My Greatest Comforts + A Giveaway (Win Moorea Seal’s The 52 Lists Project!)

Over the years, you guys have seen jewelry made by my friend Moorea Seal, as well as goods from her gorgeously curated shop, featured here on the blog. Today, I’m so excited to announce that her very first book, The 52 Lists Project: A Year of Weekly Journaling Inspiration, is being released! (And one of you is going to win a copy of you own; more on that in a minute.) Not only is Moorea a talented artist and incredibly successful business owner, she is also a genuine, kind, caring person who makes it her mission to empower girls and women of all ages. I was sent an advance copy of her book last month, and I can’t tell you guys how much I’ve been enjoying creating lists (and staring at the impeccably designed pages and cover – hello gold foil!). A journal of seasonal lists (that began as a project on Moorea’s blog where she would post a list each week, share her responses, and invite her readers to complete their own lists), The 52 Lists Project features a list for each week of the year, with space for your personal responses in between beautiful illustrations and photographs.

Today I wanted to share one of my favorite lists from you, taken from the Fall section section of the book, called ‘My Greatest Comforts.’ There is something therapeutic about list-making in general, but to sit down and reflect for a few quiet moments on the things in life that bring me the most comfort, along with the act of hand writing them down, was downright restorative. I felt refreshed after making the list, and the list itself has served as a great reminder for me to consciously partake in at least one (hopefully more!) of these comforts every single day.

In case you can’t read my handwriting in these images, here is my list of greatest comforts: downtime with my husband and daughter // long baths // music (too many types and bands to list) // flowers // going to the movies (and eating massive amounts of popcorn) // coffee // spending time in nature – beach/ocean, mountains, forests – I’ll take it all // Netflix binge watching sessions // massages (or any spa treatments really) // the Dalai Lama // motherhood // traveling to my favorite places // tacos tacos tacos // yoga // sitting in the sunshine // hot cider with cinnamon in the fall // dogs // going for walks // Tibetan momos (my favorite food) // freshly washed sheets // chocolate (obviously) // a clean house (a rare pleasure as I am very messy) //  the moon // being with my best friends (many of whom live far away) // kisses from my little girl // the sounds throughs open windows // my bed.

In celebration of Moorea’s book release, I’m thrilled to announce that one lucky Bubby and Bean reader is going to win a copy of your very own! See below for how to enter. And if you can’t wait (I wouldn’t be able to!), you can go purchase your own copy right now right here.

To enter, use the form below. There are several options for entries. You can also enter on Instagram, right here.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway will run through September 16, 2015 and is open to Bubby and Bean readers worldwide. All entries from the Rafflecopter form above and Instagram will be combined. A winner will be randomly chosen shortly after the end of the giveaway and announced here.

Big congratulations to Moorea on the day of her book release!  I can’t wait to spend the year filling it out.


Bubby and Bean ::: Living Creatively

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Larry looks guilty! Bulldogs are so expressive, witness this look!  Larry lives in Menton with his buddy, Haston.

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Ask Me Anything TOMORROW on reddit! (Plus reddit primer)

If you know and love reddit already, here’s the short short version:

Tomorrow (8/11/15) I will be on Reddit doing an AMA from 2-5 PST (5-8 EST) on /r/books. I’d love for you to join me!

If you don’t know reddit, you might need a more involved primer:

What is reddit?

Reddit is a website where people talk about, well, just about everything. Some people talk about football. Some people talk about cars. Others talk about knitting, politics, cat videos, just about anything under the sun.

As a massive catchall, it can understandably be very confusing to navigate. To help organize things, reddit is organized into topical categories, called subreddits. Some of them include:

I point this out because reddit sometimes usually is getting attention for bad things really annoying people do, and that scares some people off. Those people are on reddit as well, but if you stick to the subreddits where there are decent people talking about things you enjoy, you can avoid the purulent underbelly of gangrenous misogyny that makes some people nervous to check the site out.

What is an AMA?

One of Reddit’s claims to fame is their “Ask Me Anything” posts, where people from all walks of life go on to discuss their work, or experiences, or latest projects. Sometimes it’s an airplane pilot talking about their job. Sometimes it’s Woody Harrelson, or perhaps Elizabeth Warren. Sometimes it’s some guy who lost a leg in a tragic crocodile incident.

