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7 Small Self-Care Moves that Can Have a Big Impact

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phone in hands

2017 has been quite a year so far, hasn't it? I keep saying the phrase "holy holy holy" as I stand in The And Space daily and keep finding my way. I have quite a few self-care moves I turn to that help me stay grounded, and making a list of my favorites is something I always love doing. Just writing them down reminds me to keep doing them and becomes its own act of self-care.

In case you need some reminders about easy self-care moves to make, here are seven ideas to help you take a few moments to practice some self-care in your corner of the world.

1. Pause the Devices for a Bit

Give yourself a break from your phone, computer, television, and tablet. Stop looking at screens for just a little while, so you can be present to the world around you. Notice when you're scrolling because you feel like you have nothing else to do. From waiting in line to sitting at the dinner table, put your phone down and look up. So much information is coming at you in any given moment, and your body, mind, and heart need a break.

2. Move

From a quick dance party to some yoga or simple stretches, move your body to get in some self-care and support. According to Psychology Today, movement helps not only increase brain function but also helps treat anxiety and depression.

Take a moment and think about the ways you most love to move your body, and create some space in your schedule to make it happen. Because I work from home and can spend hours at my computer, I sometimes set an alarm on my phone that reminds me to move. When it goes off, I ask Alexa to play some Paul Simon and I get up and groove.

3. Get Outside

Getting outside helps you create space to stop the swirling thoughts inside you as you notice the world around you. Whether you're at work or at home, pause and take five minutes or so to just get outside. You might want to sit on a bench, stand and just breathe, or take a short walk. Whatever you do, set an intention to really notice the world around you, so you can get the benefit of your time away from your to-do list

4. Rest

Notice when your body and mind are tired. Let yourself rest. Even schedule it if you have to. This might mean just pausing to do nothing for five minutes in the middle of the day or blocking out an afternoon on the weekend to just be. You could even decide to go to bed just 15 minutes earlier to get more sleep.

5. Stay Hydrated

There's a reason doctors recommend staying hydrated throughout the day. As the Mayo Clinic explains, "Every system in your body depends on water" and even slight dehydration can make you tired and affect your energy level. They suggest about 13 cups of liquid for men and 9 cups for women daily, and they stress that all beverages count. 

6. Stop All that Bedtime Scrolling

How often are you scrolling on your phone or tablet before bed? In the middle of the night? First thing before you even get out of bed? Take a few days off from this habit and notice how you feel. All that information will still be there after you get some rest or let yourself wake up before checking in with the whole world. You might want to get a buddy to help hold you accountable for this one. From your partner to your best friend, ask for some support as this is a hard habit to break.

7. Read Some Fiction

You may have seen studies popping up exploring the idea that reading fiction is good for you. According to Science Magazine, reading fiction can increase our ability to understand emotional cues, which can help facilitate our connections with other people. Also, reading fiction gives you a break from the day-to-day stuff, which is a very good thing. I've been part of the Book of the Month Club this year, and I love it! 

photo by Focus in Photography

Tell It: Collage supplies and other good things

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collaging at desk

As I continue sharing peeks inside my collage journals, I've been getting quite a few questions about my favorite journaling supplies. So I'm combining the supplies I love using with suggested supplies for Tell It: Collage so you can have all of it in one place.

Suggested Supplies for Tell It: Collage

  • Journal: Preferably not lined (see some suggestions below)
  • Gluestick (Any glue stick will work - you will need a couple. I'm preferring the Craft Bond from Elmer's for more permanent sticking)
  • Pens + at least one black Sharpie
  • Scissors
  • Magazines/catalogs
  • Other optional ideas: Colored pencils, paint pens and/or gel pens, 1-3 colors of acrylic paint, washi tape
collage brush pen

A Few of My Favorite Collage + Journaling Supplies


Right now I'm working in mainly three (okay, really four) journals. I'll share those along with a few other suggestions. The biggest piece for me is that the journal isn't lined. I have seen some awesome collage done in lined journals, but I'm sticking with unlined for the kinds of collage I'm drawn to and will be sharing in the course. That said, lined is okay if that's what you love.

