• 5 Ways to Incorporate More Gratitude into Every Day

    Dena June 3, 2021

    It can be so easy to get caught up in the next task or what is going wrong throughout the day that we forget to stop and appreciate what we have. This posture of thankfulness is called gratitude. Research has shown a powerful correlation between gratitude and happiness, as well as many other positive effects on mental and physical health. Let’s take a look at the impact of gratitude and…

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  • Heart Spill & Halloween 2018

    Dena November 14, 2018

    How are you, friends? I am a few weeks late posting these snaps from Halloween & trick-or-treating. But here they are. It was such a magical night. Marina’s ghost costume actually lit up. So once the sun started to set, she was glowing. It was…

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  • To Gather // Together

    Dena November 24, 2017

    I hope that you had the most beautiful Thanksgiving, friends. Ours was spent in celebration and bounty, surrounded by loved ones. It was my first time hosting Thanksgiving and it was a whirlwind of work (with help from my mother, sister, and sister’s mother-in-law), love,…

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  • Magic is something you make.

    Dena August 19, 2015

    “Keep your best wishes close to your heart and watch what happens.” I’ve started taking long walks with my sweet babies again. It’s something that I didn’t do often after Marina was born. Recently, though, she’s been doing much better in the stroller. I forgot…

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  • Memorial Day Weekend // 2015

    Dena May 24, 2015

    Memorial Day has always been a very special holiday for me & my family. It’s the unofficial start of summer — bring on the cold drinks, hot sun, beach days, and BBQs! But more importantly, it is a time to reflect and give thanks to…

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  • Happy Thanksgiving

    Dena November 27, 2014

    I hope that you and yours have had a beautiful Thanksgiving celebration today. We got a foot of snow overnight and woke to a winter wonderland outside. Since my husband is still unable to leave the house, my mother cooked us a big dinner with…

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  • a day in our life // 03.13.14

    Dena March 14, 2014

    “The small things of life were often so much bigger than the great things…” —Barbara Pym breakfast, messy banana-face after breakfast snack, pizza crust playtime naptime ready to play again daniel tiger while mama makes lunch a lunchtime rainbow love my salad spinner hello, blue…

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  • Simple Beautiful // 01

    Dena January 29, 2014

    “She said she usually cried at least once each day not because she was sad, but because the world was so beautiful & life was so short.” — Brian Andreas SIMPLE // BEAUTIFUL THINGS + Every year, in winter, my great uncle sends my mom…

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  • Happy (Roman’s First) Thanksgiving!

    Dena November 28, 2013

    This Thanksgiving my heart is bursting with gratitude. I am thankful for my beautiful family. My sweet, sweet Roman James — the light of my life. I am thankful for my husband — the very best Papa that I could ever want for my son.…

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