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.








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.





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…


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.




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.


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.

taking stock | july’s end









making / more time for leisure.
cooking / all the plants.
drinking / water + cortados + green juice + superfood smoothies + soixante-quinze + stouts.
reading / the paper + marketing copy + preschool parent documents.
wanting / F A L L.
looking / forward to the weekend.
playing / catch (well, throw at mama’s face) with ridley.
wasting / paper: lists. notes. ideas. scribbles.
sewing / slacker.
wishing / that i could do more. do everything. be everywhere. be everything. but knowing that i can’t and don’t need to.
enjoying / quiet moments at home.
waiting / in preschool car line.
liking / 4:30am.
wondering / and pondering and creating and doing and being (so pretty much all the gerunds).
loving / the breeze (albeit, a swampy breeze) on my morning run.
hoping / that i can be a delight to my savior and family and friends.
marveling / at my man.
needing / more official date nights on the calendar.
smelling / petrichor.
wearing / shorts and linen t-shirts.
noticing / how talkative ridley is whenever his gregarious sister isn’t around.
knowing / that Christ is my portion and inheritance. all i am. all i need.
thinking / about what’s around the bend.
feeling / inspired and driven and engaged.
bookmarking / places. faces. art. stories. fashion. decor. food. soaking it all in.
opening / the fridge.
giggling / at elinor’s sass

past post here




so i have been thinking a lot about this F O M O thing. if you aren’t familiar with that acronym, it stands for: Fear Of Missing Out.

F O M O is no joke. it doesn’t mess around. and it is stealing joy and lives left and right. especially in this digital age, where everyone is sharing pretty squares of their lives and we can consume it all day long. filters. curation. et cetera. and while there is nothing wrong with sharing the beauty in life – inspiring – aspiring…caveat emptor. beware of the trap of comparison. beware of F O M O.

i recently read a passage from brené brown (#risingstrong) and it summed up the danger of F O M O perfectly. i was going to ramble and muse, but instead, i will let brené do the talking:

DON’T LET FOMO KILL YOUR MOJO. the “fear of missing out” is what happens when scarcity slams into shame. FOMO lures us out of our integrity with whispers about what we could or should be doing. FOMO’s favorite weapon is comparison. it kills gratitude and replaces it with “not enough”. we answer FOMO’s call by saying YES when we mean NO. we abandon our path and our boundaries and those precious adventures that hold meaning for us so we can prove that we aren’t missing out.

BUT WE ARE. we’re missing out on our own lives.every time we say YES because we are afraid, we say NO to something. that something may be a big dream or a short nap. we need both. courage to stay our course and gratitude for our path will keep us grounded and guide us home.

so on this lovely friday and heading into the weekend, say NO so you can say YES to the things that matter. don’t let comparison steal your joy. let us work for God and not for man. let us seek the approval of the Most High. let us find rest in Him. let us find joy in the beautiful lives He has laid before us.



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well, bonjour! i hope this week is treating you well. we are just living it up and doing all the things. good stuff, for sure. i will be back tomorrow to share a few more words and have a proper blog post.

until then, a quick instantané. a smattering of life in squares and rectangles.