Ben dancin

Ben dancing, Berkeley Marina, Canon Digital Rebel XSi

“While I dance I cannot judge, I cannot hate, I cannot separate myself from life. I can only be joyful and whole.”
– Hans Bos


Little Pink Houses

Mati and Kelly Rae, San Francisco, Canon Digital Rebel XSi

Mati and Kelly Rae, San Francisco, Canon Digital Rebel XSi

Me and Kelly Rae, San Francisco, Canon Digital Rebel XSi

It was a great show at the Curiosity Shoppe over the weekend! Mati and Lisa Congdon’s work was incredible and well, I got to be out on the town with the ladies. I couldn’t resist buying this owl painting by Lisa… strange how certain pieces of art bewitch you.

The winner of the random drawing for the fabulous Mati Rose print is Kendra who said, “Tenderness, sass, AND sparkle, all in one piece! Makes my heart flutter.” Congratulations!


Summer Giveaway: Mati Rose McDonough print*

I have been decorating my house these days, slowly but surely, finding great prints on Etsy and 20×200 to adorn the walls in unique and affordable ways. My favorite print though is the one above. (I have three of Mati’s prints!)

As you can probably guess from the banner on this journal, I have a thing for stripes and pyschedelic colors. Mati is masterful at both and I love her quirky, childlike, and sophisticated style.

Today, one lucky winner will receive a print from Mati’s Suspect Shoppe. Leave a comment and win!
And if you are in San Francisco this Friday night, we will be celebrating Mati’s work at the Curiosity Shoppe in the Mission.

Giveaway Guidelines:
– You have until 9AM PST on Friday, July 10th to enter this giveaway.
– Just make a comment ON THIS POST to enter.
– This is a random drawing
– One entry per person, please. (Just push “post” ONCE and wait a few seconds. The comment should appear)


The Lovies of our Lives

Taken with my iphone, Berkeley, CA,

We got the first 20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B000WFPWUQ”>giraffe lovey at my baby shower. The aunt who gave it to me claims that I held it up with a puzzled look on my face, like what the heck is this? and gave a polite thank you. Little did I know that “Ra Ra” would become the most important and ubiquitous object in our home.

Let me start this story by mentioning that my mother is a shopper. She is one of those people that falls in love with a particular marinade for chicken and the next day will order a case. Discovers a great lipstick? She’ll order ten, just in case the color is ever discontinued. If I ever found a great shirt back in the day, a few more in various colors would promptly arrive in the mail. Bless her heart.

So maybe that’s what happened when Ben fell for the lovey, when it became his objet d’amour… (which some of the parenting books were saying was so vital for sleep) my why not order a case of em’? gene kicked in. Pretty soon I was online with my credit card.

It started out innocently enough.The challenge was trying to figure out how to rotate Ra Ra in the laundry when he wanted it in his hand all the time. So I ordered a couple more and hoped that he would never notice there was more than one on the premises. He didn’t notice for a while, but when he did discover it he was delighted to carry two of them around. We’d hand him one and he would immediately demand, OTHER ONE Ra Ra!!! So I ordered five more. God forbid we ever lose one, right? He then started to conduct elaborate puppet shows with the whole fleet of giraffes as the characters. Snow white and the Seven Dwarves? We totally have it covered.

The only issue now is that for sleeping he insists one in particular: “Stinky Ra Ra” which is of course the stinkiest, dirtiest, skankiest of the bunch. I am afraid to wash it because I know he will notice and all hell will break loose.

When I look at this photo from this afternoon, my heart melts with all those eyelashes and rosy cheeks. I could have just left it at that, I know, could have just posted a dreamy little photo of Ben, but I also had to tell you about our team of stinky Ra Ra’s. They are just so much a part of our lives.


paying attention

Buddha, San Francisco, CA, Canon Digital Rebel XSi

Whatever we pay attention to thrives.

I had the pleasure of seeing Momma Zen at a reading in south San Francisco this weekend. The talk was called the Zen of Parenting, and that one idea is what stuck: “Attention is the most concrete expression of love. What you pay attention to thrives. What you do not pay attention to withers and dies.”

That’s pretty much all we need to know, right? Karen?

What I’m paying attention to these days:
– Ben, who is truly the apple of my eye.
– My body, I’ve been sugar and dairy free for two weeks! (a little experiment)
– My marriage, to the awesomely creative, hilarious and whip smart Matt Passmore.
– The online class that Jen Lemen and I are creating (we will announce in a few weeks!)

Yep. I think it’s true.

What are you paying attention to?