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.

Slow Christmas + announcing my new book Dwelling

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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? 

Holidays + hosting + home and GIVEAWAY!

Holidays + hosting + home and GIVEAWAY!

Can you believe we are basically in holiday season right now? I don’t feel ready, ha. My house is definitely not ready. But luckily there’s still time! To get in the GIVING frame of mind, I have GIVEAWAY below, by the way ;-).

Speaking of the holidays, who is hosting Thanksgiving this year (my U.S. friends) or who HOSTED Thanksgiving (my Canadian friends?)? I am hosting this year and am excited to start preparing the menu. I am actually a little curious what our menu will look like! I am on my gluten-free diet now (I’ve had thyroid issues for years and was finally diagnosed with Hashimoto’s…I’m feeling GREAT, though! I will be sharing more of that journey soon).

Holidays + hosting + home and GIVEAWAY!
Besides the addition of gluten-free options, my daughter Kylee and her husband Lance have been vegan for years now and several of our family members are “often” vegetarian and dairy free, too. I am thinking this year will be the most unique (and hopefully delicious) holiday meal yet! I’ve been pinning up a storm on my gluten-free dairy-free board . Accepting all suggestions. :)

While we are no strangers to offering a fresh-twist on a traditional menu or ingredients, we keep food pretty simple. We try to keep the focus on the gathering of people, not stressing out over meal prep.

Embracing simplicity in so many areas of our home and how we celebrate the holidays has made all the difference for me as a hostess.

Holidays + hosting + home and GIVEAWAY!

Ever since my kids were small I’ve loved the opportunities I’ve had to host Thanksgiving and bring our family together in our home. Our rickety nearly-antique dining table isn’t big enough for all of us, so we always bring up a card table to extend the surface out to the living room. We toss a tablecloth over it and make one big happy table! It’s not fancy, but it brings together what matters the most. Lots of memories, good food to nourish us, and the people we love.

Isn’t that our goal in creating a home? That we can freely open the door wide and invite people in to a warm and welcoming space? No apologies, no fears, no stressing out trying to outdo ourselves or impress anyone for the holidays, just creating a home where we can truly care about people!

Do you enjoy hosting? Whether you’re the hostess with the mostess, or more hesitant to host…my book will inspire you all year long with encouragement, tips, inspiration, and ideas for hosting with simple creativity and ease.

What’s your hosting style?

Take this  to learn which party hosting style is right for you!

Holidays + hosting + home and GIVEAWAY!

Today I have a fun giveaway to help us kick off the season of GIVING (and home and hosting!)! Besides these books making great hostess and Christmas gifts this time of year, I’m giving away A SET of my Inspired Ideas series (all three Simple books!) plus some other super awesome goodies :).

Find out about the giveaway and read about each of the three books below. Plus, find some helpful tips and free downloads for home and hosting!

Holidays + hosting + home and GIVEAWAY!

Order Simple Decorating at  or 

Jump-start your style and refresh your home with budget-friendly and practical ideas from my book Simple Decorating! You’ll learn to embrace your style, reimagine your spaces, and transform hard-to-love areas into favorite destinations.

Holidays + hosting + home and GIVEAWAY!

Order Simple Organizing at  or 

Getting organized can feel overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. Bring order and purpose to every room when you create an orderly vision for your home, design organizational systems to inspire you, and focus on progress, not perfection.

Holidays + hosting + home and GIVEAWAY!

Order Simple Gatherings at  or 

Welcoming loved ones into your home doesn’t have to be intimidating when you discover your authentic hosting style, focus on what guests remember most and celebrate people as the centerpiece of any gathering. You can check perfection and intimidation at the door because this book isn’t hosting a Pinterest-worthy party…Simple Gatherings is about creating an experience that will draw people together.Holidays + hosting + home and GIVEAWAY!We hosted a giveaway awhile back and the winner never claimed her prize! So, first of all, don’t let that happen to you, always check your emails and promo folders if you enter giveaways or subscribe to my blog :). But the GOOD NEWS for YOU is that we have brought together a few of those pretty organizing elements to create a NEW giveaway!

So if you are the winner of this giveaway…you’ll receive a beautiful basket, a handy file box, pretty file folders, a notepad, drawer organizer, and hangers PLUS all 3 of my Simple books!

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below! I’d LOVE to send this prize to you! :)

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!

WINNER WILL BE CONTACTED THURSDAY NOVEMBER 15th, so watch your email!

Holidays + hosting + home and GIVEAWAY!

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