  • One of my favorites is a really large Cahier Moleskine that I picked up several years ago. It is very similar to these, which I also love, but mine is even bigger than the XL size and can often fit a full magazine page. The pages are thin, which means heavy marker or pen can sometimes be seen on the other side. I don't let this bother me (and will share tips about dealing with that), but it is something to consider. I don't add wet mediums, like watercolors, to the pages of this journal but I do sometimes add acrylic paint (without using any water).
  • Studio Oh! Sketchbook: I love that these are coptic bound so they lay flat. The sketchbooks aren't lined, but the regular journals are so make sure you read the description. I have this one and love it for collaging and journaling. I use only dry mediums (or acrylic paint without water) in it. This is the main journal you've been seeing pop up on Instagram.
  • A Stillman & Birn sketchbook: I'm using the 8x10 size that is for mixed media. The pages are like butter. And they are thick enough for all kinds of mediums, which means I can use paint in it if I like.* I found mine at my local art store. It doesn't have as many pages as the other journals, which is actually kind of nice, especially if you want to focus on one topic or complete a journal sooner. 
  • I love Moleskine sketchbooks and watercolor journals. Both styles have thicker pages, which is nice so pen and marker don't bleed through. 
  • Tricia Alexander makes gorgeous journals. Highly recommend her work!
  • A simple large sketchbook, spiral bound even, also works. (You can of course work smaller, but if you're taking the course, you will probably want something bigger for the prompts we'll be doing. I wouldn't go smaller than something around 10x7.)

*Note, I mention paint several times above but you do NOT need paint for Tell It: Collage. I just share a few tips about how I use it sometimes when I feel the itch or when I want to cover something up etc.

Collage with gold pen

Pens and other writing goodness


I love using just regular inexpensive craft paints from my local craft stores. Target has a fun line. I'm also a bit obsessed with these colors from Golden: Iridescent Gold, Green Gold, Quinacridone Magenta, and Prussian Blue Hue.

Collage magazines


I really believe you can use almost any magazine but you'll want to choose some that have a mix of images and pages with more words etc. A few of my favorites include: Real Simple, O, Vanity Fair, Happinez, Flow, Selvedge, Domino, Marie Claire, In the Moment, Project Calm, Good Housekeeping, The New Yorker, travel magazines, and just about anything I find at the thrift store.

A few of the examples I've listed above are pretty expensive, and I know many lovers of these magazines wouldn't want to cut them up. I respect that. I just made a decision that keeping them on my shelves wasn't as inspiring to me as cutting out the pieces that do inspire me and adding them to my journals. I return to them again and again and bring them to workshops to share etc, so I do feel like the price is worth it. BUT you do not need to use the more expensive magazines for collage. Also, check out your local thrift stores, used bookstores, and even eBay for back issues. 

I welcome questions in the comments, so ask away, and will be adding to this page as I remember other supplies and use new ones.

If you'd like to learn more about Tell It: Collage, head over here. I'd love to have you join us! 

Note: Some of these links are affiliate, which means I receive a small commission if you choose to buy when you click through. Thank you so much for the ways you support my site and small business. 

Tell It: Collage: My new ecourse!

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I'm so excited to share the details about my new ecourse Tell It: Collage! 

In this course, I share one of my favorite creative self-care practices that has become even more supportive to me this year. When I've felt stuck, unsure of what to say, in the thickness of overwhelm, this is the practice that has been saving me again and again.

And I can't wait to experience it with you!


Come along for 21 days of collaging, journaling, and connection to help you tell your story. 

  • Because playing with scissors and glue and images and words connects us to the creative joy inside us.
  • Because we live in a time where the overwhelm can feel tangible, and we need go-to practices to get us back into our hearts.
  • Because honoring and telling our stories helps us push through the stacked up stuff so we can fully show up in our lives.

Tell It: Collage is an ecourse that uses the mediums of collaging + journaling (plus a big dose of inspiration and connection) to help you tell the stories waiting inside you.

But it's even more than that.

It sets the foundation for creative self-care that you can do almost anywhere so that you feel supported and connected to your truth and inner wisdom as you move through the world.

And it connects you with a community of kindred spirits who are each finding their way to telling their stories every single day.


Here's how it works: You'll gather up a journal and magazines + glue + scissors + pens + whatever other supplies you feel called to play with right now. I'll provide prompts, stories, inspiration, and tips.

And then we’ll meet in a private Facebook group and on Instagram to share our stories and creations each day. 

