World Suicide Prevention Day

It's been one year since I lost my friend Jenny to suicide. I've rewritten this post no less than 100 times, and contemplated not publishing at all. In the end, I found it too ironic that J left us on a day that most people are campaigning to save lives, and decided this story was one that …

Powder Room Reno! An Intro

We have been living in our fabulous blue home for 2 years now! Sometimes I can't believe it, and other than our post about buying the house, it's been pretty absent from the blog. I've gotten a few requests from friends to share more of our house, but I've been in a constant state of "I can…

Savannah

This past weekend Eric, the pups, and I traveled to Savannah for a quick getaway trip with friends. Eric and I had never been except while driving through, and our friends Toree and Patrick knew we'd love it. Plus, what a better way to kick off summer than to eat, drink, and explore our way …

A Weekend in Nashville

Full disclosure - all of this didn't actually happen in one weekend as you can tell by my various hair colors! Eric and I went to Nashville last September for a friend's wedding (my first time there!). Unfortunately, we learned of a dear friend's passing the same weekend, my phone broke (mea…

One Year With Skillpop!

As of last month, I have officially been teaching with Skillpop Charlotte for one whole year! If you haven't heard of Skillpop, it's an organization that provides pop-up community classes in Charlotte and Raleigh, NC (and very soon they'll be expanding to a new city!). Classes cover everyth…

West Coast Trip: Los Angeles

We've finally made it to our last stop on the west coast road trip! Ahhh Los Angeles. I visit LA every year to see family, but it was fun to visit with a friend that hadn't been there before so I could revisit some touristy things again.  You can tell this was our last stop on the trip…

Lessons from Organizing a Design Conference

Holy cow - I just wrapped up co-organizing (and speaking at!) my first design conference on Friday! FusionConf is the brain-child of my pal Bermon Painter, who I organize our monthly design meetup with. He approached me last year about starting a quarterly web conference each focused on a d…

West Coast Trip: 24 Hours in SLO

Ahh San Luis Obispo, I love you! After Toree and I trekked through Big Sur, we stopped to stay the night in SLO. I'd been dying to stay at the Madonna Inn for years, and wasn't about to pass up the chance since this was on our way to LA.  My biggest regret is that we didn't spend more …