Archive for 2014

Oh 2014

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

Dear 2014, You certainly kicked our butts. Mostly in good ways. love, clare, husby, and Cheeks It’s almost like we tried to shove every possible big life change into a single calendar year. I think my grandma put it best when she told us, “Well, you certainly don’t like to let the grass grow under […]

around here in mid-October

Monday, October 13th, 2014

around here we are trying to re-teach a certain seven month old how to take naps. around here I have a pantry stocked with pickles, tomatoes, salsa, jam, and a freezer filled with green beans and chard. The spoils of summer will remain with us for a while. around here there are 20 pounds of […]

7 things: summer 2014 faves

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

What’s this? A new 7 things post? Who’d of thunk? But here I find myself, freshly on the other side of 30. New city. New baby. New blog. With all these new things in my life I thought I’d offer up a list of my tried-and-true summer faves for a little bit of balance. 1. […]

Introducing Building Earth the website

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Yo dudes. I wanted to let you all know that I’m moving my building earth posts over to I plan to continue posting over there twice a week about all things green building and green lifestyle. You should definitely check it out it those topics interest you. I’m still getting some of the previous building […]

Some food for thought

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Just a quick video to spark those creative juices this afternoon.  

A midsummer strawberry and kale salad

Friday, July 18th, 2014

We’ve been very busy in the macnamania household with family visiting, project working, and just general adjustment to life with a first year resident. At the end of the past few days I think all three of us have been exhausted. But we’re getting by pretty well, and doing our best to enjoy the summer. […]

Happy Independence Day!

Friday, July 4th, 2014

Now get outside and enjoy a beautiful day with your loved ones. And I’ll do the same.

Dear Detroit, I’m sorry we’re leaving

Friday, June 13th, 2014

This past weekend Husby, Cheeks, and I made the move from Midtown Detroit to Madison. Add Husby and I to the list of young, educated, financially stable folk who came into Detroit with bright eyes and dreams only to leave too early. There are many things that factored into our choice to move away from […]

Trying to green our move

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Let’s face it, packing up an apartment’s worth of furniture, furnishings, and stuff and hauling it across the country is not really easy on the earth by any stretch of the imagination. But between all the packing materials and that big truck there are a few ways we’re trying to make our move a little less resource […]

Growing Fruit Trees From Seed

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Husby and I have this dream where someday we have an orchard full of fruit trees. In our wildest orchard dreams we also have a greenhouse orchard with tropical fruit trees as well. I mean really, delicious fruit and natural carbon sequestration? What could be better? Because we try to live life in the now, […]