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How I Found My Spirit Guides and Signs

True story: the number one thing I’m direct messaged on Instagram are photos of the Wienermobile. And I LOVE it! It always makes me day to hear that someone felt a greater sense of connection in the world by seeing the Oscar Meyer Wienermobile. And there’s always something meaningful about receiving the message at the […]

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Kid-Friendly Grain-Free Baking Recipes and Pantry List

The thing is, I just love bread. And cake, and cookies. When I heard from my doctor that some of my inflammation (such as my fingers swelling to where I couldn’t take off my wedding ring after eating) and other painful symptoms was due to a grain allergy, it felt like I was banned from […]

Posts That Mean A lot To Us

  • My 10 Steps for Keeping Resentment in Check
    About a year ago was the first time I really felt myself figuring out “adulting.” (Don’t draw attention to the facts that I had been working, paying a mortgage and raising a child for years). I knew my schedule. I knew where my stuff went and I put it there. I surprised myself and everyone […]
  • Where to Stop When Driving from Texas to Colorado

    Where to stop, stay and explore on the family drive from Texas to Colorado, featuring routes from Dallas to Telluride and Vail, with pit stops in Amarillo, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah. The best summer road trip for families!

  • Home Actually Is Where the Heart Is
    Post Written by Markus Home. It’s a short little word – but the story behind it is usually anything but short. We each have a home with our family of origin that’s out of our control as children. That first home sets the tone for much of our lives through adulthood in huge ways, even […]

Welcome to our place to chronicle our adventures in learning to live more open-heartedly with each other, our daughter (adoption, we love you!), a variety of pets and the world as we create a home that’s an oasis for our family’s authenticity and creativity.

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Exploring Fredericksburg with Kids

Fredericksburg, the quaint town in Texas, is best known for its gorgeous scenery of rolling hills and its charming wineries. The unique history of the town, a final destination for German immigrants to America in the mid-1800’s, also makes it a one-of-a-kind cultural landmark, treasure trove for family exploration and a great spot for roadschooling.  […]

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Benefits of Wim Hof Breathing: For Grown-Ups and Kids!

If you’ve heard of Wim Hof you may be familiar with the incredible records set by this 61-year-old Dutch athlete known as “The Iceman.” He’s run a half marathon above the Arctic Circle, barefoot only wearing shorts. He’s climbed the highest mountains in the world in extreme cold – again, wearing only shorts. He’s run […]

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Guest Post: How to Start Homeschooling

From Lilly: One mantra I tell myself at least once a week (or day, depending on the week) is that I’m not homeschooling, I’m pandemic schooling. And, no matter how we’re approaching school this year, no parent has ever taken on this much before. For us, homeschooling this year provided an opportunity to build a […]

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Your Ultimate West Texas Road Trip Itinerary: From Marfa to Marathon and More

Note: Two of the three trips to West Texas that informed this article were during August/September 2020. West Texas is an area that is very susceptible to hospital overwhelm. It’s incredibly important to check COVID-19 case numbers and recommended travel guidelines if considering coming to the area. If unsure, we recommend you wait to see […]

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How to Make Christmas Putz Houses

Growing up, my favorite places to be during Christmas time were my grandparents’ houses. Not even the most exciting outing of pre-ticketed, oversensory holiday cheer could compare to the comfort of how each home welcomed and comforted me with the same decorations out year after year, the same little traditions. I always cry putting out […]

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Guest Post: How to Teach with Nature Trays

Editor’s Note: I knew I would raise my child to enjoy classic, wooden toys and open-ended learning – before I was a Mom. It’s so easy, in reality, to look around one day and realize life has become plastic playthings and online games. I know simple toys make the best teachers, but how? I’ve been […]

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Healthy Winter Rituals

My “journey through the seasons” feels best described by Leandra Medine Cohen – Love summer, hate everything else. To me, the long days, carefree spirit and sizzling temperatures of summer should be the baseline of our days, all year long. Winter can really feel like just the waiting game until next summer. It’s the first […]

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How to Have a Family Meeting (with Free Printable!)

We’re a family of three humans, two dogs, one rabbit, one chicken, and one pig. That comes with its share of things to plan and logistics to keep moving. We didn’t always hold a weekly family meeting, and it used to seem pretty daunting to even plan for one.  But now that we’re up and […]

The Fall Style Horoscope with Astrologist Britten LaRue

To me, style is best when it’s personal. However, it’s almost impossible for our consciousness or even sub-consciousness to keep out the influence of trends. I personally love to see someone take a style trend while finding a way to make it authentic to his or her personal style and therefore completely unique. I like […]

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Starting a Homeschool Garden

On top of all of our Dallas pick-your-own farm trips last summer, I cajoled Markus for a garden of our very own. Never mind that I knew nothing about gardening and had always found it relatively futile when there was perfectly nice food waiting at the store. Like most of my ideas, my new found […]

A Weekend Trip from Dallas at Greer Farm

Last summer I was parenting without any day schools, camps or general child care lined up. To fill our days, I became one with the farm visit. To me, visiting a local-ish farm is the perfect day trip from Dallas – the drive clears my head, the exploring tires my child and the finds pre-determine […]

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Shopping Second Hand Online with Evolving Style

From the Editor: My name is Lilly and I’m a clothesaholic. My mother always had me “dressed up” growing up, which fostered a love for “getting dressed” over putting on clothes. Most of how my Mom afforded our outfits was through shopping second hand. When our daughter came along, I was also in love with […]


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