What a girl wants, what a girl needs.

I’m a woman raising girls who remembers what is was like to be a girl. In a word: awesome. Awesome because I liked girl-stuff, girl-talk, and girl-power (don’t hate on my clichés, ’cause they are girl-tastic). Here’s a partial list of reasons being a girl was Da Bomb back in the day:

  • Writing in chunky cursive and dotting my i’s with hearts and circles
  • Being able to sit quietly in class without hitting anybody or farting
  • Hula-hoops
  • White roller skates with pink wheels
  • Having your mom take you to the mall with a group of your friends to get your ears pierced
  • Saddle shoes
  • Sleepovers
  • Easy-bake Oven
  • Jordache Jeans

Obviously, “the day” was some time during the Reagan administration. Here are my girls and I don’t mind telling you that I find them rather charming. By the way, they made these photo collages themselves using Instaframe, a kid-friendly photo editor that they both love to use.

They like being girls too, and here’s some things they think are awesome here in “modern times” (as they referred to it after I shared my list). Maybe you know some girls who’ll think these things are awesome too.

Kids 5

Phylo Trading Cards

Kids 1

Bailey’s Flower Press

Kids 3

“Because it’s good to remember this about me when something’s scary, Mommy”, Strong, Beautiful, Brave Art Print


A pal (or several) from Coral and Tusk


Wood-handled slingshot with pom poms

The photos of my daughters were taken by me with my Iphone.


Far and away

Anthro’s Away We Go: Vietnam campaign has left me with a definite case of wanderlust.

Here I am, burrowed deep beneath layers in the new Arctic formerly known as Chicago, watching these clips of a far-away place filled with color, mystery, and above all warm temperatures. I admit to being a little smitten with the idea of leaving all of this snow behind and going on an adventure. I guess a hot bubble bath will have to suffice in the meantime.

Let’s comfort ourselves with a cup of hot cocoa (we deserve whipped cream on top), and a few links to like.

Have a great, and hopefully sparkly, weekend!

A place for littles.

Everyone needs a place of their own. Even (especially?) our little ones. I’m so glad to see more people moving away from the old pink-for-girls, blue-for-boys decorating schemes (yawn) and opting to let their child’s personality shine through in their personal space. Even shared spaces can be tailored to reflect their owners. What’s your child like? Curious? Reflective? A sparkling wit? A deep thinker? There’s an interior for every tyke and these cozy spaces show us how it’s done.

1. As seen on mali-mo. 2.As seen on Pinterest. 3. As seen on Planete Deco. 4. As seen on Kika Reichert. 5. As seen on decor8. 6. As seen on Fawn & Forest blog. 7. As seen on Babiekins Magazine. 8. As seen on Pinterest.