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Tuesday, June 13th, 2017


My obsession for podcasts are not a secret!  I recently found Rookie and have enjoyed listening to the wide variety of creatives and artists in interviews.  However, I’m not their target audience.  It’s really for all of our amazing teens!

Rookie is the podcast created by the online magazine Rookie.  Self described as “an independently run online magazine and book series founded in 2011 by Editor-in-Chief Tavi Gevinson. We publish writing, photography, and other forms of artwork by and for teenagers (and their cohorts of any age!). Our contributors and readers are from all over the world.”

The online magazine seems to have a little something for every type of teen.  I love how the categories include comics, beauty, books and friendship.  Such an amazing platform and community for teens.  As a reader or a contributor- I bet it’s empowering to know a teen voice has power.  I find it refreshing that the issues and topics tackled in the podcast are complex.  It’s not condescending and it is apparent the producers believe teens to be intelligent and thoughtful human beings.  The podcasts are not cleaned up-meaning there is swearing and a lot of honesty!

After listening and a quick scan of the online site, Rookie tends to be geared toward females-but many of the topics would be interesting for our young men too.

Share this with a teen in your life or anyone trying to successful raise a teen {without losing her mind!}.



Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Down Dog Yoga app |WHERE IS JUNE?

I did a little refresh of the navigation here on the site.  You may have noticed that the navigation categories have changed.  {Or you didn’t notice.  I’m never sure if anyone uses them!} Along with focusing my posts around a few big ideas, I also added my Simple Practices to the side bar.  Ideally, they would happen every day, but I am certainly not perfect.  Some are much easier than others.  {I could listen to podcasts, all day-every day.}

As you can see, Down Dog Yoga is one of my practices.  Down Dog Yoga app might be the best app on my phone.  If you are familiar with yoga, but don’t have time to get the studio on a regular basis, it will become your favorite too.  You set the level and the time for each practice.  There are practices as short as 15 minutes.  It simply fits with our busy lives.  The app is free, but I paid for a membership for the year. {Please note: it was about the cost of 1 yoga class at a studio}.  This allows me to choose from the boost menu. While I should choose Core every SINGLE time, I tend to choose hip opening and hamstring opening boosts.  The workouts are always spot-on and really challenging.  The images above are actual screen shots from my phone.  You could download it right now, roll out your mat, and start your practice in less than 5 minutes.

If you give it a try, let me know what you think.



Tuesday, January 10th, 2017


Like any good girlfriend, I’ve got to give you the heads up on a great sale over at Madewell. All sale items are an additional 40% off when you use the code BIGSALE. This is not a sponsored post.  Just quality merch and an amazing deal.  I mean sneakers for $35?!?

A few of my favorites//  Flea Market Jeans | Saucony Sneakers | Peplum Top | Felt Fedora

Don’t forget the code at check out.  What would you put in your cart??



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Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

chalkboard wall

It’s all the rage.  Grab a gallon of chalkboard paint and pick a wall.  I have to be honest.  I love the look, but I am a skeptic.  I worry that the idea of the wall is so much better than the reality of a wall you cover with messy chalk.  I don’t live in a magazine.  I am not an artist nor have I mastered hand lettering……skills that would make a chalkboard wall awesome.  I am a bit of a control freak.  Disappointment looms.

So, I have to ask.  Chalkboard wall.  Yes or no?  Do you have a chalkboard wall in your home?  Is it just how you wanted it?   How do handle the messiness?  Do you clean it often?  Where is it located?  I want to be convinced it is a great idea.  It is just paint after all.

Images 1/2/3/4/5


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Monday, November 4th, 2013

somethings come between us

Lately, I feel like something’s come between us.  I’m cool with that.

My husband gave me this card a few years ago on Mother’s Day.  It still makes me giggle and I am sure many of you can relate.  This time of year, when we set our clocks back an hour, was always miserable with babies and toddlers.  My boys never got the memo that we were given an extra hour of sleep.  It always took days for their own clocks to adjust.  Which, in turn, was just exhausting.

Since my oldest was an infant we have shared our bed intermittently with a child.  In the beginning I was simply too tired and lazy to get up at an ungodly hour, so I would grab him from his crib and bring him to bed with us.  Lucky me, he would always go back to sleep-giving me a couple more hours of precious sleep.  I used to worry because there was always chatter among the mommies regarding the “right” way to do things.  Was I harming my young child for life?  Would he be sleeping with us forever?  I quietly doubted my decisions.  Well, you know what?  That big kid sleeps through the night by himself.  All that worry was for nothing!

Little Man rarely slept with us when he was tiny {mostly because there wasn’t any room}.  A couple of years ago he began crawling into bed around 4am most mornings.  It isn’t every day anymore, but we have something between us at least once a week.  Guess what?  I love it!   I know this window of time will close- in the not too distant future- and I am going to cuddle for as long as I can.  My husband just smiles and shakes his head.  He knows not to fight it, plus the kid sleeps so close to me he doesn’t even know he is there.  This time there is no mommy chatter.  And if there was, I wouldn’t give it any thought.  How wonderful is that?  Mothering isn’t for the weak, but somethings DO get easier.

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Friday, October 4th, 2013


I love a great online store!  In the coziness of my PJ’s with a cup of coffee {decaf, of course},  I can browse for myself and others.  Believe it or not, gift giving season is right around the corner.  Every year I have grand plans of kick starting my holiday shopping early.  With sites like Moorea Seal, it might actually happen this year.  Based here in Seattle, The Moorea Seal shop is a curated selection of beautiful accessories and objects, highlighting handmade artists from the United States.   7% of all proceeds from the store benefit five non profit categories.

