Adding Curated Goods to the Shop

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The Dream

For many years, Kirk and I dreamed about opening a brick and mortar shop. It would be filled not only with our own creations, but with a carefully curated mix of goods befitting a simple, yet beautiful life. But the dream didn’t come true. There were various reasons — the town we live in isn’t the best fit for a shop we’d want to open, we’ve been focused on growing our stationery brand, starting a family, etc…

But at the end of 2012, I decided it was time to take action. I knew the time wasn’t quite right to open a brick and mortar, but why not expand our online shop to include items made by other makers? We decided to go for it, so in January of 2013, I hopped a flight to New York to attend NYNow, one of the biggest gift trade shows in the country. I spent two entire days walking down every single aisle of the show, gathering catalogs and meeting vendors. I started to make a list of items I’d like to order for the shop.

And then some crazy stuff happened in our life and work — it was kind of like the perfect storm, you know? To be honest, it had been building for awhile, but I didn’t fully realize it until I got back from that trip. I went into survival mode and once again, the shop expansion got put on hold.

Keep reading to see how we are finally going to make this dream come true, along with the items we’ll be carrying… Read More…

Desert Dreaming

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1) Anthropologie 2) Kevin Russ 3) Lisa Orgini 4) MessyNessy 5) Sarah Eisenlohr 6) Wilder California 7) Nicole Franzen 8) Nicole Franzen 9) Georgia O’Keeffe and Her Houses 10) Kevin Russ

The desert has always been a part of my life and my inspiration (find an example here). I feel a road trip coming on…

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Endless Summer

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From left to right, top to bottom.

  1. This seaberry face oil is my new favorite.
  2. Take a break from your morning coffee routine.
  3. Classic and effortlessly cool shades.
  4. I’ll take any excuse to cuddle with this lightweight cashmere throw.
  5. The colors of this necklace remind me of the coast.
  6. National Park coasters to inspire your next adventure.
  7. Love the pattern of these sandals.
  8. This perfume is light and fresh.
  9. There’s something so majestic about whales, don’t you think?
  10. Obsessed with the gorgeous color of this lace bra.

 

Living with an Autoimmune Disease (Hashimoto’s)

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This past January, I went in for a routine yearly exam and walked out with an autoimmune disease.

Not really, but that’s what it felt like. I didn’t really think there was anything wrong with me when I went in. I’ve always been a really healthy person — I rarely get sick. But as I chatted with my midwife during the visit, I mentioned how I was still tired all the time despite making an effort to get 7-8 hours of sleep each night. I didn’t feel back to my old self even though my baby was almost two years old. It was also a lot harder to lose the baby weight this time around, even though I was trying twice as hard. I was forgetful, and more… But I figured these could all be attributed to the fact that I’m getting older, I have two young children and two businesses. “I’d like to run a little blood work just to see…” she told me.

Now, I’d heard people say that auto-immune diseases are “the new ADD”. So many more people are getting diagnosed with them, and it’s a bit controversial. Is there really a huge epidemic of these kinds of illnesses? Or is it just a new fad? People who believe that the epidemic is real blame a lot of it to the way food started changing in the 1950’s. Pesticides, GMO’s, fast food, processed food, etc… It’s true that our diets changed drastically at this point in history, and personally, it does make sense to me that it would start affecting our health in unforeseen ways. But I don’t claim to be a scientist, a dietician, or any kind of expert. I can only share what my experience is…
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