link roundup / 20

November 1, 2014

  Today I’m sharing some stuff I found around the internet. Enjoy! >I am 95% sure I’m going to attend Texas Style Council. They had me at CAMP. >The new FitBit products look awesome. I want the Surge now that I’m training. >One of my favorite bands, Over the Rhine, is debuting their new Christmas album on the New York Times right now. >Pretty excited about Elise’s new venture. >The ultimate clutter-free gift giving guide. This is amazing and I’m definitely using some of the ideas here. >I really related to this post about the doldrums. >A new-to-me blog I’m loving. >AMEN TO THIS: “And it reminded that this is all they really want. They don’t care about enrichment activities or sensory…
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tgif : week in the life edition

October 31, 2014

The high of my week was probably just the entire process of documenting a week in the life. It’s been much easier than I expected, and it has me very excited to put together a mini album. Two more days to go after today! The low of my week was a very difficult night of parenting on Wednesday. Meredith had been so good all week until then, so I knew a meltdown was coming. Thankfully I had read a lot in Raising Your Spirited Child that day so I had more patience than usual and some new techniques to try. They weren’t all successful, but at least I kept my cool through most of it (which was all evening – 5 hours of…
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favorite coming-of-age books

October 30, 2014

Coming-of-age is more of a theme than a genre, I suppose, but I tend to really like books that can be categorized this way. Maybe it’s the nostalgia (I am very prone to it) or the fact that all humans share the adolescent experience so it usually resonates with me. I think, also, that any good novel will have characters that change over time (usually when they encounter some sort of difficulty) and coming-of-age provides a perfect framework to make that happen. I don’t know, do you think the term “coming of age” has any real meaning when it comes to books? Is it too broad? Regardless, here are my favorite coming-of-age books at the moment: A Prayer For Owen…
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project life 2014 : weeks 41 – 42

October 29, 2014

Here is my Project Life spread from October 6 -19. It has a hint of fall to it (even though we are still nearing 90 degrees daily, but let’s not go there). I wanted to mark the season somehow, so I put a photo of our fall mantel right at the top center. The rest of the left-hand side is mostly updates on Liam. On the longer journaling card I wrote kind of an overview of the two weeks. On the right-hand side are a few pictures from our trip to the pumpkin patch, and a few everyday photos. I have fun making my own filler cards when needed, but I usually end up doing something super simple like this,…
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cross stitch #5 : autumn sampler

October 28, 2014

Well, I finished this autumn sampler from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery back when I was on maternity leave. My intention was to get it framed and then share it, but since it’s square I haven’t been able to find a cheap frame yet. (So far I can rarely bring myself to spend much on framing…I tend to repurpose thrift store finds.) But since it’s autumn now and I worked so hard on it, I really wanted to display it! So this is my temporary fix for the season. And actually it’s hanging in our living room, but the walls there are green and don’t photograph well. So I moved it to our room for these pictures. I had a lot…
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