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08.10.16 / Liked & Linked

summer kids


nashville shasta

Everett started back to school today. I know, too soon! Where did the summer go?! I’ve been away from the online world and social media focusing on real life, and it has filled me up in so many ways. Before getting caught up in another hectic school year, I took each of the kids out on individual “dates.” It made me realize just how quickly they are growing. For a few hours time was frozen, and I cherished every minute. Even though they whine and bicker and eat a week’s worth of food in two days, my kids are funny, bright, sweet, awesome, healthy little people. Sometimes I need a reminder ;)

It’s been ridiculously hot. And dry. And yet also extremely humid? (I can’t tell you the last time I wore my hair down.) Even the best kept lawns are brown. Thankfully, the dahlia bulbs I planted in spring are hanging on despite the heat and humidity. This is the first summer I’ve had a cutting garden. It won’t be the last. Maybe I’m not a serial plant killer after all!

Steve and I slipped away to Nashville for a few days, kid-free. (Thank you for all of the eats and treats suggestions!) I swear the days were four hours longer. We stayed at the coziest backyard retreat, and it pretty much solidified my dream of living tiny as empty nesters. Every time I stay in a vacation rental, it makes me want to go home and get rid of everything but the necessities. Can you relate?

A few links because it’s been a while…

*One of the shops we visited in Nashville was burning this candle in the ash scent, and it smelled amazing. Steve even commented on it. Guys like candles? I was going to buy one, but it had just sold out. Giddy to find it online!

*I’m a loyal eggs + ketchup girl, but pesto sounds delicious.

*The homiest tiny house yet.

cozy modern 2

*I love cozy modern.

*A mix-and-match kitchen that still feels clean and tidy.

*Hands down, my favorite summer tank.

*My current soundtrack is heavy on the lady albums, new and old. (Don’t let the mariachi scare you!)

*This etsy shop makes me laugh so hard. Some of my favorites: new sponge, bathroom doorhome depot, sleeping person.

I can’t even.

images: 1-3) Dana Miller for House*Tweaking 4) Ana Kamin



Omg I have that place saved in my Airbnb!! Can’t wait to hear more! Love Nashville!


I love, love, love cozy modern! That’s how I would describe your amazing house, Dana. And isn’t etsy just the best source for unique items? My new favorite place for greeting cards: https://www.etsy.com/shop/jessicahogarth?ref=l2-shop-header-avatar


The sponge …kills me. you did good. You are a silly girl!


I would LOVE more details on your cutting garden. Totally want to plant one next summer.


Hi, that thing about pesto and eggs is so gooood.
Also, mixing a couple of spoons of pesto into the egg mixture and really stirring it in is gorgeous!
It does work better with green pestos than red for some reason.
I copied this method from a restaurant that I go too and then have mild salsa with it,when available.
The eggs get a funny greenish tint though but that is just fine :-)


OMG, thank you. I’m roaring with laughter over those cards. Except that I’m at work, so it’s more like stifled chortling.

I was trying to figure out what Nova Scotia’s candle would smell like: Salt air. Sand. Apple trees. Coffee. Microbreweries. :) (none of those are bad things, necessarily)


Thank you so much for bringing the Etsy shop into my life!


Oh my gosh!! I laughed so hard when I read some of those cards. Nice find! Thanks for sharing!


Would love to hear more about Nashville! You’ve got me thinking of taking a trip there myself, next year for our 10 year Anniversary!


Recap coming soon!


That tiny house….I’m in.


P.S. Just checked out that Etsy shop….HILARIOUS!!!


P.S.S. August is too early to start school, it’s STILL SUMMER!!!!!
Having said that, my kids started yesterday, and I am happy about it.


Yep. Makes me laugh every time.


I dont think I could just pick one thing I love about that kitchen either, everything in it just combines to make a beautiful room. I can imagine it being so cosy in the winter, and so fresh in the summer.


Your house looks serene and peaceful. You are very lucky.