I’ve been a little MIA lately. I washed hair yesterday and hours later, I realized I forgot to rinse the conditioner out. It was an interesting and greasy day. I was shocked, really, really shocked, when trying to screw the outlet covers in my bedroom (this is not related to my shower mishaps). Note to self: wet floors and screw drivers near outlets don’t mix. I’m officially in my house. Two nights in. The first night, on a wet mattress on the floor. (We’re facing tropical storm weather down here). Marlowe has been one night in (my first night), in a playpen, in my bedroom. Much of the rooms are still left uncompleted, but the main room (the gem of the house) is shaping up nicely. A mix of old and new, but mostly old items: given new life in a refreshing space. I’ve sat on every seat, and in each one I’ve gazed throughout my house in joy and gratitude. I have a nice home, and I am lucky. My friends and family have all gone above and beyond to help make my space: home.
I’ve been wondering lately, what to write about. What do you want to know? I’ve realized that throughout the past few months, this blog has been increasingly impersonal. Not that I’m trying to censor myself, but I just don’t get into many details anymore. I keep many more things to myself: rambling thoughts, single-parenting, work, dating, my co-parenting relationship, and probably much more. I think it’s okay, but I  don’t want to be distant either. Like I mentioned, I look forward to many, many more conversations about food, but what else? If you don’t mind, and/or if you care, I’d like to know what you would like to see more of in this space?
Speaking of keeping more to myself, I have a few things in the works, new ventures. I’m not getting into details yet, because I don’t want to jinx it, or claim failure if nothing goes through, but I’m a bit excited and growing increasingly more excited each time I think about it.
Oh, and what are you being for Halloween? I’m a bit (over) excited for my costume 🙂


  1. I would LOVE to see more pics/updates/decor themes and inspiration on your new house! It looks amazing, unique with lots of character.

    Also, my daughter is 1.5 years old and I stink at making friends (mommy friends or otherwise). It seems like you have some amazing people in your life. How did you meet these people? Advice on making adult friends. Balancing being a (mostly) single mom and a social life?

    LOVE YOUR BLOG – So just more!!

  2. I think the personal-ness of your blogging makes it most interesting because it's so real! It's spicy. Of course the other less personal blog entries are great too, just ya know…not as juicy! 😉 You're much braver than I am, I have been trying to be non personal and still end up getting griped at for "talking about people"! Might as well REALLY talk if I'm going to talk I guess lol

  3. Basically everything you listed that you are censoring I would be interested in reading about 🙂 dating, being a single parent, your new house!! Anything you share is an inspiration

  4. Sorry I totally posted that early…I wanted to say that you have inspired me and I could use some further inspiration in the realm of grocery shopping, meal planning, and knowing what staple items I can use in a variety of dishes. Maybe you've already done a post like this-I honestly didn't even check. But if not, I think we all would love to hear some of your secrets!! Thanks so much, and congrats on your lovely new home. <3

  5. Hello lovely! Thanks for being so candidly you…I would say you do a great job with the balance of sharing personal details and just updating in general. I'm REALLY glad you asked because I actually had a random thought about this whilst grocery shopping (go figure….) where I said to myself, "It'd be so awesome of Drea did a post on staple items for a vegan kitchen, or just ideas for someone who would like to keep fresh, healthy useable ingredients on hand. What is your secret? Do you plan a lot of your meals and buy coordinated items accordingly? You seem to be pretty brilliant in the kitchen and good at just winging it, but I freeze up at the store when I'm trying to think of what to keep on hand. I don't cook a whole lot but I REALLY want to, and yo

  6. I am totally loving the windows and the quirkiness of the new house in general!!!! I love random ramblings, that is what makes us as readers feel like we are talking to someone or actually know them!! 🙂 Audrey is Tinkerbell, I am Peter Pan, and my husband, Carlo, is Captain Hook! I seriously can't wait!! I wait ALL year for Halloween!!

  7. Just want to say that we might be on the same page for decorating…I have two of those elephant side tables as nightstands in my bedroom! I love your blog and I'd love to read more about activities and toy choices you do for Marlowe 🙂

  8. Ha, I've done the conditioner thing too and felt so dumb and greasy after.

    Your new home looks beautiful – I am in love with those windows. Post more pictures of those. 😉

    I was first drawn to your blog by your honesty and the fact that you don't sugarcoat things. I understand keeping things personal, but I do always find those details so interesting because so few people talk about stuff like that. I love your food posts and could get down with some more crafty/decorating stuff. I think as long as you make your blog something you enjoy keeping, you can't go wrong.

