Life Update 07.16.17

Hi Everyone! Happy Sunday, and most importantly, Happy National Ice Cream Day.  Is it sad that I found that out after I already had eaten ice cream today? If you’re in the Phoenix area, I hope you are loving the monsoon clouds as much as we are!

It’s been 2 weeks since I’ve last done a check in with the blog & time has been flying. I keep saying “in a few weeks when things slow down….” and things keep going, full throttle ahead.  I think I just need to embrace our new chaotic norm.

Since my last Sunday Sentiments post we have been enjoying having my parents and my youngest brother being close by to us.  They’re renting in our neighborhood until they find a more permanent home situation so it’s been really convenient to just get together on the fly, something that has virtually never been possible since I left home for college.  Now our daughter has both of her grandparents close by…it’s the best!

We’ve been plugging away at getting our house in order- mostly simplifying life and de-cluttering. We recently had pulled all of our upper cabinets off of the wall in the kitchen and we were keeping the cupboard contents on a bar cart out in the open.

I made it my mission yesterday to pull everything out of our cupboards, assess our inventory, and start slimming down & getting rid of things that don’t get used anymore. I was able to fit everything back in and then some and we were able to move the cart back out of the way.   Ahhhhh, more space. We have a kitchen project that we’re kicking off in a few weekends, so stay tuned for more!

At work, I’ve also been meeting with a professional mentor who is the absolute best.  I don’t think I could have been paired with a better person at my company.  If you’re reading this mentor…you rock! My mentor has been instrumental in helping me to develop self confidence in the few months I’ve been working with her.  This is in addition to my boss who allows me to pick her brain and make her crazy in the process, I’m feeling pretty prepared to expand my horizons in my career… we’ll see what happens!

In terms of the blog…. If you missed my last post spotlighting local creative Amy Guerrero of Moss Points North, hop on over to last week’s post for a Q&A and more info about macrame and where you can find her classes.  This Friday I will be introducing you to one of the first Phoenix creatives I was ever introduced to, and she happens to be a renegade florist and overall bad ass.  Check back in on Friday or sign up for my email list so you can get the posts sent directly to you.

In the meantime let me recommend to you some places we’ve checked out recently that you’d probably like too!

Phoenix General:

We picked up some Verano Bathery soap & a Standard Wax candle from this “modern desert boutique”.  The soap we picked up is a special collaboration between Verano & Phoenix general, called “The General.”  Nice manly scent for Tom :-). Located on 7th Street, just north of Missouri, you can find locally sourced & ethically made hand picked goods that reflect the creative aesthetic Phoenix has to offer.

Strawberry Hedgehog Shop: 

Freshly relocated to 15th Ave & Thomas in downtown Phoenix, this handcrafted all natural soap shop also doubles as a creative space.  Hop over to my Instagram to see their “selfie couch.” Their products are vegan and cruelty free and smell OH SO GOOD. We walked out with 3 of their scents, coconut almond, tea tree rosemary, and desert sage.  Needless to say, we reached our soap buying max in 1 day between here and Phoenix General.

Practical Art:

Located north of Camelback on Central, Practical art is a retail and gallery space that features locally-made items in wood, fiber, ceramic, glass, metal, and up-cycled materials, all made by local artisans. They also host a variety of crafty workshops, kids summer art classes, charity events, and more. Check out their site for a list of upcoming events. 

Changing Hands Bookstore (First Draft Bar):

Doesn’t sipping on a coffee or lavender mimosa (or in my case both, mmmm) in the middle of a bookstore sound amazing? Well, it is…. and you can experience it for yourself at First Draft Bar inside the Changing Hands Bookstore at the Newton off of Camelback, east of Central.  I picked up a copy of “Big Magic, Creative Living Beyond Fear,” by Elizabeth Gilbert (author of Eat, Pray, Love). Has anyone read this?  To be honest, I hadn’t heard of it until the cover caught my eye, and it sounds like just the sort of read for me right now as I’m making some big changes in my life creative life.

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Kick some butt this week. 🙂

Sending you sunshine,



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