I have been a mess lately. I don’t know which way is up, what time what activity starts, where I put the mail or what the hell I’m supposed to be doing with myself. I realized, by accident, that this was directly related to the fact that I had fallen off the Using My Brand-New Planner bandwagon.
In January I was all hopped up on thoughts of organization and go get ’em inspiration. My new planner was perfect for that. I could keep track of everything meticulously and feel very organized and official. It was great. But the farther we got from the ball dropping on New Years Eve, the more my enthusiasm dwindled. I slowly began using the planner less and I became more and more scattered and unorganized.
Then one day I woke up and had no idea what my goals were any more. I felt so lost and confused and unsure of what to do with any pockets of free time I found. What the hell do you do when you don’t know what it is you’re doing?
We’ve established the fact that I’m a word nerd. Reading and writing and rambling are kind of my things. For as long as I can remember, words have excited me. So it’s really not that strange that when Letterfolk‘s modernized letterboards started popping up again and again (and again) in my Instagram feed, I was smitten. When I realized that the small company is run by Johnny and Joanna of Our Freaking Budget, I was straight up in love.
The idea of taking words and turning them into art that can be changed on a whim is something I love. I’ve done posts on word wall art and words on handmade pieces and even making a quick piece of DIY word art yourself. But for me, these letterboards are some other level shit. I can change it up depending on my mood (which, my husband will be happy to verify changes often). I can use it as a photo prop. I can lean it or hang it or let the girls practice spelling and writing on it. These things are awesome.
In case my gushing isn’t enough to convince you, I’ve grabbed some photos of Letterfolk letterboards from Instagram to show you different ways people have been using these guys.
The first time I stumbled upon a Science of Parenthood cartoon while scrolling through my Facebook feed, I totally chortled. Then, I went into a deep, dark rabbit hole looking for more. Must. have. moooooore.
These ladies get it.
They know firsthand the absurdity that goes along with motherhood and they give us the power to laugh our asses off at it instead of dissolving into a puddle of tears and self pity.
I was so excited to hear they were coming out with a book and even more excited to get the chance to interview them and pick their brains about how they got started, their move into hybrid publishing, the quest for balance, and so much more.
Totally inspired by Sophia Amoruso’s book of the same name, Girl Boss is a series focused on fierce, determined women who go with their gut and create their dream businesses in the process.
When I was introduced to the work Lisa Goldbaum has done with her company YummyHealth, I experienced one of those moments when you become totally jealous that you didn’t think of something. You know those moments, right? The kind when someone has taken an experience you’ve struggled with and come up with a solution that works—and well.
Unsatisfied with the so-called “healthy” snack options on the market for kids, Lisa didn’t just shrug her shoulders and throw her hands in the air. Instead, she took action and created a line of quick, healthy snacks that provide kids with a burst of energy without the crash that comes after eating a lot of sugar and processed starch.
For more on Lisa and the inspiration behind YummyHealth as well as thoughts on balance, procrastination and turning a passion into a business, keep reading!
Have you ever met someone on the interwebs and immediately said to yourself This is one of my people? That is exactly how I feel about Janine of Little Rabbit Wears. I immediately loved her style when someone posted a link to her squeal-worthy vintage-inspired girls boutique on Facebook (she had me at vintage). And then I emailed her to see if she wanted to work together and she was so honest and real and excited, I just wanted to hug her through the computer.
I’m incredibly excited to let her share with you guys how she turned her love of shopping into a paycheck—I’m pretty sure it will get some wheels turning in more than a few heads…
My favorite easy reads of all time are the Shopaholic series of books by Sophie Kinsella. I could totally identify with the (somewhat) bumbling, yet stylish main character who loved to spend. Before kids, buying myself treats at the mall was a great pick-me-up. Now that I’m a mama of two, browsing online from the comfort of my bed in my bathrobe while scooping up sale items for my son and daughter has become my new way of relaxing. I love it. I always have. Furthermore, I freaking love a bargain. Seeing closets jammed full of interesting and fun pieces, dresser tops with adorable accessories, and a sweetly organized sock drawer makes me smile. What can I say?