Saturday, January 31, 2015

Creating natures faces from borrowed treasures.

  The cure for everything is sea salt... sweat, tears and the SEA :-)
Meet Miss Costa Rica!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Pura Vida!

A peaceful, simple, uncluttered life with a deep appreciation for nature, family and friends. Costa Rica, you're a dandy. 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Non-hodgepodge Bookstore

Chicagoans, check out my favorite bookstore in Logan Square. Some bookstores can have an overwhelming hodgepodge feel to them. Not City Lit Books - this store has narrowed it down to the best selection of books. I'm so happy that my children's book, Naturehood has found a new, clean and orderly home... sitting next to the best neighboring reads that a book could ask for:-)

Monday, January 26, 2015

Atlanta, GA

Naturehood was adopted into the quaintest little bookstore, 
Tall Tales Book Shop. 
Check it out!

Thank you Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles

The BBBS of Los Angeles has changed my life in many ways. When my little sis' and I were initially matched, Mya wasn't too fond of the great outdoors. Video games and TV took up most of her time, and quite honestly, I would sometimes take California's beauty for granted myself.

As a child growing up in a small town, I was always outside... rain, shine or blizzard. To me, nature has always been God's living room, a place of peace. Some of my favorite memories stem from being outside with my sisters, exploring the great outdoors.

In the summer we would invent state-of-the-art roller coasters with our radio-flyer wagon under our old pine, and transform the same wagon during the spring into an ambulance wagon that saved baby birds who had fallen from their nests.

During the fall, I loved the never-ending collection of assorted colored leaves. It felt as if I were in the fashion district of Paris, fabric shopping in the highest-quality fabric stores. After all, leaves were my fabric in making leaf garments for my sisters' dolls.

During the winter months, we would build snow women, forts, and fill igloos with icicles pretending that they were magical crystals... and for dessert, we made chocolate-covered snow cones.

The thought of Mya not having an ounce of this in her life saddened me. As amazing as technology is, the lifestyle of children today has changed as well. I wrote the book Naturehood in thanks to my initial interaction with little Mya. She inspired me to take this to the next level and to motivate other children to get off the computer screen, and to venture outside the backdoor screen.

I have donated these books to Big Brothers Big Sisters as a guide to Bigs and Littles. It helps us remember to get outside, go to the ocean and swim in the tide. Put those video games aside, hike in the forest and up mountains far and wide, with the perfect recipe for life included inside.

At this point and time, Mya and I feel a bit strange if we are not exploring the wilderness. We do her homework outside, have fancy picnics, go on hikes and are always collecting nature's paint to create "Sticktivities", a fun and free way to get creative and be inspired by nature.
Check out some of these nature crafts here:

Mya has reopened the door to my childhood, and I'm grateful--  After all, every childhood deserves Naturehood.

Thanks, Mya, for flying me around on your imagination plane-- since becoming a Big Sis', life hasn't been the same!

Friday, January 9, 2015

1 week away

I haven't seen my little sis since 2014- Can't wait to get back to Cali.

Creation of Naturehood's Smorgasbord



Mya loves a good spa day


(2013)
Not even two years later, and she has grown so fast... slow down.

Strolling along a New Zealand S(tree)t


Come meet the creatures of Naturehood at www.SticksandStripes.com


 Reincarnature pictures of the cutest fashionista duo.

When you do something, you should burn yourself up completely, like a good bonfire, leaving no trace of yourself~ Shunryu Suzuki


Mrs. Grubb

Zest Contest

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Get your camera's out!!

Take a picture with our Children's Book, NATUREHOOD within nature for a chance to win your very own Custom Reincarnature Portrait!

Monday, January 5, 2015

"I love walking into a bookstore. It's like all my friends are sitting on shelves, waving their pages at me."~ Tahereh Mafi


Naturehood found a lovely new neighborhood at one of my favorites, 
Books and Books!

The body is the soul's house

There are over 37 lessons in the book, Naturehood. Todays advice is to eat mindfully. Take care of your body and feed it well. 
Whether your house (body) is a mansion or a shack, 
it's time to get rid of the junk food, or at least cut back.

Cheers to a healthy 2015!!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Sticks and Stripes' first Custom Reincarnature portrait Giveaway

The founder of Sunshine Dreaming (an online store full of the cutest handcrafted gifts), summited a lovely picture of Naturehood being read within the lush ferns of Australia. 
Though visiting my folks in the Midwest during the midst of a bitter cold winter, I substituted Australia's beautiful summer greenery with the only green in town... christmas tree scraps. 
Post your picture of Naturehood being read within the wilderness for a chance to win your own custom reincarnate portrait!