Brunette Me

Welcome to my website, friends. Come in and sit down. Have a cup of coffee or a margarita.

This is where you’ll find the musings of a 42-year-old mother of two boys living in Fair Oaks, California. This is where I explore the issues of being a woman, a mother, a wife, and a professional editor and writer. This is where I write about living, loving, and engaging fully in family life and the world around me. I let my hair down here. I learn new skills here. I strive to be a better human being here. And I tell the truth.

We are educating our children in the Waldorf philosophy, but we also have our feet firmly in the world. We are aiming for a peaceful, balanced family life, where all members’ needs are considered and met. We are gloriously imperfect, walking our path together and pouring our love into every step.

I am a HUGE FAN of:

  • breastfeeding
  • cosleeping
  • babywearing
  • health care reform
  • marriage equality
  • green living
  • homeschooling, although it is not our choice
  • Waldorf education
  • elimination communication, or ec
  • playing in the earth and water
  • making things by hand
  • CSA and organic foods
  • tolerance
  • peace
  • science
  • reading
  • life-long learning
  • making mistakes
  • artistic exploration and skill building
  • painting and photography

Please read for a while and leave me a comment. Come back often. I love, love, love comments. I do my best to reply to everyone. This blog is a labor of love born out of a need for self-expression, but it has also brought me new friends from many lands. If there’s some topic you’d like to see covered here at Love in the Suburbs, please drop me a line.

All images and words on this site are © 2003–2014 Sara E. Wilson. Please do not use my photographs or text without my permission.

16 Responses to “Welcome”

  • The Tan Family - Syrendell
    September 2, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Hi Sara! This new website is fabulous. Looks like your son went to CSUS Aquatics camp…wasn’t it great?

    You and I have a lot in common, based on your list above! I hope to meet you soon…maybe at Babetta’s for a class.

    Check out our upcoming homeschooling/Waldorf workshops: http://www.syrendellacademy.com


  • Marjorie
    January 1, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Dear SarabellaE – Thanks for showing everyone the buildings, towers, pirate ships – made with CITIBLOCS !
    May we post them on our website ? If we ever have any building events in your area – would your builder like to participate ? Great Building ! Thanks for showing off CITIBLOCS. Best Regards and Best Wishes for 2011 – Happy New Year to you and your family.


  • Miri
    March 3, 2011 at 6:49 am

    I just found your blog via Flickr, I really,really like it!
    You have such a lovely home, very inspirational!


    • Sara
      March 4, 2011 at 10:21 am

      Hi Miri. Thank you and welcome! It’s very kind of you to say so.


  • Rachel
    April 29, 2011 at 7:48 am


    I’m one of the Editors at AllFreeHolidayCrafts.com and I just wanted to let you know that I have linked to your project on our site. You can see the project here:


    I think it’s a great project that our readers will just love to make! This will easily bring traffic to your site and allow others to see what’s new on your site.

    Please note that our site is currently under construction. We are working on the design and are constantly adding more projects, so please check back in the coming weeks and months to see its development!

    We’re hoping that by reaching out we’ll hear back from you. With that said, can we have permission to link to any project on your site as well as use the image, with credit to you, of course?


    Rachel Bernstein, Editor


    Prime Publishing LLC


    • Sara
      April 29, 2011 at 9:27 am

      Thanks, Rachel!


  • Terese
    June 28, 2011 at 1:04 am

    Really enjoying reading your blog and seeing those delightful images…well done…Im sure Ill keep coming back. Terese


  • marie R?
    February 9, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    I Sara,
    I am in love with your blog 😉 So much beauty, so much fun… and so much thing we share ! could you “read” my mail ?
    XO from Paris


    • Sara
      February 14, 2012 at 12:27 pm

      Sweet Marie from Paris, thank you! I’m so glad we “met”! xo


  • Siobhan
    February 16, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Love, love, LOVE your blog!! We’re right along with you for the ride in the Red Rose. 🙂


    • Sara
      February 18, 2012 at 1:17 pm

      Thank you, dear Siobhan! I’m looking forward to getting to know you better.


  • Kim
    February 7, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    I would love to connect with you further – I’m a fellow Sac area Waldorf Mom.
    Congrats on your win! Thrilled as it led me to your blog!


  • Lee Miller
    November 9, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    Hi Sara,

    First, I LOVE your blog! I’m a semi-stay-at-home dad of one little boy, and I relate strongly to the joys and challenges you describe on your blog: meeting expectations, staying faithful to core values, and having fun along the way. As a parent attempting to live an intentional lifestyle, I find your insight (and craft/activity ideas!) inspiring.

    I wanted to let you know about a project I’m starting that I think you and your readers (and your kids!) will be interested in. It’s called DrawSticker, and it’s an online service that lets parents like us turn their kids’ art into an awesome sticker for their car window. I created DrawSticker so that parents could express the essence of their family in a way that’s truly unique—that no pre-designed sticker, no matter how cute, really can.

    Since I started DrawSticker I’ve been amazed by the creativity of the kids who’ve participated. I would love to give you the opportunity to try out DrawSticker (free of cost!) and to see what your boys create. Start at http://www.drawsticker.com to see how it works, then send me an email and I’ll set you up with a promo code.

    Thanks for checking it out!



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  • About Sara

    Thanks for visiting! I’m Sara, editor and writer, wife to Ian, and mother of two precious boys. I am living each day to the fullest and with as much grace, creativity, and patience as I can muster. This is where I write about living, loving, and engaging fully in family life and the world around me. I let my hair down here. I learn new skills here. I strive to be a better human being here. And I tell the truth.

    Our children attend Waldorf school and we are enriching our home and family life with plenty of Waldorf-inspired festivals, crafts, and stories.

    © 2003–2018 Please do not use my photographs or text without my permission.

    “Love doesn’t just sit there like a stone; it has to be made, like bread, remade all the time, made new.” —Ursula K. LeGuinn

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