Friday, January 31, 2014

5 Things Friday

Happy Friday!  Thank you all very much for your sweet comments on my crazy pregnant lady post a few days ago.  It made me feel better, and I'm sure I'll pick exciting new things to freak out about this week.

Until then, here are five things (maybe) worth sharing on the internet.

1. I love how clean and simple this room is, and it may be sacrilegious to say, but my first thought was that it could easily be done on the cheap.  I'm thinking Ikea rug, Overstock headboard, Homegoods mirror, and a thrift store nightstand. 

2. This easy recipe for bread looks delicious! (via Alexandra Cooks)

3.  I never thought about it, but it makes perfect sense that a tattoo and piercing parlor would be a much better choice for piercing a child's ears than a store at the mall.  This article explains why.

I just liked this picture.

4. Remember this nursery that was all over Pinterest a while back?  I just came across a twin of the rug on RugsUSA and they're having a 50% off sale with free shipping! (another version)

via Lay Baby Lay

5. I have learned to love little boy clothes so much.  I definitely prefer things that are more "little man" than sailor suit/cutesy animals/cartoon sports print.  I also don't spend more than about $8 on anything, and usually less than $5.  Luckily, the Joe Fresh line at JCPenney is super cute and the sales are pretty great right now.  I just picked this shirt up for Baby Cardigan (for next year) and it makes me smile every time I see it.  

Check out the rest of the line here (there's some cute girl stuff too!)

 Have a nice weekend!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Real Life: Around here lately...

I have writer's block, y'all.  It's bad.  For days I've tried to come up with something worth writing and find that all my important clothing opinions are gone.  Perhaps I need a little break, but instead I'll talk about what's been going on in my head.

1. Nesting is real
It's so strange to realize that right now, I'm a little bit crazy.  I have always been particular about my home, but now I am greatly distressed by small things like my new vintage dining chairs that need new seat covers RIGHT NOW.  I am attempting to do it myself (what could go wrong?), and now I have hours of work ahead of me and yet another trip to JoAnn's Fabric for high density foam.   Let's not even talk about how much work remains in Baby Cardigan's room.

My chairs are in the background of this ad - aren't they awesome??

2. I've had my nose in a book
This book, to be exact.  If you are a Philippa Gregory fan, you won't be disappointed in her latest novel, which I think may be the last in the Cousin's War series.  However, this time around I grew quickly annoyed by the constant need to reintroduce each character.  Nobody would mention "my brother Richard, the Duke of Suffolk" in an internal monologue.  Especially not for hundreds of pages.

Now I'm moving on to Hollow City, because I loved Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and am afraid I won't finish all the books I want to read before the baby comes.  You'd think I'd use this time to nest some more, but no.  Again, I'm a little bit crazy.

3. I feel super pregnant... and scared.
Up until this point (34 weeks) I've been lucky to be mostly symptom-free, and able to sleep easily and wear lots of cute maternity clothes.  Now that my belly has "popped", I have one pair of jeans that are comfortable and am rotating lots of Old Navy leggings and stretchy dresses.  It's not my favorite look, and my chest has expanded yet again, so even the cute XXL nursing bra I bought at Target to wear at the hospital probably isn't going to fit.  

It's going to be a long six weeks, especially now I know way to much about the horrors of the postpartum situation that I was blissfully unaware of until about a week ago (thanks a lot, birthing class!)  I keep trying not to think about it because I might cry or vomit.  

I'm also dreading breastfeeding, which makes me feel like there may be something wrong with me (calm down lactivists, I'm still going to do it).  Was anyone else just not excited about it at all?  I'm still super pumped about the baby, so maybe I'll surprise myself.  Or I will pump lots of milk.

Look how cute my baby is, though!  I love him. 

4. I can make myself cry in 7-10 seconds.  Too bad I have no need of this (hopefully temporary) talent!
I just timed it.  However, most of the tears come when I see things on Facebook about dogs needing homes.  Luckily, my Stila eyeliner can withstand such situations as long as I don't rub my eyes.

So, what's been going on with the rest of you?  Any other midcentury-philes, book worms, or slightly crazy mommies to be out there?

Friday, January 24, 2014

5 Things Friday

Happy Friday, internet!  I hope everyone is staying warm and gearing up for a fun weekend.  I'm planning on celebrating my friend's baby (due 2 weeks before Baby Cardigan - they're going to be such cute little buddies!) and hopefully making a bit more nursery progress.  (Who knew finding an affordable, large, round mirror in Dallas would be so hard?)

