I’ve been researching trends for an upcoming product collaboration and couldn’t help but share a few pieces I’ve been drawn to lately. Primary colors and shapes with a twist have been catching my eye from every angle – toys, jewelry and clothing, oh my! For this monochromatic, minimalist mama, it’s been quite a change of pace:
We’re home! We’re home! I’ll be chatting about bits and pieces from our Singapore trip (you can see a slew of photos here!), but for now, I wanted to pop in and share this adorable time capsule from a new friend I made on my travels!:
While I’m in Singapore this month, I’ve been sharing a few favorite blog recommendations I have over here – blogs that make me think and smile and – as in today’s case – cry. Kelle Hampton is an unapologetic mother – she is beautifully honest about her trials and struggles, with an unending emphasis on the beautiful. She is living proof that light can shine when we look to the sky.
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?