September 9, 2016

cool stuff i like

Happy Friday! Ok friends. It's happening. I think. I'm fairly certain I'll be able to get a REAL BLOG POST up next week. It's been quite a summer. A lot of sad things have come to pass - do you recall the ill extended family member I referenced late spring? Maybe? Well he's no longer with us, and the fall out from his passing has been tremendously difficult on many levels. I'm so happy that autumn is here (I know, not until the end of the month, but come on.....fall is here!) because for me and so many others, I think, this season is the comforting blanky time of year. For those of you out there struggling - I wish you peace and a deep restorative breath. I wish some time of reading good books and having a cozy treat. #hygge.

Things to look at this week:

Due to some tech difficulties, 5 Hours 'til Bedtime went on hiatus during the summer months, but now it's back! Go check it out, such a fun project that I love contributing to.


Look at all these pretty cakes!

Have you all seen the dress-up nap baby?

Trader Joe's meal hacks. I'm trying them all!

Jeska's tea shed's autumn makeover.

Middle grade books for 2016 fall.

These photos are AMAZING. The colors! At the top of my photo life to-do list is to get proficient at film.

This was a fascinating article about the places in which we live and how we manage them. Really great read.

Has this movie come out? I really want to see!

Not too early to look at 2017 calendars.....

Cool Book of the Week: My amazing pal Michelle clued me in to a brand spanking new release that I'm just fainting over, I MUST HAVE IT I MUST I MUST! 'ScandiKitchen: Fika and Hygge: Comforting cakes and bakes from Scandinavia with love' by Bronte Aurell. (Ok seriously? Best name ever.) It looks enchanting. It looks yummy. Fika AND Hygge?? #1 on my Christmas wish list that I'm creating right now, so that my darling husband has no excuse for not knowing what to get me, ha ha ha.

Have a lovely weekend friends! Come see me sometime next week! Kiddo is back in school. Just wrapped up a family photo session. I CAN BLOG AGAIN.



  1. Never too early to look at calendars! I love Paper Source, though we've been doing the family pictures calendars too.

    As for the schools thing - I have been thinking about this for 6 months and Harper doesn't even start KINDERGARTEN until next fall! But having gone to Seabury, I'm so spoiled and want so much to give that to Harper, but I know I can't. That Seabury doesn't really exist any more, even if we did move home! (Which I couldn't really do...) Here in LA we have tons of choices. Not that we can afford all of them. Even for K-8 I'm wondering (wandering?) between the excellent public schools (that end at 5th with not great middle schools in the area) or the tiny Catholic school (that goes to 8th). We are not Catholic, don't really believe in god, but it's a great little progressive school nearby that is affordable. And there is high school...!!! Sigh.

    I am very grateful to have choices.

  2. Oh sweet friend, I'm so sorry to hear that. *HUGS*

    I've had a good summer but I do look forward to blankets and coziness.

    Those cakes. *insert heart eyes*

    That sweet baby cracks me up. Man, she's a sleeping machine. How come neither of mine slept that good? ;)

    I want to see it too.

    A tea shed! That's what I'll do with my daughter's future playhouse some day when she outgrows it. ;)

  3. I'm so sorry for your loss. Your family are in my thoughts. Thank you for taking the time to cheer us all with your Friday list.

    So, after the last tea shed blog post, I HAD to get the Jane Austen Vintage Classic books. No matter that I have at least one copy of all her novels, and two of most of them. I love these covers, and now I think I am only missing Pride and Prejudice. Unfortunately, I don't have a tea shed, but I do have an Austen bookshelf!

    My daughter went to a K-12 school, all 13 years. There were times that I did wonder if we made the right decision-but I always felt she was getting an almost private school education at a public school. I think there were about 300 students, and they focused on self directed learning, and had what they called intensives for a couple weeks each semester. Are you interested in Greek Mythology, Yoga, or Bread Baking? Those are all intensives she took over the years. I thought that was especially wonderful. Anyway, as I am now a substitute teacher in my school district, I am so thankful we entered the lottery and got her a place in that school. I think it provided her with what I now know was a wonderful educational experience. They didn't have all the bells and whistles that a larger school had, like sports teams-but there was a real love of learning there.

  4. Melissa,

    I'm so sorry for your loss. Thank you for posting with all that going on. I love everything.