Music for an Inspired Evening | Playlist #001

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Resurrection Sunday DIY Banner


This year it is hard to keep my heart remotely focused on Jesus and his last days leading up to the cross.

That wasn’t the sentence I was going to lead with, but as I scraped my soul for a “festive”, holy way to expound upon this DIY project I came up empty. Continue reading

Whole Body #002


nails: make your polish last longer with only one item.

hands: a method to make a wedding bouquet last forever.

eyes: dear photograph

ears: DIY ear cuff Continue reading


I have a tumultuous relationship with words. Sometimes they are easy, serve me well, trip from my fingers like a shattering, sparkling waterfall, simple and pretty. Interesting, even. And they have served me well when the waterfall is internal weeping flowing out a perfect imperfect accolade for what formerly was but internal. A starting point, a resting point, a recollecting point. And I think that stormier part of my word-relationship has been told to be quiet for far too long. Continue reading

Dairy-Free Berry Banana Bread Recipe


The brown bananas had been staring at me for days and after a particularly long work day, I decided what the Olexa household needed was some warm, sumptuous banana bread. However, there were two things to combat: 1) I can’t use butter (my system & dairy do NOT get along) and 2) bananas are okay (meh, their star quality -in my opinion- is the moistness/sweetness they provide) but for my taste buds to be truly jumping for joy something more needed to be going on. Continue reading

My Evening | In 5 Pictures

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still adjusting to life changes, cozy to be in the same room together at the end of the day // cuddle companions, Tesla ever-miffed at my paparazzi-ing  // warm-from-the-oven banana berry bread (recipe of my own invention), eaten with honey butter and licked fingers // an old favorite revisited, unsure of what I think of this new season // little 45 received in the mail, played over and over, Béatrice Martin in my living room.