I'll also share peeks inside my journals and how this practice has helped me deepen my relationship with myself, others, and even give me direction with my dreams and business.

Dates: November 14 - December 4, 2017
Cost: $35

Liz collage image.jpg

Tell It: Collage Includes

  • Inspiration, stories, and prompts delivered via email
  • A live group call to connect and share
  • Connection via a private Facebook group 
  • Additional connection on Instagram via our group hashtag
  • Breathing space so you can work at your pace
  • Accessible, juicy prompts for both beginners and experienced journalers
collage journal example.png

Why Collage?

  • Because the act of flipping through magazines to gather images creates a rhythm that gets you out of your head and back into your body.
  • Because this is a creative self-care practice you can do with minimal supplies almost anywhere.
  • Because pasting image and words give you a place to begin to tell your story - no more staring at the blank white pages in your journal unsure of where to start.

I'm so excited to offer my first new course in almost two years and hope you'll come along!

If you have any questions about Tell It: Collage, just comment below or send over an email.

Big love,

the push and pull of motherhood

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I spent a week at Pixie Lighthorse's Soulodge Ranch at a retreat last month. I'm still finding the words to explain how that retreat deeply reminded me of my wholeness. I feel a bit put back together as I'm in the integrating phase in my re-entry time at home. I haven't been to a retreat as a participant in a very long time. Oh my gosh I needed it.

As I keep integrating that experience, here are few words today that started out as ramblings on a post on Instagram about motherhood when I got home and became a reminder that I'm letting sink into my bones.

I think about the pieces that are her story, the pieces that are mine, and I know we are here to teach each other.

And yet, sometimes our different personalities make me feel like I woke up in the middle of a busy intersection in a country I've never visited.

And yet, so often she holds up a mirror. 

And yet, even though the initial moments of my return Saturday night from a week away were in the realm of me saying to the universe, "Wait, what? You stitch me back together and throw me into this?" with tears tapping around the edges, we made it to the next day with a renewed sense of softness amidst the sharp edges.

As she said goodbye on her way to camp one day last week, she yelled through the closing door, "I can't wait to cuddle more as soon as I get home."

Yes. Yes to all of it.

Even the holy wow this is harder than I ever thought it could be moments.

Because last week in the sacred meadow I remembered the answers inside me.

I remembered I am never alone.

I remembered I could reach out with an open hand.

I remembered there is still time to teach her so much. 

The truth is: Sometimes I try to convince myself that there is supposed to be a balance. Or that other people know what they're doing while I flail. I try to convince myself that I've failed. That somehow so much that feels hard is my fault. I feel all the feelings all the time.

The truth is: I'm doing the best I can. Sometimes my best is awesome. Other times my best is tired, annoyed, and overwhelmed. 

The truth is: I so often say to others, "All that you need for the next step is inside you. Trust that truth." I say it because I believe it.

The truth is: I'm remembering that applies to me too.

There is a push and pull in this experience of life, of motherhood, of being human. Each day that push and pull is there. Sometimes you find your footing and the sand beneath the surf doesn't swirl away. Other days you realize you can step onto the boat just waiting for you (do you see it right there beside you). Other days are just hard. And other days, you see the open hand beside you inviting you to step out of the push and pull and rest. 

I could go on and on with this image because the push and pull of the waves, of the grief and the joy, of the beauty of every day and the longings inside me...this push and pull is always present within me. 

It's a piece of The And Space that I walk through.*

One reason I practice is to create space inside me that feels more centered, grounded, and better able to navigate that push and pull. I hold onto mantras and poems and minutes outside breathing so that I can pause the swirling thoughts and be present to whatever is unfolding, to whatever is ahead. I sit in meditation, write out my thoughts in my many journals, reach out to you with a story, capture life through my lens to make sense of it all. These are all pieces of my practice.

While standing on a beach with my daughter last week, reminding her, reminding us, that getting outside and just being together can provide a restart, I remembered that I have time to teach her. I remembered that it doesn't have to look like someone else's life. I remembered that I have to keep practicing so I don't get carried away by the push and pull. I remembered I can continue to give us both the tools to come home to ourselves.

Right now, as we continue to be in this part of our time where we walk side by side, each on our own paths, she often reaches out for my hand but also really wants to walk ahead of me. Sometimes at the same time. Sometimes she really wants me to carry her. There is a deep push and pull at times. And I'm seeing that she feels that too. 