Until then, here are five things worth sharing on the internet:

1. It's been years, and I'm still obsessed with gallery walls.  This one from Kelly Oxford's office is perfection!  I think the mix of white space and saturated color is what makes it pop.

via Domaine

2. My hair is getting super crazy long, and I want to try something like this but it looks hard to do on yourself.

3. I love when old things look modern - isn't it cool to think that this quilt is 114 years old but looks like you'd see it in West Elm today?  It can be yours for the bargain price of $3,200!

4. I want to have a waist again, and then wear a flared dress like this striped one at Gap.  I checked it out in store when I was shopping for $2 baby clothes (surprisingly plentiful!) and it's super cute and nicely made.  The sleeveless version would also be a great office staple, or even work for cocktail dress codes with the right jewelry and shoes.  I'd consider getting one tailored if you can find it for 40% off!

5. As much as I freak out about getting things done before the baby arrives, one thing I've been sure to keep doing is baking.  I love it, and this week's recipe looks pretty easy and my husband might even eat it.  Check out this lemon pound cake from Martha Stewart Living.

Have a nice weekend!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Just for Fun: Modern Day Downton

As ridiculous as it can be sometimes, I love Downton Abbey.  This season isn't shaping up to be my most favorite, but I will keep watching, especially since Edith quite being such a loser.

And since I love picking out clothes for fictional characters, here's my take on what Mary, Edith, and Rose would be wearing if they were getting dressed in 2014:

I picture Mary as a posh single mum rocking her Louboutins at play group, while Edith is a successful writer for the New Yorker and Cousin Rose posts selfies to Instagram while partying with Pippa Middleton and Prince Harry.

Ok, who else is a Downton addict?  What do you think of season four??

P.S. I'm not responsible for any spoilers in the comments, so don't read if you're not up to date!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Back to Basics in 2014: What to Buy

Happy MLK Day!  I hope that many of you are enjoying a day off like me - I'll be fabric shopping for my new dining chairs, getting a much needed pedicure, and hopefully spending a little time cleaning my house before relaxing with a magazine and the last few episodes of The White Queen (yes, from this summer/fall.  I got way behind.)

As promised last week, since we covered what to toss this year, I'm back with a little guide on what to buy.  One thing I'm trying to be better about this year is not being a sucker for a sale and buying things because they're a good value and I will sometimes wear them.  I know I own way more than I need, and as this roundup of items proves, you don't need a whole lot to be classicly on-trend in 2014.

(sorry, these got out of order)

The best thing about having a collection of staple pieces is that you don't have to overthink anything when you get an invitation.  If you're not happy with your wardrobe and plan to start over, or at least fill some voids this year, these are all pieces that you'll be glad to own.  Here's what I mean:

Friday, January 17, 2014

5 Things Friday

Happy Friday, internet!  I am not a fan of this week, and cannot wait for it to be over.  Hopefully I'll be able to make some progress on Baby Cardigan's room after our "fast track" prepared childbirth class (is all day really necessary? we are not excited) and watch a movie or two... or three.

Until then, here are five things worth sharing on the internet:

1. If this is all it takes to be stylish this spring, count me in!  White + Denim = Easy.

But I will not wear overalls, I don't care who sells them or pairs them with heels. 

image via Madewell

2. In case you didn't know, being pregnant also comes with FEELINGS.  On any given day you'll find me fighting back tears about how old my dog is, any sad thing I see online, how much there is to do before Baby Cardigan is here,  and the fact that most boys in America don't enjoy reading and my son might grow to be one of them.  Luckily that last problem is being addressed by Guys Read, a literacy program for boys aimed at encouraging reading by finding the right books and ways to compete with the apps and games that dominate the lives of so many little guys.  Check them out if you've got a boy in your life who could use less screen time.

3. I am looking for a bookshelf like this one (1960s Drexel).  Has anyone seen a similar mid-century reproduction?  I am having to spread my books throughout my house now that our spare room is a nursery and it is distressing me greatly.

4. This week's recipe to try is Honey Beer Bread via Cookie Monster Cooking.  It looks easy and delicious and there is a bottle of Shiner Blonde in my fridge that will be sacrificed for this cause.

