January 19, 2017 Evie 0Comment

Are you someone who makes New Year’s resolutions? I love the chance to think through what worked for me in a year, and what aspects of my life I’d like to adjust. It seems like each year, without fail, I promise myself more time for creativity. For me, being able to sit down with a paintbrush, or with the goal of creative writing, or a list of new ingredients I’ve never tried makes me feel whole. Creativity = self-care To that end, I bought myself a year-long membership to Skillshare in January 2016. If you’re not familiar with Skillshare, here’s how the community…

January 8, 2017 Sarah 0Comment

  Ok, so I’m eight days into the Whole30. And it has been a very difficult, but rewarding week. This is really hard. There have been some expected results of week one, and unexpected results of week one. Here it goes: Headaches the first few days. Whew, the withdrawal. I think I went to bed at 7 on the second night because I had a pounding headache. I didn’t realize how much my body craved the sugar.     2. My Sink Is Full Every Night This lifestyle commitment requires some serious cooking. Nothing is processed, so every meal is…

January 1, 2017 Sarah 0Comment

As I write this, I’m enjoying my lunch, which consists of steamed broccoli, raw carrots, two hard boiled eggs and a tall glass of water. I’m slightly missing the hunk of parmesan cheese  I usually eat and the handful of bagel chips. And I’m definitely missing the Diet Cherry Dr. Pepper I usually enjoy. But, with no carbs or dairy in sight, I’m pretending those crunchy carrots are bagel chips. It’s not bad so far, but this is my easy time of day. Tonight will be a different story, especially with that yummy cake I made last night staring at…

December 13, 2016 Evie 1Comment

I was never going to be one of those parents with a “picky eater.” I hate picky eaters, especially adult picky eaters—the type who ask for substitutions at restaurants for no legitimate reason whatsoever. As someone who grew up eating fresh octopus and whole lambs roasted in my backyard, I admire adventurous eaters, and I intended to raise them. My first kid came along and proved my assumption that picky eaters were coddled by well meaning parents. I offered her everything we ate, and she was mostly a willing participant. I mean, the child would eat! Clearly, I was to be congratulated. So…

December 2, 2016 Sarah 0Comment

Hey readers, Thanks for checking back with us about our progress on National Novel Writing Month. All November, we’ve been plugging away at our novels (all the while wondering why NaNoWriMo couldn’t take place in another month, when we don’t have holidays and travel and hosting…). But we made it through! Curious to know how we did? Keep reading… and expect at least monthly updates on our novels from here on out—maybe we’ll even throw in an excerpt here and there!   How many words did you finish the month with? Evie: 50,276 Sarah: 20,100   So what’s your book…

October 28, 2016 Evie 0Comment

A couple of weeks ago, Evie called Sarah with a pretty outlandish proposal: “Want to do National Novel Writing Month with me?” NaNoWriMo, as it’s known, is an annual event in which writers from around the globe commit to writing a 50,000 word novel in just 30 days. That’s about 200 pages to tackle, starting November 1. If you’ve been listening to our podcast, Best Friend Banter, you heard us talk about trying to balance full-time motherhood with writing in our “Domesticity + Dreams” episode. Writing a novel in 30 days with young kids running around won’t be easy, but we’re going for it! We’re going to…