So we practice. We practice so we can better navigate and find our way. We practice to find the softness and ease. We practice to find the love.

Yes. Yes. Yes.

*The And Space is what I call this place where we hold onto the beauty and the mess, the joy and the grief. It's this place where we build bridges between the routine of daily life and the longings within. It's where we acknowledge the next steps we want to take. You can read more about it here. 

This is a story I shared with my newsletter list this week. If you'd like stories like this one in your inbox, you can sign up here.

13 poems that just might get under your skin (and change your life)

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I love poetry. Poets save me with their truth-telling, getting-right-to-it, you-are-not-alone ways. And lately, I've begun to feel like we need them more than ever before.

Here are 13 poems that just might change your life. At the very least, they will get under your skin and make you think. And if you're new to poetry, they just might make you fall in love with it.

1. "The Peace of Wild Things" by Wendell Berry: My mother sends out emails to a group of us a few times a week. They are dispatches to support the resistance, filled with information and encouragement. I sent her this poem after she sent the last one. It's one we all need. (And you can hear Mr. Berry read it when you click through. The best.)

2. "Enough" by David Whyte: This poem is short, and really it's at the heart of what I hope you most know to be true. If you're new to David Whyte, start with River Flow, which is a collection of his poems from his first five volumes of poetry. I also highly recommend his audio CDs of poetry and non-fiction. 

3. "Forgetfulness" by Billy Collins: When you click through, you can also hear him read it. Go ahead and do that right now.

This is the part where I tell you (and tell me), please make sure all the poets you read aren't white men. So let's dig deeper into the world of poetry, shall we?

4. "won't you celebrate with me" by Lucille Clifton: Love her words here on "where ideas come from" and the importance of attention.  

5. "Kindness" by Naomi Shihab Nye: This poem feels like one of the most important things we can read right now. 

6. "French Chocolates" by Ellen Bass: This poem gets right to the truth of what it feels like when you are going through the shit of life and people keep saying platitudes and you keep wondering if you're invisible. I freaking love this poem.

8. "Persimmons" by Li-Young Lee. Read this one aloud. And then read it aloud again tomorrow. And then the day after. Read it until you can feel the dance of the language and the heartache and the beauty twirling together.

9. "Let America Be America Again" by Langston Hughes: This poem. This poem. This poem. Please read the whole thing. Out loud. And then sit in the quiet, thinking, listening, learning.

10. "I Am Offering This Poem" by Jimmy Santiago Baca: I read this poem through a few times but it wasn't until I head the poet read it himself that I felt it in my bones. Listen to him read it here.

11. "The Powwow at the End of the Earth" by Sherman Alexie: This poem is like a sermon. Pay attention.

12. "Apollo" by Elizabeth Alexander: For a poem to really capture me, there has to be a sense of place - meaning I have to be able to get my footing as a reader. Maybe the reality is that I just need this sense of place to "get" the poem and it has nothing to do with the poet. This poem immediately gives a sense of place while shoving me into a part of the story I'd never have thought of if the poet hadn't written this.

13. "Wild Geese" by Mary Oliver: If you know me well, you are probably wondering how I got all the way to 13 before mentioning Mary Oliver. I imagine I'll do a 13 Things post just about her. Until then, read this one. And even better, listen to Mary read it when you click through. This is one of her most famous poems, and I put it on this list because even if you know it, it is one to read again and again as it sinks into your bones. Also, the collection of poems in Red Bird always bring me home when I'm off center.

What poems have pushed you and gotten under your skin? Please share in the comments.

And if you feel a poem inside you start to brew, to dance, to speak aloud, start writing, dear one. Start writing right now.

Talisman of the Month Club Update

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When I decided to dive in and create the Talisman of the Month Club earlier this year - to move it from an idea to an actual offering, I didn’t know what the response would be. This offering felt deeply in alignment with the work I do and want to be doing, and it felt very vulnerable to put it into the world.

The response has been incredible, and it keeps expanding every month, not only through the number of subscribers but also through what the subscription itself actually includes. 

As it has grown, I’ve realized that the current pricing isn’t sustainable. 

In order to make it more sustainable and juicier, I’ve made the decision to increase the price starting with the June box. 

