June 17, 2016

cool stuff i like

 Happy Friday! The summer solstice is next week and I really want to do something cool for it but I don't know what. Does anyone have any inspiration for me, other than hopping a plane to Sweden? I could make this cake, (good heavens that photography. so sorry. it's actually awesome in its badness.) but I want to do something new. Maybe we'll just pour some IKEA elderflower syrup over some sparkling water and call it good....

Online finds this week:

Fascinating article on children and reading. Thanks to Michelle for putting this on my radar!

This banana bread.

Comics and graphic novels for all ages of kids.

Rest, a new kind of hibernation.

Key lime pie.


Have a boring summer!


I want to read this book, it's supposed to be amazing.

Sandwiches for summer.

Cool Book of the Week: 'Lulu and Pip' by Nina Gruener and Stephanie Rausser is the follow up to a darling darling DARLING book about a child and her beloved doll that I featured a couple of years ago, 'Kiki and Coco in Paris'. This one (with another magical doll creation from the wildly talented Jess Brown!) tells the story of another little girl and her dolly, who go on a camping adventure and discover the fun to be had in the great outdoors - in contrast to their everyday big city life. Both books feature vibrant, generously sized photography that perfectly matches the text of the story. I can't stress to you how cute these books are, and the camping theme of this one makes it a perfect read for summer, which officially starts next week.

Have a lovely weekend! And Father's Day weekend, if that's on the agenda for you. Andrew's plan is to play video games all weekend, and Julia wants to tackle making homemade shortbread. I'm going to be embarking upon my week-long chore of cleaning madly for days on end because gasp, we're having family photos done at the house next week. I'm soooooo nervous, I'm usually the taker of photos, not the subject! But when I realized that there were hardly any photos of Andrew and I since our wedding and that there aren't that many photos of Julia and I loving on each other, I knew I had to get on that. Andrew wants to know if he can have lots and lots of pictures taken of him and the cat.



  1. I've read the History of Love and it is amazing! (though sad, so prepare yourself). But really really good! And for the solstice, I'm leaning towards a picnic!

    1. aaaah good to know, i'll mentally prepare myself!!! xoxo

  2. I love that post about having a boring summer. That's exactly how I plan out our summers... A whole lot of nothing!

    1. After the whole year of being a taxi driver, I'm looking forward to NOT driving all over creation.....:)

  3. I've wanted the Kiki & Coco and Lulu & Pip books for such a long time. Our library doesn't have them, and I've thought about trying interlibrary loan.

    Little Sis is reading Sisters by Raina Telgemeier right now. Yay for graphic novels!

    1. i gotta find more graphic novels for J to read, she loves them but we don't seem to get our hands on that many - so I was happy to see this list!

  4. Oh, I am so late in commenting on this one, but we LOVE Lulu & Pip (for obvious reasons).

    So glad you covered Michelle Obama's comments made at the United State of Women conference 2 weeks ago. My new boss Judi Sheppard Missett (Jazzercise) was invited and came back glowing with female pride. We have so much work to do for gender and for all equality.

    Also a great read about summer reading!

    Thanks, Melissa.