Sunday, February 14, 2016


Want something new? We have a podcast!

Welcome to: Owlfish & Family Speaks

Nothing too special; It's part of my online class assignment. But what a way to share mine and Abbie's thoughts with you! Follow the link below the my art handle (The Burnt Nickel)'s soundcloud to listen. And you'll see to the left that Soundcloud now has it's own link in the list! This first podcast is just myself talking about art, it's quite rough and you can definitely hear how unsure of myself I am in it. Hopefully, if I find it to be successful, I'll make more along the way that'll include more Owlfish.

Enjoy xx

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Has it really been a year?


Time. It's a funny thing, how quickly time can pass. All these ideas, goals, things to achieve in your mind...then suddenly you blink and it is over a year later. Sitting here now, because part of an online assignment I have been given was to start a personal blog, I'm going back through so many old memories, photos that were taken, posts I made that I loved, things that were accomplished....and I realize just how much I've missed blogging regularly. It was such a central part of my life, a way to track my family's growth through life. And now it's been over a year. My last post was made December 31, 2014....a year of huge transitioning. A year I thought would destroy me. 

But it is 2016 now. And everything is different, mostly for the better. Yes, definitely better.

Hey everyone! It's us! We're back.

Did you miss seeing us crazy girls on the internet? Did you check back to see if we'd return? A few of you are now following us on Instagram, Twitter, even Tumblr! Well, we have returned. I can't really speak for Owlfish, but I've missed posting to you.

Also, see that teenager looking girl up in that picture? Can you believe Owlfish is now four and about to start Pre-K in the fall? Would you believe that as of December 2015, I have officially finished college? Yes indeed, this momma is finally a college graduate. So much has changed, I can't wait to update everyone (if I remember!).

This online assignment that spurred our return to the world of blogging came with an article that was run a decade ago in 2006 from the American Journalism Review. The author of the article, Danan Hull, is a reporter from the San Jose Mercury news. In the piece, she talks about how the fast paced, uniquely individual world of blogging had started to seep into the world of news and journalism. Besides a discussion on copyright infringement, Hull discussed how the world of blogging to a news company or journalism center becomes a much more restrictive outlet, devoid of the ease of snark and wit ,due to laws, ethics, and all in all need-to-cover-your-assery. Definitely not something a twenty-something single mother blogger thinks about regularly, as I do not have a connection to any company who I could damage credibly with my words (a;though my words can still ge myself into trouble were I not careful). Generally, I only have to look out for myself and my daughter, but remember my manners about things I post that could be considered touchy. This is a process I follow especially on my personal blog on tumblr, where I have a tendency to post opinions and articles that are NSFW or politically one-sided. In general, I have always felt blogs were a necessary thing to exist, because even with som,thing like breaking news or current events, its important to get an outsider's view on it because then the possibly of their opinions with no media bias opens up.

What do you think? Has the world of blogging reached such a mainstream that news organizations need it? Shoot me an opinion on Twitter (@BurntNickel)

Feel free to read the article yourself using this citation in your google machine---->  Hull, D. (2006). Blogging between the lines. American Journalism Review28(6), 62-67. 

Or just click this link here ---> Blogging Between The Lines

Anyway- here's an excuse to start checking back with us again! Now that life has become a little more even keeled, I plan to start re-vamping and blogging much more. We have so much to update you with and a lot in store!

If you're an old hat, thanks for sticking around this long. If you're new, welcome! Enjoy our corner of the internet. Bear with us as we change things up!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

A Year in Review

Whew! 2014 is at last almost over. This has been...quite a year to say the least. One for the books and unfortunately, not really in a good way. If 2013 was the year of lessons, this was the year of transition. The year of change. Our most trying year so far. Once again, life decided to throw as many curve balls as possible to keep us on our toes, the universe testing resolve and ability to adapt. 

But we made it. We're finally on the threshold of 2015, hopefully a year of awesome new chances and hope. Abbie is happy and healthy, growing like a weed. I am content with that alone. She tried her best to stay up with me tonight for new years, but only made it tip about 10:30 tonight. But she's still here, my constant. I'm indeed very lucky.

