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i’m erin. i write this blog. i’m also a true minnesotan (i say i don’t have the accent, but i completely do), a laura ingalls wannabe (who doesn’t know how to sew…yet), and an overthinker (i also really love parentheses…and ellipses).

mister man and me photobooth

there are a couple facts you should know before you spend time around these parts. one is that i have a husband who i call Mister Man, and who i really love to brag about. he’s basically the best thing ever invented. another thing is that we have a beautiful daughter named amelia and a sweet boy name william! they are the greatest things i have ever made. the third thing is that i like to talk about how i feel about everything. no matter what i write, whether it’s a recipe, an essay, or a style post, there is going to be a personal memory or story attached to it. i can’t help it, i love to talk about my feelings!

28 weeks

amelia nook

i believe that everything in life, even the smallest things, should be done with love (read more about that here), and i hope you’ll see that reflected. there is nothing better than cooking a family recipe for a group of people you love, and enjoying it with a glass of good sauvignon blanc or a hendrick’s gin and tonic. a trip to the farmer’s market that ends with a batch of canned pickles is my dream saturday. and curling up with some popcorn and a movie on the couch is my happy place. i have other favorite things, which you can read about here.


a quick recap: this blog is the story of a life lived thoughtfully. if you stick around, you’ll see that sometimes i write about things my family does together. other times i write about things i really like. and sometimes i write about things i make. it’s really up to my mood that day. sometimes it might be silly, but it will always be me. i’d love it if you followed along.

mister man and me3

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  • I am a native Nebraskan currently living in Tennessee. Everyone here thinks I sound like a Minnesotan. I enjoy your blog so very much that I nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! You can find your nomination and requirements at http://wp.me/p1StdW-ky.

  • Hi Mrs. Z,
    Just stopping by to say that I really enjoy your blog and have nominated you for the Very Inspirational/Lovely Blogger Award! If you would like to accept, please visit The Inbox Jaunt for more information. If you do not wish to accept the award, please know that your blog has inspired me!

  • Girl, we may very well be twins of the heart… I’m in California, but I, too, share a mad love for ellipses and parenthesis as well as exclamation points. In my lifetime I’ve found love for… books -junk reads and inspirational too! | wine | RED starbursts | travel | Mister T | jameson&gingerale | pickles | big families | sunglasses | baking | farmer’s markets… See… Twins of the heart.

    • um, this is pretty amazing. i knew there was a reason why i felt like you were a kindred spirit! here’s to finding heart-twins! i’ll be following along for sure lady. hope to see you around here more often. xo.

    • just found this comment as i was revamping this page…oh how far a year has brought us. love you heart twin.

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  • hey girl! I just love your focus on living a life full of love! It is such an inspiration to see women living happy confident lives.. makes me smile! Plus your daughter is absolutely gorgeous. Keep on sending those positive thoughts out into the world and inspiring others! Love your blog <3