Time to adjust the sails. Blog direction for 2016.

January 6, 2016

Raise your hand if you had a sloowww start to 2016. Insert emphatic wave.  I took my head out of the Christmas high clouds, looked around and wanted to stick my head back in, but the flu x 5 decided to drag me down to reality. However, I needed the extra slow to think through and write down more concrete intentions for my family and I in 2016.  Gabe and I have plans to sit down and make small and large goals for ourselves and our little family in all areas. Not particularly action items like exercise more or travel to x, but more get- to- the- root- of- happiness goals like more structure and less clutter in all realms. I will dive into some of these through the year in topics of health, family, etc.

baby boys


There will also be some changes in blog content! Every year I fine comb through the topics and direction of this space, adjust it’s sails and move forward with anticipation for the new year. This go around, I would love your feedback as well as to what you would like to see more of! 


Home and design posts – I just shared on instagram that we will (hopefully) buying our first home this year! We are finally ready to plant roots, and I would love to share the process along the way including some home renovations. In the meantime I will continue to share projects around our rental home. Also, it appears this is one of you reader’s favorite topics as well!

New style series being revealed this week! – It was a little tough keeping up with the Buildable Wardrobe posts, and I am still learning a good deal about the whole ethically made journey and where to buy clothes from. So I am putting that series aside for now , but I promise the new series will  be a good one!

Travel – With four little ones travel is a whole new kind of GOAL that I am setting my mind to. Even if we just explore locally or to visit family, it is something Gabe and I want to keep up because it is a fun way to broaden horizons and beat the winter blues! Will be sharing travel topics along the way!

Life/motherhood Topics – Writing takes a whole lot of energy for me, although I never regret it once it’s done. I look back on some of the posts I have written through the sun and rain and I am thankful for them to re-visit. I also think it is important to connect with you all on the real stuff and not just the design and style projects that tend to stay on the shinier side of life. Vocabulary seems to be a lost art these days so I am going to attempt to keep my mind sharp and push myself to write once a week.

Beauty/ Health – This is tough for me to carve time for, because I am uber low maintenance on this topic. However, I like a challenge, and one of the biggest is to take care of myself. So I will occasionally be sharing hair/make-up/skin care finds that I am convinced are worthy of a share;)

I have some awesome Food contributors that I hope can still share a good recipe here and there. I wish I could share more Biz Tips posts and DIYs, but trying to narrow down my focus and these didn’t quite make the cut. Home DIY’s might still make appearances. 

And I am sure you have noticed the new blog look! I am so thankful to Brandi of Maiden Sites for implementing the new look and making all my requests happen . We are still tweaking here and there, and will be developing the shop section soon, but I hope it makes it easier to navigate. I’ll be sharing occasional surprise content just for IHOD insiders this year so be sure to sign up!

Feel free to comment or email us with any suggestions you have for the new year. I am so grateful to each of you who take the time to read, comment, and be a part of this space. It makes me want to do high kicks. And maybe skip…

Okay I think that is all for now. Cheers to the fresh start!

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  • Malani Baker


    I enjoy reading your blog. I like your ideas and am excited to see the new format. I especially like the travel with small children focus or activities because, I care for 5 soon to be 6 grandchildren frequently & trying to keep up with all their clutter and mine plus, take long them to events can be tough. Please include more ideas on decluttering & organizing while involving kids. God Bless!

    • Malani, thank you so much for the kind words and feedback. I greatly appreciate it! Decluttering and organization is definitely under my goal for more structure. I will be sure to share some of our progress!

  • I am still having a sloowww start of year. It’s been hard to pick up the pace, specially now that the cold finally arrived in NYC. But reading your post was pretty inspirational and I’m ready to clean up my own space and get things rolling.
    I’m excited to see what IHOD has for 2016. 🙂 And I’m not sure when the blog design changed, but it is so minimal (and minimal is always fabulous!).
    May you and the little ones have a fantastic year (in all possible ways!)

    • Ah yes, the cold weather is making it tough to get up early these days! Thanks for the kind words. I think the minimal blog design kind of parallels with my goal for declutter and organize. ha! Thanks for reading and being a support! x

  • Love the new look! And such exciting news about buying a house. We did that last year and it was a little stressful but mostly fun. 🙂

  • Blog design looks great and very professional! Excited to see what all you have planned for the year.

  • Can’t wait! I LOVE your blog! <3

  • Looking forward to some of the new changes!

    Liz @ ShoppingMyCloset.com

  • So exciting!!! Can’t wait to see which house you buy!

  • Rising hand furiously about the slow start to the new year. You make it look lovely with your 4 beautiful kiddos. I was following your style posts and i empathize with your struggle between affordability and ethical. I look forward to the new style posts and all you have to share in 2016, Anna. xx

  • Slow start to 2016?? This girl over here! Yes indeed, and it caught me off guard. Thanks for sharing your honest experience, because I’m glad to know others also crawl back after the holidays. But, let’s just say… it’s the calm before the storm! Your new site and resolutions sound lovely and I can’t wait to see the gorgeousness of your new home designs and wardrobe!!! xoxoxo

  • I’m sure 2016 will be another happy year for you and the family.

    Buckets & Spades

  • Kris Chatfield

    Love watching your family grow and blossom! All the topics sounds great for the new year – excited for you new journey into home ownership!

  • I’m looking forward to your life/motherhood series, my favorites 🙂
    I love the new looks of the blog, but don’t forget to update your about section… If I’m not mistaken the last one is already there 🙂

  • I love reading your blog and look forward to seeing what 2016 will bring for you. We upsized from a unit to a family home last year, and while it was stressful, it’s also amazing having a bigger space (and so much fun to decorate!). I look forward to your posts about that, and also your fashion posts – I love your effortless style!

    • Julia, I so appreciate your feedback. Thank you for your support! Yes, totally looking forward to the new challenge and finally making a home to call our own. x

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