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Weekend Reading List // 21.

October 28, 2016

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Happy weekend, dears!

So, this will be the *last* weekend reading list for the blog, at least for a while. I’ll still be creating it, but I’ll only be sending out to this blog’s email list beginning next Friday, so if you are subscribed to that and get my notes in your inbox, don’t change a thing.:-) If you aren’t getting occasional notes from me, provide your email here.

Love your avacados? Grab a Kleenex. (via The Atlantic)

Here’s how to best pair your wine and herbs this holiday season.

I just overhauled my spice cupboard using these jars – I love the way they look and function now!

Yet another reason to drink coffee everyday. (via WebMD)

How to cultivate creativity in your children. (via The Atlantic)

Do you work part-time? Your children might be more empathic. (via

From Pinterest

Writing helps you to remember and pay attention.

I’m obsessed with this two-tone dresser.

From Instagram

This entire account is break-taking.

The power of menu-planning.

From another writer

“You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.” 

-Woodrow Wilson

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Weekend Reading List // 12.

May 13, 2016


It’s the weekend! What are your plans?

I’m excited to wrap up my Week in the Life project this weekend (check out #emweekinthelife on Instagram for some sneak peeks!). Ali Edwards hosts this fun photo memory-keeping project every year. I’ve never participated before, but I wanted to capture this unique little sliver of time before we all go back to work and routines and Violet outgrows her sweet newborn days.

I’ve been working hard to organize and archive our photos and put a consistent long-term system in place and I came across this great list of tips on scanning old photos in a usable way. (via Pictures and Stories)

Just in time for glorious summer barbecues, these tips on building a layer cake. (via Food52)

Some fun facts about breastfeeding and women’s health. (via the Susan G. Komen Foundation)

Raising a creative child. (via NYT)

Motivate your morning routine for a month with this challenge. (via The Everygirl)

Make these fabulous ice cream flavors with your Kitchen Aid (no churning required!). (via Half Baked)

In love with this balloon arch. (via Petite & Sweet)

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Spring 2016 Book Stack.

May 11, 2016


My reading list over the past couple of years has been sloooowwww going. But recently, I signed up for my library card at the new-to-us local library and discovered that they had a huge selection of e-books. (Welcome to the 21st century, Emily, I know, I know.)

So during bed-rest and now during nighttime feedings I’m attempting to make up for some lost time. Here are the titles that have been stacking up on my table (and screen) lately.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. This was such a strange book. It draws you in like any ordinary cute, light summer novel does and then throws some huge curve-balls. Maybe I’m just not used to the genre, but this book definitely left me sleepless – not quite the effect I was hoping for! But I was able to finish it in just a few days, so if you want some quick, easy airplane reading, this is it. If you can’t handle mildly scary or bizarre though – pass it up.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up by Marie Kondo. This was both more interesting and a little weirder than I expected. I appreciated her de-cluttering tips, although I think my mom and sister and I have all been secret KonMari practitioners before Kondo invented the system. Her advice definitely inspired me to go back through my closet, my most consistent source of clutter-stress. I also loved her advice regarding keeping items out of obligation or guilt.

I got the feeling that Ms. Kondo has some lingering inner-child issues – she seemed to spend a lot of time painting a picture of herself as this reclusive anomaly of a child who basically raised herself. Also, I would love to know what kind of advice she gives to parents when she consults with them. Do the piles of plastic sippy cups in my cupboard bring me joy? Not exactly. But neither does the idea of my toddler drinking out of adult glasses……

Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne. This book was life-changing for me. I’ve been a theoretical fan of Waldorf parenting and educational approaches, but this author explained why. I couldn’t stop scribbling quotes. It was both convicting and inspiring to read. It’s definitely super helpful for parents, but even someone without children trying to simply and more intentionally could glean quite a lot from the author’s words.

Yes, Please by Amy Poehler. This is mostly just hysterically funny. It makes for some great middle-of-the-night light-hearted reading, although it feels less like a real book and more like a show – or a blog – or something? This is probably partly because o Amy stand-up comedy career and partly because so much of the book is designed to look like post-it notes or letters or notes from a set. In addition to piles of hilarity, Poehler has some truly wonderful insights on parenting and life.

