Paint Therapy with Luna

Life’s been a little messy lately …

Too many tantrums and tears. Not enough sleep. And a house that’s impossible to keep clean no matter how hard I try (and I really do try!).

I feel like I’m constantly fussing at Luna. I worry that I’m not giving Stella enough attention. And I’m pretty sure Kris thinks we’re all crazy when he comes home and both kids are crying. (Whyyyyy do they always have meltdowns at the exact same time?!)

All my plants are dying and I’m like, I get it. I’m floundering over here, too.

It’s soooo easy to get bogged down with things. But recently I started thinking, maybe it really isn’t. Maybe it’s just me. Maybe all those little things (the everlasting pile of laundry, the dishwasher that needs to be unloaded, the toys scattered all across the floor, the poor dead plants) aren’t all that bad. They’re just proof of life. Proof that our home is filled with good food and (mostly) happy kids and a whollllle lot of love.

Maybe it’s a mess sometimes, and frustrating, and overwhelming.

But maybe there’s magic in the messes, too.


Speaking of messes:

I started a new project with Luna the other day! I tossed a drop cloth on the floor and gathered up my paint supplies … canvas, brushes, and all our favorite colored pants.


Then we got to work.

We sat side-by-side, her smearing the paint with her little hands, me scraping and blending with whatever tools I could find. For the first time in weeks, I felt myself relaxing. It was like coming up for air after being underwater too long. And it felt really, really good.

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It’s been a few days and I’ve seen a shift in Luna’s moods, too. Less tantrums, more hugs. And a lot less tears (from both of us). Sometimes she’ll stop painting, kiss me on the lips, and say Thank you SO much mommy. And you guys, it’s the best. I’ve missed my happy big kid and it feels sooo good to have her back.


As for the painting, it’s a lot like my life: a work in progress.

Sometimes I love it, sometimes it’s crazy.

But if it looks a little off today, it’s okay. We can always add new colors and layers tomorrow. We have the power to change what we’ve done, to forget all about our mistakes and move on.


And that’s what I really love about painting with Lu … if we mess up, it’s okay. It doesn’t have to look perfect, not even close. And if we get it all wrong today, there’s always tomorrow to make it right.


With love,


P.S. Want to make this project at home? Here are a few tips:

First, buy a BIG canvas … it’s more fun! And a drop cloth because toddlers are soooo messy. We used acrylic paints but I actually recommend washable paints for little hands.

If you really want a beautiful, cohesive piece to hang on your wall, pick out the paints yourself. I chose a handful of colors that Luna loves AND compliment each other. White is the perfect base color because it goes well with most things and blends easily. If your toddler wants to use colors that don’t compliment each other, that’s totally okay - just use a different canvas for those colors :)

Also, you may want to stick to 2-3 paints per session. Mixing 5 or 6 colors at the same time will almost always create brown. So grab the white paint and then let your toddler choose the other 2 or 3 colors … she’ll get to make the decisions and you’ll get a beautiful piece of artwork!

Last but not least - have fun!!!!!

2017 Summer Reading List

Hey guys!

This week, I'm finally diving into my summer reading list!  Since I'm off to a late start, I'm keeping it short and sweet with 5 books that I'm really dying to read. 

What I love most about this list is that each story brings something different to the table.  Some will inspire you, others will make you laugh or cry or gasp out loud.  But there's one thing they all have in common - you won't be able to put them down!  Hope you enjoy!

The Guilty Pleasure

Oh, man. I'm SO excited for this book!  Liane Moriarty's writing is always a little outrageous, a lot funny, and so hard to put down!

Truly Madly Guilty begins when three married couples get together for a barbecue.  From the very first chapter, we know that something big happens between the friends - but you'll have to read the whole book to find out what!


The Feel-Good Inspiration

Like everyone else in America, I love love love the show Fixer Upper.  It makes me want to buy an old house and start renovating right this second ... and Chip and Joanna Gaines are just. so. cute!

Now they're sharing the story of their life together - where it all began and their journey to becoming America's dream team.  It'll leave you feeling mega-inspired and upbeat for days!

The Nostalgic One

This short story is sweet and tender - and it's only $0.99 on Amazon!  It tells the story of Lucas and Isla, two unlikely friends on the verge of adulthood.  It'll take you back to what it means to be a kid ... the struggles of finding your place in the world and the heart-warming friendships that help you along the way. 

On a personal note, I've been following the author (@virtuallymarisa) on Instagram for a while now and she's always been so lovely and gracious in our interactions.  It makes me love her work even more - and I hope you'll love it, too!

The Page Turner

Whenever I'm interested in a new book, I always read the first page on Amazon - and this one had me from the very first sentence: 

"On our wedding day, my fiance, James, arrived at the church in a casket."

Eeek!  That's just the start of a plot full of unexpected twists and unsettling discoveries.  You won't want to miss what happens next!

The Expert Love Advice

It's been a while since I read The 5 Love Languages and I could use a refresher.  It's the ultimate guide for staying in love - and I think that's something we ALL want in life!

So what kind of lover are you?  Do you thrive off Words of Affirmation?  Are you happier with Quality Time?  Or is Physical Touch the most important thing in a relationship?  What about for your partner?  This book will help you figure it out - and you might be surprised at the answer!

What books are on your summer reading list?!  I want to hear about them in the comments below!

With Love,


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