Around here in the last week …

… We went to Phoenix again over the weekend to visit my grandma. And my parents took us out to breakfast for my birthday where we ordered this flight of bacon. Kind of amazing!


… While in Phoenix we took my aunt and uncle’s dogs for a little walk. They’re both such sweet boys.


… my birthday gift from Andrew was AMAZING. He did 30 Days of Lists in March unbeknownst to me, paired those in a Moleskine journal with a hand-carved stamp and a note to me EVERY DAY for the month! Which means every day I get to read something fun that Andrew wrote just for me. He’s the BEST!

birthday month

… Andrew took the day off for my birthday – we went to lunch and to see the new Muppet movie! There were only 2 other people in the theater and Andrew and I felt a little awkward laughing so loudly in a mostly empty theater. We then spent the rest of the day quoting the movie. I love the Muppets.

birthday Muppet

And now for this week’s links …



in found

Giveaway: MyDetails online workshop

Ready to record some of those little memories that slip through the cracks?

At least once a week I think of a totally random story from my past that I don’t have any scrapbook pages for because there are no associated photos. I grew up as an ‘event’ scrapbooker, not really recording all the little stories.

Here’s a fun solution!


I am so excited to let you know about this new online workshop from my friends Kristin and Megan!

CLICK HERE to grab your spot AND use discount code LEMONDETAILS for $2 off!

Use the 10 prompts to document about your present details or use them to document about the you from the past, or do BOTH as Megan and Kristin have! They will inspire you with 40+ takes on the prompts between the two of them in the form of mini-book pages, pocket page spreads, traditional layouts, and more! You can return to these prompts again and again to document your details and can even return to them later to translate them into documenting the details of others!

Whether you’re a blogger, a mini book maker, a journaler, a pocket scrapbooker, or a traditional scrapbooker, we’ve got ideas for you to make sure you are telling YOUR story and YOUR details in your memory keeping! Join us–the pre-classroom is accessible NOW and prompts begin April 14!

xMy-Details-Sneak-PeeksThere is a TON of content already in the workshop private blog to go through between now and the workshop beginning April 14.

Beginning April 14, you’ll have access to:

  • A new prompt each weekday over the duration of the class–10 in all
  • Detailed suggestions for interpretations of each prompt, making each prompt something you can return to for inspiration again and again
  • Two interpretations of each prompt from each instructor
  • 40+ exclusive takes on the prompts from instructors Megan and Kristin
  • Design and documentation tips with each project
  • Saturday Share days in which inspiration from the community members is shared
  • Supply lists with links to resources used in the workshop examples
  • E-mail access to instructors
  • Access to classroom indefinitely

I am taking part in the class – brainstorming how I’ll collect my work this week!

CLICK HERE to grab your spot AND use discount code LEMONDETAILS for $2 off!

or enter the giveaway below….

P.S. There is a giveaway for a 3-MONTH OHDEERME KIT SUBSCRIPTION on the MyDetails private blog. This giveaway will be open through April 7th! Register today for your chance at this SOLD OUT kit. You *cannot* wait to see if you win a spot to enter this giveaway.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


in giveaway, memory keeping, TELL YOUR STORY

Giveaway winner: Project Life Lessons

Project Life LessonsThank you everyone who entered the Project Life Lessons giveaway last week! I hope you all grab a seat in the class so we can take it together!

The winner as randomly selected by Rafflecopter is:

Kat Greene aka @ramblekatramble

Kat, email me to claim your prize please!


in giveaway

Can you help? L&R Reader Survey

Today is my birthday!!! I plan on doing ZERO work today (benefit of working ahead) and spending a lot of time reading in my hammock with an iced coffee drink.

But I do have something for you to do today, if you don’t mind helping. I really would love to know what you think about this site and how I can make it better so I’ve put together a short reader survey.

I want to be very clear: This is NOT a reader survey to get demographic data to sell you all to advertisers. This info will not be shared.

I want to gather honest, anonymous answers so I can BUILD this platform into the best it can be.

