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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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Instagrammers to Love

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

awesome igers

A friend recently shared that she’s been feeling pretty anxious about all the terrible news lately. I feel it too. There is so much sadness in the world, that sometimes it’s overwhelming. And a large portion of it is outside the realm of our control. We shared how we try to make it through each day without losing ourselves to it. Knowing and accepting that I’m a complete and total sponge, one of my strategies is to set aside time to soak in goodness.

So, with that in mind, I thought it’d be good a good time to take a whimsical beauty break. Because thankfully, whimsical beauty still exists even during these troubled times. Here are four of my favorite Instagram image makers right now:

@spielkkind | @pchyburrs | @thatsval | @shurupchik

Whose feeds are you loving? And how do you find new IGers to follow? I’d love to hear!

More photography goodness…
photographer’s tips for taking better photos
show off those pictures!
3 art docs to watch

ps. Sometimes it takes the wisdom of a 5 year old to put things in perspective

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Classic Play Shop + Society6

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

society 6 happy roundup

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

For more than a year now, I’ve been dabbling in illustration. I’ve doodled since I was a kid and briefly, very briefly, entertained the idea that one day I’d be an artist. Dave has long encouraged my artistic pursuits. He said I should be bold and add hand lettering and drawings on Classic Play.

Eventually, I listened to him. You know, after a year or so. That’s how married couples roll. Or at least, how we do. We’re both stubborn firstborns so maybe that’s it.

So I broke out a tablet I won from Bing at Alt Summit NYC (thanks Bing!) that sat in my closet all sad and lonely. I plugged it, opened up illustrator and added my first doodle. I really, really loved it. Since then I’ve created logos, hand lettered goodness and doodles here and there.

Last night, I set up a Society6 shop and uploaded my first illustration. Now you can get happy prints, posters, mugs, teeshirts and onesies. You can even get a happy shower curtain. No lie.

It’s awesome seeing something I drew come to life. It feels surreal, and I love it. So pick up a tote, shirt, print, mug, or even a duvet cover (crazy but true) and get happy!

More gift ideas and cool things…
Make Good with
Indie Toys
Classic Play Gift Guide

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Saturday, July 26th, 2014

make good with is currently celebrating a #makegood campaign to celebrate independent makers. Of course I’m all for it. I have a serious crush on artisans who make things. They’re brave, bold, and produce some of the finest things around. Here are 5 makers I’m currently loving:

1 Jenean Morrison | 2 Cynthia Treen | 3 Ellie Bradley | 4 Cheeky Monkey Home | 5 Joanne Stone

Three cheers for independent makers who #makegood!

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