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Great.ly Coming Soon…

Monday, April 14th, 2014

greatly

I have some big news! Next month I’m joining a group of bloggers in a new venture called Great.ly. It’s an online marketplace curated by top lifestyle bloggers. Between you and me, I’m still wondering how I made the list. But I’m not asking too many questions. I don’t want to be found out. So shhh!

I’m super excited about it because it connects makers of gorgeous things with you! I am a huge fan of independent artists (since I played the role of indie toy designer at one point) and have been working behind the scenes with makers to fill the shop with fun things I love and know you will too. The site launches in May with 50 bloggers like Bri Emery of Design Love Fest, Jordan Ferney of Oh Happy Day, Danielle Krysa of The Jealous Curator and…er, *cough* me. Eep! Talk about pressure. Naturally, I’m filling the kid’s stuff demographic along with some others.

If you’re a maker with a clean, playful aesthetic and would like to sign up, (more…)

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Calling All Hemmingway Jrs! It’s the PBS Writer’s Workshop for Kids

Monday, April 14th, 2014

writing workshop for kids

I kept a journal when I was little. I filled it with short stories, lists for the future me and essays like, “Five Ways to be a Good Friend.” Obviously, I was destined to become a blogger.

As I aged, I went through many phases, like everyone else. But one thing that always stuck with me was writing. Now, I’m not a great writer. Heck, some of the time I’m not even a good writer, but I do love it. So when PBS contacted me about writing a few pieces for a writer’s workshop for kids, it was a childhood dream come true. (more…)

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Hi From Istanbul

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

The gorgeous floors of Istanbul (from where I stand)

Hi Everyone! Just popping on quickly to say Dave and I are having an incredible time in Istanbul. It’s an instagrammer’s dream. Everywhere you look there is a picture waiting to be captured. It has me dreaming of a return visit. Yesterday over coffee, I told Dave we should move here for a month in the summer. The kids would get an amazing experience and I could lead English-speaking photography tours while Dave shot fashion shoots around the city. Oh to dream…

Tomorrow, we head back to home and reality, which, is a wonderful place too (although not nearly as picturesque). I can’t wait to see the kids! We’ve skyped with them each night and I think that’s helped keep the home-sickness at a minimum.

I know it’s a bit early, but I hope you have a wonderful weekend! Here are a few images from our trip. (more…)

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The Kingdom of Spam-a-Lot

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

reviews by spammers

I don’t write much about blogging here. I figure you guys aren’t all that interested and there are so many people who do write about it I feel the market is saturated. But the truth is, what with on-the-blog comments dwindling in favor of social media, blogging can sometimes be a bit isolating.

Luckily though, I have spam. Spammers not only flood the comments sections of some of my favorite posts, they offer affirmation that this site is awesome. Don’t believe me? Just read these reviews!

Buy Short Prom Dresses says… (more…)

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Project: Happy Up Your Inbox! (With Free Printables)

Monday, March 10th, 2014

playfulpinwheels

Are you ready for a dose of happiness delivered straight to your inbox? Yes, you say? Well then, I have just the thing… introducing the Classic Play Newsletter.

It features original content, including free printables. Woo hoo! You can catch the first one here. It includes a pdf you can print and turn into a pinwheel for the kids.

Let’s make email fun again!

ps. It’s ad free and I promise not to get all spammy on you. That kind of stuff makes me nuts too.

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The Weekender

Friday, February 28th, 2014

dollhouse

trimming

working

It is not lost on me that people pay me to do things like make dollhouses out of cardboard boxes. I don’t get paid lots mind you, but it’s a nice thing for sure.

You know, I’ve been thinking a lot about my career path lately. It might be my age. It might be the “creative” thing. It might just be that I was born with a restless spirit. All I know is that I’m beyond grateful that for the past several years, I’ve been able to do the type of work I have.

Speaking of work, our 13th and final episode of Adventures in Learning airs next week! We’re going out with a big party. Be sure to tune in on Monday to watch.

