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Archive for the ‘little pleasures’ category

Monday, June 30th, 2014

How To Summer List

It’s a no brainer that a list can help you stay on track and knock off all those pesky tasks you’d rather not think about. So why not a list to ensure you do all the fun things you can squeeze into a summer? Fill it out and then feel the satisfaction — not only in checking things off the list but also in experiencing all the fun things summer can bring. This just might be the summer you actually do it ALL!

Download the How To Summer list (11×17).


(image courtesy You Are My Fave)

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Unfinished Business

I was over my neighbor’s house last weekend and she happened to share with me an incredible tradition that’s been going on for many years now.

Instead of plastering over a drywall section in their basement, they left it unfinished and encouraged their grandkids to draw and write on it. What started out as a way to entertain youngsters quickly turned into a tradition that continues to this day, now that the little grandkids are big grandkids in college and high school.

When you first glance at the wall, you’re overwhelmed with the collage of art and messages. There is hardly an open spot. As you study it closer, you see how handwriting improved over time and how the scale of the art grew to match the height of the kids.

What a fun tradition to uphold during each visit and what a great tribute to family, friends and pets. What my neighbor values more than anything? Overhearing her grandkids speak fondly of going to grandma’s and writing on the wall. Awesome!

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Friday, August 2nd, 2013

The Daily Prompt

For some, there is not much time until school starts and for others, there’s exactly one month to go. And for all, August is the last go-around at summer, the month to do it all, whatever “all” means to you. So this lovely idea from Creature Comforts is perfect timing. The Daily Prompt is a daily list of words to inspire creativity but I also see it as a great way to slow down, find wonder in the details and savor the last bits of summer. Gazing at a wildflower, eating a homegrown tomato or embarking on a sunset hike — time is short so start living your list now!


(image courtesy Creature Comforts)

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Half Birthday

Want to really surprise someone on their birthday? Then celebrate a half birthday with them! This is also a fun idea for a kid that has a summer birthday and doesn’t get to celebrate with classmates, or for the kid that has a winter birthday and never gets to have the outdoor summer party. And here’s the perfect card to go with a half cake:

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(card by Egg2Cake, cake image courtesy Hither & Thither)

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

An Excitement Pack for Future Fun

Do you have house guests coming this summer? Then check out this fun idea by Giulia Duch. She collected photos and mementos in anticipation of her friend coming to Barcelona and labeled the objects with phrases like, “You’ll go here… you’ll eat here”, etc. Then she packed them in an envelope and mailed it. How awesome to be on the receiving end of that! Often times, the anticipation is as sweet as the actual event, and this tradition celebrates that.

p.s. This idea might also be tailored to a upcoming adventure or vacation as well as a birthday, anniversary or holiday celebration.




(images courtesy Giulia Duch, found via Design Mom)

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

The Any Occasion Advent Calendar

If you don’t already know it, I am a huge fan of advent calendars. I was really excited about this latest find due to its nature theme and not being tied to any particular holiday. This would be great as a countdown for a vacation, camping/hiking trip or summer camp. Spring is almost here and with it, outdoor adventures. Once your plan is in place, savor the anticipation with a creative countdown!


(image courtesy Snug.Studio)

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

You Are My Wild

I’ve never liked school portraits. I appreciate the fact that the tradition is in place to capture a child’s ever-changing appearance throughout her school years and I willingly support that but the portraits are always so… rigid and awkward. My brother and I still joke about the Hall of Shame that used to reside in my mom’s hallway. There was the perm gone wild year, the I’m so angry you made me wear this dress year, the glasses years and the greasy years. And don’t get me started on the backdrops! I much prefer the candid stuff, shot on the fly and mostly when kids are doing their thing.

You Are My Wild is just that… a refreshing and intimate look at the everyday life of kids. It’s a weekly portrait project that asks 14 photographers to document how they see their own children. And boy, do they shine when left in their own element. These are the moments to capture. This is the stuff for walls.



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(images courtesy You Are My Wild, via Design Mom)



Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Valentines Inspiration

After the buildup surrounding the holidays, Valentine’s Day has a way of sneaking up on us. Instead of the usual, check out all of these fun ways to show someone you care. Creating a unique and heartfelt gesture will long be remembered after the box of chocolates has been eaten!

Who knew a snowy cold day could warm your heart?

(Design Mom)

Create a heart tree garland outside someone’s window.

(Oh Happy Day)

A lovely lawn job!

(Oh Happy Day)

A heart attack!

(Oh Happy Day)

A hearty homecoming:

(The House That Lars Built)

A great start to the day:

(You are my Fave)

Work AND play:


For hearty appetites:

(Lil Sugar)

Lunchbox love notes:


Got cabin fever? Host a heart hunt around the house:


Or host a party for small sweethearts:


Send goodie bags in for your child’s classmates:


Send your love long distance!

(Oh Happy Day)

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

The People Not on Stage

This image is priceless, but especially poignant right now. The accompanying caption?

“What kindergarten parents look like when their child debuts on stage.”

A big thanks to my friend, Erin, for brightening the day and sharing this lovely image!

(image courtesy Erin Pata, @ Vista de Las Cruces School)

Friday, November 9th, 2012

For Mothers with Cameras

If you’re a mom hopeful on capturing your family’s life, this might be a good book to check out. Elevate the Everyday: a Photographic Guide to Picturing Motherhood, by Tracey Clark, inspires you to find the beauty in the small details and moments that occur throughout every day.

(image courtesy Design Mom)