...because home doesn't happen overnight.
01.11.16 / Liked & Linked

Last week was everyone’s first week back to school and work after the winter break. I think we were all ready to get back to a routine. Truthfully, the break wasn’t much of a break for us. We spent too much time in the car and not enough time at home together. We’re vowing to make things happen differently next time around. I’m just grateful everyone was healthy and we were able to keep Cheetah mostly out of the tree.

There are two moments I will remember forever. One morning I woke up to an eerily quiet house only to find the kids outside jumping on their new trampoline (a gift from grandparents). It was 7:30 a.m. and very mild for winter in Ohio. Layne had helped Mabrey get dressed. I woke Steve so he could look outside. His groggy but insightful reaction?…

“Have you ever hopped out of bed and had the urge to jump on a trampoline?”

Nope. Never. Kids are so funny. The never-ending supply of energy!

My other favorite moment was when Mabrey wriggled into Steve’s arms on the sofa during some rare downtime and they dozed off together. It was ridiculously cute and I couldn’t stop watching them.

A few other noteworthy things…

*My kids are covered in these.

*What I wouldn’t give for a mini sauna in my bathroom right about now.

*A tiny house lives big with a full kitchen, a washer/dryer combo and double sinks in the bathroom. (!)

*An inspirational woman and her family build a tiny house for her 40th birthday. But it’s not what you think.

brownstone reno 1

brownstone reno 2

*A renovated brownstone with a lived-in vibe. “It’s not like you build it and just move in and everything comes right together. It’s a process and it’s a work in progress, which I love.” Such a profound sentiment from the homeowner on what renovating a house is really like.

*An $11 mantel. (See the before here.)

*This book has completely changed the way I think about running. (So much so that I ran my second 5K on New Year’s Day.)

*This book was a quick and quirky read. I couldn’t put it down!

I hope 2016 is treating you well so far!

images: 1-4) Dana Miller for House*Tweaking 5,6) Pia Ulin



Where’d You Go, Bernadette was such a fantastic read! I also couldn’t put it down. :)


That tiny house is gorgeous! I would love to live in a place half as nice. (Ah, the woes of being a renting, broke college student!) And I’m salivating over that brownstone. Someday…


The tiny home was amazing! Did you get a load of that teeny little fireplace? Wish they would have gotten a better shot, it was adorbs.


Thanks Dana for sharing my cheap-o mantel! :) That brownstone is amazing — LOVE the kitchen.


Born To Run is an AMAZING book. I was a big time runner, got a knee injury, took over a year off and did all sorts of cross training. Then got pregnant. And now I have a 12 week old and am ITCHING to run again. In fact, I think I’ll get out there today. I love all exercise, but there’s just nothing like a good run outside!


Dana, I felt the same way about Born to Run! I couldn’t put it down. I loved the scope of it and really liked that it showed how we were “born to run” even from a science and evolution perspective. All in all though, I appreciated the runners spirits the most and tried my best to embody them. It helped propel me to complete the Boston Marathon this past spring! :) Complete sidenote: I am fascinated and endeared by tiny houses and stayed in one on a little weekend away to Stowe, VT this December. My boyfriend proposed to me right there in that tiny kitchen and solidified my love for tiny houses!


I agree about Born to Run! I read it a couple of years ago and it completely changed the way I think about my feet and footware too! Awesome read.


i have been looking for the perfect tree skirt for years, and i finally found it under your tree!! not the cat, although the cat is cute. the sheepskin. perfect.


He proposed to you in a tiny house?! I’m so jealous. Congrats on the marathon! That’s amazing!!


Cutest wittle firepwace I ever did see.


Another cheer here for Born to run! If you’re interested in reading any more running books, I found Chi Running really useful. It helped me pinpoint problems with my form, and ended up turning running into part of mindfulness practice…a nice bonus! I’m still in disbelief that running is always pain free: during and after!

The nap pic…:)


Just wanted to say how much I really enjoy your LIKED & LINKED posts, Dana. I always find new things to also LIKE…thank you!


I have been looking forward to reading this post since yesterday! Finally got to to sit down and read it. Love the article about the little house in Seattle. #payitforward! Also, I loved Where’d you go Bernadette?! Her other books weren’t as good, but that one was super fun!


Aw, thanks Allyson!


Thank you so much for the book rec! Putting it on my wish list…


I read born to run a while ago and enjoyed it as well. For a good laugh, search YouTube for the “things barefoot runners say” video!


Thanks for the book recommendation! Just finished Born to Run and loved it. I couldn’t put it down but didn’t want it to end!