To BE, I must DO.


I had to answer my phone on Sunday when it rang; even though I was trying very hard not to do anything for an entire afternoon. But as it rang it also flashed a photo of my greatest friend and I knew it couldn’t be ignored. Ten minutes later, she stormed into our house, simultaneously declaring her love for Sean and falling dramatically to the couch. At the time I was working on a plant holder for an idea that’s been brewing in my mind for quite some time now. As we spoke I finished Part One of the project, leaving Part Two and Part Three for another day.

Well, it’s another day later and my project is still laying in a heap on our record player, not yet done. Looking at it tonight, I realized, Danielle, you’ve got to stay on task this year. Part of BEing this year, must include following through, because how can I expect to BE at peace when all of my projects are only half done? When all of my ideas are only half thought? And even though I love the distractions and the serendipitous moments that pull me from my tasks, I’ve got to learn to go back to these projects and ideas– to finish them.

I circled around our office tonight and gathered my many to-do lists. Simplify. I know I must simplify. To not become overwhelmed, I’ve got to get things down to the essentials. So, I’ve edited and revised and made a plan for myself. This week, I’m getting things done. There’s no other way around it.

Tuesday: Make a loom with Sean

Wednesday: Paint planters.

Thursday: Buy soil.

Friday: Replant house plants. Hang new and FINISHED plant hanger.

Saturday: Drink coffee in living room, looking at my plants and putting my loom to use.

I had to make a great goal for myself. And coffee, at home, while looking at the fruits of my labor is the perfect motivating factor. Things will BE complete this week. I just know it.

Life in this Place.

And this is the week where I take a deep breath, and relax, and calm myself. Life has returned to normal and it’s time to get back into my routine.  There are still lots of things to do and accomplish, but that’s life, and I’m lucky to be living, so I will embrace it all, not be stressed.

Resolutions this year? Of course I have some. But mostly, this year is about the word “BE” for me. I want to be content. I want to be present. I want to simply BE. And if I can keep my focus on that, then I am doing okay.

I want to keep chugging away at our new space; making things and decorating, trying not to put too much money into a rental, but also making it a space Sean and I can live in for the next few years and feel content in. I want it to be a place where we can BE.

And I want to make some changes on this site… a challenge for sure. Details to follow.

But for today, I want to relax and drink my coffee.


Mama’s Getting Married

It is a day of preparation. My best friend get’s married tomorrow, and so our list is very long today. Mostly I want to be present today. I want to be there for her: to calm her and remind her to take it easy. And I want to be celebrate, after all, you have to have fun in the midst of your giant to-do list, right??

Mama's Getting MarriedSo CHEERS to that and CHEERS to her and CHEERS to a great New Year of Love and Celebration.


This Nanny Loves::: These Silly Lunch Plates

You guys, we love these plates. A lot!  Do you have them, too? If you don’t, you have to invest in these for your little ones! Whenever I pull these out at breakfast or lunch, we get the serious giggles. They’re just so funny to three year old’s. And maybe it’s odd they get so much pleasure from eating hair and earrings, eyes and cheeks, but I can’t blame them: these faces are so cute, you really do just want to eat them all up.178 179

If you’re interested you can order the plates here.

The Experience.

I have a friend, Kate, who says that relationships are like travel: an experience. She talks about Paris and how when when she goes to Paris, she gets the “Paris experience”. People should be like that, too, she thinks; that when we come into a friendship or a relationship, we should embrace people for who they are like we embrace cities for what they are. We’d do a lot less judging she thinks. And I think she’s probably right. Sometimes I spend too much time worrying about people’s actions. I get annoyed with people. I forget that maybe they could be thinking I’m annoying, too. Which I can be, I’m sure. Probably we all are in different ways.

But her theory got me thinking about my own friendships. I have a lot of good people in my life. I appreciate the experience they each offer. This November I want to show my joy for the ride their friendships offer. It won’t be hard. If it’s hard I’m doing something wrong. If it’s hard it means I’m not present in my experience with them.

I want to be a welcoming city people visit. I want return visitors. I must ask myself what kind of environment I’m creating and remind myself to stay present and enjoy the scenery. I think this challenge will be exciting. What to join the experience, too?008Birthday dinner at Cinco de Mayo062004

DIY 1920’s Centerpieces

We decided to roll on with the 1920’s theme from my friend’s bridal shower into her bachelorette party. Although it’s still a week away, these next few days ahead seem to be the busiest of my month, and so, I have been forced to start my decorating & planning a little earlier than normal. Here’s a little glimpse at the centerpieces and flower arrangements I have been creating.

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I used all of the old dried flowers from my sister’s wedding. To create them, we used all of the old flowers and grasses that we could salvage from my grandma’s old wreath-making craft bins—-score! Then, my aunt happened to send over some empty tequila glass containers she’s been saving. What says 1920’s more than alcohol, right? It was a simple combination, I couldn’t ignore.  I can’t wait for it all to come together! Is it Friday yet?

DIY 1920’s Bridal Shower Games

Instead of playing games at my friends 1920’s Bridal Shower, we our bride made a memory box.  Personally, I’m not a big “game player” at parties, so I’m always looking for a way to do something without having to actually “do” it, you know? So, instead of a group game, we set up this little craft-station table (below). We asked people to get a heart from one of the baskets and write marriage advice on it. Then, we asked people to grab a little booklet from the other basket and write their favorite memories of the bride in them. When people were done, they put them both in the cute 1920’s heirloom box in the center of the table.

memory box table

I stopped by Crissy’s house on Sunday night and she had the box sitting out among her things. Together, we pawed through it, her reading the advice and me laughing, and Sean rolling his eyes at us. It’s definitely a sweet little something that she will always be able to hold on to throughout the years. And when she’s mad at her guy, she can open in up and get a little extra advice from her ladies. advice basketmemory basketNow, we’re on to Bachelorette Party planning… There is much fun to be had yet in 2013!


This Nanny Loves::: Snack Kebabs

There have been a lot of table battles over here. The kind of epic proportions where someone goes screaming into timeout and the rest of us pretend like we can’t hear the noise in the kitchen. So when things get tough, I get out my battle swords and stick food on them. For some reason, no one fights the kebab snack. And for whatever reason, I don’t really care, because as long as we’re eating and happy, I’m not going to question it!

Here are some of our favorite afternoon snack kebabs! Am I the only one who does this little trick?  Kabob 1Kabob 3Kabob 2


We’re almost through the week. I think I can, I think I can, I think I can….