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    The Collapse & The Rising

    Dena May 4, 2023

    Getting to this point——deciding to winter in spring——was a long process. It was an excruciatingly slow descent from a period of general wellness and peace to this very dark, seemingly hopeless place. Right now, I am sitting at the kitchen table. A eucalyptus and spearmint candle has been burning all morning. There is a vase of lilacs to the left of me. Between the scent of the lilacs and the…

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  • Wintering in Spring

    Dena May 3, 2023

    I’ve started this so many times. But I could never get it right. So I kept putting it off. And then months went by and then years went by. Finally, I realized that it was never going to be “right.” I was always going to…

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  • Holiday Gifting: Don’t Forget About You

    Dena November 28, 2022

    I hope you have enjoyed my holiday gift guides so far. It has been a joy sharing all of the things that our family has cherished over the years. Today, I am going to share a different kind of guide, one that includes some ideas…

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  • Spooky Season Preparations

    Dena August 28, 2022

    I know that it’s only late August but I can’t help myself. One month is simply not enough time to celebrate my favorite season. Late August through November is a much more reasonable time frame, if you ask me. 😉 I can’t get enough of…

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  • a year later

    Dena August 17, 2022

    Here we are, a year later. Like most people who meet them, I am obsessed with their cheeks–soft and full and perfect. I cannot count how many times I have kissed those little cheeks, at least 30 times a day, every day, if I had…

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  • Autumn Vibes: Shopping Guide

    Dena August 5, 2022

    Okay, I know that it’s still August. We are still very much doing all of the summer things. But, my favorite season is just around the corner. It truly doesn’t seem to matter how old I get or what else I’ve got going on in…

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  • A Winter Bucket List

    Dena January 12, 2022

    Oh, January. The magic of the holidays has passed. The days are dark and cold. Spring feels like a lifetime away. Winter can be so tough in this part of the world. I needed a little cheering up so I decided to make a fun,…

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  • And all at once…

    Dena October 13, 2021

    “And all at once, summer collapsed into fall.” Hello, dear friend. How are you? I hope that you are okay. These times are heavy, I know. I saw an article the other day titled, “When Did We All Become So Miserable?” It broke my heart.…

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  • // my thoughts on Mother’s Day morning; 05.09.21 🌸

    Dena May 10, 2021

    In spring, the blossoming trees bloom with so much beautiful ferocity that sometimes I think they might alight in fire & just begin to float away toward heaven. Because it has to be magic. It has to be something not of this earth. I hold…

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