Every Good Endeavor by Tim Keller. Mark and I have been reading through this together. It’s quite good and includes a lot of really convicting discussion. It’s one of those books digested most easily at a slow pace which works perfectly since we only read a bit each night. I think it would be a lot to take in quickly. If you’re looking for some career direction or rationale for decisions, start here. Keller provides some wonderful starting points.

I would love some suggestions! What titles are on your summer reading list?

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Weekend Reading List // 11.

May 6, 2016

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Happy weekend! This feels in some ways like the first weekend of summer – our pool is opening and we have been pulling out our summer clothes and sunscreen.

It’s also Mother’s Day weekend! What do you have planned? I have several dear friends that are due almost anytime, so I’m excited to see if one of them has a Mother’s Day baby!

Sometimes I think we talk a lot about how hard it is to be a mom, but not as much about how much fun it is, so one of my plans for this weekend is to remind myself what a privilege it is to be a mom to my sweet bundles. I’ll be celebrating by grilling, cuddling my baby girl, and splashing with my little guy.

Some amazing iPhone photography and a few great photography tips. (via iPhone Photography School)

The effects of wine on mood and expressions, through a camera lens. (via Mental Floss)

If the full Project Life system overwhelms you, try starting out with this simple system. (Thanks, Rachel, for leading me to this!) (via Valerie Kiensley)

The New York Times as curriculum. (via NYT)

Such a sweet photo essay. (via Twenty Two Words)

Some dining etiquette tips. (via Classy Career Girl)

Patios to get you excited about summer. (via Pottery Barn)

One of my very favorite Instagram feeds. (via Modern Farmer)

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Weekend Links // 10.

April 29, 2016


Happy weekend! The last two weeks have been a blur in the best of ways. It’s so hard to believe that our little girl will be two weeks old tomorrow!

What are your weekend plans? My weekend will be pretty quiet – we are all still trying to stick pretty close to home until Violet is a little older, has a stronger immune system, and is on a more regular nursing routine. But I promise we’ll be enjoying this beautiful weather by taking lots of walks around our neighborhood!

Would you ever take a vacation to the home of Jackie O.? (via Conde Nast Traveler)

Have you tried this app? It seems like it would be great for generating ideas and capturing quick memories.

Why writer’s block is a myth – and how to overcome it. (via CoSchedule)

Some photography projects to help pull you out of a creative rut. (via Click it Up a Notch)

The top five life-changing books of 10 influential (female!) entrepreneurs (via

Walking has been shown to vastly improve creative brainstorming. (via

A fascinating profile of one largely unknown Silicon Valley pillar. (via The New Yorker)

Love this precious twist on a family photo shoot. And the idea of “should-less”! (via Coffee + Crumbs)

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Weekend Reading List // 9.

April 8, 2016


Criticism at work is a tough topic. Here are some tips for giving (and receiving) it. (via

How fantastic are these mugs??? (via Michael Hyatt)

Inspiring stories. (via National Review)

When I went browsing in the cosmetic aisle of Target for a good lip product for my hospital bag, I found this lip balm and was immediately hooked. It’s just the right amount of color to add a quick pop of refreshed color in the middle of the day. I swear my lips feel so much better and, BONUS, there’s sunscreen in it!

A cool free online design and editing program. (Remember Picnik??)

I love these tips for a low-stress evening of entertaining! (via Clementine Daily)

How beautiful is this kitchen? (via the Jungalow)

Some Pinterest inspiration for setting a gorgeous table. (via Heimatbaum)

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Weekend Reading List // 8.

April 1, 2016


Happy Friday!

The weekend forecast has all of us excited about some beautiful weather – can we all get excited about spring yet? What does your weekend hold? Here are some links to add to your Saturday morning reading.

Want to be a great leader? Develop these habits. (via

Love this quadrant-style scheduling method. Have you ever tried this? (via Fast Company)

It’s almost wedding season! Would you ever seat your guests on pillows? (via OffBeatBride)

Finding all sorts of new inspiration for this Pinterest board while my imprisonment bedrest is helping me catch up on our family albums.

Since discovering this all-in-one recipe, I cook it about once a week. It takes 20 minutes, is delicious, can be used for lunch, dinner, tacos, whatever, and is packed full of nutrients. What more could I ask? (via Damn Delicious)

An Instagram hashtag you should be following (are we friends on Instagram? Find me – @emilyamccord).

ICYMI: 60 tips to dazzle your blog readers.


