Let me first say that when I started this post I was writing from the inside of a fort that we constructed from miscellaneous blankets and sheets, and then stuffed with pillows and more blankets. The kids were napping on either side of me. We’ve been on a fort kick recently, usually in the morning, right after breakfast, and sometimes in the evenings before bed. It’s absolutely amazing.




Of course, I wasn’t able to finish before they woke up, so I am writing the rest of this from the outdoor tables at the Yardley Starbucks.


Not a bad alternative 😉

There isn’t much to say in the way of new and exciting news, so I thought I’d share with you just a general overview of the types of activities we’ve been enjoying over the past week or so. A little of this…


Helpers! I fins that I care very little about how much laundry actually gets folded, and mostly I just enjoy watching them feel good about “helping” me. It’s magic.


Possibly the greatest food ever created.



We made train-shaped sugar cookie sandwiches with vegan oreo creme filling. Jack just about lost his mind.


Green smoothie, green tea….green life?

…and a little of that…


This is one of my favorite onesies- Beatrix Potter for GAP 🙂


random lunch: hemp bagels with hummus, power greens, and Field Roast vegan sausage with snap peas!


I ordered a few choice items for the kids for their spring wardrobe, and these sweatpants have been a favorite. They are so, so soft, and have buttons and flaps so you can roll them up or down. I have thought about getting him a second pair on a number of occasions, because they are so cozy and versatile.


Favorite hemp bagels! We actually made a Wegman’s detour on our way home from TJ’s JUST to buy these, because they are amazing.


Carolyn got fancy sandals from Old Navy- mostly because they were on sale at a great price. They are totally not sturdy enough for the playground or general everyday wear, but I thought it would be nice for her to have a cute pair of sandals for special days 🙂




TOMS and a pink Lulu devotion tee. This is probably my fanciest outfit as of late. Don’t judge.


Our favorite TJ’s licorice. Ally introduced me to it- delicious, naturally flavored, and vegan. Also, 99 cents. Unbeatable.


Jack is becoming an incredibly kind and patient brother, even when Carolyn’s strong will gets the best of her 🙂 Also, JACK’S SWEATER! Another great find on the GAP clearance rack ($9, I think?)!


GAH, groceries, the true story of my life. This is about ten days’ worth of nosh O.o


BOO! Those wooden stacking/nesting blocks were an Easter gift to Carolyn. They’re very popular.



Hist Whist!

We made a rockin’ three “cheese” vegan pizza one night, which was a hit:


Homemade sauce and roasted veggies!


Tofu ricotta, Daiya cheddar shreds, and sesame parmesan over six-herb dough, homemade basil sauce, spinach, and roasted peppers, onion, and broccoli.


Obviously, there were no leftovers.

We made  trip into New York, and the kids got to see Eli and Abi while I met Patty. It was pretty incredible, because I was having a really challenging day, but somehow seeing Patty melted everything away and left me feeling refreshed and centered. We had a wonderful time, doing what we usually do (eating), and just being together. We got dinner at Thai Market (spring rolls, fried tofu, and pad thai), tea and macaroons at Peace Food Cafe, and then cupcakes and brownies at Babycakes. We watched the sunset from the Lower East Side, and then took the long way uptown, driving up Park Ave. through Grand Central. It was incredible, and I left feeling quite the opposite of when I had arrived.  That is the true power of a great friendship.








Back at home, the weather has been so lovely, so the kids and I have been spending a lot of time outside.



I can’t even. JOY of joys 🙂

The turtle sandbox has been the highlight of their day so far.


We’ve also been hitting up the playground almost daily, making new friends (both kids AND Mommy!)


This is the first time that Carolyn has been able to fully enjoy the playground. She learned to walk over the winter, and it was just too cold to have them outside for extended periods of time. She is loving it, and to be honest, it’s really nice to be able to put her down and let her run around. It gives my arms a much-needed break, and she gets to explore the world! The playground we usually go to is fenced in and geared especially for toddlers, so it’s pretty much the greatest thing ever for all of us.



Carolyn has discovered the slide. New favorite thing!


Her flowery bubble onesie was part of their spring order. It’s really soft, and it’ll keep her cool during the later summer months, but it’s totally layer-able and comfy, so it works for spring weather too.


Baby’s first Keens! Jack got his first pair last year, but he’s outgrown them so we’re scoping out a pair for him this week. They will probably each get a pair every spring- they’re so versatile, and great for play.


These green shorts were another great find from the GAP. They’re really well-structured and the material is very sturdy, plus the color is so fun 🙂


Jack is officially one of the big kids, now- he climbs the slides. It is an ongoing battle, though I know at some point the matter will be out of my hands and I’ll have to surrender to his boyish impulses. I’m not quite there yet.

Speaking of big kid activities…..









There was a carnival at one of the local farms, and my Mum and I decided it would be a good idea to take the kids. It was a blast, Jack was ALL ABOUT IT, but in excess- he just wanted to go on ride after ride, and this monster obstacle course was the clear favorite. My legs were FEELING IT by the time we left, and so was my heart, because I swear I almost went into cardiac arrest going over the swinging bridges at the top. Jack, of course, was absolutely fearless and loved every minute of it.


This is my new favorite shirt for Jack- chambray from GAP, it has convertible sleeves that roll up and down and button while rolled up, perfect for a busy toddler!



Carolyn’s safari shorts, another great find at Old Navy- super durable, comfy, and cute!




