*new to me*

July 16, 2012

myla and i have been home twelve hours since our cross-country flight from Los Angeles. I just spent the week in southern california while my twelve year old attended tennis camp. We split our time between Laguna Beach where we stayed in a studio guest apartment with family, Newport, and Irvine. when we arrived last week, i instantly learned that husbands cousin had written a book! this was new to me. somehow, this big news had missed being passed on and i was thrilled to get my hands on a copy. four copies actually.

this cousin is a rockstar. she’s one of those relatives that my girls admire, and when she spends time with us she gives them little female-pep-talks about staying away from boys,


this little girl of mine is obsessed with fashion. so audrey is an obvious icon – when we spotted this book, it was a must-have, must-read. and ever since we read it the first time, sela instantly became more interested in her little red scarf. she is a girl after my own heart.

do you notice when your kids are inspired by trends? i have two kiddos that adore fashion, and two that could care less about what they are wearing. it’s a good balance.

{images by me}


it’s fun to see the people you meet earlier in life evolve into what they become later. what they do. where they live. do you agree?

in college i was on a ballroom dance team & one my friends on the team was a guy named treion muller who boasted the most charming accent from south africa. i recently reconnected with him via Facebook.  i found out he is married with five children and has a new book coming out today! the book is titled, Dad Rules.

Dad Rules is the everyman’s instructional manual that fathers have been waiting for, in the language they can understand.


parent-child book club

March 7, 2012

in january i received an email from kJ’s teacher announcing a parent-child book club. kj is 8 years old and in the third grade. we were instantly interested. until this point of parenting, i had never heard of such an idea. as a parent, i read to my kids when they were babies & toddlers. i love surrounding them with good books filled with beautiful artwork. as they get older, my husband and i put in hours of effort to teach them to read. plus, they receive instruction at school to learn to read. and i’m realizing that somewhere around the time my kids become good readers, i stop reading with them.

typically, because i have four kids,


happy friday!

January 6, 2012

friends, this past year i have been reading, the happiness project. have you read it? heard of it? it’s written by Gretchen Rubin and it’s based on,

“Why I {she} spent a year trying to sing in the morning, clean my {her} closets, fight right, read aristotle, and generally have more fun.”

there are twelve chapters in the book & this year, i’d like to highlight each of those chapters here on see jane blog.

on the first friday of each month, “happy friday,” i will introduce & discuss each chapter, starting with January and Chapter 1. I’ll give a little insight into what i was impressed with &



January 4, 2012

this is a super quick read, that i read in december while i was traveling.

We did not know what to make of her.
In our minds we tried to pin her to cork board like a butterfly,
but the pin merely went trough and away she flew.

this is a novel about the importance of being yourself, accepting you for who you are and what you are. believing in yourself and your abilities. this message is good for young teens, and for adults too. as an adult, are you being true to who you are?