Loved this article on the Oldest Tricks in the Book of Motherhood. I haven't really had to use too many of them yet, but I'm betting some of you more seasoned mommas are pretty familiar with them.
I'm a little obsessed with anything Nate Berkus creates - from T.V. shows, to his interiors, to his line for Target, he's got talent. AND THEN, I recently found out he's actually from the Twin Cities. He grew up in Hopkins! You know how when you learn someone is from the same area as you and all of the sudden you like them way more? Yeah, that happened. Just because I like him so much, here's an article from Design Sponge on his Spring 2014 line for Target and how he picks the pieces that go into the collection. That designer can do no wrong.
Mike and I used to always say that we don't want to be parents that argue in front of our kids. But this article made me think twice about that stance. What do you think?
Brass is all the rage these days, and sconces are pretty popular too. This roundup of affordable brass sconces is great - because usually when you combine two popular things, the price tag goes way up. Not the case here.
Over the past few years, I've found myself wanting to expand my vocabulary and I'm starting to have a slight obsession with words and how they weave together. This letter from a copywriter trying to make it in Hollywood is worth the 4 minutes it'll take to click over there and read. And yes, he did land a job from it.
Since I heard at least a few of you ask for makeup tips the other day, here's a "New Moms No Sleep Quick Fix" for you to check out. While I definitely won't be offering makeup tips because I wear exactly two things every morning, mascara and foundation, I do remember the first three months of Eli's life were the first times I EVER thought - oh my word, I need concealer. That's not to say I don't need it all the time, it's just that the area under my eyes were waaaay worse than normal. They were caverns. Deep, dark, abysses. Black holes. Insert anything dark and sorta circular here. Quick disclaimer. I didn't fully read this article. I didn't know what half the things were, so my eyes sorta glazed over, but I seriously wish I did and am always impressed by those that can do amazing makeup and still look natural and beautiful. Now that's talent. I do like this blog though for hair styling tips since I'm trying to up my game in that department. So if you're looking for a new one to add ... this is a good one.
Looking for some large-scale photography to add to your walls? Unsplash is a pretty cool website with high rez files from photographers that you can do whatever you want with. And the quality is really good. I spent 20 minutes just scrolling, scrolling, scrolling.
- On TCMB I shared 12 Ikea DIY's to Inspire You To Get Your Hack On with lots of ideas on projects you can do at home. Everything from a super simple beginner project to full on getting out your drill and tablesaw.
- The other day, a reader asked me if I had any suggestions for gifts to bring a new-mom friend in the hospital, which inspired this post, 10 Gift Ideas To Rock A New Moms Hospital Gown Off on TCMB. Be warned, I was in quite the feisty mood the night I wrote it.
- Over on Rookie Moms, I shared the most fun activity to do with your almost one year old ever - Eli and and I finger-painted homemade cards and artwork for the chalkboard wall. Way less messy than I thought it would be, so get all the deets on how it went down so you can do it with your kiddo.
- And yesterday I explained on Rookie Moms why Eli's big birthday bash was really for Mike and I, rather than Eli. No shame here. Do you have the same theory?
And finally, if you haven't yet, be sure to head on over to this post to introduce yourself - it's been so fun to learn more about all of you and you are are such an amazing group of women, so thanks to those of you who have commented. (Also, it's been confirmed that I have ZERO male readers. And that is just fine by me.) And remember, I'm taking a few of you out for a virtual cup of coffee just to make it worth your while because I know how annoying it can be to comment on a blog. I know I've said it before, but thank you, thank you, thank you for all your awesome support and love!