swanky & dapper has a new home!

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we have a new home! we did it! we made the move. our blog, that is.

we have been sharing the snaps & snippets & blurbs of our life here for over five years now…and it just felt like the right time for something fresh. change is good. change is necessary. change is beautiful. change is life. so, let’s have some fun with it!

we are still getting settled but we hope that you will make yourself at home at

M A I S O N B L A N C

whitehouse? get it?

we have been toying with a rebrand for the last year. what a fun project! and with all the necessary elements in place, the time has come to make the move.

the blog space will continue to be the journal of our everyday life (#lequotidien, if you will). you will see the same style of content but it will just live there instead of here. things will be simplified and modernized (while maintaining our classical sensibility) for your viewing pleasure.

our hope is that our site and brand will become so much more than a mere blog. our hope is that this will be a place for encouragement and inspiration. a place for us to interact within a supportive and cool community. our hope is that you will continue to visit our little corner of the internet and connect with the visuals and words from our life and home. our hope is that you will use what you find here to elevate your everyday, cherish the simple pleasures, find delight in arts & leisure, and seek & make magic in the mundane.

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we love you all and appreciate your years of support and sharing. here’s to more fun in a new place. see you there!

xo, the whitehouses

arts and leisure

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weeks are filled to the brim around here. y’all feel me.

the days are full of work and play and school and meet-ups and meetings and meals and gatherings and small groups. good things, for sure. but filling, nonetheless. come friday evening, our brains are tired. and while we aren’t very good at shutting the gray cells OFF, we are quite adept at switching gears.

on the weekends, our minds and bodies stay active but in very different ways. there is a focus on artful pursuits. leisurely activities. e x t e n d e d conversations. less computer time, more face time. less to-do lists, more books and newspapers. less rushing, more resting. less hustle, more feet up and curling up. more restorative practices.

ben and i just aren’t the type of people who can shut it all down. but, we can be mindful and make time to be still. to savor. to be nourished. to recharge. to reconnect. these precious moments as a couple – as a family – within our church body and community – these moments are more than just leisure, they are necessities. these moments refill the cup. they refocus. they reestablish the important things.

i’m sure you have seen all the HUSTLE memes floating around the interwebs. and i get it. it’s a nice reminder to persevere and push and give it your all. carpe diem! and all that. but around here, the hustle isn’t the issue (or is it?). we’ve got hustle in spades. what we need to be reminded of is REST. to stop. to be still. i need those reminders constantly. stillness is tough for me. i fight it, even. and you can see that even in my weekly exercise. my routine is all about running on weekdays (literally and figuratively, i suppose) and then adding yoga on the weekend. forcing myself into that place of restoration. saturday morning yoga with my man is the hardest and best part of my week. because it is about stillness. staying in that pose. holding. breathing. it is the opposite of how i am wired. it is easy for me to just keep going, to run, to push. and that’s why the weekends are so wonderful. they force me to slow down. to take stock. to be present. and that’s so so good.

CARPE DIEM + CORAM DEO

#restisthenewhustle

B O T T O M S U P

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a little over a week ago, we got our yoga and beer on at a bottoms up yoga & beer event at helton brewing company. SUPER FUN STUFF.

the vibe is that folks gather to move and groove on their mats and then are rewarded for all the sweating and detox with a cold beer. and the suds are extra welcome in this arizona heat, let me tell ya.

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it’s a way to connect the cool local craft breweries with the yoga community. and people really seem to dig it! a total win-win-win for breweries and yogis and attendees. breweries offer their brewhouse floor to thirsty desert dwellers. yoga instructors get to showcase their prowess. and the community gets to engage and learn about new local businesses and learn more about the practice of yoga in a totally chill environment.

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okay, and full disclosure: BOTTOMS UP isn’t just some random company… it is a bit of a family affair. my sister and her longtime friend joined forces a few months ago and roped me in too. it is such a fun concept and working on the brand and creating connections in arizona is a total blast. plus, the perks ain’t too bad – yoga for me and a beer for ben. i am working on my beer drinking. beer isn’t my fave but i think i have found my niche now. 

excited to be a part of this and see where it goes…

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there are events all across the valley in various breweries so if you are looking for something fun to do, i highly recommend a little BREWHAHA action. and there’s one this saturday 8/13 at dubina brewing co. we would LOVE to see you!

i mean, PHOENIX NEW TIMES just named BUY&B one of the “5 best things to eat & drink this weekend” so, there’s that!

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hello again, monday! thanks for bringing a fresh start along with you.

jeepers. the weeks are flying by at an alarming rate, lately. is it just me? it is going to be christmas again in a flash. not that i’m complaining. that sounds perfectly lovely.

so, about last week… it was kind of a big one. elinor started preschool. ben and i were busy doing all the things. ridley was busy running around the house with his beloved soccer ball. by the time saturday rolled around, we were ready for a little leisure time. okay, a lot of leisure time. and rather fortuitously, the olympics started. YAY! needless to say, we spent much of the weekend just lounging and munching and cheering on the athletes. elinor has been inspired to work on her tumbling skills. and she even surprised us with a high dive-esque move off the couch. she’s really getting into the spirit of the games.

in spite of the activity of the week, we are feeling rather rested. it is amazing what some down time and coffee and family gatherings and unstructured play and cooking and sabbath worship…and a catnap* will do to refresh the mind/body/spirit.

so, let us raise our mugs of coffee and cheers to a new week! possibilities. goals. plans. adventures. productivity. purpose. work and play. family and friends. and making more time for leisure.

* in my book, the only thing that beats a sporting event nap is a rainy day nap

elinor goes to preschool

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elinor officially started preschool this week.

she proudly packed her backpack and got dressed in her matching clothes and requested a sassy topknot for the occasion. she ate her breakfast and excitedly hopped around the house as i collected all her school things (and myself) before we hopped in the car and made our way to her preschool.

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oh my goodness, she has been giddy for weeks. and on wednesday, the illusive thing called preschool became a reality. it seems like we have been talking about it for ages. the research and planning and visiting and talking…the praying. it seems like such a weighty choice. and praise God that He orchestrated everything to perfection. elinor is exactly where she needs to be and wants to be. this is going to be such a good thing for her. a splendid start to her formal education. an ideal mix of play and structure. traditional meets montessori. learning in a warm and loving and christian environment.  it is truly just right. God is good.

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my sentiments exactly, miss elinor

she is overjoyed. she is ready. all of us are ready. i am looking forward to seeing her learn and grow and blossom where she is planted. may she be fruitful. may she bring joy and light wherever she goes. may she be sharpened by others and instructed. may her mind swell with new concepts. may she be reminded of God’s creativity and majesty and love. may she expand her vision of the world and soak it all in. may she be pointed to Christ in fresh ways.

is time for the arrow to leave the quiver. may she fly true. Soli Deo Gloria.