March 11, 2013

the kitchen is now that top color

Hello my Lovelies.

I think that I pretty much have it all figured out.

Thank you for your kind words, your emails, and your phone calls.

I have been dissatisfied with my format for awhile and wanting something sleeker, bigger, better. I didn't see myself pulling it off and now I do. I have wanted to pull my children out of the focus, and zero in on the heart of the matter.

What the cuss is the heart of the matter?

It's this.

We have one short life. We need to live it with a grin whenever possible. We need to be our one true self. We need to teach that to our children and be their finest advocate for it. We should laugh and love first, risk and leap without hesitation, and always look squarely at the boogers that like to creep in and well, blow. We should always be learning and push push pushing. We need to stop comparing and offer up our quirks and color and fire.

We should definitely step away from the Joneses.

We need to throw it all on the wall. Our biggest dreams, our niggling fears, our silly desires, our inner child, our old soul. Mistakes and triumphs, both. Throw it and make it stick. Use duct tape if need be.

I'll be writing about all that. With kids. With dreams. With joy and faith and simplicity...

Are you in?

I'm all in.

I am switching to Wordpress which FREAKS ME OUT. I am doing all my own art work, which you haven't seen so much and will require learning photoshop (huge personal fear of mine). I will have a store with some unique items. I am MOST EXCITED to offer a real live newsletter that comes via snail mail...not to your inbox. Your kids will LOVE it as much as you will.

So that's where I am, with my big ideas.

I won't lie, it scares me to death.

I have a goal, and if my evil nemesis, HTML, doesn't interfere I should be up and running in a month or so.

In the meantime, I'll keep you posted!



  1. Oh YES YES YES!!!!! Soooooooooooo crazy excited for all of this! Go lady go! And a snail mail news letter???? Goodness I love you :)

  2. I would love to see the kitchen in it's hot pinkness!

  3. In.
    (I'm not even sure what we are talking about, but it's you and you sound passionate, so good: that's how in I am in.)
    Time to read your archives...

  4. Oh I am so in!! Can't wait. And good luck!

  5. Sounds awesome! Cant wait to see the new site.

  6. Oh Ivey--I'm so excited for you you! I LOVE new stuff, HATE new stuff but always encourage others in THEIR new stuff ;)) Thank you for taking the leap into the new--Spring is the perfect time to do it!!

  7. Wonderful news - count me in!!!! You are so correct in we cannot let life pass us by.

    Chey xo

  8. Please please count me in!!! I knew you wd figure it out!! Looking forward to some real snail mail!!!

  9. Please please count me in!!! I knew you wd figure it out!! Looking forward to some real snail mail!!!

  10. I (we) are in. Let fly!!!!

  11. So glad you figured it out. I am working on migrating to wordpress too. It seems like all the cool kids are doing it (which actually makes me pause)

  12. Hey Ivey, Goodie,Goodie!Something else to look forward to in my retirement. Love, Ann

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  14. I am overjoyed by this news and am happy to help you with Photoshop.... for a price.

  15. That is GREAT news Ivey! As a professional webdesigner, I can assure you that HTML is not evil at all! If you ever need help or just answering question, feel free to give me a holler. I'll be more than happy to help.

    I love love love your message. Keep dreaming big! And help will always come along the way.

    I'm stoked to see your new space and am sure it's going to be amazing. Way to go! :)

  16. ok xm!!! i have a very very small grip on it, but would love to ask a few questions at some point! i will need your email! purty please!!!!

  17. Oh, that's such good news.
    Just re-invent yourself!
    Why run away from your fan club?
    I would love a snail mail newsletter.

  18. Ivey, that all sounds so great! Your own artwork? YES! Snailmail newsletter! HELLS YES! I am so fully in and excited for you. (Also, I know someone who is a wordpress whiz if you need any help).

  19. Definitely in. Yes to the pink, to the newsletter (LOVE that idea), yes to seeing your artwork, and yes to risk, laughter, and dreams. So glad you're back.....

  20. Yay! I've only been reading for the past few months and don't comment often, but was so sad when I thought your posts were gone! Your writing really make me laugh - out loud. So glad I popped over to see if you "figured things out". Pink kitchen? fabulous! Snail mail - LOVE snail mail. Can't wait to join along...

  21. ... just popping in for an update.
    Hope everyone is springy!

  22. Wow, what a powerful post! Thank you.


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