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  • simple stuff: humidifiers.

    My general approach to electronic appliances is to do without them. Our coffee’s made in a French press. Milk is warmed on the stovetop. I’d go without a microwave if our apartment didn’t come…

    January 17, 2019 70 Comments
  • tidying up, together.

    Last week, James finished a box of chocolate-covered salted caramels I’d slipped into his Christmas stocking. I fished the small cardboard box from the recycling basket we keep by the front door and, after…

    January 16, 2019 75 Comments
  • my week in objects (mostly)

    1. this new spot. {because the table needed a move. also: roses for a birthday boy, and a pile of weeknight napkins. three things, really.} 2. this mid-day sun. {because it’s the best part…

    January 11, 2019 4 Comments
  • life in a tiny apartment.

    Tip #178: Look around. I’ve been dragging furniture into new spots around the apartment all morning. Must be January. Or maybe I’ve been inspired by my kids’ new dollhouse and the daily—even thrice daily!—ability…

    January 7, 2019 22 Comments
  • my week in objects (mostly).

    five little things that made my week. 1. this little bottle of bitters. {because i’ve been putting them in everything.} 2. this tiny bunting. {because sometimes you just have to stop and play house.}…

    January 4, 2019 18 Comments
  • a new year now, or later.

    The Christmas tree is still up, minus its decorations. If I tilt my head the wrong way, I can see a thin film of dust that’s taken up residence on my navy blue dresser.…

    January 2, 2019 16 Comments
  • my week in objects (mostly).

    five little things that made my week. 1. these stockings. {hung on the headboard with care.} 2. this ginger family. {made on a quiet morning. ready for frosting on a more raucous one.} 3.…

    December 21, 2018 5 Comments
  • my week in objects (mostly).

    1. this tote. {for helping me schlep.} 2. this jar of pencils. {in christmas colors for after-school projects.} 3. this cardboard box. {for standing in as a temporary doll house, complete with fireplace.} 4.…

    December 14, 2018 3 Comments
  • my week in objects (mostly).

    1. this plastic-free tape. {and this place for stocking it.} 2. this green stuff. {but i promise i’m done now.} 3. these decorations. {and the little guys *delighted* by them.} 4. this booster seat.…

    December 7, 2018 14 Comments
  • how to know it’s december.

    On sidewalks, fir forests. In second-stories, twinkle lights. Above intersections, snowflakes.  In staircases, pine needles. Through mail slots, letters. In mugs, cocoa. Under beds, parcels. In pockets, clementines. On minds, wishlists. On windows, frost…

    December 6, 2018 4 Comments