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November 1, 2013

Welcome, fall.

I love fall. I mean, I know *everybody* loves fall. But seriously, I think it’s my spirit season. We certainly have plenty of warm days ahead of us here in Southern California, yet I can’t help feeling slightly desperate to put away the sunscreen and popsicles (okay, probably not the popsicles) to enjoy sweaters, chilly bright mornings, tea in the afternoon, soups, holidays, whiskey cocktails, and the like.

Though full disclosure, I’m always excited about the next season, no matter which is coming up.

I love the opening line of Peter Rabbit and the Pumpkin Patch, a book we’ve been reading very often over the last few weeks:

“After suffering through the stifling heat of summertime, the cool, crisp air of autumn always makes one feel more lively.”

Doesn’t that sum things up so nicely? Fall is so much about being inspired for me. I’ve been feeling that so much lately, but also a bit disappointed with how little time I really have to cook and grow and create like I used to do. Then I remind myself of how I’m growing little boys now, which is a project that is so mind-blowingly rewarding (also incredibly challenging) that I am mostly okay with not being able to do it all.

Doing it all… hmm. There’s been a lot of talk about that recently, hasn’t there? I know I find myself assuming that everyone else IS while I am not. This brilliant opinion piece in the New York Times that my dear friend Laura passed on to me is a pretty perfect analysis of how I feel about this issue. Frankly I’m just bored hearing about it. We have what we have. I like to try to remember that it’s more than enough.

In the same vein, this even more brilliant article on Instagram and self esteem is a poignant reminder to me of how best to approach your relationship with social media. If you haven’t read it, you really should. Thanks to the always insightful Lily for sharing it on her blog.

(Clearly these things have been on my mind a lot of late.)

Brock and I have been married for 5 years this month. FIVE YEARS! Wow. When I look back at our wedding, no matter how much fun I know we were having then, I would never not for one second want to trade those days for what we have now. But that sure was a good night.

I made these outstanding slow roasted, oil poached tomatoes from the most perfect late season San Marzanos. We still have some in the fridge and I’ve been nibbling on them for treats. They are like candy.

Also made some essential toy investments recently. After sorting through our current collection, of course. I do love purging toys. Play food, where have you been all my life? And because my boys are obsessed with our broom and mop, I got them one of each in their size. Of course I really need two of each because they will forever want what the other has, it seems.

This cuff is pretty perfect.

I heart this family newborn shoot we featured on 100 Layer Cakelet. Baby. Want. WAIT! Have. Hormones are crazy things, aren’t they?

Also some of my favorite books for parents and favorite books for fall are over on the 100 Layer Cake family blog too.

Which as you might have guessed is generally where I spend my blogging time right now. But the thing is? I really miss it here. Sharing parties and costumes and family photography is fun and all, but I miss my teeny tiny corner of the internet. I think, with the arrival of fall, I will make a more more earnest effort to be here more often. At Crafting Community I met two sweet ladies (Hey Melissa, hey Adrienne!) who stopped and said hi because they’d been reading this blog since BEFORE I WAS MARRIED. (Did I mention it’s been five years?) I was 1) shocked and 2) completely flattered and humbled that anyone still knew that my blog existed. I hope I can pick up where I left off soon. I hope some of you will still be out there.

If you are,


(Photos from our annual trip to the best pumpkin patch ever on the way out to Palm Springs.)


  1. Jennifer Planeta said on November 1, 2013

    I’m still here and I LOVE your blog. You have such a beautiful eye for photography. Looking forward to reading the articles you linked in the post. Have you read this one?

    So fascinating. I’m working on a project that aims to change how women and new families are supported in this country. Happy Autumn! PS. Our baby boys could be bothers.

  2. rachel lockwood said on November 1, 2013

    Still here and would love to hear more from you. I always enjoy your posts! I moved away from LA a year ago, so your blog is a nice window back to the LA life for me. :)

  3. Angela said on November 1, 2013

    I’ve been following you since your pregnancy with Forest. I was pregnant with my 1st at the same time and have been following you and 100layercakelet ever since :)

  4. Dee said on November 1, 2013

    Hi – I’ve been following you since before you were married as well and am always thrilled to see your new posts. Life gets busy – we all understand!

  5. Sara said on November 4, 2013

    Hi Kristina! I’ve been following your blog since before you were married, too. Your blog has always been one of my favorites, and you introduced me to some other faves: Jora of Domestic Reflections & Jocelyn of Simple Lovely. I do miss your posts and hope you do find the time to pick back up again soon. I will still be here!

  6. Clare said on November 5, 2013

    Hi Kristina,

    Always love to see you here! Gorgeous photos as always. Happy Fall!

  7. Leigh said on November 6, 2013

    I, too, have been following your beautiful life since prior to your wedding and I have loved and been inspired by the organic and thoughtful way you approach your everyday and your family. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve referenced your recipes, cloth diapering advice and birth stories as I have prepared for and experienced my own growing family. Thank you for all that you share!

  8. danielle rowe. said on November 6, 2013

    dude. thank you. you’ve given me lots of info to ponder- and frankly- it makes sense to blog 1x every so often. as a mama, that’s all i really have time for these days and i’ll probably refer back to these last few posts a few times for all the info.

    way to keep it real and beautiful at the same time. lots of love lady-


  9. Michelle said on November 15, 2013

    Really looking forward to hearing more from you!

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