Room Refresh: Step 4- Shopping

By now you should have a clear path for your room. You should be able to clearly articulate the function of the space, your decor personality and have an idea of the direction your palette will go. Now it’s time to implement your vision.

3 Talented Female Artists

I love art. Sculpture, prints, paintings, pottery and everything in between. The right piece of art can evoke emotion, inspire, calm or create joy. I thought I’d share three of my favorite artist to inspire your room refresh.

Room Refresh: Step 2- What is your Decor Personality?

Last week we started our journey to refresh a room in our homes. This week is all about learning more about our personal style. Think of your friends or family who have a home you just love. My guess is they have a clear sense of decor personality and know how to stay in their lane. So that is our job for this week.

15 Questions for Introspection: L'Shana Tovah

Sundown tonight marks the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, (The Jewish New Year), which makes this Sunday meditation deeper than other weeks. This year I have put together 15 questions to ask myself and I thought I’d share them with you. So grab a notebook and sit down with the space and emotions that surround you.

Style Tips: Leather Jacket Four Ways

There are few things that make me feel as confident than a good leather jacket. It is such a versatile piece that takes me from school drop off to date night and everything in between. Fall is the perfect time of year to start implementing a leather jacket into your wardrobe. To inspire you to hop on the grease lightning train with me I styled my own jacket 4 ways.

My Advice for New Dads

It won’t be long now before the girls are fairly self-dependent and I’ll forget all about the do’s and don’ts that got me through the initial stages of daddy-hood. Some of these were short-lived given how quickly we’d “graduated” to the next life stage. Some are techniques or should I say mantras that I hold as part of my core values and what (I hope) makes me a decent parent and more importantly an alright life partner.

Joe's Thoughts on Living In Guatemala Thus Far

It’s just under 2 months since I arrived in Guatemala and the “honeymoon” is sadly over. That period of time when it still felt as if we were here on vacation has now come to a close. With the girls in school 5 days a week and Adrienne taking Spanish classes, the time has come for me to settle into a routine for full-time living in Guatemala.

My Two Favorite Food Bloggers

Sometimes coming up with new meal plans week to week can feel monotonous. When I’m looking to spice up our weekly menu with something new I head to the internet for inspiration. Here are my two favorite food bloggers who constantly inspire and motivate me to eat healthy and most importantly enjoy my food. And it so happens that they’re both Minnesotan!

Lake Atitlán

Throw up and tantrums were the themes of our first family trip here in Guatemala. But the stunning backdrop of Lake Atitlán makes vacationing with toddlers a little more bearable. One of the most beautiful fresh water lakes in the world and my favorite place to visit in Guatemala, it was a no-brainer for our first family trip.

The Adventure Begins...

As I’m writing this I’m sitting in my living room in Guatemala City over looking beautiful mountains and volcanos…somebody pinch me! I can’t believe this is my life right now. It has been just over a week since Neva and I arrived to Guatemala to join Joe and Adilia on our year adventure and what a busy week it has been.