It was some of the most fun I’ve had with them, and I am really looking forward to the Grange Fair this year. I can’t even imagine what Carolyn is going to think about all of the animals- she’s a big animal lover, and I think the cows are going to blow her away.

That about sums it up on the kids’ end- food, laundry, fun. What more could you want? We’re all approaching this summer with a new attitude. This fall marks some big changes for us. I’ll be commuting into Philly for school, and the kids will both be starting day programs at Rainbow Academy (Jack for PRE-SCHOOL, WHAT IS HAPPENING?!). I know that we’ll embrace these new changes as we do everything else- with a sense of adventure and excitement. But I’m also making sure that we pump this summer full of fun activities and lots of quality time together. I’m doing a bit of volunteering, and taking a solo trip out to L.A., but other than that I plan on spending the next three months soaking Jack and Carolyn up and having extraordinary adventures together.

This summer is special because I have a huge break from school. I plan on using the time to write and spend plenty of quality time with the people that matter most to me, but also to focus on myself a bit more. I really enjoy getting up before the kids in the morning and going for a run, or hitting the yoga studio at night after they’re in bed. I haven’t been as diligent about those things  because with homework keeping me up until midnight or later, it’s hard to find the time/energy.


I am especially looking forward to getting back into a regular running routine. I’ve been running, but only a few miles because I just don’t have time. This summer is going to be all about the long weekend runs and bike rides!

Finally, a bit of news before I sign off. This semester I was the recipient of two awards for literature at my school!




I gave one reading two Wednesdays ago, to a room of 50 or so people. It was horrifying, very scary, and I thought I was going to collapse- but I had an incredible group of people there to support me. I am very, very fortunate, and I feel that more with each passing day.

It all feels very surreal, like it’s some kind of mistake or joke. I’m trying to let it just be validating, like what I’m doing is right, and I have enough of whatever it takes to be my version of successful in this wild and crazy world. I feel hopeful- these past two years have been a huge growing experience, and I suddenly feel as if I have potential. I don’t think I’ve ever felt that before- my future always seemed this distant, foggy thing that was just floating out there somewhere. Now, it feels like I am exactly where I am supposed to be, doing what I am meant to do. I feel like a real person, a happy person.

I’ll leave you with one final thought- and it may be the most important one of all:


…fiddleheads. Life is so good.


Juice Fast: Day 6, and A Silkscreening Project.

Whew! It’s been quite a week for us. My car finally reached its limit, after over 200,00 spirited miles. I am actually heartbroken- I loved my Subaru, and find myself saddened at the idea of watching it be towed away by some awful junkyard crew. Like any healthy person, I cried about it…and then I got to hunting. I’ve been scouring cars.com and autotrader looking for the perfect replacement. No winners so far, but I have a few to look at this week, including a Murano (my dream car!), so we’re keeping our fingers crossed.

Looking for a car has pretty much devoured all of my time, free or otherwise, which is why I’ve been so quiet on the blog front. I’ve hardly had time to deal with all of the un-juiced CSA veggies, let alone sit down to punch out an entry on here. I’m still working on my glowing review of Prana juice bar, but it’ll have to wait for tomorrow night when I’m feeling more inspired. At the moment, this very moment right here, I’m actually feeling a little down- but I have an exciting car prospect for tomorrow, so I think the winds are beginning to change shift.

Today was also day 6 of my juice fast! It’s been such a long week, I can’t really sort out how I was feeling during the first few days- I think that even if I hadn’t been on a fast, I’d still have been totally overwhelmed and exhausted. Perhaps it was a blessing in disguise- it certainly took my mind off of the fast! I feel great now that I’m over the initial hump. I have been juicing all at once and storing it in mason jars, and I’m kicking myself for not doing that last time. It’s such a time-saver, it makes this whole thing so much easier!

The hardest part was yesterday- I had a lot of fresh produce from the CSA and from the Granddadai Lama that I wanted to preserve somehow for the winter before it went bad, so I spent the night grilling eggplant and zucchini, and dying inside. It smelled divine! I also sliced a ton of peppers and shelled field peas, and froze them all. Tomorrow I have to blanch and freeze green beans and snow peas, make and can tomato sauce, and blend up a salsa verde (and freeze it). I know it seems crazy, and my freezer is in a ridiculous state, but come mid-December I’m going to be tossing that zucchini into fresh tomato sauce or blending up berries in a smoothie and thanking myself for taking the time to save them.

Food has gradually become such a huge part of my life- I recognize that I dedicate a lot of time and attention to what we eat, but to me it seems so worth it. It feels good to be passionate about food and health, and so I’m going to follow that feeling as long as it will serve me.

I did manage to get to Solebury Orchards on Thursday. I needed apples, and there really isn’t any other option as far as I’m concerned. I was so thrilled when I saw…

…pumpkins! The first of the season! October, I can almost smell you!

We had a lot of fun on Thursday, so I suppose my week wasn’t so terrible- I’m just being whiny.

I also spent some time in the printing studio at Bucks this afternoon and managed to snap a few photos of the project I’m working on:

Printing in pink! 🙂

Nothing fancy- just simple cameos, but I’m having a lot of fun with them.

The lab assistant was working on this the entire time I was printing. Amazing!

NOT my work, just beautiful art hanging up.

I love the Arts Center at Bucks. It’s so full of life!

Tomorrow is CSA pickup and a juice date with Maurya to celebrate day 7 for me, day 3 for her! I am also going to hop on the trail of another promising car. Hoping something pops up soon!