Click here to open the survey in a new window, or simply fill out the survey below:



in Lemon and Raspberry

April is for …

  • My birthday! (it’s tomorrow)
  • Also, my cats’ birthday on Saturday. I kinda love that we know when it is.
  • Free blogging webinar! Learn more here
  • Doing our taxes. We are *finally* hooking up with an accountant.
  • springtime activities like yardwork, hammocks, iced coffee and weekend adventures
  • Day trip with Kam!
  • Maybe going to Phoenix another time or two
  • Project Life and Currently List and working on my Scotland Blurb book
  • finishing Linchpin
  • My brother may be staying with us for a few days on his way to move to Hawaii!! SO fun!

What do you have planned this month?


in Amy

Are you on the list? New free business resource

As part of my goal to NURTURE things in my life, last month I completed my new free guide for my newsletter subscribers!

Current subscribers already got it, so make sure you’re on the list to get it too!

I get asked a ton what I use for my shopping cart or what I use for blog or what kind of camera or other tools. For so many people, it’s just easier to get recommendations from people/bloggers they trust rather than go through the trouble of hours and hours of research. That’s simply the kind of economy we have now – recommendations and word-of-mouth is how I find most of the companies I work with.

So here’s mine!

CLICK HERE to sign up for access to the L&R Library!

Once you are signed up, you can download a simple 1-page resource of the 5 tools I use (every single week) to build my business AND my free guide on how to jumpstart your creativity!

I was able to quit my day job last June and these are the biggest things I used to build my platform and get me to that point. I hope you find something that works for you!

Sign up here to get it. Print this out, save it to your computer for future reference, or just go get all five of them right now and save yourself the trouble.

And, as always, let me know if you have other questions or requests. I’m happy to help you all as much as I can!


in blogging, BUILD YOUR PLATFORM, Business, entrepreneurs, resources

March Book Report

I thought I was going to get so much reading done during the week I was in Arizona without internet. Not so much. But! Lots of good fast fiction reads. I seriously have this problem where I just stop working mid-afternoon and read for hours and hours and hours.

I’m going to get a few novel-research-related books in the next month that I’m looking forward to!

Some of my reads from March:

Yesterday’s Gone (season 2 and 3) by Sean Platt and David Wright: Forget what I said about Yesterday’s Gone reminding me of The Stand. About the middle of season 2 it turned crazy sci-fi. Way different than anything I would usually read. I still don’t love it, but it’s kind of like … Lost, in that every episode I thought, “This is ridiculous. Why am I watching this? … I can’t wait til the next episode.” The second season brings up a lot more questions than it answers and I still don’t love any of the characters, but I can’t stop reading. Season 3 is perilously close to a trainwreck. Every single chapter takes place in a different time and place. Which means that while for most writers the goal is to keep the reader turning the page to the next chapter and next chapter, for this book every single chapter is a jarring reset, trying to remember how this time fits in with the previous chapter and then also the chapter 6 or 8 chapters ago that was from the same time and place.

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith: If you hadn’t heard, Robert Galbraith is actually a pen-name of J.K. Rowling. I tried to avoid reading reviews of this book before reading it – I don’t want anything to color my judgement of Rowling’s writing. Verdict: I liked it. Even more than I liked Casual Vacancy. I’ve only read a few real mysteries in my life, so I don’t know exactly how this fits into the genre, but I definitely enjoyed it. I think she’s planning on writing more with this same Private Detective character which I will read too! (Related: Anyone have good mystery recommendations? I’ve only ever read a couple Agatha Christie)

Burr: A Novel by Gore Vidal This book is the second I have read by this author – and I’m pretty sure I’m going to read all of his books. This is heavily and thoroughly researched historical fiction. Which, obviously, I love since it’s U.S. history-ish. The structure of this was a bit weird – it basically jumped back and forth between 2 1st person POVs : The protagonist (fictional character who is a writer) and Aaron Burr (who is dictating his memoir to the writer). Only very slightly confusing at times. But overall, I really liked it. (sidenote: I’ve read about 8 books about Thomas Jefferson and I really don’t like him. All of Burr’s characterization of Jefferson in this novel is *exactly* how I would describe Jefferson from what I’ve read).

