Julie Pedraza and Family

JULIE PEDRAZA

CHIEF EDITOR, LEAD AUTHOR

Hi, I’m Julie. I’m an Aries sun, Pisces moon, Cancer rising and Enneagram 2w1 living in soulful Southern California. At my core, I’m a boy-mommin’ and dog-lovin’ homebody. I’ll be the first to admit living with five males, two with tails, can be exhausting. Over the years, I’ve created simple yet significant habits to help our family find well-being. And within these pages, I share them with you. 

DESIGN

My home is designed around our family’s rough-and-tumble lifestyle. I keep it casual with layers of soothing textures and calming motifs because… boys. I love the feel of seagrass under my feet, fluffy dog beds in every room, and the words ZEN and OM hanging on my walls. I spend a few moments each day balancing the energy of our home with sage and Palo Santo. This helps channel the calm we all need.

STYLE

My personal style is based on comfort. I gravitate toward classic staples layered with unique accessories. At this phase of life, I’ve decided there is zero need to sacrifice comfort for style. Too many choices overwhelm me, so I keep my wardrobe as effortless as possible. I know which silhouettes, patterns and colors feel good and I stick to them as a matter of simplicity.

WELL-BEING

I’ve struggled with PCOS, infertility, diverticulosis, kidney disease and menopause. Learning which food and health habits encourage my well-being has been a game changer. I don’t count calories or eat low-fat. I do steer clear of most packaged food. I’ve learned my wellness depends on eating whole foods, moving every day, and savoring quiet meditative moments.

JOURNAL

I’ve been on an emotionally healing journey since my thirties. As my mother’s only child, I endured the unspeakable. I kept my trauma a secret for many years. Choosing to journal the ebb and flow of my healing has helped me release the shame. The loving support of my family, friends and readers has been my salve. Today, I’m grateful for the darkness of my past, because it led me to a light I wouldn’t have otherwise known.

My boys describe this blog as my little piece of real estate, an expressive corner of the world where I can connect without it asking me to make a sandwich. Yes. It. Is. But, it’s also a space where we can learn and share together. And that warms my soul.  —xo

MEET THE TEAM

Julie Pedraza and Husband

He’s hilarious, humble, kind and private. He taught me stability, security and a little Spanish. I suspect he has Tourette’s; he sings to me when I don’t want him to. I spilled a cocktail on him when we met. Gave him my business card to pay for the dry cleaning. More than twenty years have passed. Still haven’t paid for the dry cleaning.

Julie's Two Boys

They are boys and that’s where the similarities end. One is analytical and reserved (Virgo). The other is peace-loving and carefree (Libra). They’ve taught me patience, the truest sense of love and that I’m far less intelligent than I thought.

Julie's Dogs

Bodhi and Georgi are the rescues who rescued our hearts. One is all good and the other up to no good. They’re Jake and Elwood, Lloyd and Harry, Brennan and Dale — sophomoric movie characters through and through. If you’re thinking of adding a little fur to your fam’, please adopt, don’t shop. Schnoodles and Schnauzadors are highly recommended.