During the summer I swooned over everything gold in the shop.  Handmade jewelry and accessories all in my favorite hue.  This month I love a statement necklace, an awesome print, items that represent my beloved Northwest, and great bags to carry all of my stuff.  I certainly found items I would buy for myself, but spied many others that I could give as gifts.

And now the really great news.  Starting today, thru November 30th, simply use the discount code JUNELOVE at check out and you will receive 10% off your entire Moorea Seal order!  How much do we love that?  Please share the goodness and this post with any and all.

What would you put on your wishlist?

{Shop my favorites::  1//Tribal Queen Necklace 2//Perfect Twist Poster 3//Heart in Seattle Card 4//Tiny WA State Necklace 5//Forager Backpack 6//Punched Pouch}

Moorea is also hosting an evening event at the University Village Madewell on October 10th.  Check out her post about the night if you are interested.


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Thursday, July 18th, 2013


I won the lottery!  Well, the lottery selection to attend the Altitude Summit {ALT} in San Francisco today.  It is a hot ticket in the blogging world.  Lucky me!  ALT SF will bring over 300 bloggers from around the country together to exchange inspiration and knowledge. I guess you could call it my first “business” trip.  I am so excited to meet others that share my passion for writing and creating.  After a full day at the conference, we will attend a party hosted by Pinterest at their headquarters this evening.  The theme?  Alice in Pinterland.  Whoa, how can it not be awesome?  I promise a recap upon my return.  Thank you again, so much, for reading.

See you back here on Monday.

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Friday, June 28th, 2013


In lieu of gifts, I asked the guests at my husband’s birthday party to bring along a photo of him {Recent, vintage, group or otherwise}.  The results of this request were one of the highlights of the evening.  My talented friend, Jen, made a gorgeous board for me.  Painted with chalkboard paint, guests were able to write the year the photo was taken.   I had simple roles of washi tape on hand to tape the photos onto the board.  New friends were able to see pictures from Aaron’s childhood and long time friends were able to share their favorite snapshots.  Everything from current day shots with our boys to prom photos, team pictures, a classic school photo, and the {now} infamous ski photo I used for the invitation.

It turned out even better than I hoped it would.  He has snap shots with all the people he loves in one place.  Now we need to find a place for it in his office.



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Thursday, June 27th, 2013


This was the year of parking a large truck in front of our house and calling it a party!  For Aaron’s 40th birthday, we hired a food truck to feed us for 2 hours.  The prep for this party was dreamy.  I simply filled some beverage dispensers with lemonade, threw ice and beer in galvanized tubs, and put my make-up on.  All the food was left in the hands of Contigo Mondern Mexican.


{the evening’s menu}

We served the Gorditas on trays in the back yard as appetizers.  They were small pockets of yummy [fried] goodness.  For dinner, each guest was able to order four tacos of their choice.  Many mixed and matched to sample them all.


I loved how our guests mingled in the driveway when waiting for their tacos.  There were ongoing discussions regrading which taco was the favorite.  I am not sure there was a consensus, but my personal favorite was the Beef Picadillo.  The onion jam made this taco sweet and spicy.

To end our meal, we served churros.  Who doesn’t love a churro?  In my opinion, there is nothing better than fried crispy dough coated with cinnamon sugar.  I may have had more than one [and possibly one heated up the next morning for breakfast].


Contigo also brought along Habenero Lemonade.  It was curiously hot, sweet and spicy all at the same time.  There was vodka and tequila to mix in, as well as regular lemonade.  A signature cocktail that was simple and easy to serve.


The meal, from start to finish, was divine!  The Contigo staff served delicious food and were breeze to work with.  I would highly recommend hiring a food truck for a special occasion.  As the hostess, you have absolutely no stress regarding the meal and your guests will love it.

[If you live in the Seattle area, I used Seattle Food Truck to find Contigo.  It was an amazing resource to find a truck to cater your event.  Plus, it lists all of the food trucks in the area and where they are serving up food during the week.]

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Thursday, June 20th, 2013

baked bite sized brie

We invited the parents of Big W’s friends to enjoy a glass of wine and a few nibbles at the end of his birthday party.  It was a wonderful way to kick off summer!  I wanted one warm appetizer, amongst the olives, vegetables and hummus.  These little bite size baked brie were perfectly salty and sweet.   There were a handful of boys that grabbed one too!

Easy ingredients:
2 sheets frozen puff pastry sheets
Brie cheese
Preserves of your choosing.  [I used a fig spread.]
1 egg to be used for an egg wash.


Cut each pastry sheet into 24 small rectangles.  Whisk together one egg and a splash of milk.  Brush the egg wash on 12 of the small rectangles and place a small slice of brie and a dollop of preserves on each one.


Top each one with remaining squares.  Press down edges of pastry with the tines of a fork.  Also, prick the top.  Place on parchment paper.  Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with salt. Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes.


You could easily make these ahead of time and pop them in the oven just minutes before your guests arrive.  It is hard to resist the delicious goodness of anything made with puff pastry.  Enjoy!

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A great summer pizza made with fig spread, goat cheese, peaches and arugula.

{Recipe adapted from Joy the Baker}

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