Serena by Ron Rash: Added this to my to-read list because apparently it will be a movie later this year. Within the first 20 or so pages I thought, I really do not care for this Serena woman. She is well-written and fits in the context of the novel. But if she were a person? No thank you. That said, I feel like the book itself is fairly well-written and someone else might really love it. Some of the descriptions are particularly lovely.

Allegiant by Veronica Roth: The third book in this trilogy, I had been on the library waiting list since December or January. Pretty much the only reason I even finished this trilogy was because I’m a completist and they are CRAZY fast reads. But otherwise, I don’t particularly care for the main character, the general plot/conspiracy is awfully depressing and I don’t really know that I gained anything by reading them. But, you know. FAST reads.

Atonement by Ian McEwan: This was the fist book by Ian McEwan I’ve read, but I’ll probably read more. I really enjoy the super detailed and stream-of-consciousness writing – mostly because I don’t think I can write that kind of thing myself. This is one of the few books that I’m glad I saw the film first. I’m not totally sure why – the stream of consciousness, same scene from multiple points of view can be a tiny bit confusing. But, in general, I enjoyed it.

(and others. Mostly U.S. History. )

Read anything good lately?

P.S. I’ve added all of your recommendations to my To-Read list. But since there’s 1500+ books on there, please forgive me if I don’t get to them all right away.


in Amy, resources

keep working

Michael Crichton


in Quotes


Around here in the last week ….

… My first strawberry is turning red! I feel so domestic when I go out and water/check plants in the mornings.


… I’ve been busy plotting my next novel. I’m hoping I’ll be able to write up to 2000 words each day once I’ve done the hard part of plotting first. We’ll see. Another blog post to come.

… I’ve been doing a bunch of yardwork and I found this wooden-trellis-like structure very deeply embedded in the dirt around the perimeter of the yard. No idea why it was installed or how long it’s been there. We didn’t see it when we first looked at the house 2+ years ago. Any idea why this would be embedded in the dirt??


… Finishing putting together my Pillar Content webinar. Make sure you RSVP

… I’ve been working from my office a lot more this week and Fang is following me. She’s adorable.


… Andrew has worked an insane amount. Even for him. My poor boy.

And now for this week’s links …


in found

On needing silence

I live in the suburbs.

I live in a neighborhood that is made up of mostly older couples that have lived there for 20+ years and whose kids have moved away.

I live at the end of the street with only neighbors on one side and behind.

I live in a bigger-than-we-need house and am home alone most days.

I live in a lot of silence. By choice.

I used to listen to music constantly. I sang growing up, so music was an intimate part of my everyday. And then I married Andrew who is an even bigger audiophile than I am and there is music playing basically every minute that he is both home and awake. We’ve got multiple walls filled with records and CDs; we’ve got gigs and gigs of digital audio that we may never get through; and we’ve got a constant stream of entertainment via Netflix whenever we get tired of getting up to flip the vinyl.

But when Andrew’s not home I live in silence. I need it … When I am working I need the space and the quiet and the distraction-less atmosphere to think. I can’t write my blog posts or my email blasts with sounds in the background. I get easily sidetracked by dramatic plots on old Dawson’s Creek episodes. I waste far more time on social media if I’m trying to listen to an interview while blogging.

I know I’m probably missing out on a lot of great films, documentaries, TV shows, albums, podcasts, interviews and so much more by keeping my work space in silence. There’s that whole FOMO (fear of missing out). I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve said, “No I haven’t seen Breaking Bad.”

But I much prefer the alternative. I’m creating a lot more. I’m writing a TON more. And I’m proud of what I can make if I just turn off the electronics for a few hours of sacred focus time.

How do you work best?


in FIND YOUR GREAT WORK, productivity