I can’t really say very much regarding bridesmaids. I think I may have been one twice in my life, both times before the age of 18. My husband and I eloped at the San Diego County Courthouse, so the closest thing I had to bridesmaids were the 7 other random women who made appointments to be married around the same time we were. Anyway- I was going to title this “Bridesmaid Gift Bag DIY” because that is a thing that lots of people buy (according to Etsy) and these fit the bill perfectly. But then I thought that the people who read my blog that I know in real life would be like, that’s weird coming from the girl who got married on a Tuesday at the courthouse. (3% of my blog subscribers are currently my mom. Heyy!)
I never carved out the time to read that The Five Languages of Love book, mostly because it sounds awful but also because I am self-aware enough to already know that my love language is food. (That’s one of the options, right?)
So when I happened upon this glorious piece by Peter Anton while exploring in San Francisco, it spoke to me.
Peter Anton makes mixed media sculptures of food- namely chocolates, donuts, pastries, ice cream bars and other sweets. There’s really no way to accurately communicate the brilliance of his artwork without seeing it in person. The textures and colors are so lifelike, the works in person are like looking at the actual food under a microscope. The teeth marks in the chocolates, the syrup pooled in the bottom, the way the chocolate is cracked around the bite mark- they’re so realistic that you almost expect them to smell like the real thing. I thought it was too incredible not to share.
Here are some of his other pieces (from his website):
And now I need to go find some chocolates.
I feel like I should apologize for that title.
I remember when I was in high school, these ads would come on the top 40 radio station I always listened to and they’d be like, “WEDNESDAY NIGHTS AT CLUB ______, yada yada yada, FOR THE GROWN AND SEXY ONLY”.
Honestly, it always seemed like way too complicated of a club to attend. What if you were grown but unsure of your sexiness? Who was the authority on “sexy”? What if you were definitely sexy but unsure of the point at which you are actually considered “grown”. Is it when you completely stop growing? If you Google “when do people stop growing” this article will tell you that the magic number is most likely 20. So you could be technically grown and definitely sexy and still not able to get into that club because it was 21 and up. That seems stressful. I’d rather just go to a club that was like, “Your belly can hang over your jeans as long as your purchase our drinks that we mark up 400%“.* That’s my kind of club.
I’m sorry. That was completely not the point of this.
Anyway- I’m due for a new coat.
So I guess this is when it begins, September 23rd.
My child is already asking about Christmas-related things on average twice a day. How does this happen? (I’m looking at you, Michaels, with a quarter of your store already dedicated to Christmas. And you with the catalogs, Pottery Barn Kids, and you, Land of Nod.) September 23rd. It was 90 this past weekend! Christmas stuff?!?
Last year I started letting Oliver circle things he wanted for Christmas when the catalogs came because 1) he mentions so many thing that I could never possibly remember them all, and 2) it gives him something to do. So the other night when I needed 7 minutes of peace to wash the dishes, I told the kids they could look through the new catalogs and circle things they liked. Oliver grabbed a stack from the living room they got to work with their markers in hand. After I finished up in the kitchen, I sat down to review their selections.
I’ll share with you some of my favorites:
- Giant Plush Bot // This is a $250 stuffed animal.
- A Burrowing Owl // An actual Burrowing Owl. Ranger Rick Jr. magazine is not some sort of exotic pet catalog, Oliver.
- A Jetaire Camper Play Tent and a Freezy Dream Ice Cream Truck Tent // $250 a piece. I actually really love these; I would consider buying one.
- A $700 play house // Wouldn’t want your $250 stuffed robot to feel out of place, I guess.
- Three teepees // $159 a pop. $477 in teepees. One of them was designated for his sister, though, which is sweet.
- A Skee Ball machine // $6,299.
Can’t wait to see where we’ll be come October 23rd.
A week or so ago, I started brainstorming Halloween costume duos for the kids. One of my favorites was Harper as Boo and Oliver as Mike Wazowski from Monsters Inc. I started googling “Boo” costume DIYs and pretty quickly found that 100% of them required sewing machine proficiency. Which I do not possess.Not that I let that stop me.
I wouldn’t go so far as to call this a tutorial; I completely guessed at materials and amounts and techniques and nothing here is the least bit technical. I’m sure it could probably be improved upon, but in case you’re interested in how to glue your way to a semi-legitmate costume, here’s what I did:
And with all of that shopping, I made pictures of really expensive boots and ones that look almost exactly the same for a whole lot less.
I’m a fun person so I’m going to make you guess which one is which. (Click the links to find out if you’re right.)
// 1. I love the happy colors in this banner. And really, good vibes only, please.
// 2. Shanna Murray makes all sorts of incredible wall decals. Too bad our walls are textured and I’ve had bad luck with decals on textured walls. Let’s have a moment of silence for all of the decals I can’t buy.
// 3. I think if you’re going to put a fake animal head on your wall, whimsical is the way to go. This zebra head from The Land of Nod is one of my favorites. But this pink unicorn may be a close second.
// 4. This print by Emily McDowell is one of the best things I’ve seen lately. Someone said to me the other day, “Your kids always look so happy on Instagram!” and of course they do! Nobody posts pictures of their snot-nosed, tear-faced and tantrum-throwing kids- it would ruin the illusion! Just like you could cruise my Instagram page and maybe find a few pictures of some cute shoes but god knows you will never find a picture of my bare feet. Never in a million years and that is not a coincidence. Not everything on the Internet is real life; and the bulk of real life would never be Internet-quality material. This print is an excellent reminder for both ourselves and the kids we are raising in the digital age.
// 5. Whale someone please buy me these bookends?
Parenthood is so giving. It has given us so much love; so much happiness; so much excitement; Legos. So, so many Legos. It has also given us germs. Lots and lots of germs.
With school back in session and the germ-sharing in full swing, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite all-natural remedies for both every day use and keeping the ickies away.
All of these can be used for kids and adults.
Oil of oregano is my best friend during cold and flu season. It is an extremely powerful (nature made!) antibiotic and is known for everything from it’s immune-boosting properties to it’s ability to help clear acne, treat yeast infections and knock out GI infections. (All the most fun things in life, really).
Today I killed two birds with one stone. Figurative birds with a figurative stone, of course. Literal birds would be barbaric (and pretty impressive).
But alas, I’m a vegetarian. Killing birds for sport or for food isn’t my thing.
The passing of August marks year five (5!) of us being in Portland.
Oregon has been so good to us. The first trip Sean and I took after moving here was to Florida to spend Christmas with my family. I remember driving to our downtown apartment when we got back in town and remarking that Oregon really felt like home. Now a few years, another baby, a cat, a house, and a dog later, I truly can’t imagine living anywhere else.
The end of August marks something else around here, too: Autumn is coming.