Old Dogs and New Dogs

  Jackson, our new puppy, is running around the house like a crazy madman. He wants to play, he wants to eat. He has to go to the bathroom. And he needs something to chew right now before he chews me. Ugh, so exhausting. I love my crazy little pup, but the first...

Chocolate Lavender Lip Balm is the Best

This year we made lotions and lip balms to give to our family and friends.  It was really fun and our kitchen smelled great for days. Below, I’ve included our lip balm recipe with some ideas for colors and flavors.  Tomorrow, I’ll post the recipe for...

Holiday Craft Kits and the Winter Folklore in a Box

Sweet Tidings and all — Hope this season has gotten off to a lovely start for you and yours.  I’ve been making simple three-ingredient hand cream gifts in beautiful bottles with the folklore of each scent attached.  I’ll put up the DYI instructions...

Lights for the Darkness

Now that Thanksgiving is past (just barely!) the lights are coming up in our neighborhood, and all over the US, and all over the Northern hemisphere!  Though many Christian cultures connect this with Christmas, and it is a wonderful part of Christmas tradition,...

Easy, beautiful watercolor lanterns for fall

These beautiful watercolor lanterns are easy to make (for anyone about 4 and up).  The are pretty on your front porch with LED tea lights next to your fall pumpkins, or on the table.  Last year I made them with a few school groups, and the little ones loved carrying...

Demeter at the End of Summer

We’ve had our first cool week in Portland in a long time.  My youngest daughter started kindergarten a couple weeks ago.  I feel like Demeter at the end of summer, and I saw that same look in other mom’s eyes too.  And we talk about it.  We wear big...

Summer Road Trips: An American Tradition

The summer road trip is an American folk tradition. My family is feeling extremely classic. We are going to Yellowstone, driving from Oregon, later in June. There are tons of folk tales about the American road trip, and of course, it’s a common trope in American...

That Bossy, Vain Rooster

My daughter loves Chinese Zodiac signs and when she meets a new friend, she likes to find out what animal she is – a goat, a pig, a rat? She was born in the year of the pig, which she loves, because in China, many people try to have babies that year. Pigs are often...

New Year’s Traditions: What Is Meaningful to You?

I have never really celebrated the new year on New Year’s Day, but instead like to do it later in January, or February, more at the time of the Chinese New Year, or Imbolc, at the first breath of spring. Also, though I do make lists of things I want to do or...