Interested in what I've been up to lately? Well, I just published Chapter 7 of my serialized middle grade book that's exclusive to Storybird, which you can catch up on here and learn more about here. I'm also working on a new YA novel that I hope it wrap up sometime this summer. It's dark and twisty and hopefully will be one of those fast-paced beach reads that leaves you guessing until the very end. I hope you all are enjoying the beautiful spring! After such a looooooong and snowy winter, we'll pretty much be camped out in the garden and on the deck until Thanksgiving.
I've worked with The Wall Sticker Company in designing my son's two past bedrooms – first, his nursery, which you can view at Pregnancy & Newborn's Babyspace website, and then his toddler room, which was revealed on Project Nursery. So it seemed natural that once my family relocated to our house in the woods of Connecticut around the New Year, I'd chat with them again about how to design my son's special space. And.... ta-da! They made my car-loving kid custom transportation wallpaper, and HE. IS. A. FAN! Thank you to The Wall Sticker Company for this amazing design – It really transformed the look and feel of his bedroom, and we can't wait to pull the rest of it together. What I really like about this wallpaper is that it's temporary (seriously! It peels off like a sticker!) and super easy to apply. I did this all myself, and I'm no design expert! View their whole collection of wallpapers and decals here. We'll reveal more photos of my son's room soon! xo
If you're looking for a fun workout plan to follow, I'm loving the Tone it Up Bikini Series! It's currently Week #4, but really, you can jump in at any point or just start from Week 1 of the plan. Almost the entire fitness program is free to view, and you can follow it online here (nutrition plans cost extra). Who knew I liked kettlebells?!
Recently I've been doing a lot of reading about Biblical oils, and how essential oils were used in Ancient Times, and trying to learn more about the 'chemistry' of it all. Frankincense continues to amaze me! Did you know that the Ancient Egyptians described that oil in ancient texts as "good for everything from gout to a broken head"? And that it's 82% monoterpenes, a chemical compound that is recognized for the ability to deprogram miswritten or garbled code in DNA, and also elevate mood and oxygenate. So fascinating!
Out of all my essential oil posts, the DIY all-natural deodorant one on Instagram has garnered the most questions & interest... great to hear that so many people are searching for aluminum-free alternatives. I made another deodorant batch this weekend (this time using lavender + cedarwood young living essential oils). This is the only deodorant I've been using now for about three months. I love it so much, and I have no plans on ever buying deodorant again! The DIY instructions are on the Apothic Holistic blog (my favorite website for essential oils DIY's!).
It's been an early morning working away with this view! While I'm typing away on client projects today, I plan on squeezing in time for my creative endeavors too, including polishing next week's chapter of The Wristwatch Time Machine on Storybird (catch up on the latest posts here). I brought a new favorite Young Living Essential Oil with me called Believe, it's diffusing in the USB diffuser now, and soon I'm headed out for a run-slash-brain-break. I've been working on a new YA book this year, and it's super twisty and complicated, and I haven't figured out one of the character's back story... Time to sweat out the plot.
So happy to finally share a writing project I've been working on for the last few months – an all-new, serialized, digital middle grade novel exclusively for Storybird as part of their Creative Partners (CP) Program! I had a blast writing Some Pig in the City with illustrator Katy Betz, so I couldn't resist coming back to this amazing platform for another book :) This new project is a magical realism contemporary story, and I teamed up with artist Elizabeth Baddeley for the custom illustrations. Link over for all the details on THE WRISTWATCH TIME MACHINE and thanks for the support! xo
New favorite chemical-free cleaner! Young Living Thieves Household Cleaner. Dilute with water and mix in a glass spray bottle. Works great on surfaces, mirrors, glass, floors. Happy Spring! xo