Category Archives: My Life

Be Kind, Make Homemade KIND Bars

I’ve been ruminating a lot lately on what it means to be gentle. To seek wellness and to be kind to yourself.

This topic seems to have slowly dominated my life, in the most benign and harmless way domination can—it’s found its way into my habits, my relationships, and even into a recent OOTD-turned-essay.

And I believe that’s a really good thing. It seems impossible to truly chase and subsequently accept wellness without having it affect all aspects of your life. And for me, being good to myself starts with what I feed my body.

I’ve been gluten free and soy free for nearly a whole year, and while I feel better in many ways, I expected the results to be more drastic. My thyroid results have improved, but in hindsight, what good is eliminating my number one culprit if I’m still consuming the next five?

So in addition to cutting gluten, soy and dairy, I’m nixing as many processed foods and meat as I can. Up until last week, I had still been eating deli meats, pepperettes and cheap frozen meat, so I’ll now be eliminating those old pals. I’ll carry on with fish, eggs and, on occasion, fresh meat from my local farm, but with ease as my mantra, I’m not hopping on any vegan or vegetarian title bandwagon. Rather, I like to think of it as simply eating a plant-based diet.

And on this plant-based diet, nuts and seeds have become my BFFs, so naturally, bars and granolas have, too.

Below is my recipe for homemade KIND bars which I make on weekends and enjoy during the week as a snack or crumbled on my yogurt. Whatever your food prerogative, I hope you these healthy bars a try.

x, S

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Seasonal Shifts, Shirt Dresses and Satchels

Gentle is not a word I would typically use to describe myself.

I quit ballet to do karate and jumped from a career in advertising to tech to teaching to TV. In grade-school, I was nicknamed “psycho Sabrina Smelko.” So I’ve never quite understood the concept of taking a break, and rest has been a thing that felt prescribed rather than a thing to be enjoyed.

But between my health taking priority in the past year paired with the realization that life doesn’t get any shorter or more predictable, easing into things with more grace has replaced nearly twisting an ankle running to the next checkpoint. Continue reading

Leon’s Hello Sunshine is Out in The Wild!

Photo: @LadyHayes

Amidst my mixed bag of skills (Britney Spears impression included), copywriting sits somewhere between design and content creation.

Between my experience working in advertising, being an Editor for Design*Sponge, writing copy for websites I’ve designed and creating illustrations to complement oodles of written works over the years, I’ve cut my teeth in myriad ways. So when Leon’s approached me to write copy for an entire magazine—one which I was already involved with on the content side of things through room makeovers (more on that later)—it was a match made in the shade, er, sunshine! Continue reading

[GIVEAWAY] Blog Survey 2017: What Do You Want From Me?!

Hey you! Yes, you. Want to win a product of your choice from my shop? Then I need to hear from you!

I’ve been meaning to connect with you guys for quite some time because you all feel so far away. Ironically, this week’s episode from the Chris Loves Julia podcast covered some real talk about the business of blogging, with one of the sticking points being that people don’t leave comments anymore. This makes gauging what you guys like/dislike and want more of/less of really tough.

One way I gauge what content works best is from page stats and analytics, but I can honestly tell you that my top four posts are all completely different topic-wise. (For those curious, my top performing post by a long shot is What I’ve Learned From Raising a Blue Heeler/Border Collie Mix).

If I had to define it, I’d coin my blog as a lifestyle blog—with a focus on design, creativity and style. This is what’s comfortable for me and topics I’ve posted about for years, sharing everything from If It Isn’t Posted to Social Media, Did It Still Happen? and My Kitchen Renovation Series, to Three Looks, One Pair of Mom Jeans and About a Room: A Charming Industrial Loft.

Where my struggle lies is in not knowing what exactly you guys wantor if this wide range of topics is exactly why you come here.

You may not have noticed, but lately I’ve been ramping up my blogging efforts in the form of scheduled, predictable posts: Every Monday you can expect a Pixels, Places + Things post; each Wednesday I serve up an evergreen post, be it a personal essay, an update on my home/life, etc; and Fridays are all about Links + Likes. I’ve also resurrected my Sunday morning newsletter for those who prefer to read all at once quietly over Sunday coffee. You can sign up here:


So it felt like the perfect time to conduct a blog reader survey (with a giveaway of a product of your choice form my shop)!

To enter, simply take this short survey (also embedded below) and you will automatically be entered into the contest. I thank you  eternally for your feedback, friends! Keep silently reading 😉

 

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BOOKED: Our Elora Mill, European-Inspired Wedding

I’m a pretty particular, all-or-nothing person.

I’m laid-back in regards to how my life and career unfold, and am relaxed in terms of what’s on my agenda for the day. But all the laxness in the former finds its counterpart in the form of being very opinionated in regards to how I want things to look, taste, feel and be experienced. For me, it’s the bigger picture and the vibe, not the gritty details.

So when it came to our wedding and getting married, Shawn and I agreed we were either going to elope in Italy (tempting, still), or we’d go all-out. After weeks of considering both sides of the coin and touring a few close-to-home spots (The Arlington Estate, Adamo Estate, The Spicy Factory and Terre Bleu—all super lovely by the way), we stumbled across the charming, hidden gem that is Elora Mill.

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