Everyday Life

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By |September 12th, 2014|

AROUND HERE we’re in the early days of Back to School, getting back to the routine of it all. Nick has taken on a rigorous schedule for his last year of Junior High, taking three High School level courses and committing to two extracurricular singing groups. I am continually wrestling with my compulsion to control everything vs. what I know is best – which is to let him independently manage his academic career, to let […]

Around Here

By |February 5th, 2014|

AROUND HERE | I’ve been eating way too many of these, or the version by Blue Diamond (Wasabi  & Soy flavored). I personally prefer the Trader Joe’s version without the soy because it’s less salty overall, but that means I eat a lot more of them.

AROUND HERE | I’ve also been eating way too many of these. I am powerless against the Reese’s peanut butter shapes – trees, eggs, hearts, pumpkins. They’re better than the cups, but […]

Around Here

By |January 18th, 2014|

Tom and I just returned home earlier this week from a trip out west. We hopped on a plane just hours before some of the coldest days on record hit our home state of Wisconsin.

We spent the first four days of our trip in Las Vegas together, one of Tom’s favorite places on earth. I was a little over Vegas after our trip back in July, but this trip wound up being very low key […]

Hello 2014

By |January 1st, 2014|

I really love the reset of a new year. It’s as though I have a giant chalkboard in my mind that fills up with ideas, projects and goals each year—and I spend most of December staring at it, faced with the challenge of picking and choosing which items are going to get taken care of. Then the New Year rolls around and I get to take an eraser to the entire thing and start over.

I […]

Resurfacing After All The Merry

By |December 27th, 2013|

This year I decided to take quite a bit of time off in December to keep my stress levels down and to recharge my creative batteries for the new year. It’s typically a fairly quiet time of year, business-wise, given that most people are fully immersed in the holidays – shopping, baking, traveling, visiting. Taking some time off from designing products allowed me to channel a lot of my creative energy into other projects.

A lot […]

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By |September 16th, 2013|

ORGANIZING //  a discbound notebook/planner for next year – because I like to allow myself plenty of time. For 2013 I have relied upon (and loved) the Laurel Denise Planner for my work/personal calendar and a separate notebook for product brainstorming and sketching. My friend Christine’s enthusiasm for her combination planner/notebook lured me in by allowing me to combine my calendar, my notebook, and just about anything else into one book with pages that I can move […]

Top 5 Summer (Budget) Beauty Must-Haves

By |August 18th, 2013|

Hey everyone. Kim here. As everyone doesn’t know, I’m a newly professed beauty junkie. I didn’t learn how to be girly growing up living on a farm and all, but when I reached 31 I suddenly decided I needed to know and learn all things beauty related. I have watched hours of makeup tutorials on YouTube and have moved on to fashion. I’m slowly learning how to dress this bod of mine and do it […]

Creative Mornings | Jumpstart Your Mojo

By |July 8th, 2013|

I was listening to The Digishow Episode 85 when I heard Peppermint pick “How I Work” from LifeHacker. So, being the curious person I am, I went and checked it out.

I stumbled upon Tina Roth Eisenbergs’ SwissMiss website and saw that she was the keynote speaker for SXSW convention. (She is the creator of the awesome TeuxDeux minimalist calendar app.) Through watching the keynote speech and finding out about all the interesting, productive stuff she does, I discovered her […]

Happy Father’s Day

By |June 16th, 2013|

This has become my Father’s Day tradition – baking a couple dozen chewy chocolate chip cookies (with extra chewy and extra chocolate) for this guy…

… giving himself the bunny ears, while holding some bunny shaped bread (circa Easter 2011).

I’m feeling especially grateful this year for stepfathers – this one that I bake cookies for every Father’s Day, and also the man who I’m married to who fills those shoes for my son. Nicholas and I […]

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By |June 10th, 2013|

What my work days sound like right now – my current Google Music playlist for times when I’m in the creative zone. What are you listening to?