Cohen’s 1st Birthday Party!


We celebrated Cohen turning one this past weekend.  How he is already one, I’m not quite sure!  The past year is a bit of a blur, but now it feels like life is more in focus and at a slower pace…which I LOVE.  The uncertainty of newborn demands, the ridiculous struggle I had with breastfeeding this time around,  and lack of sleep are a memory now.  I find myself fully rested most days and having the capacity to dream and do things beyond just keeping my children fed and alive.  It’s such a great feeling!

Cohen is one!

I didn’t capture every detail of the party, but we took a few shots of some of the yummy treats

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DIY Ikea Jute Rug Stair Runner


A few years ago, at our old house, I had the idea to use a few runners I found at Home Goods to make a runner for our stairs.  If you missed it you can see it here.  I have to admit–that old post makes me cringe.  The wall art, the stairs…man, my taste has changed a bit over the years.  But there’s something about that DIY project that grabs people’s attention.  I still see it pop up on Pinterest as I’m browsing sometimes.  

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Mom’s Kitchen Renovation – Before and After


I grew up in the house my mom still lives in for most of my life.  We’ve affectionately named it the “Kirk Mansion”.  This house was the place to be for all my brother’s friends growing up and the doors have swung open many times to family and friends who needed a place to stay.  The white cape cod was built in the 1980’s and the kitchen still reflected it.  My parents did minor updates when they purchased it in the early 90’s, but the updates were corian countertops and beige, square backsplash tiles with a tile fruit display over the cooktop.