Grown-Up Grilled Cheese

Nearly eleven years ago, when my husband and I were first married, we took a meandering road trip from Denver to Baltimore (actually, we were moving back to Baltimore for me to return to art school, but I didn't stick with it!). On that road trip, we visited one of my husband's childhood friends from Michigan and…continue reading

Guest Post: Confessions of a Tired Mom

Mothering little ones is tough. My girls are five and two and the people who have encouraged me the most during these mothering years are actually those who are going through the exact same thing right now. Somehow, it's much more helpful and heartening to hear, "I'm tired too," rather than, "You're going to miss these…continue reading

What’s Your Resting Hair Rate?

A few years ago, when I was cashiering, a woman in my line was talking to her friend about how her hair always ends up back to the same style, even if she tries to switch it up for awhile. She laughed as she said that another friend had told her, "That's your resting hair…continue reading

Baking Bread for a Delicious New Year

The first thing I did this year, at 12:15 a.m. on January 1st, was make dough. Years ago, I tried making sourdough bread and it didn't turn out great—it was too sour. I didn't bother trying bread making again for years, but I felt like I was missing out on something good. I had been meaning…continue reading

An Organic-Based Beauty Routine

I am the opposite of the girl who goes to Sephora to relax. I like to find my favorite products and stick with them, adhering to a relatively minimalist beauty routine. In large part, this is because I hate to waste money on products that are not tried…continue reading

Taking the Fairdare

In my most recent fall/winter ten-item wardrobe post, I mentioned that one of my motivations for keeping my closet relatively small is that I'm avoiding fast fashion as much as possible. This year, I want to take that commitment a step further and take the Fairdare, as a New Year's resolution. I recently discovered the…continue reading

A Few Fun(ny) Tips for Saving Money

My Christmas shopping is done and, though the holiday is not yet past, my mind has been on conserving, now and in the coming year. When I started staying home full-time, when my second daughter was born, I looked for creative ways to save money wherever I could. These are a few of my favorite…continue reading
Rifle Paper Co 2017 Wall Calendar

A Tip for Family Gift Giving & 15 Gift Ideas Under $50

We have a large extended family on my side, so several years ago, we adopted the tradition of drawing names and buying for one person each for Christmas, rather than buying gifts for every person in the family (though, my two daughters are the only little ones in the family and, in the past, have…continue reading
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