Hello! I’m Julia. A reader, writer, and new mother concerned with lowering my environmental impact and making the world a better place. By day I keep books and manage social networks for an independently-owned natural retailer. By night I write articles for Goodwill Industries International and TinyPrints! What keeps me going? Hot cups of coffee and a clear vision of the dream home we are working to create.

We call our little house in rural New England “The Roost”. Bit by bit, we’re turning it into our own tiny sanctuary and I’m so excited to share lots of progress! Check out the BEFORE photos here (link coming soon!) and subscribe so you don’t miss out on the AFTERS as they’re posted.

Who snuggles in at the roost? Myself, my husband Ryan, our new little guy Felix Winfield, and two felines named Atlas and Hugo. xo!

Just for fun…

I’m a Hufflepuff and I know who killed Laura Palmer.

Maintaining Sanity With Lists!

Even when everything on your plate is a “good thing”, life can feel so overwhelming.

My absence from writing here on my own blog was hugely because, over the past two years, I’ve been in transition. With all of the changes I was working to complete, I couldn’t fathom adding even one more thing to my mental to-do list. I’m feeling much better lately seeing as so many of the things that had been monopolizing my time have been accomplished.

How did I survive? By making lists (and lots of them!). I’m so happy to say that I’ve been able to put those crazy days to use and write an article for CreativeLive based on my experience. Here are some of my tips for getting through the stressful parts in life and maintaining some level of sanity. Hopefully they’ll be able to help you, too! xo Julia

Memory Capture Kit DIY

Hello, all!

Valentine’s Day approaches, and for those overly-sentimental people (like me – ha!) out there, I thought I’d share this project: the Memory Capture Kit.

If you’re getting snowed in as often as we are this year, then this might just be the ticket to keep that cabin fever at bay. It’s the perfect project for those who love scrap-booking and helps you spread the joy of memory keeping.

A little update on my life – Ryan + I are expecting our first baby any day now! Little guy’s due date is this Sunday, February 8th. It’s pretty safe to say that the next time I write, it’ll be one-handed with a baby in my arms. I’m very much looking forward to sharing some peeks into our home in the near future, so stay tuned. Just want to breathe a little life into the blog design first. Thanks for reading! xx Julia

Be The Re-Originator

Hello, friends!

It’s been awhile, no? I’m happy to announce my return! Today I’ll just be sharing a recent post of mine for Goodwill Industries International, but in the not-so-distant future I will be working on a blog redesign. I have plenty of exciting things in store for discussion including the house Ryan and I purchased just a couple of days ago (our first home!) and our first child who is expected in February. It has been a whirlwind of a year for us, but I’m excited to begin sharing it with you once again.

If you’ve been wondering where I’ve been all this time, here’s a quick update: Every week, usually on Fridays, you can read my weekly thoughts on Goodwill.org. This week, I explored the concept of the Re-Originator; one who breaks boundaries, ignores the rules, and creates something from what others may deem “nothing”. Check out the post if this sounds like something that may interest you!

For now, I should be off. I’ve got lots of planning to do! I’ll be sharing all of my posts here from now on, even if they’re published to other sites. Stay tuned!

Hope you’re all well and can’t wait to reconnect,

xx, Julia

My Other Blog!

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Have you been wondering where I’ve been?

Truth is – and I hate to admit this – that I’ve been cheating on you, blog. That’s right…I’ve been blogging elsewhere. Actually, this fall (right when I stopped posting here) I started building a new blog from scratch. The timing was serendipitous for me as I was starting to feel a little stagnant in this venue, and a rebirth was necessary, but I didn’t know where to go. Then fortune smiled upon me and gave me a job that I love. Four years after graduating college with a degree I didn’t really care for, and spending a lot of money to get it, I have finally found something that feels like it’s right for me. I was hired as the Media Specialist for a very small, independent health food store here in my home region.

Not only is it wonderful to be doing something that I love for a living (blogging, social media, design), but I am also doing it for a company that I truly believe in. As you probably know, Ryan and I have been vegetarians for many years, tested out a locavore diet on two different occasions, and we really work hard to spend our dollar votes wisely. This job encourages and engages all of my many interests, from upcycling to reading to eating – no easy task. So my disappearance from this corner of the internet didn’t mean I was disappearing entirely; instead, I’ve been dreaming up, designing, and building this website during my working hours (and also a little in my off time – shhh, don’t tell the boss!). They say that if you love what you do, you never work a day in your life. It’s my sincere hope that you all have or find this happiness, too.

I would love for you to follow me there, even if you live out of state. We will be sharing all sorts of eco-friendly tidbits and healthy recipes. I’m going to be doing most of the blogging, but there are several other ladies involved right now and we are working on expanding our blogging team even further. Oh, yes, and I’m still writing for Goodwill International, too!

Anyway, I don’t want to call this goodbye, but it might be goodbye. There’s a chance I’ll come back, completely redo this blog and take off in a different direction, but for now I want it to just stay the way it is while I work on other things. Thanks for all of your support and encouragement over the many years that I’ve been writing here. I do hope we can stay in touch!


This is what Saturday night looks like…

Happy Christmas!

This is what we have been up to lately. We’re spending time with friends, getting silly to Ryan + Rob’s songs, and wearing Santa suits. Every year I enjoy watching the process of the Rugg Brother Christmas song. If you missed their videosongs from 2010 and 2011 you can see them by clicking those links (It’s Christmas Again is my favourite so far, but all are very silly indeed!). I hope you are all settling in for a wonderful holiday and that these boys bring you a little joy!

Hope you’re well!

These days…

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Our days are filled with comfort.

christmas couplesnowy brick buildingvintage christmaschristmas bikeI hope your days are filled with cheer and joy. Spend as much time as you can with family, and show your loved ones how much you care. This part of the year never neglects me – I always feel the urge to share little happinesses with those around me.

Happy Christmas,