Jul 19, 2014


"A portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2014."

Such a pensive little soul.

Jul 14, 2014

20 facts

I shared these facts on my other home on Instagram today, and thought I'd share here, as well :-)

1. I’m American (French & English) & Japanese, and I spent half of my life in Tokyo.

2. I attended 2 high schools, 2 middle schools, 3 elementary schools, 2 preschools, and a few acting schools and colleges. And I just started back in school to study photography.

3. I started acting professionally when I was thirteen.

4. I’m a HUGE introvert. I love dining, going to the movies, and traveling alone, and big groups make me super nervous.

5. I’ve been a vegan for a decade.

6. I play the handbells. They’re awesome! The bond you form with your bell choir is the best. I’m currently on the hunt for a bell choir to join!

7. I bartended for thirteen years, and have the stories to go with it ;-)

8. I have a bunch of phobias—bodies of natural water, flying, insects and spiders (EWWW!), and needles. Ugh.

9. My favorite books to read are cookbooks. I like to pull out a stack every day, and dream up elaborate meal plans.

10. I am terribly impatient, and have quite the short temper, even if I don’t always show it. I’m working on this.

11. Every few years, I get an overwhelming urge to move somewhere new and start fresh. Oregon? Washington? Somewhere green and lush where we could have our own garden, and live more of a country life would be ideal.

12. I can’t stand Elmo. Today, my daughter said his name, and I pretended I had no idea who she was talking about…

13. I was an English major in college. I adore books and writing.

14. I hated my unruly hair for years, and straightened it for so much of my life. Now I let it go natural, and am much happier.

15. My life’s dream used to be becoming a successful actress in Hollywood. The reality of the industry didn’t sit well with me. I never felt authentic within it, and the constant self-judgment got to me. So my future is wide open now, which is scary, but exciting, too. Yay to blank slates!

16. If I could only eat one more food for the rest of my life, it would be natto (fermented soybeans—sticky, smelly, and so good!) or miso soup.

17. I love to tap dance. I’m hoping to really throw myself into dance again. In the meantime, I’m obsessed with “so you think you can dance”.

18. I don’t like to go shopping. Unless it’s for food :-) Most of my clothes are from college and even high school…

19. I was sick for many years, and it completely changed the way I live, and how I see the world. I am definitely thankful for my life in a way I wasn’t before I was ill. It also opened my eyes to healthful eating and alternative healing, which has been an amazing adventure.

20. Motherhood has challenged me in ways I never could have imagined. I am becoming who I really am and always was beneath the layers of self-doubt that I’ve struggled with my whole life.

Thanks for reading!!

what we ate

Our meals are evolving. We are in that awkward in between phase where Julie can eat a lot more of what we eat, but not quite everything. I haven't quite figured it out, and somedays I fail epically. Somedays, we get our green smoothies and juices in, and it makes up for the fact that she has turned her nose up at every other meal. I really can't wait for the day that she will be as excited about food as I am!

Breakfast-Oatmeal with apples, coconut milk, cardamom, and cinnamon, melon
Snack-Brown rice cake with walnut butter, barley tea
Lunch-Sprouted wheat tortilla pizza with tofu ricotta, basil, mushrooms, and olives
Snack-Seed crackers with hummus, banana, green smoothie
Dinner-Split pea soup, brown rice
Dessert-Cinnamon-espresso chocolate chip cookies from Chloe's Kitchen. (mama & papa)

first haircut

It had to happen, because we were entering mullet territory, and frankly, after lopping off a cluster of dreadlocks, professional help was much needed. The idea of my little one getting her first haircut filled my heart with the dichotomy of bitter and sweet. She is growing up. A mere two weeks until her second birthday, and I swear she is vastly bigger and wiser every morning.

She did so well--still as a statue, and so very serious--she sat patiently, gripping a toy that our lovely hairdresser gave her, tightly in her hands. Because Julie doesn't watch TV, the episode of Sesame Street that was on in front of her had her mesmerized. Her first haircut was painless, and over quickly after a sprinkling of bright pink glitter on her curls. One of many milestones that pulls on this mama's heartstrings...

Jul 12, 2014


"A portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2014."

On a weekend cafe date. She generally ends up covered in cracker crumbs, as she is here.

Jul 11, 2014


"A portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2014."

She recently started climbing the structures at the playground, tentatively, but with such pride. I love this more than anything--to see how proud she is of herself when she accomplishes something new.

Jul 4, 2014

10 things i'm grateful for

1. These cookies. The very best vegan chocolate chip cookies I have ever had in my life. For those of you who don't know her yet, Chloe Coscarelli is a vegan rockstar!

2. My new like (not love yet, but baby steps are good!) of exercise. It's foreign, it's brand new, and it's pretty wonderful to actually look forward to taking care of my body.

3. When Julie takes a two hour nap all by her self. Amazing!

4. Gel pens. Quite possibly the nerdiest thing I've ever admitted to, but they make writing a pleasure. Good journalling, I'm convinced, comes down to the perfect pen...

5. There is a brand new camera on it's way to me. I can't wait, I can't wait, I can't wait! The art of photography is something my Dad passed down to me--he's always been quite the photography enthusiast. I'm so grateful that he supports this passion of mine, and that we can bond over this. Shared artistic bonds are the best!

6. I got a flat tire the other day, and on the heels of my other car accident, any car mishaps make me incredibly nervous. But I'm grateful to my sweet husband who stayed on the phone with me, during a busy workday, and kept me calm. And I'm thankful for the nicest AAA man who came to change my tire. He had this peaceful presence that put both me and Julie (who was exhausted and hungry) at ease. There are angels everywhere, I'm convinced.

7. I get all frazzled when we have guests, and we have to undertake a massive cleaning/overthrow of the apartment. But then, we are left with sparkling floors, and space for energy to flow, and we always end up being so thankful that our guests came to visit :-)

8. That moment when the sun has just began to rise, and I am the only one awake, with both of my loves sleeping peacefully on either side of me.

9. When I realized that my little one is big enough to eat out--not just by me bringing all of her food packed up in a billion little containers--but off the menu of most places. Luxury used to look very different to me, but these days, this eating out at restaurants might just be at the top of that list.

10. Julie rode the slides all by herself today. She climbed the stairs, pushed herself off at the top, and slid down with the proudest look on her face. Before becoming a parent, I never would have understood the bittersweetness of such an accomplishment, or the pride I would share with my husband when recounting the moment to him.


"A portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2014."

I'm not sure there's anything she likes more than to visit with flowers. She strokes them gently, sniffing each one, while exclaiming her approval--"Mmmmm!" It's the sweetest thing.

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