One of my favorite DIY’s for Spring & Easter…

{This post originally aired on April 2, 2012. It’s so good I had to bring it back.}
With Passover and Easter being celebrated this week I thought I’d bring back a DIY  that has become a Easter Tradition in our home.
Now that my son is a little older, 12 years old in fact, we don’t do the easter egg dying like we use to. However, I love the idea of taking time to decorate this little egg and embellishing it with a sweet note to someone special.

Here are a few pics from the original post.  Hop over to Poppytalk  to check out the rest.

Happy Easter.

Simple, Pretty things: Gem + Remedy

gemandremedy_01 As I was reading this blog, The Local Rose, I came across these pretty bracelets. I just LOVE the idea behind them. Here is a description from the Gem + Remedy site: gemandremedy_04 “intention bracelets for metaphysical enhancements 100% silk bracelets hand-made using the metaphysical theories of color and gemstone therapy. these bracelets attract to the wearer different energetic properties the gemstones and silk colors possess. all bracelets come packaged in apothecary glass bottles with all their info printed on the label so you’ll never forget what energies you’re drawing in! (a portion of our profits go to LA women’s shelters)” How wonderful to wear something that can enhance the qualities in your life that you want to attract. I think this is brilliant, and thoughtful, and lovely. I finally figured out what to get my mother for Mother’s day! What do you think? Do you believe in the healing powers of crystals?

Simply Thought{FULL}: Slow Blogging and Life Lately


{photo credit: my own photo of where I often blog.}

Lately I find myself blogging more often. I feel good about this. I went through a period where I wasn’t sure if I would continue to blog and share online. During my continued practice of simplicity, I still find myself wondering if my blog is just more online clutter and distraction. Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t. Yet, I can’t quite ever see myself giving it up any time soon. I blog because I am passionate about living a life that brings genuine happiness derived from living authentically and aligned with what is most important. So while I have something to share that I believe adds value or a smile to my day and yours I will write. Maybe not everyday, maybe not with the consistency that I use to years ago but I will write. I do believe more quality and less quantity is the direction of blogging. Here is a post I enjoyed that speaks of this.  

Here are a few other reflections of late:

Connecting: My brother and I are almost 13 years apart in age. When I was in my 20′s I lived in San Francisco while my brother was just a young boy living at home in Florida. I shared thoughts with him back then but I often felt like I was his older, somewhat Kooky sister with some far off ideas. My brother is now in his very early 30′s and lately we’ve been discussing life, dreams and a yearning for all that life has to offer. My heart swells hearing his ideas and knowing he is listening and appreciating my thoughts and experiences.

Nourishing: Green juice daily and whole, real foods. The only way to eat that makes me feel lighter and nourished inside and out.

Reading: I read before going to bed. I admit this means that I often times can only get through a few pages before my eyes begin to close. Nevertheless there is something I treasure about going into the bedroom, lying comfortably in bed and losing myself in words even if only a few. I always have multiple books going at once. Right now I am reading Gretchen Rubin’s book, Happier at Home. Simple messages that resonate.

Playing: Music. Always in the background. Currently loving on Madeleine Peyroux.

Creating: More space at home. We are moving.This means we are purging and packing. I am taking time to be mindful of all the things we want to bring to the new house and those things we will donate.

Growing: Bunches of collard greens. I like them in my green juices.

Curious how you feel about the direction of blogging. Do you blog yourself? If you are a reader of blogs how do you feel when someone begins posting less?

Be well friends.


The Road Less Traveled: Homeschooling


Hi friends. I know this isn’t news for some of you but if you haven’t been around here lately this Summer my family and I are moving to a new city. We will be living in a small home in a city that we love! Like in our current home, we will once again have the opportunity to really pare down to only those things that we truly treasure and that really help us focus on the essentials.

With all the new changes coming about and the focus being on what is most important for our family we are taking this time in our lives to take a leap of faith and Homeschool our little mr. We will educate our little man in a way that feels right for us, most importantly feels right for our little guy.

I no longer believe in our country’s traditional school model. I haven’t for some time but it is only recently that I’ve been brave enough to be honest with myself and move away from what is traditional and move towards a non-traditional way to educate our little man. A one size fits all model for education does not work no matter how much money you throw at it. It doesn’t work no matter how many times the curriculum and state standards are re-worked. So instead of being frustrated and yet not changing anything we are choosing to pull little mr. from school and venture down the road less traveled.

So I started a new blog. Click {here} to read a little more of why the new blogYou will notice the link in the menu on the right. I toyed with the idea of just adding homeschooling posts right here on the indobay blog since it really is just an extension of our life. However, I realize not everyone will be interested in homeschooling. I hope you will see what we are up to.