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Valentimes + Weekend Links

January 27, 2017

Hello oh faithful readers, a few things for this Friday morning.

First, this gorgeous planet print from Minted.

Framed art is a rarity in this house, and I fell in love with this print as soon as I saw it. A great addition to any gallery wall.

Other gems perfect for Valentine’s Day: these foil pressed map prints in the state you met (Virginia for us!), these custom silhouette prints of the kids you made, and these perfect pairs. Pick a pair of limited-edition art prints created by Minted’s community of independent artists for a great (and easy) gift for any Galentine or Valentine. Starting at $62 for two framed  5”x7”s.


This song from the Women’s March.


An app that makes it easier to pester your congress members.


This opening monologue from last week’s SNL.


This incredible book.

Have a great weekend.


Thank you to Minted for this sweet framed poster in exchange for an honest review. Use code BEMINE for 20% off foil Valentine cards and gifts and 15% off everything else Valentine related.
Expires at 11:59pm on 1/30.

New Years Checklist

December 28, 2016

The week between Christmas and New Years is historically weird. Some of it’s the Christmas tree, just hanging out like the elephant in the room. And some of it is that even though the holiday is over, all our kids are still on break and asking for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at 9:30am.

Three days left of 2016. A few ways to pass the time.

1. Movies. A tiny morale boost: Amazon is offering a special promo right now where you rent any one movie for 99 cents. I think I am going to rent The Secret Life Of Pets tonight without the kids like the worst mom ever and eat all the snacks.

How: First find the movies that apply. Then click “More Purchase Options” and enter the promotional code “MOVIE99“. Once the promotional code has been applied, click “Rent Movie”.

Note: On site pricing will not reflect your discount, but your order history will show the promotional credit applied. Valid once per account. The credit expires January 23, 2017.

2. Music. Spotify has a deal right now where you can sign up for a premium account (NO ADS) for 99 cents for three months. This is an insane deal. Spotify and I don’t work together and I am not an affiliate of theirs, but I thought I’d let you know in case you love their service but cannot listen to one more terrible Home Depot ad. Kicking myself for signing up for last month’s ten dollar deal instead of waiting for this one. Anyways, you can find my playlists here.

3. New Year Reflections. Resolutions are often pointless, but I always appreciate the new beginning-ness of this holiday. A good time to look backwards and forwards and casually glance over gym membership fliers. This year I am looking less at gym memberships and more at the idea of separating my real job (writing) with my side job (blogging). No concrete ideas yet, just thinking out loud about ways to be even more annoying on the Internet.

Happy New Year, friends.


Christmas Cards + Minted Giveaway

November 9, 2016

Baer Card

I love Christmas cards. I love buying them, sending them, getting them in the mail. I do not love taking THE CHRISTMAS CARD PICTURE. You know how it goes. The posing, the sweating, the gritting your teeth while you whisper yell at your kids to look like you’re having a great time and stop picking your nose SO HELP ME GOD. Which is why this year we chose from photos we already had and left Austin and I out of the whole thing. A morale boost for everyone.

One thing we didn’t change was going with Minted for our cards. They have the best designs and let you stick the addresses on the envelopes for free. Win!

Four things to know:

1) First and most important–> YOU CAN WIN A $125 GIFT CARD TO GET THOSE CHRISTMAS CARDS FOR FREE!!! Minted has generously offered 125 bucks to their shop for one of my lucky readers. Click here to enter! All you need is an e-mail address. Giveaway will run today through November 16th. Don’t miss it! U.S. residents only.

2) Starting today through 11/14 – Minted is running their semi-annual Free Foil Event. 20% off all foil products using code FOIL20. Their foil-pressed cards are some of their best products and tend to be expensive, so this is a great deal! 

3) They also have great Christmas gift ideas. I have my eye on this and this!

4) Minted believes that great design lives and thrives in the hands of independent artists that people do not have access to through traditional retailers. They use technology to allow consumers to discover great creative talent, making Minted a place where artists can learn, gain exposure, and build their businesses. I contacted them and for Christmas cards in exchange for an honest review.

Other fine print details include Austin really hating my themed hat picture.



Baer Christmas Card


Lately // October 2016

October 3, 2016

Hi friends. It’s been awhile since we’ve talked like this, so I thought I’d pop in to say I’m still here, avoiding piles of laundry and nursing a baby who believes I’m a 24 hour milk buffet.

When I’m not working on the book (most of the time) or parenting (all of the time), here are a few things I’m up to…

1. Dog-sitting and dog-walking via Rover to make a few extra bucks. My kids desperately want a pet, but because we’re already taking care of too many humans–this is a great compromise. They get a dog for a few days/hours and I get some easy side money. This weekend we watched a sweet Yorkie who was zero hassle, zero shedding, and great with kids. It was really fun! Yes, I make sure they are great with kids first (via a meet and greet and interview) and yes, you can set parameters on everything from dog size to if they are allowed on the furniture. You can also do it as few times or as often as you want!

2. Putting out a few Q&A posts on smart women via IG + FB. I have really been enjoying these series. Partly because I’m so proud of these women I get to call friends, and partly because I get really tired of talking about myself.

3. Reading this book for entertainment and this book for book club. Has anyone else read either of these? So far I’m enjoying them both.

4. Listening to this country mashup. I don’t listen to country music very often, but I really enjoyed this mashup of classics. Dolly Parton gets me every time.

5. Keeping this open in my Internet browser to read and re-read as needed. (For any other writers who occasionally need someone to tell them to keep going).

6. Not buying go-gurts for my kids anymore and making them myself instead with these. I am not especially crunchy, resourceful, or crafty (what a catch!), but I am able to make my own sleeves of yogurt instead of paying more money for more sugar.

7. Watching this special interview over and over again. Just in case you’re one of the few folks who haven’t seen it yet.

Everything else is more of the same: kids, work, kids, repeat–with an occasional mojito and trip to NYC on the side. Waylon is loving kindergarten, Eva is enjoying preschool and being the senior on campus when her older brother is at school, and Novi is doing what he does best (attaching himself to me like a spare appendage).

Have a great week!



Planetbox + Weekend Links

September 9, 2016

My 5-year-old wasn’t eating much of his lunch at school, so I asked Planetbox if they could send one of their lunch boxes and :: POOF :: lunch disappeared. I think his food was getting lost in all the sandwich bags? That, and cucumbers look much more appealing when they aren’t covered in wet plastic (just a guess).

Official review–> Easy to clean, fun to pack, and best of all–my five-year-old is not eating pb&j every day anymore. 5/5 stars. Also, most household jobs feel like a burden to this grump, but packing lunches has always been kind of thrilling and this makes it even better.

Yes, it’s dishwasher safe.

What I got: the Rover with the rocket magnets and starry blue bag. Waylon loves it.

You can also find it on Amazon if you want it in two days with Prime (me, always).




1. Hillary releases 20,000 spam e-mails from Old Navy (made me laugh)

2. Why I decided to stop writing about my children (nodded along to a lot of this)

3. I Kissed Dating Goodbye in 2016 (remember this book?!)

4. When kids don’t need you (got me)

5. A millennial’s hierarchy of needs (lol)



Thanks to Planetbox for shipping out a lunchbox for a review.