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Dear Bee // 51

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Dear Bee,

You and I, we struggle with balance. (Here’s a secret: everyone does.) You hoard pool noodles and stuffed animals and plastic bowls, begging to be filled with your latest finds from around the house. You want to wear both headbands, use every sticker, eat the whole bag of pistachios. You want your sippy cup filled all the way – overflowing – “just in case” you say.

And I’m much the same. I hoard memories and moments in a futile attempt to seize the day before it passes too quickly. I want to wear both hats, use every gift, eat the whole bag of pistachios. I want my cup to overflow, too.

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Primary Twists

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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:

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Swim Twins

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Bee mostly dresses herself now, but every now and then I’ll find ourselves wearing matching-ish outfits (or doing matching-ish things!). So in the spirit of twins, here are a few mother/kid swimsuit ensembles for the young and the young at heart!:

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Keeping In Touch

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One of my favorite social channels is Instagram because of the ease in which it depicts the truest sense of my everyday life. From overseas adventures to hallway shenanigans, it’s our snapshot of today, one that I know I’ll be so grateful to have tomorrow. The only downside? My family members that aren’t on Instagram don’t get nearly as many updates as they’d like, and I find myself constantly emailing links to individual Instagram photos when I receive a request for Bee photos. Until now!

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Destination Summer

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Ever since we returned home from Singapore, Ken and I have been seeking out more local activities to carry on the spirit of travel in our own backyard. We’ve been trying new restaurants, hitting more farmer’s markets – anything to keep the adventurous momentum alive and well in our wee family of three…

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Summer!

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It’s beach season, which for the tots, means two things: sand castles and popsicles, preferably simultaneously. I spotted this modern set of beach toys a few weeks ago and although was initially drawn to the design, was thrilled to find they’re completely biodegradable. A nice bonus for when your kid’s bucket gets carried away by the waves, yes?

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Dear Bee // 50

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Dear Bee,

I remember the first time I saw a kid in my 4th grade class blow a bubble within a bubble while they were chewing gum. It was fascinating to me, like how could something so flexible and thin – weak, I thought – possibly become a home for something else? How could there still be room in there? It just… defied logic. And now, here you are. Doing the same for me, 20-something years later.

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Time Capsules

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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!:

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Follow: Mer Mag

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Merrilee Liddiard authors Mer Mag, a playful, craft-based blog I frequent for DIY/craft ideas I never actually attempt to create. Still, she lights up a certain part of my brain – the one that believes in creating an environment for Bee that is conducive to play and imagination and memory-making. My childhood was littered with cardboard boxes, colored pencils and endless scribbles and facilitating this sort of beautifully messy space for Bee has always been top of mind for me.

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Follow: Kelle Hampton

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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.

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