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We’re moving…

….to California!

Even just writing those words feels surreal.  We’re moving to California.

Never did I ever imagine.  Well….maybe a little.

I’ve said this before on here, but it’s worth repeating.  The more I have the pleasure of living, the more abundantly clear it is to me that the Universe, God, Source (whatever you want to call it) is conspiring for us.  

To give us the life experiences we need (not necessarily want) to grow and expand into the people we’re destined to become.  And that it’s up to us, to stay open, to see the signs in front of us, and bravely follow with faith. 

If I’m being really honest and reflecting back, I think there have been signs for years (if not a decade) that this would be a chapter in our story.  I just wasn’t ready, until now. 

Years ago, and I’m talking a decade ago when Lill was a baby, we lived in a townhouse in Chicago.  We had just sold our condo in the city, and had plans to move to the burbs – but I had cold feet. I wasn’t quite ready to leave the city and was lucky enough to find a townhouse to rent in a neighborhood we loved.  It gave me a year to recalibrate.  That was also the year I coincidentally got really into yoga and did my first yoga teacher training.  I share that because it was the first year I really started my personal growth journey and began questioning a lot of things.

I had this green journal I’d write in every day while the kids napped. I can still picture it, and I remember sitting on the top floor of our townhouse writing out a list of “what if’s….”. 

  • What if JP quit his job and we started our own business, together
  • What if we raise the kids differently than we were raised
  • What if we got out of here, just us and the kids, and moved to California

I’m not sure what made me write down California.  Maybe it seemed like warmer, sunnier, lighter days. I’m not sure.  But either way, something made me write that.  “What if we moved to California.”  I guess that’s all it took.  A seed was planted.  

Since then our life has taken us in so many directions.  Chicago, New York, Connecticut, back to Chicago.  And I don’t doubt for a second those were ALL necessary.  Without question, I know I’m the woman I am today, and we’re the family we are, because of each of those moves & lived experiences.  Each one shaped us into someone new.

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We just got home from a last-minute trip to Florida with the kids. It wasn’t their spring break. We just needed a moment away together as a family so we all played “hookey” for a week and snuck away. We’ve gone to the same place in Florida for the past 5 or 6 years (30A),

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Hummus with dukkah

Hummus with dukkah has become my newest weeknight snacking obsession. I’m always looking for simple ways to step up my snacking game. I’m a huge snacker and live to graze. With having to constantly feed six people (every day) I basically live in the kitchen. Hummus with dukkah is on repeat for me these days.

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life lately

It’s been a while since we’ve had a good catch-up.  Life seems to be going a million miles an hour lately. Between raising four kids, trying to build this business, keeping up with our home, my marriage, our family. Life is FULL. And in many ways really wonderful, but it can also be a lot.

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Mediterranean lentil salad

I’m so in love with this Mediterranean lentil salad, and I know you will be too.  It has so many of my favorite flavors. It’s briny, salt, crunchy, creamy, and so satisfying.  As a vegetarian, I’m always looking for ways to add more complete protein into my diet, so this combination of lentils with quinoa

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Being on vacation sober… what’s it really like?

“Welcome, Mr. and Mrs. Rexing, may I offer you our complimentary drink of freshly pureed mango & tequila to officially welcome you to your stay at…..” Stepping out of the car wondering how best to politely decline this warm gesture, at the gates of this gorgeous five-star resort, just inches from my hand.  How does

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Green Tea & Pineapple Smoothie

A little over a month ago I stopped drinking coffee. Such a bummer, I know (especially since we just a new espresso machine when we renovated our kitchen and created a whole “coffee station” for it). I have a feeling I may be back to coffee soon. But in the meantime, I’ve been on a

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Allowing yourself to feel joy….

Allowing yourself to feel joy, while still having empathy for the world around you. While we were in Mexico, enjoying a sheltered slice of paradise, it was hard to not feel guilty for the privileges we were experiencing, while learning of so much of the world’s suffering.   How can one person in one part of

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