Weekend Reading List // 13.

June 4, 2016


Happy Weekend! It’s unofficially the second weekend of summer (which, for me, will always begin with Memorial Day weekend!). I hope you’re enjoying barbecues, pool-time, and the sunshine. I’m excited to soak up lots of beautiful northern weather and solitude this weekend.

Here’s a handy chart that can tell you whether or not to pitch that leftover condiment. (via TheKitchn)

A helpful color chart for design projects. (via Colourlovers)

Enough quinoa salad ideas to stock your fridge for a month. (via BuzzFeed)

A beautiful printable calendar and some other free printables. (via Azzari Jarrett)

The one piece of preparation to do before a dinner party to make cleanup less stressful and nine other entertaining tips. (via Cup of Jo)

And four ways you are undermining your own happiness. (via The Reluctant Entertainer)

How do we make our digital lives more human? (via The AmericanScholar)

From the archives

Why you should take more pictures

Currently loving

My simple glass (Neoprene sleeved) water bottle (similar) that I carry everywhere.

Reflecting on

“The rituals we share are small promises made and kept, every day.”

Simplicity Parenting

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Friday Links

Weekend Reading List // 9.

April 8, 2016


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

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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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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Pretty Pencils and Other Ramblings

January 8, 2014


While the polar vortex swirled outside, a polar vortex also swirled around in my head. For the past five days, I was pretty content to curl up in the warmest corner of the bed with my book, some grapefruit juice, and lots of Kleenex. Neither Mark nor I starved, but I don’t really remember what was cooked at any point over the weekend. Besides tea.

But the good thing about winter colds is that they give you lots of time for Pinterest. I didn’t really get Pinterest before, but now I am basically a Pinterest guru. Also, I explored Etsy fairly thoroughly. Let me tell you, there are a LOT of cute things to buy online post-Christmas. It’s a little problematic.

And now, because it’s January and cold and boring and we all could use a little color and cheeriness in our lives (even if you aren’t battling a sinus infection), here are some of the cutest pencils that the Internet has to offer.

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{From See Jane Work. Basically spring in a box}

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{Allow me to introduce these lovely Garden Piyo Pencils from The Magic Notebook. A Beatrix Potter character may as well just stroll across your desk}

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{They’re twigs! No, they’re pencils from inkkit. Again, Welcome, Nature. It’s January, so we thought you were gone forever}

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{One can at least pretend to be Sabrina with these Paris Collection pencils from Amanda Catherine Designs}

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{Also from Amanda Catherine Designs, the Favorite Things pencil collection}

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{From Wacodis, Westley’s timeless words}

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{Color Me Fabulous from Pencil Shavings Studio}

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{And finally, my favorite. From thecarboncrusader, for everyone who knows where the quote came from (but especially for @aprils_whale). Stay gold, Ponyboy.}

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A List of Good Things and Some Pretty Bowls

November 20, 2013

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I think it’s that time of the year when everyone is just kind of tired. Maybe it’s the dark long evenings. Maybe it’s the fact that Thanksgiving is just around the corner with Christmas close on its heels. This should be a fun, celebratory, exciting time of year but then there are colds and icky illnesses and deadlines and that dragging feeling . . . all together, it all just makes you just want to stay under the covers in the morning.

Let’s count up some good things that have happened this week, though, shall we?

  • I found a place to host the recital and Christmas party for the Christmas recital. Thank. Goodness. Disaster narrowly avoided, let me tell you. The process of seeking a recital-and-party venue for elementary-age children in a crowded, over-priced metro area should be carefully outlined in The Master Handbook for Piano Teachers.
  • Thanksgiving is next week! This is reason enough to celebrate, but we’re going to visit Mark’s family in Dallas for the week which means *WARMTH*.
  • Our Giant now carries both Talenti’s Double Dark-Chocolate and Belgian Milk Chocolate flavors. Be still, my heart.
  • I borrowed Kathleen Norris’ The Cloister Walk from a friend and it’s fabulous. Just the kind of quite, lyrical, thoughtful prose I like to read at the beginning of the day.
  • My mom sent me a gorgeous dress from Anthropologie that I would probably never have bought for myself. (Aren’t mothers pretty fabulous?) It’s similar to this one. The sweet package made my week, and possibly my entire holiday season.

Your turn. What is making your week wonderful, despite everything that is not?

Now, just in case things are not yet bright, let’s look at some pretty bowls. Which one is your favorite? I love the double-handled barn-red bowls from Williams-Sonoma, but the Anthro polka-dots pretty much slay me. Also, a STRIPED bowl??? So adorable.

