My Lake House: Before & After

  I moved to a little rental house in the summer of 2019 which was walking distance from two of my favorite lakes in Minneapolis. It was a 1170 sq ft duplex that needed a lot of elbow grease and came with a litany of small annoyances, so to reframe the challenge I dubbed it […]

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My $27 Wedding Dress

My elopement was really the first of three planned weddings. The second is in Maharashtra, India, in traditional Hindu style with my husband’s family. The third is in our home in Minneapolis, with close friends and family and a ceremony incorporating my parents and children, who are not able to go to India, and traditions […]

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My Best Advice for Navigating Divorce

  Thoughtful people, including my friends, colleagues and acquaintances, and even customer service representatives, offered heartfelt condolences when I informed them of my divorce. I felt awkward, because by then I had already shifted into renewal and optimism. Getting divorced was the final step in a deliberation and uncoupling that had gone on for years. […]

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How to Make a Peace Table at Home

I made a Montessori Peace Table for my home, and I am happy to report that it has worked to decrease conflict and increase peace. A peace table (or peace corner) is a space dedicated to grounding thoughts and feelings, practicing meditation or silence, and resolving a conflict.

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Moving House: the Emotional Weight

I am well-practiced in the rituals of moving house. I tend to belabor the process with emotional exertion. As every item in my home is sorted, the evidence of failures form into piles. A deluge of procrastinated tasks is released from drawers and closets. Just as each of my four moves in the last five […]

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Most Popular Pins

These 9 pins have been most popular on my Pinterest lately. Touring NYC with young kids Nursery of Celia Munoz Anthropologie Furry Companion Knob Paolina’s Gentle Yoga Flow Playlist Modern Chemistry at Home kitchen painted BM Healing Aloe Kate Spade Metro Chalkboard Watch Trundle Bed Meat-Free Protiens Lemon Poppyseed Old-Fashioned Donuts  

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Play Kitchen Inspo

      This play kitchen is one of those things that is for my kids, but really it’s for me. All three of us (me and my six-year-old and my three-year-old) had the same reaction when we saw it: gasp!…stare in admiration…pretend to stock it with delicious food.

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Do or Don’t: Hide Book Spines

via My Paradissi I will come right out and say, I don’t like the styling trick of books facing backward on the shelf. Prioritizing beige over ease of access to books is squarely in the realm of impractical design. I hope it is a trend that dies soon. Now, I’m going to show you bookshelves […]

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My Kids’ Girl & Boy Shared Bedroom

When we moved in, their room was painted a sad yellowish cream with beat up white trim (which still looked wildly better than the red from the listing photo), and the owner offered to have it painted any neutral color. I chose a bright white because the room gets great light, and I knew there […]

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Favorite Kids’ Bed Sheets

I’ve been shopping for sheets for my kids’ twin beds. For the past few years, the night pottying was in progress, so to speak, so I only had cheap white sheets on their beds. Now that things have stayed dry, I want to get some fun graphic sheets that coordinate with their blankets. I am […]

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