Merry, Merry … Life Lately!

Merry, Merry ... Life Lately!

Hey friends! Well, I didn’t do an official Christmas tour or get this post out before Christmas. I thought I might get to it, but alas, I didn’t quite make that happen. Yet, we had a wonderful and relaxed holiday with our family! And that’s what matters most!

Just focusing on being present made the past few days so memorable.

I made lots of good food (including gluten-free and vegan , yum!).

The cousins and grandpa played board games ( and ).

Our lil’ family watched home movies from when our kids were little.

We went to a Christmas Eve church service and drove through Candy Cane Lane in Seattle to see festive Christmas lights.

We all curled up on our sectional downstairs and watched the Christopher Robin movie! It was the sweetest, we just loved it. Jack loved it, too.

We still have family here, so we will be spending a little more time being present and hanging out for the next couple of days. But tomorrow I’ll be back here to show you a super simple change in our home that made me happy! And I cannot wait to hop back into sharing more about my new book, sharing my plans and house goals for this year, and some other things I’ve had on my list to talk about at the start of the year!

Enjoy these peeks at our family Christmas, and I’ll see you tomorrow, friends!

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Bella started casually walking on the windowsill…we don’t know why :) 

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Slow Christmas + announcing my new book Dwelling

Slow Christmas + announcing my new book Dwelling

This year I wrote a brand new book called  Dwelling (due to release in April) reflects my desire to create a home that takes good care of the people who live inside. It’s about considering how you feel in your own dwellings: both home and body.

Slow Christmas + announcing my new book Dwelling

Dwelling is about creating a sanctuary that nurtures you in home and body, so you experience a greater sense of well-being, peace, comfort, and belonging. I believe that feeling well where you dwell involves becoming more aware of what you do or don’t need around you and then making the intentional changes that better support your well-being.

Even with the holidays upon us, I can see how I’m consciously rejecting what feels expected so I can focus on nurturing what I know matters more.

Slow Christmas + announcing my new book Dwelling

Case in point, there are 7 days remaining before Christmas. I have a Christmas tree with lights, but my ornaments are still in the bin. No garland or stockings are hung from my mantel. We have magical paper snowflakes hanging from the ceiling in our kitchen, but there is still a pumpkin wreath on my front door. Oh, and I just realized I haven’t yet removed gourds from my other porch!

There’s still time to ditch the pumpkins, right? I might be evolving my home slowly though the seasons, but I’ve got this. With that said, I will probably still do some sort of mini-Christmas tour here on the blog as I enjoy that (and it is a fun blogging tradition), but I am not making any promises :).

Slow Christmas + announcing my new book Dwelling

After 12 Christmases online (and as one of the original home bloggers), I think it’s safe to say if nothing else, I am consistent about one thing! I seem to default to a gentle collision of simplicity, imperfection and magic in the season. That’s what seems to feel right to me every year. I don’t seem to know how to do this any other way. You’re welcome. Or I’m sorry. This is how I roll.

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I don’t know about you, but scrolling through too many images of staged decor or perfect settings online tends to leave me longing to slow down and enjoy the real and tangible already in front of me.

Slow Christmas + announcing my new book Dwelling

That sense of home and reflecting on what this season is all about is what feels sacred and right to me right now.

It’s my son’s last Christmas living under our roof before he officially becomes a college student (how!!!) next fall. It’s amazing how the milestones of the seasons remind you how fleeting time is. I know I will never regret slowing down to focus on what really matters to our family and letting go of the rest.

Slow Christmas + announcing my new book Dwelling

I cannot wait to share my new book with you all! Dwelling is a lovely hardback with inspiration, practical tips, action steps and journal prompts, surrounded by simple illustrations and beautiful hand lettered quotes. I’ll tell you more about it after the holidays!

will be released on April 2, but you can actually preorder it right now on Amazon (without charge and lowest price-guaranteed!).

It would actually be a HUGE help to me as an author if you would take a moment to preorder it right now, you won’t be charged for it until it releases.  will ship when it releases, and note that any preorder gifts or incentives we offer in the new year will apply to your order retroactively. 

As long as you are preordering the book, grab yourself another book with Amazon’s limited time save $5 offer! All the details are below.

  • Use promo code GIFTBOOK18 to save $5.00 when you spend $20.00 or more on Books shipped and sold by Amazon.com. Enter code GIFTBOOK18 at checkout. Offer expires at 11:59 p.m. (PT) December 21, 2018.
  • Pre-order Price Guarantee! Order now and if the Amazon.com price decreases between your order time and the end of the day of the release date, you’ll receive the lowest price.

Slow Christmas + announcing my new book Dwelling

How are you savoring what matters most to you in this season, and letting go of the rest? 

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