So…I’ll be honest. I was more than slightly bored during tonight’s Oscars. I love me some Neil Patrick Harris because he is immensely talented and a true class act, but…sorry, Neil.
On the bright side, I think it was an UH-mazing year for Oscar fashion, don’t you? Here were some of my faves, though it was hard to pick:
Rosamund Pike was totally smoking in this gorgeous red lace gown. Even if I am scared of her in real life after seeing Gone GirlRead More»
We’re getting ready to move Baby Boy into a bed. (He’s actually napping in there as I write this…phew!) A year ago, I started collecting some things and painting furniture in anticipation of their shared room. I take FOREVER to put together a room. I never know exactly what I want until I see it — which means I am never shopping for something specific — and I hate buying meaningless things just to fill spaces. So it usually takes me awhile to put together an entire room!
I knew I wanted to keep with the French Country-ish feel of our house with a bit of a shabby chic spin on it. But we also didn’t have much of a budget, so I had to re-imagine some furniture already in our home to achieve the look.
This isn’t a home decorating blog by any means, but I thought I’d share a little bit of their combined room in case it gives you any shared bedroom ideas.Read More»
Last night, my husband and I went to our local theater to see Selma.
Selma was not originally scheduled to play at ALL in my town, but thanks to a barrage of e-mails and phone calls to Regal corporate offices, it was finally brought to our town a little over a week ago. (Sadly, it has not drawn in audiences the way the manager has hoped, and if things don’t pick up in the next two days, it will be on its way out after a much-too-short two week stint.)
The Academy Awards are my Superbowl, and I used to make a habit of seeing every single nominated film. Since becoming a mom, this has proven to be impossible, but I managed to watch Boyhood and Selma this weekend.Read More»
We’ve been so fortunate to recently connect with Tuttle Publishing, an amazing company that publishes beautiful books celebrating Asian culture. We were recently sent a copy of another gorgeous children’s book, Indian Children’s Favorite Stories, retold by Rosemarie Somaiah, a storyteller and teacher who is passionate about sharing stories she learned during her childhood in India. We studied India a few months ago, and my daughter absolutely loved the rich and colorful folktales, so she was delighted when we began reading this collection. (This post contains affiliate links.)Read More»
In an effort to better myself both as a human being and a mom to a black child, I recently became part of a newly-formed Racial Equity group in my area. One of the first pieces that was distributed for us to read was “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack.” HOLY COW did this open my eyes to what exactly white privilege means, and the many ways I take for granted how easy my life is because I’m white.
One of those ways? Whenever I have a paper cut or scraped knee, I put on a flesh color Band-Aid that matches my skin color. I’ve never even thought twice about it. My peach-beige skin is considered the norm.
But my son is black. As black goes, he’s pretty black. So I was delighted to learn of a company that exists to promote diversity in healing — Tru-Colour Bandages, created by an adoptive dad who wanted his kids to have access to bandages that match their skin tone.Read More»
My almost-6-year-old has never been much of a Disney girl. If you ask her what her favorite movie is, she will tell you Blue Hawaii — and I was pretty confident I was going to be planning an Elvis-inspired birthday party for her this year. So my inner girly-girl was SO very excited when she told me she wanted to have a Frozen birthday party.
We had so much fun putting together Christmas decorations, a few handmade details from talented artists at Etsy, and lots of fake snow from the holiday clearance aisle (it’s been 50-60 degrees in Montana for the past week, so no Winter Wonderland to be had here!) to create an indoor Arandelle. Check out our ideas to see if you find any party-worthy ideas for the little ones in your life! (This post contains affiliate links.)
Disclaimer: Some of the items featured below were given to me for free or at a discount in exchange for a feature on my blog. All opinions expressed are my own.Read More»
A couple of weeks ago, our family road-tripped to Salt Lake City, Utah. This growing city is becoming one of our favorite nearby destinations. Of course, the fact that I grew up in Utah obviously makes me biased, but with no family left currently living there, we have found that it still remains an exciting and enjoyable travel destination. While I love our current home more than anywhere, I do occasionally need a big city “fix”, and love that Salt Lake City is a clean, family-friendly big city with lots of enrichment opportunities for our kids. And they have a Free People and Trader Joe’s.
While most people think of Utah as a destination for hiking and skiing (which it is!), you will find that downtown is an artistic, vibrant community with lots of accessible, educational and special things to do with family in Salt Lake City, definitely making it a worthwhile place to spend time.Read More»
I’m so thrilled to be one of nine co-hosts AND a book reviewer for this year’s Multicultural Children’s Book Day. Faithful readers know that diversity in literature is a passion of mine, and one of the reasons I love participating in this event is because its mission is to not only raise awareness for children’s books that celebrate diversity, but also to get more of these books into our libraries and classrooms. YES, PLEASE!
Mission: Despite census data that shows 37% of the US population consists of people of color, only 10% of children’s books published have diversity content. Using the Multicultural Children’s Book Day, Mia and Valarie are on a mission to change all of that. Their mission is to not only raise awareness for the kid’s books that celebrate diversity, but to get more of these types of books into classrooms and libraries. Another goal of this exciting event is create a compilation of books and favorite reads that will provide not only a new reading list for the winter, but also a way to expose brilliant books to families, teachers, and libraries.Read More»