Sometimes when I’m reading a book to one of my girls, a line will pop out at me that sort of blows my mind. It’s so honest and so to the point and something adults so desperately need to hear and to remember—and yet it’s tucked away quietly in the pages of a kid’s book, where no one is likely to go out in search of it.
But children’s books are often little treasure troves of truth. Everything is broken down so simply, which is something adults generally have a hard time doing. We think and rethink and then overthink some more. But sometimes—most of the time?—it’s much easier than that.
I collected five of my favorite quotes from children’s literature that can serve as reminders to grown-ups and kids alike. If you like them, you can sign up to have them sent directly to your inbox where you can print them out to hang around the house. Otherwise, pin them for later when you can use a pick me up.
For as long as I can remember, I have loved a good road trip. From driving a couple of hours to the Jersey shore with my grandparents every summer to driving to Florida on spring break while in college, I have always found road trips incredibly exciting. Killer playlists, hilarious conversations, and a whole lot of open road is my kind of adventure.
And then I had kids.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m still the first to jump at the idea of adventuring to a new place by car, it just takes way more preparation now. Like, way more. And along the way, I’ve become pretty good at keeping my kids entertained on road trips. In fact, I have a list of five tips that I consider essential when road tripping with kids.
Hey girl. Treat Yo Self is a series (inspired by my beloved Parks and Rec) that focuses on inexpensive indulgences that make you feel good without feeling guilty. Because when momma’s not happy, nobody is happy.
A couple of months ago, when I was particularly stressed, my husband ordered me an adult coloring book. He thought that unplugging, turning my brain off and concentrating on coloring in those teensy little lines might help me regain some sanity. I don’t admit it often, but he was right (sort of like that time I accused him of breaking something that didn’t exist).
Coloring puts me into a weirdly meditative zen state and there’s something about the small spaces in adult coloring books that only enhances it. Since then, I used a few free printable adult coloring pages at my crafty tea party and I’ve decided that all grown-up get togethers taking place at my house shall henceforth include the things.
Because they’re awesome.
If you’re feeling the least bit stressed, you need to download one of the five free adult coloring pages I’m linking to below, print it out, and scrounge up your kids broken crayon bits (or climb on board the self care train and order yourself a nice set of colored pencils that you can hide away and save just for you). If you haven’t done it in awhile, you’ll be shocked at how calming it is. And if you have, well, you probably stopped reading to check out the goods a long time ago. 😉
I’m addicted to my TOMS. Not only do I love a good, socially conscious company (for every product sold, TOMS helps a person in need), but I love a shoe that requires absolutely zero effort and goes with just about everything. And the fact that you just slip them on makes them even easier—because let’s face it, after struggling to get your kids’ shoes on (switching feet and pulling laces tighter and finding rogue shoes under dusty beds), the last thing you need is a shoe that requires effort. Unless, of course, you’re totally ok with turning back around only to see that you need to start the shoe process with your kids all over again.
That said, I’ve been wearing my TOMS exactly the same way every day since the weather turned warmer: with straight leg jeans and a v-neck t-shirt. I was about to get all down on myself and my thoughtless wardrobe choices when I checked out the ways other ladies have styled their TOMS. The vibe was similar: easy, breezy and low maintenance. Which is kind of my middle name.
We recently acquired an old family hutch from my brother-in-law. After playing a bit of Tetris to figure out where the heck we could fit it, I became obsessive about styling it (because obsessive is kind of my middle name). I’ve been seeing gorgeous shelfies (I love that word, #sorrynotsorry) all over Pinterest and Instagram, but when I go to fill a shelf it usually looks like a hot, unkempt mess no matter how hard I try to be cool and artsy.
So I decided to do what I usually do and get completely lost down the Pinterest rabbit hole. And to make myself feel better about all of the time I lost there, I put together a blog post of some of my favorite shelf decorating ideas so that I could call it “work” and share it with anyone else who hates what their shelves look like.