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Me on Quandary Peak summit

Quandary Peak Hike: My First 14er

There are pivotal firsts in everyone’s life – many that we share, like a first home, first child, first funeral. And then there are the firsts that are less common, and maybe even unexpected, like my first 14er (14,000+ foot mountain) in September of 2017. I had no idea what I was getting into when …

Exploring colorful horse art

When I was a young girl, I was obsessed with horses, and not just My Little Ponies, but that was a big part of it! My room was decorated with horses and unicorns and I was constantly making horse art. I’m sure it started with coloring books, then there was the barnyard scene I won …

backpacking south colony lakes at the 2WD trailhead

Backpacking at South Colony Lakes Colorado

This post contains one or more affiliate links, which means I could make a commission if you purchase a product through my link. The price isn’t any different than if you shopped directly, and I don’t link to any product I don’t recommend! If you catch me daydreaming, I’m either contemplating my next artwork or …

Portrait painting of daughter with camera

3 things I’ve learned from portrait painting

When I started experimenting with dog paintings a year ago, I never really thought about doing human portrait paintings. Dog portraits seem so low pressure, and it was just playing around mostly. But then I painted my daughter, as a gift for her, and it wasn’t long before my friend asked me to paint her …

Layla fingerpainting

A day in the life: questions from a 4-year-old

Layla’s been home with me while I worked for a solid 6 months this year due to the pandemic. I’m sure I will look back on this time fondly, but to be honest, it’s been exhausting! While she’s generally a bubbly, funny, sweet little girl, her curiosity and questions have narrowed my vocabulary basically to …

18" x 24" Painting of two dogs on a boat

How to choose a pet portrait artist

So you’ve decided to memorialize your fur baby or give someone a unique gift by getting a pet portrait created! This is such a fun and meaningful gift to yourself or someone special, so it’s important you consider your options when searching for a pet portrait artist. I’ve put together some tips and considerations to …

Dripping rainbow paint colors

Art as Therapy

2020 has been a real doozy! I say that lightly but in all seriousness it has been one of the weirdest, bumpiest, stress-inducing and even tragic years of our collective lives. I’ve been through some really hard times, and you’ve been through some tough times too, but it’s rare we’re all going through the same …

It’s been awhile…

…Since I wrote about my daughters. This blog started out as a pregnancy blog with Skyler way back in 2007. It made the obvious transition to mom blog but I eventually got out of habit of updating it. Life got busy and crazy and then Layla came along and I just quit writing about this …

So many paths forward

That quarantine life is upon most of us now, and everyone is living and feeling a new reality. Disruptions in daily life are far reaching, whether as minor as not being able to go to your favorite restaurant or as major as not being able to work at your restaurant job. Lives have been paused, …

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