July 6th, 2014


So much for blogging and drawing these days. Since coming back from Mexico, I’ve been pretty exhausted with a lot going on. BK is still having a hard time with bed and nap times. On top of that, we started her in a part-time daycare last week ( = more crying) I pretty much pass out after#1 goes down and then #2 wakes up at 5am!?! The last thing I am is an early riser… In between, there just aren’t enough hours. … And now it’s July.

We need a freeze button.

Emily Ley – Joy & Simplicity

June 6th, 2014

Oh gosh it’s been awhile. There’s been lots going on and lots on my mind (plus one toddler who’s having a terrible time at bedtime).  Some possible new things coming and I’m in real need of organizing the life. I love how I find new things via my Instagram feed. I stumbled upon Emily Ley via another person that I follow, and I’ve been obsessing over her planners and products, and reading up on her blog ever since.

Note: I’ve always used a planner/agenda for as long as I can remember. I make lots of lists–not that I carry everything through, but it’s to help sort out all the chaos in my head and at least get it in writing and help direct myself. Written lists are a must. It’s never the same for me keeping digital lists. (FYI, my most pinned image on pinterest is my this)

Some of the Emily Ley products below.

I’ve hardly been able to stay up much after the girls go down. Very tired lately. Again, lots to think about. Planning ahead.


// Credits: All images via | Image 1: New 2015 Emily Ley Simplified Planners (Also winner of the New Product Award, Desktop category at the 2014 National Stationery Show) | Image 2: Emily Ley Home Base Binder | Image 3: Older version of the Home Base Binder – previously named the Simplied Life Binder | Image 4: Emily Ley Stationery and organization products at the National Stationery Show, 2014)


… And P.S. I love reminders like these as well.



// Credits: Joy is art print by Emily Ley.

Home again

May 25th, 2014


Relieved to be home again. We’ve been slow to get back to our normal schedule. The whole family’s been sleeping in since we got home this past week. (Unheard of!) I’m a bit sick having caught whatever BK had last week in Mexico. The weather is finally really warm though after a long long winter.

Sunny days ahead. It’s a new week, let’s make it good.


May 18th, 2014


We’ve been away for the week in Mexico. Monkey is holding down the fort at home. I think I’m more than ready to resume some normalcy.

See you in a bit monkey!

Uppercase magazine – part deux

May 5th, 2014

I’m back revisiting Janine Vangool’s Uppercase magazine again. I loove all the details and extreme care that go into the magazine, website and all of Janine’s publications (She is extraordinary!): the amazing type (Esp. the webfonts on the site), the patterns, the editorials and content, and even the ads! I want to start putting together some photobooks of the girls and I don’t know why I’m obsessing over the spine of the book before anything else. This made me think of Uppercase right away. (Note to self: Details! Details! Details! Everything inch of a design or illustration needs to look amazing.)


// Credits: Images all by Uppercase magazine.


I wrote about the magazine here before and how Janine is all-in-one the editor, publisher AND designer of Uppercase magazine–quite a daunting feat. Here’s a quote from Janine below.

My motivational quote of the day:

People often ask “How do you do it?” The answer is simple and difficult at the same time. I just do. Each magazine issue, each book, has its own set of steps. If I just do one thing, then the next, and the next… just keep going and it will get done. Some of the steps are easy and joyful (design, editing, creating), other steps are long, arduous, stressful and not much fun at all (logistics, bills, shipping). But even when the steps seem painfully impossible, I know that if I just push my way through, things will get done. And so even getting one step done in the long process becomes a reward in itself.  

– Janine Vangool, Uppercase magazine.