Help Build A Library

In 2008, my dear friend Danielle joined the Peace Corps and headed to a rural village in Nicaragua for two years.

After her fulfilling her commitment to help the community learn sustainable farming and finance techniques, she came back to the States. But she hasn’t been able to forget about the people she’d met while there and the needs they still have. Danielle’s next goal is to help El Hatillo build a library and you can help. Head on over to the fundraising page to learn more about the mission and make a contribution. Every little bit counts! xo, Julia


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 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