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Suburban Homestead
Northern California
I am a designer and mother of three. Welcome to my blog!
Interests: Modern design, organic gardening, interiors and product design, cooking, entertaining, graphic design, textiles, patterns, color, music, childrens books, photography, farming, reading, photography..
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Our sweet, sweet Oliver turned 1 this week and we celebrated with a sugar-free cake made of oats, pumpkin, yogurt, cinnamon and dog bones. Sadly, neither dog was terribly into the dessert, nor were their human companions. Perhaps we should have dusted it in bacon bits, like we do everything... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Suburban Homestead
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I've been meaning to drill down into the history of our local Indians. If I learned about the Coastal Miwok while in grade school, I've not been able to retain any of it. As we get ready to embark on a long roadtrip from Wyoming to South Dakota, I've been... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2014 at Suburban Homestead
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I turned 41 this week. The strangest part about it for me is that my mom was 41 when she gave birth to me, and so the number has always held a certain significance. The story of my mom's age at my birth was always followed by awkward exclamations of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2014 at Suburban Homestead
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I used to love throwing kiddo birthday parties. Oh, to dream-up a cute themed party. Not much was more fun for me in those early years of motherhood. ;-) So many hours were spent, dedicated to the cause! Looking back now I wonder if I should have chosen sleep instead.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2014 at Suburban Homestead
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Whenever we are in the mountains, I like to walk through the antique shops in downtown Placerville. Last week, my mom was with us. Over the years, we've shared many afternoons together, stolling in and out of antique shops. It's always been something we've both loved. This time, I had... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2014 at Suburban Homestead
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I haven't been here in a while. I thought I was done, actually. I mean, I really, really thought I was done. I just didn't think I had it in me anymore to keep this blog up. Sure I still took lots of pictures and wrote posts in my mind... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at Suburban Homestead
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I never did get around posting everything we did on our Paris getaway. I would have needed another week off to do all that! ;) But with Mother's Day coming up tomorrow, it does seem fitting to pull these out - our visit to Pont des Arts. The love-lock bridge... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2014 at Suburban Homestead
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My favorite tacos are fish tacos, and for the past five years, I've been a bit of fish taco junkie. Anywhere I've gone, any way they were served, I indulged in fish tacos. I didn't discriminate against shrimp, grilled or blacked, I just made sure I got my fix any... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2014 at Suburban Homestead
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I know it's bad form to post holiday pictures two days after the actual holiday. (And I know it's also bad form to open a story with a negative.) But that's kind of where I am tonight: 48 hours behind, and too beat to deny the truth or spin it... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2014 at Suburban Homestead
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It's spring break for us and we've decided to take a short trip to a wonderful place, right in our backyard. A mere 45 minute drive from home, West Marin delivers a punch of the good life. Tiny towns, secluded beaches, and small-time agriculture, including oyster farms - it's all... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2014 at Suburban Homestead
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SATURDAY: Arriving Saturday, late morning, we had an hour to kill in our new neighborhood before the manager arrived with our apartment keys. We grabbed a quick lunch at a corner shop. Quiche du jour for me, croque monsieur for her. After a long nap in hopes of pulling our... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at Suburban Homestead
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These pictures show one of our busiest days in Paris. Sometimes we'd get off to a late start, a few times we'd miscalculate travel times and miss out on something by the time of our arrival. But this day, we hit it all right. Beanie was such an incredible trooper!... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at Suburban Homestead
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Last Tuesday was THE BEST...or was it...Wednesday?? I have this seemingly unattainable goal to keep all posts on-time and in chronological order, as if that matters to anyone else in the universe other than moi. But unless you pull it together and post religiously, every day, it all starts to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2014 at Suburban Homestead
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I've always had a thing for busts. I'm sure there is a clever joke in all this, but I'm actually being quite serious. Hundreds of years ago, these men and women were once significant enough to have had a bust carved of stone and presented in their honor. And yet...and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at Suburban Homestead
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Welcome to Day 3 of my obsession with with all things Marie Antoinette. It all started when Beanie and I took the train out of Paris for an afternoon at Versailles this past Saturday. At first, I wasn't sure I even wanted to go. I'd been vacillating all week. Having... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at Suburban Homestead
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I have to believe the subject of this post is one you won't find easily on the internet, if at all. I'm curious to know how many people schlep to the palace of Louis', and get hung-up in guest services by choice, snapping shots of the newly remodeled ticket office... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at Suburban Homestead
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Beanie-Love, she will always be the middle child. But this week... ...she gets to be the only child. :) Beanie and I are in Paris this week. Three generations of women in the City of Lights: my mom, my oldest sister and her two daughters, plus Beanz and me. It... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2014 at Suburban Homestead
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We are no strangers to Nick's Cove, but our kids are. At least, they were until last night when we introduced them to this old West Marin hot spot for dinner. Freshly showered and bundled-up after a day at the beach, we savored local oysters in the half-shell, pork chop,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2014 at Suburban Homestead
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I asked the 9yo this week what his favorite subject is to study. He said history. While not all together surprising, it was the first time I actually heard him articulate this. American history has been a long, thick, continuous thread through our first year of homeschooling, but it came... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2014 at Suburban Homestead
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Happy Everything! So much culminates on this weekend - Valentine's was Friday, the Chinese New Year celebrations wrapped up last night in SF with the big parade, and tomorrow we celebrate all our great favorite presidents. We did some really fun things this week in hopes of bringing all these... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2014 at Suburban Homestead