I hope you had a lovely week. I had so much fun experimenting with new projects and columns this week. Did you see them? I love that kind of thing. It’s my happy place.
I was talking to Dave last night about the blog and some of the things I’ve tried to do over the years. I said, “You know what? I think at the core, I want to be a good host—introduce people to other interesting people, tell entertaining stories, and maybe cook up a few ideas.” So I hope you’re enjoying yourself. The contributors and I are so excited to bring you all this fresh content. Honestly? We pretty much live for it.
And now the links…
However you came to parenthood, planned or unplanned, I think you’ll identify with this piece by Elisabeth Dahl— Passport: A True Tale of Motherhood
Estelle launched a new project: an online magazine dedicated to natural beauty and healthy living. You’re going to want to pin the heck out of it.
Do you love or hate party favors? Hate? Then you’ll love this list because Molly takes the guess work out of it for you. Just pick something from the list and they’ll ship to your door. Done. Love? *ahem me* You’re going to ooh and aah over the round up. Either way, we all win. Thanks Molly!
Five ways to maximize your cognitive potential. While I think this is great for us adults, I can’t help but see some parenting guidelines in there as well. [sidebar: I found this article while writing the intro to the Adventuring piece. I wanted to explain WHY I thought it the idea of exploring new places was so important. But I couldn't pull it off. So instead, check out the section on openness/seeking novelty thing. She does a far better job explaining it than I ever could.]
Kickin’ up brown paper packages tied up with string.
You’ve no doubt heard about the launch of Olive Us—a series of shorts created by Design Mom and her husband. Totally adorable! My daughter said, “If I had a 1,000 thumbs, I’d give it a 1,000 thumbs up.
Have you heard about DIY.org yet? This week, a friend introduced it to me. It’s a new project launched by a group of guys (one of them helped create Vimeo) aimed at ‘maker’ kids. Which, if you’re a fan of what we do here on Classic Play, your kid probably fits that label.
It’s still new, so I’m sure there are some kinks to work out, but the premise is pretty interesting. Kids can upload pictures of their projects and share them with other maker kids. Keep your eye on this one. For more information, check out Geek Dad’s review on Wired.com.