Beautiful watercolors

wcelephant2I was looking at Etsy yesterday and came across The Wildlands shop which listed these watercolors, aren’t they beautiful?  They are perfect for a child’s bedroom.  The colors are vibrant but not overwhelming and they all seem so joyous.  And the prices is right!  I thought they might brighten your day!

wcdancer  wchorse wcturtle

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Keeping it Krispy

Mad-Men-Nerdist-Bowling-CropI’ve been trying to get some new things going in my life which I will hopefully share at some point in a future post.

But trying to make change can get really hard.  And as much as I want it, sometimes the obstacles feel insurmountable.

I was in a major funk last week and it just wasn’t getting better, even over a few days.  I decided I needed to get out of my head so I started scrolling through my list of podcasts.

One of my favorites is You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes.  I went back through the guests and found two I wanted to listen to.

They helped me get out of my head for a while and gain some perspective by hearing someone else’s story.  It also gave me a little boost of motivation to keep pushing forward so I thought I would share.

The first is with Chris Hardwick who was on MTV with Jenny McCarthy back in the day and then spent many years struggling in his career and in life until he got sober, lost a bunch of weight and started the Nerdist empire.  Just a really down to earth and genuine guy who really loves people and especially other comics.

The second one is with Jon Hamm who was in Hollywood for THREE YEARS before he got an acting job.  And he is really insightful and well-read and I totally enjoyed his perspective.

So if you need something to get you through a funk, too, take a listen.

What do you do to get out of a funk?  Or do you have any podcasts you love that get you through the day?

Falling in love with New Orleans

I was just having a conversation with a coworker about the enchantment that is New Orleans.  She reminded me that before we moved there we watched this video of Ingrid Lucia over and over again.  The song and video say it all.

Who doesn’t want to visit after watching that?

My most popular pin

paintI know I’m not the only one addicted to Pinterest.  I think everyone has a secret obsession with it.  I have my phone set up to alert me when someone pins my pins and weirdly, this is the most popular pin.  Guess there are a lot of baby rooms being painted out there…

What are you obsessed with on Pinterest?

The most versatile skirt

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A few years ago my friend Goh turned me on to the cotton stretch pencil skirt.  What’s great about it is that it is slimming and sexy and looks good on everyone. It usually comes in a variety of colors and patterns so you can add some variety and interest to your wardrobe.

What I love most is that I can dress it up with heels and a blouse or dress it down with chucks and a tee and still feel stylish.  I choose skirts that are primarily cotton which makes them cool and comfy and a great alternative to shorts in the summer.

The stretch factor is key because it means I can still sit on the floor, climb over baby gates and chase after my little buggers without worrying about ripping the skirt, it just bounces right back.

I have this one from Old Navy, classic colors here, trendy colors offered here and why not a polka dot pattern or gingham pattern?

What are your go-to pieces this summer?

Kids and Brushing

My grandma’s boyfriend always said, “Take care of your teeth, they are a direct connection to your physical health.”  He was so wise and I have never forgotten these words.

I want to convey this to my kids and make sure they floss and brush every single day because I know they will thank me for it later (Ack!) but it’s tough to convince a four year old the importance of his oral care.  Which is why I was so excited to come across this adorable book at the pediatric dentist:

bugsIsn’t it cute?!  And the story is good, he was into it while we read it in the waiting room.

How do you convince your little one to brush and floss?