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For some fun serving-bowl choices, jump over to Jess’ blog.

1. Double-Handle Bowl from Williams-Sonoma. // 2. Dot Pop from Anthropologie. // 3. Porto Bowls from World Market. // 4. Striped bowl from Crate and Barrel. // 5. Cabo Melamine set from Pottery Barn.

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Style Roundup: A Cayenne Kitchen Makeover

September 30, 2013

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Pantone release its Spring 2014 color report a few weeks ago. I am so excited about the beautiful and brilliant floral shades that we can all collect now! Right now I’m loving the Cayenne. Here is some inspiration for incorporating Cayenne (and related shades of coral) into your kitchen.

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Need some more inspiration? Check out this lovely palette.

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1. These nut bowls in a soft color by Anthropologie // 2. This fun kitchen print by Indigo Rain // 3. This rug featured by Charming Zebra // 4. These warm, lovely napkins by Anthropologie // 5. This raspberry-tinted pitcher by Emile Henry //  6. This cute set of ocean-themed prints by AdamsAleArt // 7. This Color palette from Design Seeds


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Style Roundup: Navy Fabric Patterns – A Living Room Update for Fall

September 26, 2013

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Now that our living room is painted, I can start thinking about other additions to make the main floor and living rooms cozy for fall and winter.

I love navy. It’s sharp, crisp,and classic without being too dull. Navy works well with our grey living room walls without clashing with the colors of other nearby rooms. Also, when my mom came to visit recently, she brought some “leftover” fabric. Leftover, my eyeballs. It’s beautiful navy and white fabric patterned in lovely scrolls and fleur-de-lis designs that provided me with some initial inspiration. It was like a sign.

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One of my favorite places to visit for color and design inspiration is Fabric.com. The sheer overwhelming number of patterns and design is stunning. (Isn’t #3 drop-dead gorgeous?) I also love visiting various Etsy shops.

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I’m also totally inspired by all of these lovely fabrics and patterns, some of which have already been turned into pillows by designers. I hope you are too! Which one is your favorite?

Oh, and that green dandelion pattern? I totally love it. I don’t even care if it’s not navy. That fabric is going to find a way into my life.

1. Nicole from Premier Prints on Fabric.com // 2. Diva  from Premier Prints on Fabric.com // 3. Amsterdam from Premier Prints on Fabric.com // 4. French Stamp from Premier Prints on Fabric.com // 5. Camaro from Premier Prints on Fabric.com // 6. Dandelion White from Fabric.com // 7. Navy Gotcha from Modernality // 8. Indigo Blue/Laken Rosa from Modernality // 9. The Pillow People

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Fashion Roundup: Laptop Cases

September 24, 2013

I need a laptop case for my computer. I carry it quite frequently and I like to protect it!

I have a large heavy-duty computer bag but I really need a slim sleeve to slide over the computer just to protect it during car rides and trips to the local coffee-shop.

Here are some of my favorite options:

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This one is so sharp and cute! Can’t go wrong with a nautical theme.

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I love how bright and sharp both of these look.

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This one is lovely; a dark color choice is also probably wise since a laptop case with a lot of unbroken white is doomed to look dirty.

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Although I would really have trouble justifying $75.00 for a laptop sleeve, this yellow polka-dotted case is so bright and sunny!

Any suggestions for a colorful, snazzy laptop sleeve?

1. Anchor Laptop Sleeve by LoveyDoveyCreations on Etsy // 2. Doodles Gift Shop on Zazzle // 3.Pink Candy from Cover Bee // 4. Canterberry Cobalt from Vera Bradley // 5. Dots by Plum Street Prints

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September Fashion: Fall Color

September 20, 2013

I am totally getting into fall now. I think it helps that I don’t have to sacrifice bright bold colors when the weather cools down. I am ready to do some shopping for bright fall colors and just put in an order for the Boden dress in vermillion.

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But then I have to accept the reality that I work from home three days a week and really, while bright dresses are great, I am much more productive in a comfy cotton shirt (enter stage right: Image #4). I could be really productive wearing that shade of gold.

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Pretty sure these shoes in denim would complete the look. What are you excited about wearing this fall?

1. Boden Textured Ponte Dress // 2. Ann Taylor Loft Pave Flower Drop Earrings // 3. Ann Taylor Loft Origami Flower Painted Scarf // 4. Banana Republic Rugby Stripe Top // 5. Banana Republic Carina Pointed-Toe Flat



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