Hello! My name is Lisa, and I’m so glad you’re here.
The heart and soul behind this site is to inspire beautiful, intentional everyday living, from meal planning to celebrations to motherhood to travel. I am married to my best friend, Elie, and we are adoring parents to a little boy, Theo. Until Theo was born, I was a practicing registered dietitian nutritionist, but now I am a full-time mama and part-time writer and teacher, sharing inspiration here and at select events. Since Theo was born, my purpose in life has shifted to being a model for my son on how to live joyfully, do good and be kind. My hope is you find inspiration here, too. Thank you for being here.
I live in Bellingham, Washington with my husband, Elie, who is the love of my life and a generous, loving, present and playful husband and father. I aspire to be more like him. Elie is the most joyful person I have ever known. He is generous of spirit, always optimistic. He makes me a better person. We married in August 2013 with a spectacular fairy tale celebration. You can see pictures of the wedding here, here and here. And two years later, after spending most of my adult life thinking I would never have children, I feel overwhelmingly blessed to be a mama to an amazing little boy, Theo.
Like many people, my early life was complicated, and bits and pieces unfold here and there in this space. I’m an Army brat, but I grew up mostly in Kentucky with two loving parents who preferred the country life, gardening and raising sheep, cooking and entertaining. My dad moved to New Hampshire when I was 13, and after that my brother and I lived on a sailboat with Dad in the summers and skied in the winter. At home in Kentucky, Mom made our home a welcoming place for hanging out after school and the best home for slumber parties. I learned how to be a great hostess from my Mom—always have good food, a big smile and an open heart.
In high school, I was voted ‘Most Likely to Succeed’ and ‘Class Leader,’ which just means I was a little bossy. That trait still comes out every now and then, especially in the last minutes before guests arrive for a big dinner party in our home. In 1995, I wore a crown as Miss Seacoast, a qualifying pageant title for Miss New Hampshire. Since I can’t sing or dance, my monologues didn’t get me very far in the pageant world. Probably the most unexpected fact of my early life was that I was an ROTC cadet for two years and almost went to Airborne school for a summer to jump out of airplanes. Instead, I moved to New York for a summer internship at Good Morning America and ended up staying for two years. I have lived in seven states and moved more times than I can count, at least 20.
It’s been a good life, and anything but dull.
The road to becoming a registered dietitian nutritionist was a long one. I first went to school to become a broadcast journalist, but filling a general education requirement with a nutrition class soon sent me in another direction. That internship with Good Morning America in their medical production unit launched me toward a career pursuing health communications. I graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Biology and moved to Washington DC for my first jobs out of college, first in health care consulting and then in public relations. I eventually achieved my MBA from Wright State University and worked in public health consulting before finally going back to school again and completing a dietetic internship at Bastyr to become a registered dietitian nutritionist. With a dear friend and business partner, I launched a successful nutrition communications and consulting firm, NourishRDs, where I worked until Theo was born. Now, my only title is ‘mama,’ and it’s my favorite and most important.
The choice of profession only tells a partial story about a person, although being a registered dietitian nutritionist does hint of my love for food and my interest in well-being. I talk more about my food philosophy here, but food has always been a big part of my life, and feeding people is certainly how I show love. If you have a baby, just moved into the neighborhood or are recovering from an illness, I’m going to show up with a basket of food and a bottle of wine. In our food-obsessed world, it has become cliché, but I do believe food heals, on so many levels.
Much of what you will find on this site will be related to motherhood, be it Theo’s developmental milestones, tackling parenting challenges, traveling with a little one or discovering sustainable and ethical children’s clothes or toys. I was a step-mom for many years, before I became a mama myself, and that experience has certainly shaped the way I think about parenting and helped me think about the kind of mother I want to be.
I am a homemaker at heart, and I find joy in making our home a warm and welcoming place for our family and our friends to gather. I love planning celebrations, and I will share many of them here. From the concept to the food to the flowers to the design, I love doing it all. Over the years, I have learned how to host celebrations, small or big, with ease, and I will continue to share my thoughts and ideas with you.
Elie has owned Samuel’s Furniture, a large furniture store in Ferndale, for over 25 years, and you will often find the delivery truck in front of our home unloading my latest decorating find. A little-known fact about me is that, for a short time, I had a home organizing consulting business, and so I am also slightly obsessed with organized drawers, closets and the kitchen pantry. I can’t live with messes. They drive me crazy.
As much as I love my home, I have never-ending wanderlust and a continuous curiosity about the world. Elie and I love to travel, and now Theo is our favorite traveling companion. In my 40-plus years, I have visited 49 of the 50 United States and 14 foreign countries. I will share our adventures in travel here.
These days, I spend most of my mornings and afternoons with Theo, waiting for trains, walking to the beach to look for crabs, or heading to music class or gymnastics. In the time I dedicate to self-care, I practice yoga or walk our beautiful trails and neighborhoods or snuggle with my husband.
This site has evolved since I first launched it in 2014, and I hope it is a place of inspiration. From nourishing family recipes to tips on sustainable living to thoughts on motherhood and essays on family travel and more, you will find it here.