I’m super proud of the series. It was the first time I’ve developed and produced something on this scale and while there are certainly things I’d change, I’m content. I’ll talk more about it next week, but for now, I’d love to hear what you thought of it and which episode was your favorite.

Here’s a list of episodes in case you need a refresher…
Stargazing | Farmers Market Math | Shape Hunt | Trees | Living(room) Global | Hot Cocoa, Warm Hearts | Bedtime Stories | Toymakers | Feelings | Pen Pals | The Writers Club | Electric Dough

I hope you have an amazing and relaxing weekend!

Here are some things this week that caught my eye. I think you’ll enjoy them too…
A sweet woodland birthday party
for Lego-fanatics
Amazing to watch both the evolution of the artist and the explosion of followers
A meditation on flow
A new style blog for the guys
How to fail artfully
Lighting tips for bloggers/photographers
Ground control to Major Tom
More about those Finnish schools
I can’t imagine this being us one day, but I know logically it’s inevitable
For you photography lovers, a new exhibit at the Guggenheim

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The Weekender

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

venice by @Jillian Crocker

How was your week? Mine was decidedly mixed. I got some bad news, but there’s so much cooking behind the scenes here that I can’t wallow for too long. I finished up an assignment that I’m excited about and schemed with some of my friends. You’re going to love what we’ve got planned for this summer!

Plus, the weather here this weekend has been swoon-worthy. Upper 50s/low 60s and sunny. I swear I’m in heaven. I mean I’d enjoy even warmer temps, but after all the snow and ice, I’m happy with any bit of sunshine thrown my way.

For those of you with school-aged kids, have you noticed an increase in workload this month? We seem to be at the point of the year when things pick up. Both kids are working on big projects, which, trickles down to extra work for me too. There’s organizing meetings for group projects, shuttling to the library, helping them look things up on the internet, etc. Have you seen this image going around facebook? Considering how many times it’s been reposted, I’d say many of us are feeling this way.

I’m trying to walk that fine line between pushing them enough that they develop a good work ethic and backing off enough that they develop independence. I’ve been thinking about this article quite a bit.

My favorite bit of parenting advice wasn’t in that article though, it was in the comments section:

Our job as adults is to ask two questions. First, ask your kids “What do you want?” …The second question to ask them is “What do You need to do to get what You want?” Not “how can I get it for you.”

I’m going to carry that bit of advice with me forever. Who knew a person named “Squirt” could be so wise?

Hope you’re enjoying a lovely weekend! And now some reading…

Cool blog alert

Look at the big brains on Brad

Creative social problem solving

Brilliant – the kids will love this one

Fab art project

Love these too

Small blog, huge inspiration

Yes, and yum!

for those planning a natural birth

Party time!

Loving this series. Has me thinking about all the little things for which I’m immensely grateful

Can’t wait to give this recipe a try. Also, Giulia’s up for a Homies! Go vote for her!

SO excited for Carla! She’s been published! Aww yeah/a>

Looking for STEM activities? Check this out

And finally… Did you enter yet? It’s going to look fantastic in your house!

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Giveaway | Gilah Press

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

gilahpressgiveaway

Failure. It’s been said it’s an opportunity for growth. But let’s face it, it also sucks.

Today’s giveaway, however, does not suck. The amazing team at Gilah Press designed and produced this gorgeous letterpress print. It reads, “Failure gets you closer to what you’re good at. -Louis CK” Dave and I have one proudly displayed in our home to remind us of the Tao of Louis. Today, I’m giving one these prints away.

I’ve been holding onto this print since January for just the right time to giveaway. Then this week, bam! I experienced an epic failure. It arrived like a sucker punch. I wrote to a friend, “My greatest skill is an ability to leave a beautiful string of failures in my wake.” It’s then I realized the timing for this giveaway couldn’t be better.

So here’s to beautiful failures.

To win this beauty, just comment below. Tell me where you’d display this quote in your house, or if you’re feeling extra brave, tell me one of your beautiful failures.

The fine print:
Giveaway closes Monday, February 24th at 3 pm EST. The winner will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. The giveaway is for one 11 x 14 letterpress print.

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