Posts by Lisa-Jo

34. My Worst Mother’s Day

Home Partner With Us 34. My Worst Mother’s Day This is the story of a new mom crushed by one sentence on her first Mother’s Day. And how a decade later she got to re-write those words.  This one’s for anyone who felt disappointed by Mother’s Day. This one’s for anyone who got her expectations…

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32. Still Surprised By Motherhood

Home Partner With Us 32. Still Surprised By Motherhood This is a story from Lisa-Jo’s favorite book baby, Surprised by Motherhood: Everything I Never Expected About Being a Mom. With Mother’s Day just around the corner, Lisa-Jo invites us to celebrate the ordinary wonder of ordinary motherhood. Spoiler alert: there’s really nothing ordinary about it. Or, if…

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31. Our Favorite Neighbor

Home Partner With Us 31. Our Favorite Neighbor This is a story about a man who moved into our neighborhood and it changed everything. This week Lisa-Jo and Christie remember the cultures and friendships and travel that have defined their understanding of their favorite neighbor.  Lisa-Jo takes us back to her two years in Kyiv,…

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30. You’re Allowed Everyday Extravagances

Home Partner With Us 30. You’re Allowed Everyday Extravagances This is a story about painting a dining room nearly charcoal black. And the hundreds of hours it took. This is a story about how it turned a dining room into an everyday extravagance. This week Lisa-Jo and Christie remember the great farmhouse dining room painting…

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27. Friendship Hacks

Home Partner With Us 27. Friendship Hacks This is a story about a friendship that’s lasted 2 decades It’s all our insights into why it’s lasted and how to find friends that love you like family. And how to be that kind of friend. We don’t have short cuts but we do have stories about…

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26. The Gift I Never Wanted to Give My Kids

Home Partner With Us 26. The Gift I Never Wanted to Give My Kids This is a story about a gift I regret giving my children.  If I could take it back I would. Maybe? But maybe not. This is a gift I didn’t realize I was passing on to them, and I never could…

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22. An Easy Way to Reset Your Day

Home Partner With Us 22. An Easy Way to Reset Your Day This is a collection of love stories about the old fashioned cuppa tea. It’s no secret that Lisa-Jo and Christie love a good cup of tea.  Hot, cold, dark, red, or herbal tea is a hot trend these days. But Lisa-Jo’s love for…

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19. You Called Me WHAT Now?

Home Partner With Us 19. You Called Me WHAT Now? This is the story of the labels people pin to us – to our bodies or our lives, or our families or our homes – and that we sometimes start to believe must be true. This is the story of starting to say that we will…

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18. We Were Wrong About Marie Kondo

Home Partner With Us 18. We Were Wrong About Marie Kondo This is the story of the secret shame we all carry about our houses. And the one thing that can free you from it. This is a story about Christie’s house Maplehurst being adrift in a sea of mud and construction and the pungent…

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13: How to keep doing your Ordinary Work without Feeling Discouraged during the Holiday Season

This is the story of how to keep doing your ordinary work without feeling discouraged during the Christmas season.

The wonder of the holidays can be diluted when we have to balance it with the work we do that makes gifts and celebrations possible. This week Lisa-Jo and Christie unpack the reality that everything doesn’t stop just because it’s December. Instead there are still deadlines and work commitments and maybe that’s actually OK too. Maybe we don’t need to believe the Hallmark premise that everything stops around the holidays in time for hot chocolate and mistletoe. Maybe for so many of us the courage to keep providing for our families in the midst of the meaningful season is itself a good and generous gift.

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