We're Jacqueline and Randy, a blogging duo with backgrounds in tech,
robots, art, and writing now raising our family in northern Idaho.
Our goal is to encourage deliberate choices, individual responsibility,
and lifelong curiosity by sharing stories about our adventures in living,
loving, and learning.
Learn more about us. We'd love to connect—and keep you updated!
Did you know a group of owls is called a parliament?
Curious? Read these stories:
Bedtimes with Young Children: How We Skip the Battle and Encourage Sleep
Are bedtime battles inevitable? While they're a staple of evening life for many families, we don't war over sleep—here's what we do instead.
Book Review: Arbitrary Lines: How Zoning Broke the American City and How to Fix It by M. Nolan Gray
You might expect zoning to be a boring topic, but M Nolan Gray makes a compelling case for why you ought to care about zoning, explaining what it is, where it came from—and why we should abolish it.
Productivity and Balance as a Parent: Challenges, Ideals, and Strategies
Balancing work with family life presents unique challenges for mothers and primary caregivers. How do we do our research, writing, and other work while also giving enough time and attention to our families?
How I Planted My Suburban Yard Garden, How It Grew, and What I Learned (Gardening, Year 4!)
A long, cold spring; a late first frost; new spaces, new flowers, new tools—here's how this year's garden grew!
Book Review: Is Graduate School Really for You? The Whos, Whats, Hows, and Whys of Pursuing a Master's or Ph.D. by Amanda I. Seligman
A practical, informative question-and-answer book about the culture, expectations, and experiences of graduate school.
Tutorial: How to Make a Braided Rag Rug From Old Sheets or T-Shirts
Upcycle old shirts and sheets into wonderfully colorful braided rugs in 6 simple steps! Minimal or even no sewing; easy-to-follow instructions; lots of photos!