I haven’t shared product round-ups or design finds in what feels like years, but I had to take pause and celebrate my dear e-friend Joy‘s newest collection for Land of Nod. Inspired by her daughter Ruby’s own transition to a big girl room, it’s filled – quite literally – with sugar and spice and everything nice. Last night, I opened the most beautiful package with #4, the ice cream pillow, nestled inside, and I couldn’t help but pull together a few more sundae-inspired finds for the young and young at heart alike. (Isn’t that jump rope darling?):
Often times when I mention what I do for a living (or try to, at least, because gracious, I feel like my job is nearly twice as convoluted as an Ikea assembly), the conversation circles back to online safety. Is it safe for my family, telling personal stories online and sharing our hearts with complete strangers? Is it smart, raising a daughter who is somewhat in the limelight?
And initially, I second guess my decision to share here. I re-draw my line in the sand and start censoring my words and photos and ideas until I feel safe and bubble-wrapped. But then I hear a story like this one, an unlikely tale of two boys bonding over the Internet, providing strength and hope to one another as they navigate the rocky waters of childhood Type-1 diabetes.
“When we are children we seldom think of the future,” writes Patrick Rothfuss. “This innocence leaves us free to enjoy ourselves as few adults can. The day we fret about the future is the day we leave our childhood behind.”
With Christmas cards flying into mailboxes left and right, I’ve got family photos on the brain. Although it’s fun (perhaps not quite the right term to use here) to get everyone dressed to the nines for shiny, happy poses, my very very favorite shoots are families at home – together, like this one below…
These photos of Bee are some of my most treasured because they’re real and true and so… everyday. We pad around in our pajamas as long as we can around here, rubbing the sleep from our eyes until 10am when it’s time to get up and get moving and tackle a day’s adventures. But our mornings? Our mornings are exactly what I’ll remember about Bee in the stage she’s in.
Of all the seasons I’m most excited about parenting in, fall’s top on my list – filled to the brim with apple orchards and cozy weekends and winding hayrides. My favorite coffeehouse’s signature drink has returned and the outside world is settling back into a family routine after a long summer of adventure and exploration and discovery. It’s as if we all have permission to nest now – to curl up within our own four walls with a good novel and a weathered couch and hibernate for the season ahead. Fall is a transitional period – we’re brushing off the summer jitters and easing back into warmth and real and home.
I’m always inspired by brands and companies that go the extra mile in terms of visual branding and merchandising. Sure, a simple lookbook with product photos can get the job done, but what if you take it a step further? What if you tell a story – an enchanting tale of imagination and discovery and creativity that flies?
I’m forever inspired by parents who offer their children insights into their career – creative or not. As a child of two school teachers, I remember summer days visiting classrooms, cleaning and sorting and – let’s be honest – playing Hangman on the chalkboard while my mother prepped her curriculum for the coming year. And it was such a blessing to gain that perspective, to see my mother in her element. To witness her sitting at her desk, copying lesson plans, laminating flashcards. To see her “in her element.”
As a mother of three, leading Australian stylist Megan Morton couldn’t find inspired options to occupy her own children’s small, curious and creative minds. Sure, she was used to coordinating photo shoots and sourcing props and trouble-shooting endless last minute snafus. But when it came time to wrangle her littles in an engaging, art-inspired fashion, she lacked the support system to pull off their craftiest dreams. So she contacted a few skilled designers, artisans and specialized creatives in her area, compiling a dream wish list of teachers that might spark the imagination of her own children’s expression. And just like that, The School was born.
Documenting my children is a huge priority for me, whether I’m writing a weekly letter to Bee or Instagramming daily moments that melt my heart. I know I won’t always remember the folds of her hands or hue of her newborn hair, but I can do my best to mentally capture these early days to the best of my ability. In that same vein, a few of my favorite photographers have joined forces for a weekly project that’s as inspired as it is captivating – a year in the life of their children – from one side of the lens to another. And although the photos alone are beautiful and telling and wise, it’s their words that are impacting me today…