This means that the price of the monthly, 3-month, and 6-month subscriptions now more accurately reflects what you receive each month. I’ve updated the description of the monthly club, which includes an updated list of what you receive with your monthly subscription:

1. A box filled with the following goodies:

  • A handmade pewter pocket talisman hand stamped with a phrase to support you, infused with love and blessings, and packaged in a cloth bag so you can easily carry it with you.
  • An additional item that complements that month’s theme that you can use as part of the monthly practice (for example, a gemstone, framable quote, small piece of art, the glass heart from the April box shown in the photo above, etc).  
  • A 2.5”x2.5” print with that month’s theme that becomes a reminder to place on your desk or altar (multiple months create an inspiration deck for you)
  • A note from my heart to yours focusing on the monthly practice with creative self-care ideas to get you started.
  • A surprise additional gift or two to support your self-care journey.
  • Gorgeous, thoughtful packaging that invites you to slow down and create a mindful moment of self-care as you open it each month.

2. 3-4 email newsletters a month that include prompts and inspiration, for example:

  • Self-care practice ideas
  • Mindfulness practices to try 
  • Meditations
  • Stories
  • Journaling prompts
  • Reminders to encourage you to keep practicing and continually remember you are enough as you keep showing up each day

3. Community, connection, and support via a private Facebook group where we talk about ways to work with the month’s practice, share supportive stories, and so on.

4. The opportunity to add on 1-on-1 sessions with me to dive deeper into your practice (at an additional cost).

5. Discounts for the Soul Mantras shop and some of my other offerings. 

NEW! Monthly Subscription Option

You now have the option of a month-to-month subscription, which you sign up for once, and the cost of the box will automatically be deducted monthly via Paypal. 

Additionally, I’m increasing my availability via new monthly video lessons and more connection in the Facebook group.

You can read all about the updates and new pricing and subscribe over on the new TOTM info page.

Current Subscribers: Please note that if you are a current subscriber, your cost will not increase until it is time for you to renew your subscription. You should have an email from me with more info in your inbox. And of course, get in touch with any questions.

Thank you for coming along on this journey. I am so grateful for you.

Self-Care Move: Creating Space for Connection

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just connect pocket talisman available at Soul Mantras

Self-Care Idea of the Week: Creating space for connection (and how opening our hearts to others helps support us as we hope to be more present in our lives).

For a few years now, I've been really blessed to have a circle of kindred spirits in my life. Women who value honesty and kindness. Who create space to listen and ask that I hold space for them in return. Who love me even when I don't show up as my best self, and who remind me who that best self is. 

But it hasn't always been this way. In the past, I tried to convince myself that this deep connection was supposed to look like something really specific, such as a group of women who all know each other and meet up a few times a year or even once a month. I tried to imagine a "ya-ya sisterhood" of sorts and wondered why I didn't have one or wasn't invited to be part of one. And I wondered why I wasn't finding this core group within my own community even though the reality is I spend most of my time with my family and I work from home.

But what I've learned is that connection is more about keeping my heart open and noticing when I feel deeply seen by another person. It is less about thinking I need a group of women who all know each other to become my go-to people for the rest of my life. And it is more about realizing that friendships ebb and flow and that I only feel connection when I actually try to connect with an open heart, even when this feels like a risk, perhaps especially when it does.

In my case, even though I'd been thinking about, talking about, wishing for more connection (with new friends, with people in my community, with entrepreneurs with similar experiences to me), I believe that I began to find it only when my heart opened to all the vulnerability that connection might mean. This means tending to the incredible friends I already have and letting them know how important their friendships are to me. This means holding space for all the past hurts and deciding to stay open anyway. This means making the choice to show up as me and set aside the person I think someone wants me to be. And this means continually recognizing all the gremlins that come up, especially when reaching out for new connection. Gremlins like:

  • I might be rejected.
  • I might say something silly when trying to actually say, "Want to get coffee sometime?"
  • I might seem too eager.
  • I might not be cool enough.
  • I might not have the right clothes.
  • I might over share.
  • And how the list goes on and on. 

When we open our hearts to this connection, we realize we don't have to go it alone. We let love in. And letting love in might just be the most important thing we say YES to.

