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Break the Rules with Coloring

This past spring, I published a coloring book of floral mandalas called Flowers All Around. (It’s available NOW on Amazon!) I had so much fun drawing these designs. I can honestly say it was one of my favorite personal projects I’ve ever done.




Mandala designs are popular in adult coloring for their repetitive and intricate nature. I like to draw them using floral elements because I’m obsessed with drawing flowers and patterns. I’ve created floral mandalas with a variety of media—paint, pencil, ink, digital, etc. I often draw them when I don’t know what to draw. So I had a lot of practice before I got the idea to even make this book.

Adult coloring books are a great way to relieve stress and create works of art in the process. These aren’t the brand of coloring books you used as a kid. These designs are often very detailed and can be beautiful and sophisticated—though there are some fun quirky ones as well. There are adult coloring books for just about any subject matter you can think…

My Husband Made a Cake

At the beginning of the month, my husband, Nathan, had knee surgery. All went well, and he's recovering nicely. I accompanied him when he went to have the procedure done. The surgery itself was quick, and afterward, I spent some time sitting with him in recovery. Those few hours turned out to be pretty entertaining.

I was aware that my husband wouldn't quite be himself when he came out of surgery due to the anesthesia, but I wasn't expecting him to be as funny as he was. At some points, though I tried hard not to, I was laughing hysterically. I just couldn't help myself. He talked continuously. In normal circumstances, he can be a talker, but this was different. This was more of a one-sided conversation, mostly him rambling on to the nurse about any random thing that popped into his head, like how much he loved his wife (aww) and what kind of ice cream he liked. Most of what he said wasn't that unusual, but his dazed, out-of-it demeanor and nonstop pace made it fu…