Alt Summit

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Alt Summit has so far been an amazing experience. I was a little leery about flying across the country, boarding two flights and going to a conference filled with people I've worked with but have never actually met in real life. But it's been so worth it. The Grand America Hotel where the . . .

Reflecting on 2011

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Two years ago, in 2010 our family experienced a spate of difficult things and I often wondered if I would ever be able to feel relaxed and spontaneous again. We were just so mired in deep circumstances that it caused us to see life through cautious, clouded eyes. I’m happy to say that 2011 . . .

The Storefront of My Dreams

As a girl I would walk the downtown streets of my town and would envision shop ideas for each space I walked by. I always saw myself opening up shop in one of them, utilizing the space as part design studio and part boutique. The shop part was sometimes a tea room, a garden specialty store, a pastry . . .

Washington D.C. Weekend

This past weekend I tagged along on a weekend trip my husband and his brother were taking to celebrate a friends impending marriage. They hung out at baseball games and cigar bars while I visited some dear old friends I don't get to see nearly enough of. I was able to see the Gauguin exhibit at . . .

Alice Waters & Balance

I've long felt a kinship towards Alice Waters of Chez Panisse fame and admired her role as a pioneer in championing the ways of food, gardening and nutrition with her restaurant and Edible Schoolyard project. I share these values towards food and farm and also have the passion towards creating a . . .

On Persistence

"Look at a stone cutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it.  Yet at the hundred-and-first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not the last blow that did it, but all that had gone before."  ~Jacob A. Riis . . .

This Weekend & Honey vs. Sugar

Ranunculus brought home from the store by my husband Homemade pizza with local goat cheese and herbs from the garden Kitchen dance parties Clearing my in-box to "0" - huzzah! Finished books: Alice Waters & Chez Pannise and The Glass Castle My first attempt at *replacing sugar with honey (so . . .

Where I’ve Been, My Allergy to the Sun

This past summer I started getting horrible itchy hives and "burns" on my skin, each time I would go outside without sunscreen. It was uncomfortable and stressful, trying to figure out what was going on. Since the onset of these strange occurrences, I've found that I have a similar reaction with . . .

Clean Makeup

I love whipping up homemade face masks from the garden, and though it has been a while, I have fond memories of lining all my girlfriends (ahem, Allison, Caitlin and Lisa!) up on the floor and slathering their faces with strawberry and egg yolk concoctions and pureeing mud masks out of 100% clay . . .