  9. Drea your home is beautiful, I am in love with the windows and its going to just be a piece of your little sanctuary 🙂

    I am still debating if I want to dress up but I hot glue gunned together an ewok costume for Judah!!!! 🙂 its AMAZING!!! probably the best work of art I have ever created (besides birthing my son) 🙂 I can't wait for halloween

  10. Just you writing that is so personal. I have to say I kinda enjoy reading about co parenting and dating. I'm sure your life as a single mom can get difficult, I know my life as a non single parent can be difficult and I appreciate reading your blog and how you handle everything. Eventho Im pretty honest on my blog, I still sensor myself, I think you just have too. You know what I really really appreciate, that sometimes days are hard and thats it. I notice so many blogs will write the ending as a sugar coat you dont do that and I admire that. Very much! For our halloween costumes my ardo is going to be a monkey and my hubby and I are going to be bananas. Simple but Im excited too!


  11. As a single mother, I find your blog encouraging regardless of what you write. I think people know that bloggers simply share certain aspects of their life and that is quite okay. I think simply being genuine in what one chooses to share is really the key to good blogging/writing.

  12. I agree with a new house tour, random rumblings are always a nice read as well.

  13. I believe your blog is great and I still find it personal. If there are any more details that you feel comfortable to share though, it would be lovely ( everybody likes stalking peoples' lives on the internet 🙂 right? ). I'd like to see more pictures of your home. It's so good to have a home, I'm jealous of you…in a nice way.

  14. I love your blog. I've been reading it for a few months now, and I have noticed a change in writing, as far as openness goes…which is completely understandable. I don't have a blog (yet) so I know nothing about how it feels to share personal information and open yourself up to eveyone's opinions and know-betters. BUT, I find the posts i love the most are your personal relationships, anxiety and thoughts in your head…at least those are the topics I relate to the most. I do enjoy your recipes, but the posts with more of you are the ones that get me to check your blog daily.

    I would like to know how your candida cleanse went. I had never heard of it before your post, and I was so intrigued (I've had digestive issues for years), that I bought it for myself and fiance. We aren't vegan, but you have totally inspired me to change our eating habits. So thanks:)

    Sending positive vibes/engery your way. Hope Sandy is kind to you.

    Houston, TX

  15. Oh it looks amazing! Amazing what some white paint can do to a room & your wonderful couches of course! We're moving into our new home today & will be renovating in the next months/years haha, quite a lot of work to do, ripping original 1960's wallpaper down! I don't think the blog has become impersonal, you write about what's current for you & at the moment that is moving, you'll speak of everything else again when you see fit. Maybe a post on how young marlowe adjusts to the house would be great for us in the same position!

  16. I love that room! I think you've done a lovely job with you blog, at making it personal. I don't think you've been impersonal at all. I enjoy reading you blog because I relate to a lot of it, since I am a single parent raising a little one as well. Keep writing about what you want to write. Sorry, not very helpful, I know. Although, I'm pretty sure I would like to see a house tour when everything is done!


  17. Love the new space! It's so open and airy. You should totally do a new home tour soon…before and afters would rock too. 🙂 And more Marlowe!! Always, always Marlowe.

  18. Your house looks great, please please post pictures as you decorate 🙂

    And like everyone else, I think you're very open in your blog posts, but maybe more pics of Marlowe? or too personal?

    My 11 month son will be a shark for Halloween, as for mama, probably dressing as a mama haha

  19. Love your new digs! Can't wait to read about your new adventures in your new home. Post pics as things come together…I'm dying to see the rest of your humble abode.

  20. I would love to see more pictures of your new house – maybe talk about the renovations. Also, you didn't write much about your adventures this summer – Hawaii – I would LOVE to hear more about that. And your dating life of course.

    I love your blog by the way – it is one of my favorites that I follow.

  21. Love your space, and I love the swing in the corner! So cool. Where is it from?

    I think your blog has always been personal, for as long as I've been reading it, anyway!

    What are you being? My toddler is being Tom Cruise in Risky Business, haha.

  22. Love, love loveeee what I'm seeing of your new home. Will you do a tour of it when it's completed? That would be lovely.

    I love personal, raw blogs. Ones that aren't always so sugar coated. I think you do a good job of that. Are you dating? I think it'd be cool to talk about that as I know many of my friends who are young mama's who struggle with it.

    Happy weekend! 🙂

  23. I love the open space and the windows in your new family room. I'm being catwoman from the dark knight! As for your blog, I like the ramblings the best.