So onto my recap of this trying year as I battle a cold again on New Years (just like last year!). As I said in my last post, I will be making public a few of my private posts from my time away from this blog. As soon as I do, I will compile a list of them for all of you nosy people. One of my resolutions is to continue to keep up with this blog and my columns, no matter what goes on. (And debut the blog's facelift I've been working on!) This blog has been a great way to meet so many new people and network. I can only hope that will continue into 2015.

But here is Owlfish & Family's 2014 in review:


Began a new photography set, the 52 Project. Started spring semester. Made a huge choice in my personal life. Abbie began early learning daycare. Snowpocalypse 2k14, phase 1.


 Celebrated Imbolc and battled cyberbullying. Started potty-training hardcore. Snowpocalypse 2k14, phase 2. Started visiting more art shows and began picking up a camera often. Started incorporating reading every night to build Abbie's vocabulary.


Ended the first retrograde and continued with the 52 Project. Celebrated women. Battled stomach bugs and ear infections. Abbie re-picked up her bink habit (NO!). Went on mini-vacations.


Got a Tumblr. Changed my hair drastically. Became acquainted with the Goat Farm in Atlanta. Learned I had seizures. Owlfish was Star of the Month. Celebrated Ostara/Easter with Owlfish's first egg hunt. Performed my first Performance Art piece and closed a painful chapter in my life. Finished spring semester. Abbie started using pull-ups daily.


Celebrated Beltane. Went to the Farmer's markets. Celebrated Mother's Day. Two of my best friends tied the knot and Owlfish was their flower girl. Began co-sleeping.


Got a new couch at home. Saw some incredible movies. Abbie's hair can now be braided! Retreated to the outdoors to avoid problems at home and made a big move onto Tumblr. My unexpected last post in the 52 Project

July- September 
(The Wilderness Months- view my instagram for pictures from these months)

Home life employed and many issues became worse. Owlfish and I homeless and couch surfed for quite sometime. Was lucky enough to find a new stable job at Waffle House, and see another best friend tie the knot. Started a GOFUNDME to help us out of homelessness that blessed us with so much help and new faith in strangers. Struck out on my own. Started fall semester and Owlfish began early-PreK.


Celebrated Owlfish's third birthday with a Frozen themed party. Moved back home, despite it's continuing instability and familial problems. Continued to hold down a job and attend school, while parenting a bright three year old. Celebrated the Samhain and All Hallow's Eve.

Turned 25 years old. Celebrated another special birthday. Turned in my intent to graduate in 2015.

Life imploded again and spent the holidays in the hospital. Left for recovery just before New Years.

As you can see, it was not the greatest year, although there was as always much to be thankful for. I'm very much excited for a new slate with 2015, which hopefully holds me finally living alone with my Owlfish and, at long last, graduating from my university with my degrees, along with just in general positive changes.

So from both of us crazy girls, to you and yours, 
we wish you a Happy (and SAFE) New Years and a blessed 2015!
This is the year of YES.

Saturday, November 22, 2014


It's been a long absence from this blog for Owlfish and I. Last post was in June, it's crazy. There's been a lot of changes. I know I talk about change a lot on this blog, both in our combined lives and individually, but the past five months have probably been the most trying time for the both of us. It's required us to not only learn to stay strong, but how to perservere and stand completely alone. I myself not only discovered how much growing I had to do to survive, but the power the internet and complete strangers have on impacting change in a positive way. People I have barely known or even met have been our strongest allies when sometimes family and friends have completely abandoned us. 

But in the space of five months, I have managed to learn survival, found a steady, long term job, stayed in school, and turned 25 in a state I hope to one day call home. As for Owlfish? She is potty-training, no more bink, has start learning to read, and turned 3 years old. We've come a long way in such a short amount of time. More on that to come

While it hasn't looked like I've been around on here, I have actually continued posting to this blog, but privately. I turned it into a journal instead of a blog as a way to try and keep myself distracted. And I've decided tonight, on the New Moon, the mark of new beginnings and new growth, to begin posting publicly here again. In the next few days, I will start making a few of my private posts public, so as to better explain what has happened since June to anyone who hasn't kept up with us via Twitter or Instagram. Once I've made public those posts, I will make a blog post to give links to make them easier to find.

