If you’re anything like me, you’ve watched the video clip of Declan learning to roar about 8 zillion times on Instagram. (If you haven’t, watch it here.) It might just be that I’m his mom and find it incredibly adorable and it breaks my heart because he’s so darn cute but then hearing him roar and giggle just puts all the tiny little pieces back together and I feel warm and fuzzy inside so I watch it again.
So now that we’ve established Declan is the cutest little roarer there ever was, I think he really needs one of these amazing tiger blankets by Roxy Marj. There’s also a lion and a bear. All animals that roar. Maybe he needs one of each? These things sell out so fast so I haven’t been able to get my paws on one (#seewhatididthere) yet but I can’t wait! Maybe it’ll be a Christmas gift for our little cub.
Which one is your favorite – the lion, tiger or bear? Anything else ridicute that I need to know about right now?
Where are all the missing socks? In this dog’s stomach.
Celebrities you didn’t know were married.
The art of carving a pineapple.
The Flying V, reunited.
“We’re two years away from a Sugar Ray shirt being in an Urban Outfitters!” (Confession: I had a huge crush on him when I was young.)
It’s On Us.
The Pantone colors of beer.
The most effective anti-drunk driving PSA – because everyone loves puppies.
A dreamy house in the Hollywood Hills. Swoon.
Why you won’t see baby photos in your doctor’s office anymore.
“The One With 236 Seconds:”
Okay, in full honesty I have no idea what you’d even do with these but @littlenuggetrepublic shared photos on Instagram of a lovely artist’s miniature crochet animals. And, they are just the cutest little things you ever did see. I mean, truly. Like throw pillows, they serve no purpose except to cause people like me to smile in pure delight. What intricate artistry! How do you even discover you have this talent? I’m riveted! And good on her because over 2,700 people have purchased these miniature miracles in her Etsy shop and they sure aren’t cheap — the items range from $15-$220!
I think I should get this micro Baxter lookalike to keep on my desk at work, don’t you?
You should get this tiny monkey guy to put in your medicine cabinet so when you get up in the morning and you reach in, bleary eyed and pissed off that it’s early and you’re awake, you see this little guy just hanging out, sitting on your dental floss, waiting to see you with a smile and a thumbs up to tell you to have a nice day.
P.S. The pair of polar bears reminds me instantly of “On the Night You Were Born,” which makes me tear up a little.
P.S.S. If Kristen Bell and I were friends in real life (let’s just pretend, shall we?), I’d get her this mini sloth to just hang out with her all the time. Because I’m a really thoughtful friend like that.
Happy Friday, friends! I’ll be lounging around this weekend trying to recover from my revolving sickness. Hopefully it’ll be rainy – perfect couch and dog cuddling weather!
Enjoy some of my favorite finds from around the web this month:
Tips for a messy bed. I totally embrace the messy bed look. Must add more layers!
How to save marriage in America.
Seth Cohen married Blair Waldorf. For realsies.
This comfy shirt for work.
Would you have taken Marriage 101 in college? Mumbles and I met when I was a freshman (whoa) so I probably would have. What about a class on being less selfish?
One woman’s posthumous advice for her daughter. Hilarious. This part made me laugh out loud because it’s totally something my dad would advise me to do:
“…always pick up worms off the pavement and put them on the grass. They’re having a bad day, and they’re good for… the earth or something (ask Daddy more about this; am a bit sketchy).”
Mumbles and I are getting started on landscaping. I want this huge slide built into the side of our hill.
A candle that melts into a new candle. Brilliant.
A red thumbs up to this lifesaving idea.
Lauren Conrad’s simple trick for lovelier locks.
Is it possible that all Pixar movies are connected?
A rabbit stampede. Seriously. The cutest thing I’ve ever seen:
For more inspiring stories and quotes, check out my Pinterest board.
Now that I’m back at work and feeling like an adult — ya know, wearing actual clothes instead of my pajamas every day, speaking real words at a normal pitch, joining the mob of commuters in my drive, answering email — I have time to do some things I’ve been missing like listening to the radio (I’ll be honest, for the past three months I’ve had no clue what was on the top charts) and my favorite men of the morning: Kevin and Bean, and also getting back into the routine of checking news sites and reading my favorite blogs.
Here are some fun links from around the web I enjoyed this month:
Good news for coffee lovers.
How cool is this? Chopsticks get a clever new design.
Did you watch the Golden Globes? Emma Thompson was fabulously boozy and here’s what hosts Tina Fey & Amy Poehler think about parenting.
A quick, delicious recipe for Kale Walnut Pesto. Yum!
Need to break out of your shell? So did this chick…
How to ask someone out on a first date.
Would you use an app that sends you a tweet when your kid needs a diaper change?
Watch this college marching band perform ‘Wrecking Ball.’ I love how into it they are. Fantastic.
Jerry Seinfeld and George Costanza caught in cahoots on camera. Internet goes wild with speculation.
A rom-com spoof movie starring Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd? I’m in.
Would you eat a Jelly Belly that tastes like craft beer?
Get ready to make more music with your mouth. Elizabeth Banks will direct Pitch Perfect 2.
Budweiser does it again with sappy Clydesdale commercial, adding darling puppy. It doesn’t get any cuter than this:
Dear Mumbles, if you’re reading this: stop. Thanks. Love you!
Friends, I just ordered some awesome prints and the wood block from Artifact Uprising for Mumbles for Father’s Day. (since the baby’s not here yet, the prints are of Baxter — who else?!)
I can’t wait to receive them. I think they’ll look great in his office and I also ordered some extra prints of some of my Instagram photos (flowers, details, cityscapes) to be used as postcards and to hang in my office at work. I really like their suggestion to use prints as postcards or note cards too — consider my office a revolving art gallery now!
The other day I read this blog post about how Artifact Uprising was founded and was particularly taken by these wise words:
Katie’s sage advice to creatives:Creativity on command is the most difficult kind to summon, yet it’s the very art expected from the working creative. So put space between it. Get out there and live a life away from that art, find spaces that widen your world. Let creativity be the symptom of a life well-lived.
P.S. I also plan to buy the wooden box once baby is born and fill it with photos from my pregnancy and keep adding to it with books and prints. so sweet, right? I’d love to have a little collection of wooden boxes on the shelf to go through. good stuff!
Meet Mrs. Pomeranz. Well, she isn’t a she, but a lovely group of dress makers in Moscow, including two sisters, who make gorgeous dresses and skirts based on classic 50’s silhouettes. Swoon!! Noting influence and inspiration of their grandmothers who were talented seamstresses, here’s the story of how they got started making dresses:
“I discovered Russian shawls when I was 5: my grandmother had a beautiful shawl from Pavlovo-Posad. It was green with beautiful orange lilies, red roses and bluebells on a vibrant green background. I adored this shawl and attempted to make my first dress with it: my grandmother was’t happy. So this is the second try. I hope you like it!”
If I was made of money, I’d have one of every dress. This one is my absolute favorite:
But this one made with Liberty fabric comes in a very close second:
I also adore this one; it reminds me of Alice & Wonderland!
What are your favorite Etsy shops?