country living fair weekend adventure

i have literally been here there and everywhere this weekend. my mom and left thursday night for columbus, ohio and went to the country living fair friday morning, left friday afternoon for their cottage in muskegon then joe and i headed to pentwater for the night and then back to new era sunday for my […]

my new favorite baby toy

i would love to say that otto is a minimalist baby and is perfectly content with a carefully selected few heirloom wooden block toys. he’s not. he’s like his mother. he is constantly moving from one thing to another and loves to explore and touch different textures with his hands and mouth. he is drawn […]

exploring bay harbor michigan

  technically we were here for a conference but i’ll take a conference in bay harbor, michigan anytime. we got to spend an entire long weekend here for the michigan petroleum association convention a few weeks ago. even though it rained almost the entire time we still were able to soak up the beauty of […]

american spoon

a striped awning and i was hooked. i mean, how adorable is this little shop in petosky, michigan!? when i asked for recommendations of places to check out in northern michigan so many of you told me to check out american spoon. I’m so glad that you did! this shop was charming and smelled delicious […]

crispy pork belly and herby potatoes

before work this morning i woke bright and early and headed off to the fulton street farmers market. guys, life has been moving at a face pace and every wednesday or friday morning i’ve been busy with something. i got to take a quick walk up and down the aisle this morning gathering just a […]


i’m sitting here quietly in my kitchen dinette area in my bathrobe because i don’t want to wake up otto by getting dressed and i have to get this off my chest. i’m going to level with you a minute. i’m overwhelmed. if you’ve been reading my blog since it started in 2009 this is […]

simple summer peach crisp

growing up i thought michigan was the most boring state on the planet earth. all i could think of was… robins and cherries. you know simple kid stuff. guys, not to brag about my state but i’m going to brag about my state. we have the most amazing fresh water beaches, 4 seasons (one however, […]

working mom

i’ve always been a working mom but i guess now it’s 100% official as otto is currently in his first day of “school”. guys. it’s hard. everyone tells you that having kids is hard. it’s a life adjustment yadda yadda yadda because it is. but no one can prepare you for how your heart changes. […]

my midland vintage haul

two weeks ago we headed out to the midland antique festival. why i don’t know. we had so much to do around the house and it was raining but we went anyway. it’s always a gamble when it rains at a market. but there is also a chance of a big reward. you have less […]

i exclusively pumped for a year

if i’m looking sad and forlorn in any of these photos it’s because i’m morning the loss of my once youthful breasts. can i say that on here? youthful breasts? well from youthful to useful i guess they went while i exclusively pumped for a solid year. thats right ladies and hopefully no gentleman. a […]