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5 Things Being an Editor Taught Me About Absolutely Everything.

March 8, 2016

Editing and Life 

Sometimes the job of editing gets a bad rap. Editors are seen as the grouchy gatekeepers between creativity and results or the unnecessary frivolous expenditure at the very end of a project. But really? We are all editing all of the time. Some of us have just spent more time developing our editorial senses.

In recent years, there has been a pretty hefty attempt to put the word “curate” into common use. But really, most of the time, we are not “curating” – we are simply editing. Years of editing words has taught me how useful it is to look at all of my other activities through the eyes of an editor. It makes all sorts of difficult decisions easier.

Here are 5 key things that the role of editing has taught me about absolutely everything.



Editors know that behind every brilliant end result is a process – one that takes time and a lot of drafts, each with a different goal in mind. This is not a one-and-done game – there are very few of those in the real world. Whether the focus is a project proposal, a business plan, a book, a blog post, or a gallery wall, it’s going to require a lot of handling and re-handling – and normally more process means more time.


Editors know that it takes a team – a multitude of voices, to produce a strong result. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses; someone else will catch what you may have missed. Genius is rarely a one-man Super Bowl. Generally, in business and in life, a great result is achieved through a group of people supporting each other and contributing from their individual areas of strength.


Editors know that imperfections in a product aren’t personal – they’re just reality. Typos in a manuscript, overlooked expenses in a budget proposal, clothes from the last decade that have managed to hang on – these things happen. We don’t run from imperfect – we tackle it through a process and with a plan.

4. A PLAN.

Editors understand the importance of a clearly defined plan. Great results won’t come from staring at the same page (or screen or closet or canvas) the same way day after day. Define a plan. Move from the big picture to the small details. Give yourself space to clear your head between drafts. This procedure leads to the solution for most of life’s most pressing questions . (Don’t believe me? Try it.)


An editor is the ultimate clutter-buster. Not all of the paragraphs, adjectives, stories, clothes, ideas, strategies, shoes, or colors can stay. Editing is basically synonymous with throwing stuff out the window (head-nod to Marie Kondo). Editors know that something – in fact most things – must go. Out with the good to make room for the best.

Did I miss something? What would you add to this list?

Here’s a fun quote to Pin as a reminder:



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Friday Links.

August 7, 2015

Morning | The Orange Light

Baby | The Orange Slate

It’s Friday! What are your weekend plans? We have entered the deepest, most sweltering days of summer over here. My weekend plans involved air-conditioning, cool drinks, and maybe a frigid museum. Did I mention air-conditioning?

Here are some links to brighten up your weekend:

A list of culinary vocabulary for the aspiring chef. (via Darling Magazine)

An interview on teaching empathy to children, Danish parenting, and how stories can help. (via MOTHER)

These free Powerpoint templates are amazing. I downloaded them this week and they have already saved me so much time. (via HubSpot)

Why you need to write everything somewhere. (via Creative Something)

25 famous women talk about being in charge. (via New York Mag)

There is too much adorableness in this wallpaper.  (via Design*Sponge)

Some photography tips. (via Oh My Dear)

Why having a side gig could be the best thing for your career. (via Levo)

7 great podcasts. (via Balance and Blueberries)

The video on ethical fashion that may have changed my life. (via True Cost Movie)


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July 31, 2015

 Albania | The Orange Slate

Chickens | The Orange Slate

Albania | The Orange Slate

Happy weekend! What are your plans? Miles and I had such a fun time in San Diego with my extended family, but settling back into our routine and wrapping up July projects has been a little crazy and we’re looking forward to a restful family weekend.

Thoughts on balancing working from home and motherhood. Wise advice for all-too-familiar doubts! (via Cupcakes and Cashmere)

These. Look. So. Delicious. I’ll be frying this weekend. (via Joy the Baker)

Great business advice from someone who has overcome incredible odds. (via Design*Sponge)

This list of beautiful (intelligent!) people never fails to fascinate me. (via The Hill)

Does your resume need an update? (via Lifehacker)

Love these prints. (via KITCHENBATHPRINTS)

Inspiring. (via Seth Godin)

Miles is loving this sing-along album on Spotify.

6 phrases wealthy women never use. (via Levo)

Behind the scenes of a successful online business built from scratch. (via Inspired by This)


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