Saturday, April 23, 2016


Dear Olive,

#savethepinkbathroom.  I've decided that I just can't let the pink tile go in our master bath.  It reminds me of my grandma and of the history of our house.  On doing some research, I realize that there are very few  pink bathrooms left in our world.  They were originally motivated by Mamie Eisenhower, who decorated the White House with so much pink, it was dubbed the "pink palace."  Who am I to destroy pink with such political prowess?

Fortunately, Jason is game for the challenge.  We are planning to start renovation next month.  So I am sculpting a plan to retain the pink but add some updated touches.  I've been pouring over photos of what the space originally featured.

I wonder if our bathroom once had a tiny version of the pink sink pictured here:

I've found few new designs that marry modern and post-war well.  Here are some of my favorites:

I loved Jordan's update to her San Francisco pink bath.  The labeled hooks are perfection.

Maybe with this wallpaper?

And here is our sink!  

I'm excited to share with you my specs for our vision.  Phase 1 Leisure Suite!

PS: Check out the bath AFTER reveal here.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

CALMING MY FERRAL CHILDREN with environmental research

Dear Olive,

My kids are losing it.  It is seriously baby fight club over here.  Do I need to create a sensory room in our house?  Should I use physical restraint more often?  Neither Catholic guilt nor positive psychology is working.  Maybe they are just disregulated?  This week, our intervention will be going outside.  Do you remember when our parents locked the screen door and told us not to come back in until it was dark?  Apparently all of that boredom in the backyard was good for us.  I'm not willing to go quite so far as unsupervised shank creation...

But maybe this?

Today we took a hike for about an hour outdoors.  They did try to participate in the shank exercise, but after redirection seemed calm.

I will be collecting data of sibling strangulation and will let you know if this plan works long term.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016


Dear Olive,

When my mom was throwing out this caned bench, I thought.  Score!  A project for which I don't need to saw.  (One of these days, I really need to learn to saw).

So, I popped out the caning, painted that situation yellow (of course) and got thee to the dollar store.

We bought some sand toys, popcorn, flour, and lidded storage containers.

We have a bin for each substance that we switch out upon boredom.  And never the substances shall meet. 

Bam.  DIY sensory table.

Come over and partake of sensory stuff.

Monday, April 4, 2016


Dear Olive,

I can't wait to watch this tomorrow night!

Whenever we travel, I always picture the people who lived in various buildings throughout the ages.  People's lives as it relates to their homes is a never ending source of fascination.  How satisfying to have someone outline the most influential structures impacting America's hometowns.  PBS: I heart you!