covered with every possible shade of green, leaves are popping and LILACS ARE IN BLOOM! The older I get, the more… Continue Reading…inspired by lilacs
Confession: I am a sporadic reader. Months will go by where I don’t have a book, and then I’ll find a good one, remember how much I love reading and plow through a bunch. Are you like that? It would be nice if I could… Continue Reading…recent reads (9 books to add to your reading list)
I posted this photo on instagram late last week: I have a new dinner solution that I can’t wait to share with you! – but that’s not what got most attention in the photo. Instead, there were lots of questions about the ipad mounted in… Continue Reading…we mounted an ipad in the kitchen (and love it)
I don’t know why I titled this post like that. It just sounded fun. There are a handful of questions I get frequently and I thought I’d jot down all the answers here. Perhaps you’ve wondered about one of these things and now you’ll know… Continue Reading…answers to the questions you didn’t even know you had
My phone is basically an extension of my arm. I carry it with me everywhere and while I’m not so good at answering phone calls, I do love it for everything else: texting, checking the weather, setting an alarm, taking photos, reading email, posting to… Continue Reading…how to organize your iphone screen (and make it look pretty)
Should you need a quick gift idea for a child in your life … … may I recommend any book by Chris Van Dusen. Our collection started with King Hugo’s Huge Ego and The Circus Ship (both favorites of all the kids – ages 5,… Continue Reading…Should you need a quick gift idea for a child in your life …
This weekend we had friends over for football watching-turned movie watching. When we put a movie on for the kids upstairs (mr. peabody), we poured ourselves a glass of wine downstairs and decided to turn on a movie for the grown-ups, too.
Here’s the summary: “Chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner (Dustin Hoffman), he is left to figure out what’s next. Finding himself in Miami, he teams up with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara), his friend (John Leguizamo) and his son to launch a food truck. Taking to the road, Chef Carl goes back to his roots to reignite his passion for the kitchen — and zest for life and love.”
The story was great, the acting perfect, the food makes your mouth-water and from what I’ve read, they do a good job depicting the reality of the life in a restaurant kitchen. There is bad language – just to warn you, but you’ll fall in love with the cutie-pie kid and you’ll probably want to make a really yummy grilled cheese after watching the way Chef Carl makes one.
So we loved the movie, but what really caught my eye was the great honeycomb wine rack in the LA restaurant scenes.
It looks like a sculpture and is so graphic against the white marble and stainless steel kitchen. I love the a-symmetry of it and would totally put this in our house. I’d also take the marble and stainless steel.Continue Reading…caught my eye
We’re finishing out our summer with a quick stay with my family at The Farmhouse.
Isn’t it beautiful?! The Jones side of the family has rented this restored 1800’s farmhouse for the past three years and it’s been such a perfect place for our families to be together.
There were only a few things I truly missed while in Rwanda and one of them was ICE.
It’s one of those quirky things about me – I am addicted to good ice. Soft enough to break, just the right amount of crunch, not too solid or too melty. Who knew you could be so particular about ice.
My love of ice started at a young age, but came to it’s peak when I was pregnant. While my friends craved hamburgers or steak or sour patch kids, I would go through the Starbucks drive thru just to order a cup of ice. It was like dessert. Some call that an indication of iron-deficiency (which I also had), but there was nothing so satisfying as a cup of frozen water.Continue Reading…ice ice baby
One of my proudest professional moments so far was participating in the creation of this cute journal: (photo by paige knudsen) It was my first collaboration with Noonday Collection, a company I have come to love and will be traveling to Rwanda with in just… Continue Reading…making a small difference