In the books subreddit, they limit their AMAs to authors, and this is what I’ll be doing tomorrow.



This is an opportunity for anyone to ask me about the book, the writing process, my dog’s cancer, veterinary medicine, what type of wine I prefer, my shoe size, literally anything. (That doesn’t mean I have to answer, if anyone was wondering whether I would answer what my weight is. No.)

For an example of a typical author AMA, here’s one from Robin Hobbs just a few days ago.

How do I participate?

Step One. Create a reddit account. It’s free.

Step Two. Come on to between 2-6 PM PST Tuesday and find the thread (I’ll link it here too.)

Now here is how you do things on reddit. Let’s use this example of a post discussing an adorable baby bunny photo:



  1. The post at the top is the topic everyone is discussing. Here it is a baby bunny; on Tuesday mine will be a description of the book. My username there, selected many years ago, is dogrelish. Get it? Because I relish dogs :)
  2. The box underneath is where you add your comment/question. After you do that, hit “save” to submit the question. (ie Hey Dr V, do you still own the Jimmy Poos? etc)
  3. If someone else has a comment you want to respond to, you do so by clicking “reply”
  4. See those little up/down arrows? Reddit thrives on these. Clicking the “up” arrow means more people will see my thread. Clicking the “down” arrow buries it further down in the bowels of the internet. Use the arrows. :) They help!

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Something seemed….different. Without his Super Fluffy Ears of Wonder working in concert, he felt a little deflated. Or just cold, maybe. So he put his sidekick Tenacious V to work on a Super Secret Project. He thought it was just a hat, but she had other ideas.

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When he put it on, his Super Senses were heightened! Treats were falling from the sky!


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He certainly seems to be spreading sunshine wherever he goes.

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Miles to Go Before I Sleep

Recently my good friend, sous chef (she hates it when I call her that), and the princess of pastries –  Valerie – her dog Sydney went from seemingly happy, healthy, full of life and love to lethargic with loss of appetite. 
An ultrasound Tuesday revealed a 17 cm mass in her spleen with possible liver involvement.  Valerie had to make the heartwrenching decision most of us have had to make but in a fraction of a moment.  Once hemangiosarcoma is suspected, time is of the absolute essence.  
For Sydney, 13 years old though a spirited lass by all accounts, the clock was ticking.  Valerie opted to spare no effort to save her life.  
Her surgeon, Dr. Taylor, successfully performed the splenectomy and a liver lobectomy as well as removing an intestinal tumor that wasn’t evident through the ultrasound and I’m happy to report that Sydney has made it to Day 2 of postoperative care.  Though her status still guarded, hopefully Sydney can go home today and be with her mother.  
Three times I’ve gone through this personally with Malcolm, Murphy, and Hudson and I’ve been by the side of many friends with dogs with cancer.  That is one of my jobs. I awakened early this morning relieved by the promising news of Sydney’s condition but reminded of a poem by Robert Frost.
“Whose woods these are I think I know.   
His house is in the village though;   
He will not see me stopping here   
To watch his woods fill up with snow.   
My little horse must think it queer   
To stop without a farmhouse near   
Between the woods and frozen lake   
The darkest evening of the year.   
He gives his harness bells a shake   
To ask if there is some mistake.   
The only other sound’s the sweep   
Of easy wind and downy flake.   
The woods are lovely, dark and deep,   
But I have promises to keep,   
And miles to go before I sleep,   
And miles to go before I sleep.”
YBD’s Notes 1: I want to thank Valerie for her courage in not only fighting to save her girl’s life against all odds but for allowing me to share Sydney’s story.  She just isn’t able to speak about it yet but she knows I must.  
YBD’s Notes 2:  Nearby is a pic of Sydney with my Puppy Up neck gaiter I gave her to keep her warm.  Isn’t she a beaut?  
YBD’s Notes 3: Perhaps the main reason we got Sydney into the vet before her spleen ruptured is by noticing her distended belly which will be added to our list of early warning signs of cancer.  
YBD’s Notes 4: BTW Sydney is NOT a boy (inside joke).


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