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Happy Friday Links + a Question!

Friday, October 17th, 2014


How has your week been? Ours has been full of celebration. The weather this week was mostly dreary, but for one of the first times I can remember, it didn’t bring me down. It was actually a bit refreshing. Maybe it just reminded me of Sleepy Hollow, which, is kind of perfect for this time of the year.

I also spent the week painting Ellie’s bedroom. Everything is changing this season. I’m trying to stay positive and bright about it. The changes are all good, it’s just that I have a tendency to hold onto the past. What can I say? I’m a work in progress, much like the half-painted bedroom.


-If you sew, you’ll want to check this out

-Have your heard Karise Eden’s voice? I. am. obsessed! Her story is incredible too. Such a survivor. She took two years after her debut on The Voice Australia to refocus and define success on her own terms and now she’s back with a new album. Hoping it takes off here in the US too.

-SO excited about this! Mari from Small for Big just launched Smallful, a digital download shop. The quality of the printables is crazy good.

-Best books for every state

-for when you need a ‘silly’ break

-Then and now series looks at the kids in the same place but years apart

-these make me smile

Before I go (I’m taking off to take the birthday girl and her friends shopping), a question:

How good are you at asking for advice? I recently accepted I am totally crappy at it. Not sure if it’s a first born thing, a stubborn thing, or a defense mechanism thing, but I rarely ever ask for advice. And according to some research, it might be holding me back. How about you? Do you struggle with it too? Or are you a pro at it? I’d love to hear!

Have a lovely weekend

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Some Friday Fun: An Announcment + A Happy Hour Question…

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

halloween announcement

Ooh, I have some news! For the past couple weeks, I’ve been working on a project that I’m really really excited about. And next week, I get to share it. Starting Monday, we’re throwing a bash featuring 13 frightfully delightful treats for All Hallows’ Eve. Get ready to party! I hope you love it.

And now here are some things that caught my eye…

Super cute DIY desk organizer for the kids

Life is too short for crappy friends

The real origin of Madewell

How to beat poverty (ps. Save the Children is a wonderful organization and I highly encourage you to check it out)

Fall themed gender reveals

Earth-friendly reusable sandwich wrap

For when you’re visiting Baltimore with the kids

And finally, a little Friday Happy Hour conversation for you. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this…

Last week, the LA Times ran an op-ed piece that posited rudeness is a form of theft. It’s a short read and lays out some interesting ideas about how to combat rude people. One thing I found fascinating was the idea that we’re living a society too big for our brains, which, is why the author suggests, rudeness abounds. The other is that we should confront rude people. Do you ever do that?

Let me know what you think in the comments below!

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Why I Blog…

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

jennifer cooper - why i blog

Today, I’m writing about why I blog. A fitting question and one I’ve contemplated over the years. Many thanks to the incredible Jane from Buzzmills for asking me to participate in this blog hop. I’m beyond flattered!

So let’s get to this, shall we?

Why do I write? (more…)

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Work It | First Interview

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

dorothy parker quote

For years now, I’ve been living the very glamorous life of a freelancer. I’ve been a writer, designer and illustrator. There was even a period where I did “social media consulting.”

Freelance has been great. And yes, the stories are true; there are many perks. There’s flexibility! I’m (kinda) my own boss! I get to work in my PJs!

There are also many pitfalls. Slow months… Requesting checks… Waiting for checks… The grind of constantly rallying… The grind of being your own cheerleader… Slow months… Never having ‘off’ hours… Worrying that you’ve gone feral… Maintaining your sanity… (more…)

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Three Tips for Making School Lunches Rock

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Tips for making school lunches rock

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Sharpie, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #EverydaySharpie

I love fall. Apple picking, fall leaves, cool evenings, kids back at school. But there is one thing I dread—packing school lunches. The kids have different preferences and different allergies. Trying to organize between the two can be a challenge. This year, I’m prepared. I’ve stocked up on healthy snacks, packing supplies and one of my favorite art tools, Sharpie pens. I’m a sucker for Sharpies.

Here are three tips for making school lunches rock… (more…)

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Friday Happy Hour | Failure

Friday, August 22nd, 2014


Welcome to another happy hour chat. I have been loving the conversations we’ve had. And I’m grateful you all are brave enough to tackle some pretty serious issues too. For today’s topic, I wanted to revisit something Tara brought up in the comments on The State of Blogging:

“…sometimes, I catch myself trying to gloss over things and make life look closer perfect than it is. Why? Why are we all so afraid to admit that our lives are messy?”

This morning Dave and I attended a Creative Mornings talk. I’ve been wanting to go to one forever! If you have one near you, I highly recommend attending. This morning’s topic was none other than FAILURE. Panelist bravely shared their failures. It was refreshing to hear and I found myself completely identifying with so many of them. It reminded me that failures are part of the human experience.

Do you openly share your failures? Are you afraid to share them? Are you able to move beyond perceived failures, or do you have to fight them from weighing you down? I’d love to hear!

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Happy Hour Friday | Weighing on Me

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Nick Cave at the Baltimore Museum of Art

Welcome to another Friday Happy Hour. Last week we had an amazing conversation; one that ended up lasting all week! Today, I wanted to keep things light and talk about a new movement away from the ‘like’ button on facebook.

But then as I’m typing, I realize I’m not being honest with you, nor myself. Because while I think that’s a totally fine and interesting topic to discuss, something is weighing on me. Probably like it is weighing on you.

And so please forgive me for this post. It is long and it’s decidedly not cute. But I need to get it out of my head as I try to make sense of something seemingly so senseless… (more…)

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Ride Fast

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

classic play + society6 ride fast

Do you remember your first bike? That feeling of freedom, wind whipping past you, pedaling hard, feeling like you could fly? This week’s Society6 collection is a celebration of freedom, a restless spirit and yes, the bike.

Adult Tees | Kids Tees | Prints | Cards | Mug | Duvet Cover (not pictured)

Thank you for all your support while I put my illustrations out there into the world. It’s been a joy to watch them come to life. Your notes and messages mean a lot. Truly. I’m challenging myself to make a new collection each week based on the spirit of Classic Play. Let’s see where this goes!

ps. For a limited time get $10 off when you spend $75 on Society6.

-the happy collection at society6
-free printable knock-knock joke cards
-free printable lunchbox menus

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