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Happy Friday!

Friday, November 21st, 2014

friday tea time

How was your week? Ours was fr-r-r-eezing! Whenever the temperature drops like this, I dream of moving somewhere with better weather, like LA or Anguilla. Oh Anguilla

This year, I’m trying a winter garden for the first time. I spent most of last weekend watching youtube videos on how to accomplish it. We ended up constructing plastic domes over our raised beds. We’ll see how it goes! My fingers are crossed.

Any big plans for the weekend? Dave and I are seeing a movie. I’m excited! What should we see?There are so many that look good right now—Foxcatcher, St. Vincent, Rosewater.  

While I go and research movie times, here are some things that recently caught my eye

Living on Love is giving away a $100 gift card to Minted. You should enter!

Cute Thanksgiving kids’ craft alert

This is a great idea

A creative assignment for you

This looks deeeeelicious!

And this queen of typos rejoiced! It’s about time instagram

Slow family travel

Do you dress like your son? Love this

Creative gift guide for teens

These bright and cheery turkeys are adorable

Thanksgiving in a pot

12 Handmade Gift Ideas

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Gifts for Awesome Tween Girls

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

For the Creative Tween


She’s growing up. She has her own style, her own dreams and she’s not afraid to speak her mind. You love her moxie! She reminds you of a younger you, but better. This holiday season, celebrate her new found independence and creativity with a gift from makers who share her indie spirit.

Awesome stuff pouch to hold her favorite sharpies | Pineapple notebook to jot down all her big ideas | Bow Tote Bag because it’s cute but not cutesy | this Black Bow Tie Ring says she loves her geek chic look | And these pillows because she spends a lot of  time in her room, she wants it to look good

Ellie and I had a ton of fun stocking the shop. She curated the collection for girls like her who love art and are transitioning from little kid to teen. You can catch all of her favorites here. Shop indie! Support a maker.

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Family | From Five to Six

Monday, November 17th, 2014

family - thoughts on going from five to six

Families, they come in all shapes and sizes. In a continued celebration of family life, I asked my friend Maggie from Smashed Peas and Carrots to share her thoughts on having a larger family…

What was the transition like going from a family five to six? (more…)

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Happy Friday!

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Friday links

Happy weekend! Do you guys have anything fun planned? The kids have been begging me to take them to see Big Hero 6. I’ve heard it’s excellent. Have you seen it?

In other news, I’ve been a bit mum on the job update front. I picked up a freelance gig that should last through the month, at least. Cue happy dance. At this point, I’m considering it a win.

It’s been awhile since I’ve share links, so here are some awesome things that recently caught my eye. Oh and none of them have anything to do with breaking the internet. You’re welcome!

-Julia without the Julie
-I love this shop!
-Just stop
-The weather is cooling down, so I’m excited about this
-Molly sent this to me. How cool is that? Jonah’s already requested one for Christmas
-Flashback Friday
-This totally melted my cold dark heart
-I love the things Dooby’s is doing in Baltimore
-Serve this for Thanksgiving. Seriously, they’ll talk about it for years to come! It’s ridiculously delicious
-Are you watching this? I’m hooked!
-Tis the season
-How to host Friendsgiving
-This calls for a spa day
-I’ve stocked some new items! Keep your eyes out for a new holiday shop coming soon…

Have an excellent weekend!!

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Kids Say

Thursday, November 13th, 2014


One of my favorite things about parenting is hearing the quirky, insightful, hilarious, wise-beyond-their-years things that come out of the kids’ mouths. Over the years, I’ve caught little snippets of conversations and jotted them down for posterity.

I asked some friends for funny things their kids have said and combined them with a few from my journal. Here are my some of my favorites… (more…)

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Family | From Two to Three

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014


The holidays are a time when our thoughts turn to family, so I asked some friends to swing by and chat about theirs. Today I asked my friend Trish, who is one of the most amazing parents I’ve ever met, to share the story of how she and her husband went from a family of two, to a family of three.

How did your son come into your life? (more…)

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Do You Meditate?

Friday, November 7th, 2014

image by Dave Cooper

Do you practice meditation?

I read something recently about the importance of meditating in today’s digital age. I wish I could find the link, but I must have accidentally closed the tab. I have about 50 open at a time so it must have been a slip of the finger. Or the result of a forced restart.

But basically, the article said we need the practice of focusing on one thing (or nothing) more than ever before. Because we are inundated with information we aren’t able to process anything on deeper levels, which, leads to feelings of anxiety and generally feeling untethered. There are so many voices that we can’t possibly take in all the information in a meaningful way. Our brains simply aren’t wired for it.

So rather than ply you with a bunch of links to things (even though this week I did write two things elsewhere that I’m really excited about and would love to get your thoughts on), I’ll just ask for your thoughts on meditation. Not to get totally hippy dippy, but I’m curious. Have you ever tried it? Do you think it’s practical? Are you able to find time? Do you think it helps?

I’ve been trying to slow down when I start to feel my mind race. I don’t know that I’d call it ‘meditation’ but perhaps I’m working my way towards it?

Thanks for indulging me on this one! I hope you’re able to find a quiet moment just for you this weekend.

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Happy Friday!

Friday, October 24th, 2014


Yesterday, in a fit of inspiration fueled by caffeine, I whipped up a newsletter and hit publish. Then I found a mistake. I fixed it, then sent it out again. Which is sort of funny in retrospect because the whole newsletter was about not knowing what I’m doing. Oh irony… Also, a reminder I should not be allowed near a “publish” button without direct supervision.

In other news…

-Have you been following #AYAsummit? Great source of information for the issues facing women and girls around the world and how you can help
-6 things Westerners get wrong about Africa via Camille Maurice
-Make something!
-It Takes Courage print and accessories now available …and what society6 stuff looks like in real life
-This documentary needs to be made
-costumes, crafts and more
-Halloween book finder for kids of all ages
-apple painting

Have an amazing weekend!

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