This week: What one brave move could you make toward connection today? Take a few moments to really think about this one. Is there someone in your life who you've been meaning to reach out to with gratitude? Someone who you know is having a hard time who might need someone to say, "How's it going over there?" and then really listen? Do you need to ask for support? Imagine letting someone know that you just need her to listen to you today. Let yourself move toward connection. 

Mantra: As you work with this practice of opening up to connection, here are some mantra ideas for you:

  • I choose to keep my heart open.
  • I can be brave and afraid.
  • Listen with your heart open.
  • Trust that yes inside you.

Other resources and tools: John O'Donohue's book Anam Cara, rose quartz, just about all the Piggie and Gerald books, and this guided compassion meditation.

And a few other self-care ideas for you.

creating space for connection

13 Things for the Plant Lover

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I'm pushing myself to get back to blogging and am going old-school with a schedule, including this new series of posts I'm calling "13 Things Thursday." I'm going to make lists each week that will include everything from mindfulness ideas to finds on the web to resources to things in my curvy girl closet (yes! I'm bringing it back!) to favorite things and so on. 

Today, I'm diving in with 13 Things for the Plant Lover because I have become quite the plant lady over here. Plant-y things are pretty on trend these days, and here are a few fun things I've spotted.


1. This Adopt a Plant t-shirt is so cute! It's by MagnoliaRootsCo and comes in a variety of sizes. (Also partial to this succulent t-shirt and this Let It Grow t-shirt that makes me start singing a plant version of Elsa's song.)


3. Bring on all the monstera leaves! I really want one of these plants in my home soon. Until then, this mug is on my wish list. We have the mama and papa bear mugs from Nokk Valley and I use mine daily. Hoping for this one for my birthday.


5. I love the DIY terrarium kits that are popular right now. They make great gifts and a fun activity with kids. This one is from Bliss Gardens Boutique on Etsy. Most terrariums like these have succulents and/or air plants as their main focus. I have one my brother made me when Ellie was born.  


7. Love this look from Target. The planters are on my wish list. I love the idea of having them out on my back patio in the summer and inside in our rainy seasons. 


9. This eeBoo 1008-piece puzzle is where the cat lady and plant lady come together. Eleanor and I love puzzles, and this on was by far our favorite of 2016. We have several eeBoo puzzles (and other good things) and I highly recommend this awesome company.


11. Eleanor and I LOVE this cactus umbrella. It is THE perfect size to actually keep you dry and it easily fits two people. We found ours at one of our local favorite stores, Stocklist Goods. You can find it online at Nordstrom.


2. Kangaroo pocket + wide neck + comfy sweatshirt + cacti. Yep. Sign me up. Love the not so needy cactus sweatshirt from Nicola and the Newfoundlander. Their whole shop is pretty darn cute.


4. I'm a bit obsessed with thinking about putting this heart-shaped monstera patch on my new favorite denim jacket (that I have yet to find - the search is underway!). There really are so many awesome patches over on Etsy. I've begun a collection and when I finally find that jacket, it will be rad. 


6. Last summer I met Sam of Hemleva at a craft show in Seattle and fell in love with her "plant lady is the new cat lady" pin. She's expanded to all these pins and they are adorbs. Also, she makes gorgeous himmeli, which are air plant holders that are really like artwork for your home. 


8. That adorable Target pillow to the left is out of stock, but you can get this one from Society6 in several sizes and in indoor and outdoor varieties (imagine all the incredible outdoor pillows!).  


10. If you are looking to decorate with plants in your home, The New Bohemians by Justina Blakeney is full of ideas to help you add green goodness to every single room in your home. It has been a huge inspiration to me as is her blog


12. This cactus phone case from Sonix is pretty darn cute. Love the flowers and the stars. I have one similar to this one with peonies, and it's been awesome, protecting my phone after many a fall.


13. This cactus necklace from Splendor and Stone on Etsy might just be my favorite item on this list. Gretchen is a local Tacoma artist who I've had the pleasure of meeting. She creates so many fun pieces that you can wear every day or for special occasions. Head over to her shop and explore! (If you've seen the reveal for this month's Talisman of the Month Club box, you know why I have my eye on this one.)

I hope you've enjoyed this first post in my new Thursday series! Note that some of these links are affiliates, which means I receive a small commission if you purchase through the link. All photos are copyright to the businesses and makers mentioned.

Check out more of my favorite things posts here.