Category Archives: life

08.31.15moody monday : strength

strengthWhen I was a kid I thought being strong just meant being physically strong but as I’ve grown mental toughness is just as important. Being strong on the outside is one thing but being strong on the inside is a whole other department. Since becoming a parent this has become more a part of my journey. Some days I feel defeated emotionally and on those days is when I use my physical strength to balance it out. Be strong.

Speaking of being strong, looking forward to this read…I love Brené Brown.



08.20.15book club



I recently joined a book club. This has been a long time coming because I love nothing more then talking about books, researching books and reading books. It began when I was in high school and worked at a library shelving books, it was and still is my happy place. I plan to do more book type posts on this blog: reviews, book cover designs and library goodness.

03.09.15moody monday : flow


Just go with the flow — it seems like such a simple way to live life. Typically my gut reaction is to use resistance against things that maybe hard or scary. Then as the thought “just go with the flow” comes into my mind my shoulders begin to relax feeling a sense of relief and I go with the flow.

02.23.15moody monday : peace

PeaceSometimes you are handed a card that seems impossible to play and it takes looking inside yourself to find surprising strength. About 3 years ago, I could not find my inner peace. I was stricken with anxiety and confusion of “what am I supposed to do now…”. I dug really deep, like super deep, and asked for help. And with that help I was able to find tools to help me cope with any uneasy or uncomfortable feelings that I was faced with daily. I am so proud to say that those tools helped me find the comfortable in the uncomfortable. I am able to be at peace.

But as life tends to do, you are handed another card but I am looking inside myself for those tools to help me cope with a very uncomfortable situation but I feel more at peace about it than ever.

moodboard images found via my pinterest boards


TakeTheLeapBy the end of 2014, I wanted to get my freelance career to the level that I could quit my corporate job and do freelance full-time. In June 2014, I began working with a life coach named Julie Serot, she had me create an ideal work day (I still have it hanging in my home office) and a list of what I needed to do to make it happen. I worked on my design work page, did more engaging online and also pictured what it would be like to work for myself. After chipping away at that to-do list and using Julie’s approach I gained confidence, I know that I am on the right path that I have created for myself. I AM good enough and strong enough to be doing EXACTLY what I want to do, on my own terms.

I also launched an etsy shop with one of my closest friends called Hatch Design!

As an avid blog reader, I was so inspired by all these creative entrepreneurs stories of how they  finally took the leap into freelance. Here is the start of 2015, and now I have my story!

photo // death to the stock



Spiced Holiday Tea

1 1/3 cups of Tang
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup of instant tea (i use lemon unsweetened tea)
1/2 tsp. cloves
Combine ingredients and store in a tightly covered jar.
For one serving : add 1 tsp of mix with 8oz of hot water.

Gift idea: make a big batch then place in a jar with a holiday bow and a tag.
I’ve designed some holiday tags that would be the perfect finishing touch to this homemade gift!

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(download here)



what i’ve been listening to lately:

Serial : if you love true crime, then this is for you. they are short episodes perfect for listening to while in traffic or on your morning commute.

The Lively Show : ranging from business tips to work/life balance to living with intention, Jess (the host) interviews people that i would be friends with, there is so much good stuff!

Ben Howard : our whole family loves Ben Howard, his music is the definition of heart and soul.

Hozier : how have i just heard of him, all i have to say is wow.

Calm app : a nice simple guided meditation, they range anywhere from 2 minutes to 10 minutes.

Heather Waxman : She has a beautiful voice and an even more beautiful message, she’s a gem.



this series called food/feeling is where i’m going to introduce a dish and a photo of a feeling it invokes. enjoy!


waking up late to the smell of coffee, the sun rising and the light coming in just right…time for breakfast!

Smashed Raspberry Chocolate Chunk Pancakes
by joy the baker

serves 2
makes about 10-12 small pancakes

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
dash of ground cinnamon
1 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup dark chocolate chunks
1/2 cup fresh raspberries
maple syrup and powdered sugar for garnish
butter for skillet

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.  Set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together buttermilk, melted butter, egg, and vanilla extract.

Add the dry ingredients, all at once to the wet ingredients.  Whisk to combine.  If there are a few lumps in the mixture, that’s totally fine.  Stir in chocolate chips.  Let the mixture rest for 5 minutes while the skillet heats.

Preheat oven to 200 degrees F.  Place a heat-proof plate in the oven to help keep cooked pancakes warm.

Over medium-low heat, add about 1/2 tablespoon of butter to the non-stick skillet.  Add 2 tablespoon of batter to the pan for each pancake.  Cook until browned, flip once and cook on the other side until golden brown and cooked through.  Place cooked pancakes on the plate in the oven until all of the pancakes are cooked and ready to serve.

To serve, smash raspberries in a small bowl.  Place a few smashed raspberries on a plate.  Top with three or four small pancakes and more raspberries.  Add maple syrup as desired.  Serve warm.





I’ve been feeling like all I do is laundry (mostly because my three year old changes his clothes 50 times a day) so in attempt to cut down on washing/folding I really just wanted to slim down my wardrobe. So at the end of the summer I went through all of my clothes and separated them into 3 piles:
Once I had the pieces that I decided to keep I used my lucky style guide to take inventory of what I had, what I was missing and what I wanted. 1234clothes_06

My goal going through the guide book was to create a simple closet, one that could easily work for both my job and home. Then I created two lists: “i want” list and “i need” list. I carried the “i need” list with me in my phone so I shopped with intention. Once the “i need” list was completed I  started buying things off my “i need” list.


Even though I have less in my closet I have found more ways to be creative with my clothes by adding more accessories, shoes and scarves. Up next, what to do with the clothes that didn’t get the love they deserved in your own closet!