Jen Inchiostro

the daily life of a nerdy mom

“To be nobody but 
yourself in a world 
which is doing its best day and night to make you like 
everybody else means to fight the hardest battle 
which any human being can fight and never stop fighting.” 
E.E. Cummings

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  • Books: Summer Sweetness

    Books: Summer Sweetness

    These two were both in my random library pick ups of the week- I found them straight off the shelf, hooked first by their covers and second by their well worn condition. I always think that beat up book, is a well loved book- and in both cases- I think I am right. If I…

  • Ali Hazelwood Review Round Up

    Ali Hazelwood Review Round Up

    In May and part of June, I read through the rest of Ali Hazelwoods books in anticipation of her new release. I feel like all of the Steminist books follow a pretty tight trope of “super spunky and quirky but BRILLIANT scientist female meets VERY LARGE and EXTREMELY handsome but grumpy male. None of the…

  • Book Reviews: Kate Clayborn

    Book Reviews: Kate Clayborn

    Love Lettering Meg Mackworth’s hand-lettering skill has made her famous as the Planner of Park Slope, designing beautiful custom journals for New York City’s elite. She has another skill too: reading signs that other people miss. Like the time she sat across from Reid Sutherland and his gorgeous fiancée, and knew their upcoming marriage was…

  • Library Bag Sale Loot!

    Library Bag Sale Loot!

    This was a light month, we were trying be chill while we read down our To Be Read piles. But then we found an almost complete set of Lemony Snicket… a vintage Disney book set and a whole bunch of books that are on our lists. This is only 2 bags worth- $10. That is…

  • A Perfect Sunday… Garden Edition

    A Perfect Sunday… Garden Edition

    You would almost think it was a holiday~ but this is just what happens when we don’t have to get up super early to get to church by 9:15am. 🙂 Jared made us all French toast in bed. It was DELICIOUS… We went to a nursery near us to browse and pick up a flat…

  • 1,000 hours outside!

    1,000 hours outside!

    While feels like my family is constantly outside- however- some years back… back in Arizona… we heard of the concept of intentional outdoor play and reconnection. We were part of a parenting group based on “natural living” and spent SO much of the day outside. Yes, even in 110 degree days. The specific 1,000 hours…

  • As You Like It…

    As You Like It…

    Every week our family does the landscaping at our church- and it is QUITE a large property. We get there early with another volunteer and work on weeding, edging, mowing and planting as needed. This time we had transplanted some red geraniums that were left over in pots from Pentecost. Our church is in such…

  • Books: May Reads!

    Books: May Reads!

    May was a wild month- not my usual and I was all over the place as far as topics. The Lost Bookshop This book was just something I didn’t expect. It was heartbreaking- highlighting the terrible treatment of brilliant women through the ages, that is unfortunately- still a struggle in modern times. It speaks to…

  • A Random Day in the Life

    A Random Day in the Life

    I struggle with posting to the blog daily, because our days are so busy but ALSO-much of the same. When we do get out and about to do something exciting, Im just enjoying myself and forget to take pictures. Sunday was pentecost- it was BIG day at church- the whole team of our kids were…

  • Springing Forward and Tackling Grief

    Springing Forward and Tackling Grief

    It is hard to process life sometimes. We get going in our daily lives and things get so busy, then I will be out in the garden or doing laundry and suddenly the grief of the last 4 years will hit. The pandemic took a lot from our family- it forced a lot of issues…