Weekend Snaps: San Francisco Botanical Gardens

Did you hear the news? The magnolias are blooming at the San Francisco Botanical Gardens. No, that doesn’t excite you? Well, magnolia happens to be my favorite tree. Probably because I don’t have one to clean up after. They make a tremendous mess. Pretty much all year round. But their stunning show of blossoms in the winter and their velvety leaves of summer won me over at a very young age. So it was off to San Francisco for some adventuring with Emerson and her grandma. And we were not disappointed with its acres of winding Read More →

Plan b or when the Universe laughs at you

Last week was all tutus, champagne and lady power. This week is whatever you can imagine to be the exact opposite. I imagine the universe had a hearty giggle at all my sparkly shenanigans last week and thought, “real life, this gal needs a dose of real life.” Cue one feverish kid+internationally traveling husband+family crisis. The kind of stuff I don’t talk about here but that occupies my jittery days and wakeful nights. It’s been a week, friends. Bottom line: we are all doing well now. Hanging on, snuggling, hugging and loving on each other Read More →

French Cassoulet for DailyBuzz Moms 9×9 Challenge

Have you ever tasting something that you knew instantly you would never forget? A flavor that heightened your overall experience and elevated it to something more than simply, sustenance? I have a handful of those borderline spiritual experiences and they all happen to have taken place in France. There really is something special about sharing a meal in that country. Whether it’s some crusty bread and cheese on a shoestring budget or lingering over a multi-course feast with family, the French live and breathe their food. My Grandmere Lilette was no different. I visited her Read More →

Alt Summit 2012 Photo Round Up

I’ve had an Alt Summit recap post in the works since the moment I landed in Salt Lake City. The serendipitous connections made with creative and inspiring souls ran deep. And the continuous flow of ideas and knowledge was overwhelming to say the least. The experience was an exercise in overstimulation – in the best possible way. I’ll work to share some notes and links to my new found friends. Seriously, I had hoped to exchange some business cards, but I never dreamed I’d walk away with real friendships. Best surprise of the 72 hours, Read More →

And, we’re off…

For those of you not headed to Alt, let me just make a collective apology for all the over-the-top stupidness you might be experiencing on Twitter and blogland. We’re a little excited. And I wouldn’t blame you if you wanted to punch us squarely in the nose for all the CAPS and excessive exclamation points. It simply CANNOT BE HELPED!!! I may as well be eight and headed off for sleep-away ice skating camp. Also, check out my latest Huffington Post blog that may help to put the Alt gestalt in perspective.

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