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February 8, 2014


Here’s some lessons on living a creative life from the life of J.R.R. Tolkien.

I used to make lists obsessively . . . I’ve been feeling like I’ve hit a creative rut, so maybe I should start again. Do lists help your creativity?

New research shows that staying calm in intense situations may not be your most productive option.

Photo organization is a big problem around here. I take a lot of pictures, then stash them en masse on my hard drive and then search agonizingly when I’m missing an image, so I was pretty excited to read about this organizing trick. How do you keep track of your photos?

I can’t wait to try making a few of these Valentine’s Day cards this weekend. But if you don’t feel like making your own, check out these beauties. This DC-based blogger’s Valentine’s Day card roundups are always my favorite.

The New Year sent me into a blogging funk. Maybe it’s the pregnancy; maybe it’s just the general business of our schedule; maybe it’s all of the planning we’re anticipating. But these tips for breaking out of a blogging funk were inspiring.

As if making my own sprinkles is a good idea. But yes please. And just in case that’s not enough sweetness for you, try making your own chocolate whipped cream.

Newly discovered poems for all the classics nerds out there who actually read Sappho in high-school.

And also just in time for Valentine’s Day, the 10 worst couples in literature.

Finally, more ways (besides reading blogs) to destroy your productivity.

Happy Saturday, friends!


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