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Goodbye January…

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What I learned in January…

Kosher Salt is for cooking, table salt is for the table.

I always thought that people on cooking shows were just trying to be fancy with their “dash of kosher salt” added casually to the dish. But, I tried it this month and I swear the food actually tasted better. Plus, I feel fancy now too.

Getting to ‘one nap’ rocks. #momlife

We made the switch to one nap around 13 months/Thanksgiving. It still amazes me how much more freedom our days have now that there’s not a morning and afternoon nap. I’m enjoying it while I can before we’re back to two babies and lots, lots, lots of napping.

Bullet Journaling. SAY WHAT?

Have you heard of this? Again, I feel I’m behind on the trend. The concept seems quite amazing for a journal and list-loving person like myself. I’m considering this.

When it’s time to stop using Amazon Prime.

Summer, yes. Prime those diapers to my doorstep please, because we’ve got pool trips and tomatoes to tend to instead of shopping. Winter, no. We need the trip to Target for our sanity. Get me outta this house and into that wonderful place. Have to drive an hour? Don’t care!

A Blessing for The New Year

I know it’s the end of January and that cleaning-organizing-goal-setting-gym-going-healthy-eating business is wearing off. But…this blessing from Emily P. Freeman may revive your joy in the new year anyway.

Free Printable Calendar, yes, please!

Again, you’re probably already set for 2016 on calendars and moving on with life. But, in case you need just one more pretty one….Here’s a free printable. Did I mention it’s also one of those trendy, calming adult coloring books?

How to Fake the Fixer Upper Look

I’m loving the new season just as much as every other twenty-something woman in the United States. But, still, it helps to have a talented home blogger dumb-this-whole-design-thing-down for me into a really simple list for how to steal Joanna’s epic modern farmhouse style.

New Recipes to try…

  • Butter Lemon Parsley Noodles by The Pioneer Woman :: These were really, really good. John devoured them. Easy ingredients you probably already have + heavy cream. I used chicken broth instead of the suggested wine. Will make them again!
  • 1 beef roast + one can tomato soup + garlic seasoning + salt + pepper + crock pot on low for 6+ hours. I tried this on a whim, it turned out better than I expected. The tomato added a richness to the roast that we enjoyed.

This gratitude thing. It’s important.

Read my review of Ann Voskamp’s widely-read book, One Thousand Gifts. 

That’s it friends. Have a wonderful February!

P.S. I have an exciting announcement to make in February. Please stay tuned for my next blog post!

P.P.S. It is not the gender of our baby.




  1. Uncle Jon

    I enjoyed the photos. But as pretty as they are at representing your new Northern Life, the left me asking: who, what, where, why and how. I think photos are far better with a cutline/paragraph of explanation or commentary on the subject matter. Just an observation that may be helpful or not. Maybe I’m the only one to think this way, but if you are going to go through the trouble and effort, it’s just something to think about.

    Salt? I’ve never had reason to think much about it.

    Enjoyed the bullet journal video.
    Enjoyed your Prime observation.

    Glad your doing well…
    Uncle Jon

    • Sierra Shea

      Hello Uncle Jon, thanks for the note! Next time I’ll include some captions for you. You are always my first (and best) editor! Don’t you like the mystery though?

      • Uncle Jon

        No, … I don’t like the mystery… I read books for that or look at my wife’s credit card statements for my mysteries. …

        • Sierra Shea

          Hahahahah! You are so funny!

  2. Laurel

    Love your pictures and the bullited blog.


  3. Aunt Jackie

    I loved your photos!

    • Sierra Shea

      Thank you!


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Hey, I’m Sierra Shea! I am so glad you are here. 

Where do I start with writing to introduce this blog? At the beginning, I suppose: I’ve been writing on various platforms online since 2013. I started blogging shortly after moving to South Dakota.

I am a mother and a maker at heart. I’m so grateful to be married to John and mother of three: Joslyn, J.D. and Jesse.

I am a self-taught decorator and designer. I am a brand new shepherdess and a Spiritual Director.

I love living in South Dakota, even though the winters & the wind can be a near-daily struggle.

Blogging is a grounding force in my life and it helps get me out of my head, unstuck and moving in the directions I always hoped I’d be going!