10 Fun Weekend Links {10.30.15}

October 30, 2015

1. 25 words your kindergartner must know before first grade (made me laugh).

2. My mother-in-law wrote a book about healthy cooking and baking and it’s selling out in stores. I even took a few photos!

3. A November playlist! (& October’s if you missed it! It’s of my favorites)

4. Just got a new photo book this week. Easiest and most affordable way to print Instagram (or any) pictures out there into fun little books. Use the code KATEJB to get your first book free. My kids love to page through them.

5. Mamas feeding their babies.

6. A calculator to find your best bedtime.

7. How to deal with critics (it’s so much better than the alternative).

8. This interview on work-life balance for women (and men too).

9. Farm fresh, simple ordering, can’t stop.

10. For your sweet friends and sisters and co-workers trying to conceive.


Happy Friday!

How Do You Fly With Kids?

October 27, 2015

Six months ago Waylon’s best friend Ginger moved across the country to California. Even though we were thrilled to stay in the land of cheesesteaks and cold winters and excited for our friends to move home to the West Coast, saying goodbye was hard. Our families had become close and they were an integral part of our friendship circle. Most of all, my dear friend Heather and I became mothers together, and you know what they say about women who do those early years side by side. Bound together for life.

Separation is hard, but life moves on. Heather and I talk every day, and the kids facetime occasionally so they can hold the phone up to the inside of their mouths. It’s been fine.

Until recently, when the kids started to really miss each other and were giving sad, Disney eyes at bedtime about never seeing their friend again. That’s when Heather’s mama, a true fairy godmother, swooped in and declared she would pay for Waylon’s ticket out there if I could come up with a ticket for me.

We leave in two weeks. Eva turns two in December, so we needed to fly out before she needs a ticket too.

Austin will be staying home because apparently his residency program gives zero flips about my mental health.

Here are my questions:

1) How do I do this?

2) No really, how am I possibly going to do this?

I know that moms and dads have been taking their kids on airplanes alone since the beginning of flight, but I am weak of heart and Eva is a runner.

A gentle plea for all your tips, tricks and suggestions.

So far I’ve got dollar store toys, snacks, and the iPad on the packing list. But that’s about it.

Every little idea helps.

Gracias, gracias, gracias.


PRRINT + Weekend Links

October 23, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-10-21 at 6.39.19 PMIf you’ve been following this blog for a few years, you know that I’ve been talking about hanging a gallery wall since I figured out what a gallery wall was.

Thanks to PRRINT, I am two steps closer with two really gorgeous prints.

If I’m lucky, this wall will be up by the time the kid’s go to college. Sometimes it pays to be picky? Don’t tell my kids. Hoping to have it finished by Christmas.

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From their shop I picked this flowery anatomy print and this gorgeous dahlias print to bring some color to our white walls. Shop owner Magali grew up surrounded by shop windows, fashion, crafts, and family boutiques. With partner Gabi, they are so happy to be able to give a new life to old wrecked books, upcycling their yellowed pages into a little work of art.

Also really loving this llama,  this elephant, and this bear. All only $7.99!

From Magali: As soon as I finished my art studies, I decided to open my own Shop … and what better place for it than Etsy? I felt very comfortable doing what I’ve always done, and with my partner Gabi, we created our small design studio PRRINTERS, specifically focused on Wall Art. We are a small studio dedicated to creating prints and posters, for home decoration. We have over 1500 designs inspired by antique engravings and illustrations naturalists, following the latest trends in decoration and graphic design. Some of our designs have been chosen to decorate sets of TV series like The Mindy Project*, Difficult People and the American television program Dear Genevieve.


Use the code ILOVEBLOGS for 10% off your order!

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Diseases I Have According To WebMD

If We Treated Each Other Like We Treat Our Kids

Terry Gross, The Legend

The Last Paragraph Kills Me

What I Wish I Knew Before I Got Married


Happy Friday!

Curated Tweets [Volume 6]

October 21, 2015


Como Tomo + An Instagram Giveaway Update + Weekend Links

October 16, 2015


I said I wouldn’t do Instagram giveaways until my friends and I started to win them. Seriously, we can’t stop winning. Dear Instabloggers, I am not too proud to tag my friends 642 times to win a 25 dollar gift card to Home Depot. You’ve been warned. A weeks ago I won an iFit and now I can’t stop tracking how many calories I burn walking to and from the fridge. Thanks guys. My new motto is: Everyone should get free shit.

Due to this recent thrill of winning, I’ve been hosting a few giveaways on the ol’ gram. Since this is my little corner of the Internet, I can make the rules which makes me feel like Beyonce. Here’s what I’m thinking: giveaways where you only have to follow one other shop and contests that last no longer than a few days. Simple.

You can head over there for more details. Two weeks ago we gave away my very favorite baby bottles around, and this week I partnered up with one of my favorite Etsy shops to give away some very cute kid’s clothes. Stay tuned for the next one.

Back to those bottles. When I made a list of companies I love that would make sense for this space, at the top of that list was Como Tomo because they have the best bottles for breastfeeding babies. I recommend them to everyone. After sending them a few flirty emails, Como Tomo generously gave away their starter kit which includes one 5oz bottle, two 8oz bottles, fast and slow flow replacement nipples, and a baby teether. It was pretty amazing (congrats Joy!).

If you’ve been reading this blog for a long time, you might remember my struggles with breast and bottlefeeding both times around. When Eva was born, I was determined to find bottles that would work with my desire to breast and bottle feed seamlessly. My research led me to Como Tomo and we’ve been using them ever since.IMG_2781

Easy to clean, easy to use, and babies love them. They feel just like a boob! Whenever someone asks for new baby gifts, it’s on my list of musts. You won’t be disappointed.





Happy Friday