10 things making me smile

▴ spotting all three animals laying in one ray of sunshine & then capturing it on film ▴ painting my toe nails for the first time in… five years(!?) and feeling like I have brand new adorable feet polish is ‘Jawbreaker‘ by Palate Polish ▴ this prism that looks like I’m holding a little piece

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the beetle + the mourning ring

You know how I have science-based beliefs regarding life and death, how I know that my mom is gone. Dead. Cremated. Mixed with the dirt and the earth. Currently sitting on a shelf, growing into a tree and now swirled into a piece of jewelry I wear. You know how I don’t really believe in

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10 things making me smile

▴ my valentine’s day flowers matching my silly new vase. ▴ “Aunt Kaylah, I have something for you!” ▴ making something silly just for the fun of it. ▴ this plant I rescued from my parent’s house that is now flowering (the flower opened the day after my mom’s birthday!!! cue the tears.) ▴ Sunday

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This year I…

reopened The Dainty Squid shop & made hundreds and hundreds of things! stalked dinosaurs and tiny aliens around my neighborhood. spent lots of time working on the bus with my family. found more four-leaf clovers than ever before! hi mom! spend lots of time wandering the beach and searching for treasures. baked more than ever.

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silver lining

I go back and forth on what I want The Dainty Squid to be these days. There’s a big part of me that wants to back away from sharing personal things on the internet. It’s not always the friendliest place. There’s also a huge part of me that misses when my blog was just a

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The Dead Moms Club – a book review

It has been SO long since my last blog post about books. It’s one of the most popular post requests I get. The thing is, I just have not been reading very much lately… at all. I have to be in the mood to read and on top of that one bad read will set

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doolan family school bus – part 6

Its been four whole months since my last bus update aaaand holy cow, a lot has changed since then! I really don’t even know where to start. I kind of got out of the habit of shooting photos and video because it felt like not too much was happening. The work that was getting done

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six months / things I want to tell you

Yesterday marked six months since my mom suddenly passed away. I don’t blog about grief as much as I want to. Well, I mean, I don’t want to but I do feel like it’s healthy and… important, honestly. Having conversations about loss is essential. As a society, we suck at talking about death. Sure, everyone

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