Easter Gifts on Etsy

After a beautiful but gray winter, it’s been a treat to begin to see cello wrapped chocolate molds and bright candy displays in the shop windows for the upcoming Easter season. As I plan our first Easter living in Germany, I’m getting easter basket gifts from Etsy.  I love how Etsy celebrates handmade gifts and…

Tips for Moving with Kids from a Children’s Therapist

This weekend is three months since we moved to Freiburg, Germany as an American family. The number one question I’m asked is how our little one is handling the change. To which I’m always tempted to respond with, “What change do you mean?” The truth is, our second grader hasn’t had much of a normal…

Therapy or Coaching: The New Ways We’re Surviving These Times

My early 2022 energy feels like being very ready for change, but struggling with knowing where to begin. What’s missing from my care plan? Therapy or coaching? A massage? Or just one day to only nap?  Before the pandemic, I was the self-care queen – pre-outfitted with a circle of practitioners, healers and support. But…

Learning How to Self-Parent

For a couple years in my mid thirties, I thought I had it all – everything that I understood to mean success, accomplishment, and external happiness. Lots of things looked good on the outside: I was a junior partner at a growing engineering firm and we had a nice house in a great neighborhood. I…

Q&A: Moving to Freiburg, Germany

What a chapter of life! A few weeks ago, we shared on Instagram that we were selling our family home (the same one that inspired the beginning of this blog!) and moving to Freiburg, Germany. We’ve had so many questions about our move, and it’s been unfolding more and more ever since we put the…

The Best Ethnic Grocery Stores in Dallas

My family tree’s roots go deep through Irish and Welsh bloodlines, and the dinner tables of my childhood often reflected it with delicious nightly meals of meat, potatoes, bread and butter. It’s soul food to me, and so good that I have rarely branched out into other flavors in food and, with that, ethnic grocery…

The Best Mother’s Day Gifts on Etsy

Y’all, the day is almost here. It’s not close but it’s not far off either, and I vote that we begin talking about it. Parents, like all humans on Earth, have had it rough for the past year. Moms have lost their jobs at the highest numbers in our economy during the pandemic while they’ve…

Kids Gifts on Etsy

One thing I really enjoy is being around children. Whether I’m getting to enjoy the company of children at one of my art parties in Dallas, getting to spend precious time with my nieces and nephew and, of course, being with my daughter, I find getting really present with a child reminds me that there…

The 10 Best Craft Supplies for Kids (& 33 Crafts to Try!)

At my daughter’s fifth birthday party, I was delighted to see that a friend of mine had gifted the birthday girl a craft kit. The kit included all of the art supplies for kids to make a “yarn llama,” which felt like a delightful intersection of our interests in art and animals. I threw it…