Hello! My name is Shannon Taylor. I'm a long-time writer and editor from Minnesota surprised to find myself on an island in the Pacific Northwest with my husband, three younger children (the oldest is attending college in Chicago), and two dogs.

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Kids: Sick Day Tray

I’m sick. Usually, I can nip a cold in the bud by taking some NyQuil to knock myself out and get a good night’s sleep. But that didn’t do the trick this time. Nuts.
Thank goodness I can work in my pajamas! I promised myself that if I put in a few solid hours of work, I […]


The Only Parenting Advice We Need

{ Photography by Claudia Danielson }
Yesterday we went to a memorial gathering for the families of three young girls who died just before Christmas here in our little community. They were in a car accident a mile down the road from our neighborhood. This is as bad as life gets and there is nothing we […]


Mug of Wisdom #48


Wise Words from “Beyond the Grave”

“Nine times out of ten, you probably aren’t having a full-on nervous breakdown—you just need a cup of tea and a biscuit.”
Or tiramisu. That works, too. Check out the entire funny, lovely letter from British writer Caitlin Moran to her 13-year-old daughter.


Welcome, 2014!

Happy New Year! I hope you’re easing nicely into 2014. I have so many things I’m excited to share—like how Lexie turned 13 and suddenly started cooking and organizing (that’s her in the photo taking on an out-of-control cabinet on New Year’s Day).
But since I’m already a little behind this year, I’m just going to kick […]


Love Notes / Today I love you because…

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Do you remember this conversation about tucking notes in lunches? I saw these sweet “Because I love you notes” on Design Mom and had to share them with you.
When I do remember to write a note, I usually just scribble something on a Post-it. But wouldn’t it be nice to be on the receiving […]


Hello, Fifteen

{ Photography by the beautiful and talented Claudia Danielson }
When my kids were little, people would caution in warning tones, “Just wait until they’re teenagers.” So when Andrew turned 13, I was prepared for him to get really horrible. But he never did. I mean, we all have our moments. But he’s a nice person […]


Friday Inspiration

Soaking up the last days of summer….
You know how Newton said that a body at rest tends to stay at rest and a body in motion tends to stay in motion? Well, I’ve been experiencing that with my blog. I got very firm with myself and wasn’t allowed to publish anything here until I got […]


Salted Nut-Roll Bars

These bars are like a childhood dream come true: an entire package of Nutter Butters melted with a stick of butter, and that’s just the crust. Oh, mama. They’re mildly futzy to make, I suppose, what with having to smash up the cookies and make a couple of layers, but I think they’re worth it!
Salted Nut-Roll […]


Back to Basics: Books

{ Dame Agatha Christie and her books: image }
Whenever I feel overwhelmed—and I don’t mean in a sort of casual I have to be in four places at once, what’s for dinner, where the heck are my car keys? way but in more of a I can’t handle this get me out of here sense, I take […]

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