This also means I plan to pick up where I have left off with my columns I've had one here, such as the 52 Project, Things I'm Obsessed With, and Library. I will also be introducing a Recipes column in time for the holidays (in partnership with a new affiliate post about this to come!), along with restarting my Year of the Jars beginning in 2015.

So for those who have stuck around, we thank you. To the new followers, we're glad you decided to stop by. Things have leveled out, we're both alive and okay. And now, back to business: spamming you with pictures and stories of a sassy three-year-old and her weird mom.

As posted before, this blog is strictly about my family and creative columns. All my personal posts, private thoughts, NSFW things, and inspirations can be found on my tumblr listed to the right. IT IS NSFW, so you have been warned.

Be back soon, keep checking in. This blog will also be undergoing some facelifting and changes, so bear with us as we transition. <3

Saturday, June 14, 2014

23 / 52

-portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week of 2014-

Abbie- I swear sometimes she's older than she actually is. Taken yesterday on our play date outside where she insisted on using the swing that's "not fer baybees". 

This picture was taken with my iPhone 5c and no edits.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Spooky days

Image by Abigail Larson, found via we<3it

Hello strangers. Welcome to June. And Happy Friday the 13th AND Happy Full Honey Moon! So not only is today mama's token "lucky day", but also, a rare full moon is tonight. Not only is it the honey colored moon, but another Friday the 13 full moon won't happen again until 2049. Guess what? My ass will be almost 60 years old and Abbie will be nearing about 37. How bizarre is that?? Hopefully your day has been full of spooks, black cats, good movies, and some summertime magic.

Apologies for the lack of proper updates. Life has kinda gotten in the way and I've recently had to take a step back from the digital world for my own mental health. Other that chasing a very active Owlfish around (it's definitely summer time), other projects I'm starting on have been on the rise, along with actively getting back into shape thanks to a new personal trainer and diet change. We'll see how this goes! I've kept up at least with the 52 Project (except for the last two weeks, which I have posted as backlogged), but if you haven't seen the new pictures of Owlfish, go check them out on the link list to the left.

Today has been a relatively good and relaxing day. Last night was rough due to family issues, but we made up for it today by spending sometime with Aunt Becky (who's marriage I need to still make a post about!). After fighting a nap and getting antsy with a bit of cabin fever, Owlfish and I ventured outside before a storm came (spooky, huh??) so she could ride around on her tricycle a bit and play at the neighborhood park. You an see how overcast the day was in these pictures and it took my playing mean mommy to get her to come inside before it hit. She's getting a lot better at using the pedals in her trike and likes having a basket in the back for the random pebbles, rocks, and loose change she finds outside. 

This weekend, I plan to make the weekly 52 Project post and a Life in Pictures post to catch up a bit. I'm hoping form here on out, I'll be posting much more frequently and getting back to the weekly column posts. Starting next week though, I'm going to attempt to do "screen free" weekends and unplug fro Friday evening to Monday morning. I need to be taking decent breaks from social media and paying more attention to what is going on around me, especially my ever growing child. 

Also, even though personal things may still spill over here (pagan holidays, fun posts about DIY/Recipes/column posts, angst blogging, etc.), I'm attempting to keep that to as much of a minimum as possible now. Before and after Daniel and I split, I started noticing I was letting too much of my personal issues take precedence in my writing and it wasn't good. The original purpose of this blog was to be a way to chart Owlfish's life growing up and our life as a family of two, mostly for my friends and family that live far away. But now that I seem to be gaining other readers, it's time to get back to the original reason for this page.  If for some reason you want to see my personal postings, you can head over to my tumblr, which is on the links to the right. I will warn you that it is personal for a reason and will sometimes be NSFW. But from here, only good things, especially about Owlfish. :)

Enjoy the full moon tonight and be safe!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Good hair days

Hello there~ I know I'm on a break from the internet this week and also haven't properly updated this blog since May, but I wanted to stop in real quick to post about something I don't want to forget. And yes, as evidenced y the above picture, Owlfish officially has long enough hair for BRAIDED pigtails. So basically I have a two-going-on-teenager in this house. It's so bizarre to think that about this time last year, we had finally made it to itty bitty tufted pigtails, but now boom.

Abbie, baby girl, you are growing so fast and still just as gorgeous everyday. Always my constant and in the words of Kait Payne, "Way way more than you know."