Arts & crafts



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    Homemade boba pearls

    Amidst the last heatwave, I took out the tapioca flour, turned up the stove, and rolled together a couple hundred (???) boba balls. Homemade boba is probably the ceiling to my…

  • Food

    Regrowing Green Onions in Water Only

    Week 9 of Day in the Life: Katie Shelters At Home covers a food hack that apparently everyone except Katie and me knew about before the pandemic. I think it’s a…

  • Snake plant home decor

    My 8 favorite houseplants

    Growing up, I thought it was ridiculous how many plants my mom keeps around the house until I turned into a plant lover myself. Apparently ‘plant lady’ is the new cat…

  • Travel

    Cousins Ski Trip to Utah

    This is such a long post that I’ll compensate with a brief intro. Welcome to Week 8 of Day in the Life: Katie Shelters At Home by guest blogger Katie: a weekend itinerary…

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    Arts & crafts

    DIY: Painted terracotta pots

    Ever since I got into plants, I’ve read so much about the benefits of terracotta pots. The porous clay material allows for good air and water movement, promoting healthy plants with less chance…

  • 8 layer honey cake recipe

    8-Layer Russian Honey Cake

    This is Week 7 of Katie’s guest series, Day in the Life: Katie Shelters At Home. While her previous hiking suggestions inspired me to #OptOutside for a $40 hike (thanks nail in tire), today’s…

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    Home Work

    WFH essentials

    Essentials may be a loaded word (or clickbait, sorry) but these following items have been occupying valuable real estate on my desk at work – now home – for good reason.…

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    Social Distancing Hikes in the Bay Area

    After shelter-in-place orders were enforced, it seemed like Katie was going on a hike every other day (more than her usual hiking quota). This guest post, Week 6 of Day in the…

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    Misc Travel Work

    What’s in my wallet?

    Week 5 of the Day in the Life: Katie Shelters At Home series is as fun as money talk can get. When guest author Katie first pitched the idea, I originally wasn’t interested but…

  • Home Travel

    Cacti from Arizona: Then & now

    Guest blogger Katie, along with commentary from Mary on cactus #4, #10, and #11, share updates on their beloved Arizonian souvenirs in Week 4 of Day in the Life: Katie Shelters At…