Happy Birthday Jackson!

Happy birthday Jack!

Happy birthday Jack!

I’m a pretty crazy cat lady and have tried to keep it under control on this blog… until now.

My little boy cat turned SIX today! He’s got a wild and crazy birthday planned: something fancy for breakfast and dinner, a day of relaxing on the couch, a few trips up and down the stairs and some quality time harassing Madison (his big sister cat), and lots and lots of snuggles with me.

Enjoy this trip down memory lane as I celebrate Jack’s sixth birthday and reminisce on the days when my little fluff ball first came into my life.

I love you, Jackson Cat Coppersmith Szerwo!


Jack the kitten

He started out looking a little devilish. Hence his name: Jack.
After the neighborhood terror at my parent’s house.

Cats cuddling

Bath time! Courtesy of Maddie

Cats sleeping

Nap time! Jack as a pillow.

Cats cats and more cats

Playing with his toys.

Instagrammed Jack to the cat

I love these cats!!
I love these cats!!
Sometimes I can get in on the snuggling too. I love cats-as-pillows!

Sometimes I can get in on the snuggling too. I love cats-as-pillows!

Hello, Seattle

Hi, friends!

As I sit down to do some blogging, I wanted to share my new favorite spot to write: my chair on the deck. Brandon is inside studying to become a professor, the cats are outside exploring (maybe their fifth un-supervised exploration since they were allowed out) and the sun and the sounds of Megan’s Island are the perfect combination of spring.

2013-5-11 Deck

I hope you’re having a good Saturday! Check back soon for more posts!


Instagram Envy

Instagram Envy: Have you had it? I have.

Instagram Envy: Have you had it? I have.

I met a new friend today and as most conversations tend to do, we ended up talking about social media. She admitted to having a Facebook page, but didn’t like going on because whenever she did, she would get jealous of her friends. Pretty impeccable timing, since I read this article yesterday: “Instagram’s Envy Effect.”

This excerpt sums up the article:

My life looks better on the Internet than it does in real life. Everyone’s life looks better on the internet than it does in real life. The Internet is partial truths—we get to decide what people see and what they don’t.

A fascinating read, this article is spot on. I’ve been victim of Instagram (and Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/Blog/etc) envy a time or two.  In fact, just the other day I was reading My {DIY} habits, a wonderful new blog written by my friend Katie Cole, and I questioned if/how I could be doing more myself. I’m not sure where she finds the time: Katie works, has a toddler and is an expert DIY home remodel-er and blogger. I’m not a slacker by any means and I like to keep myself busy: full-time job, full-time small business and an aspiring rock star blog all while trying to workout, keep up my FitBit numbers and cook delicious and healthy meals for Brandon and myself. I mentioned my envy to Brandon and asked him if I could be doing more and he laughed at me and told me no. So, that was that.

Pie crust #FAIL. Wasn't pretty but tasted great.

Pie crust #FAIL. Wasn’t pretty but tasted great.

I’m pretty good about talking about my failures along with my successes, especially with home and Pinterest projects, but I’m going to try and reveal a ‘more real’ version of myself and my life online and truly celebrate the everyday. Just tonight I made a highly-anticipated birthday pot pie for Brandon (at his request) and totally failed with the homemade crust. I made the most of what I had to work with and used double crust on the top and called it a “rustic” pot pie.  

I hope you’ll join me in committing to share the highlights and mundane parts of everyday life.

New shoes?

Brandon and I are eating better and exercising more and I’m having a rough time with my knee and shins.  I’m thinking about trading in my current sweet kicks for some new ones.

Do you have any recommendations? What do you think of these New Balances?  They’re old school cool…

Old school cool?

Old school cool?


We had a snowstorm in Seattle this past week and it was pretty nice to stay inside and work from home the bulk of the week.

Brandon and I tried to help our plants out — they’re not used to snow — and we had a fun time grabbing huge chunks of snow and ice off of the plants and throwing them at one another.  Here I am posing with one.  The snow has almost completely melted now and the roads are certainly passable, so I will be working at work tomorrow.

Me and the snow