5. I love a good packing list, especially when someone else does the work of putting it together.  Even though most of us aren't going to Alt Summit, this roundup of mixable pieces via Jillgg at Good Life for Less is good for anyone planning a weekend trip soon.

Have a nice weekend, ladies!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Back to Basics in 2014: What to Toss

Is it weird that I really enjoy cleaning out closets?  I'm pretty ruthless when it comes to purging, and it feels great to drop off a big donation or watch my PayPal balance increase.

However, I know not everyone shares my zeal, so I've created a little guide to help you make some space in your closet for bright, shiny new clothes this year.  Check back on Monday for some suggestions on what to buy!

(Truth time: I am guilty of holding on to every single one of these until very recently!)

Monday, January 13, 2014

PSA: The End of Season Sales are Heating Up!

I consider myself a pretty strategic sale shopper.  I only pay full price (or close to it) if the fit is great, and I need it right away.  More often than not, patience pays off, especially in this weird spot on the retail calendar when the stores want it to be spring right away but we're still months away from lightweight fabrics and pastels.

If you like getting things for under $50 (or even under $20) then this is the best time of you for you to be looking for coats, sweaters, pants, boots, and even the jewelry and accessories that didn't sell out over Christmas.  Even though I won't be able to wear them, I couldn't help but browse the extra percent-off sales at my three go-to stores and pick out a few of the highlights for you.

Enjoy what I can't wear!  There are some serious deals to be had!

Where are you finding the best deals lately? 

Friday, January 10, 2014

5 Things Friday

Happy Friday, internet!  This week has felt like a long one to me (probably because it's the first 5-day work week I've put in since mid-December) and I can't wait for a weekend with friends and family - and my first baby shower!  Baby Cardigan and I are very lucky to have lots of people excited to celebrate with us.

Until we get the party started, here are five things worth sharing on the internet:

1. Have we talked about how much I love Nate Berkus.  His line at Target is consistently amazing, and the preview of the spring collection did not disappoint (although some of the pieces are already out at my local store).  I love how it mixes easily with vintage pieces, since I have a bit of a mid-century furniture obsession.  Imagine a showstopper tray like this on a console table, for $35:

2. Even though I'll be gaining about a pound per week until March, I'm trying to make good food choices after a holiday full of candy (in which I ate it all).  I liked this idea for a healthy snack station (via Lunchpails & Lipstick) because it appeals to my lazy side.  I like the idea of clean eating, but I need to have easily grabbable options.  This accomplishes both goals.

3. Want perfect swoopy layers like the Duchess of Cambridge?  Here's how to do it with a round brush and dryer.  (P.S. Let's stop calling her Kate Middleton in 2014, ok?  She got married a while ago.)

4. I think this is the neatest idea, especially for someone with an eclectic decorating style or an older kid who needs room to display all their stuff.  Junior High Haley would have covered those shelves with cheap makeup, hard candy nail polish, Sweet Valley books, and a few beanie babies.

original source unknown  :(

5. This is one of those super long series of images you see on Pinterest (that Blogger won't let me post at actual size), but it's so cute it made me squawk at my desk and someone got up to see what the fuss was about.  There are about 10 more where this came from.

PSA: Both of those breeds often end up with rescue groups (dachshunds are really popular but can be stubborn, and weimeraners need lots of activity), so if you want one of your own, there are hundreds in need of a home.  Now someone recreate these photos!

Have a nice weekend!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Maternity Clothes: The Good, the Meh, and the Ugly

I know today's post won't be relevant to most of you, but this is the sort of information I sought out when my normal wardrobe quickly become inadequate and I ventured into the world of maternity clothes shopping.  Let's just say that I'm not a fan, but have tried a lot of different options and wanted to share my observations in hope of helping some other mama to be find clothes that don't make her feel like a whale.

Here's my take on the shopping situation, now that I'm a third trimester veteran (31 weeks yesterday!):

Don't be surprised to learn that...
- You'll usually have to choose between expensive, ugly, or poor quality.  I'm sorry, it's true.  However, there are some good options out there - we'll get to that shortly!

- Clothing manufacturers seem to think that numbered pant sizes are no longer necessary, and you'll see jeans and dress pants in S/M/L.  However, be assured that the same tiny back pocket will be used on all three sizes because cutting multiple patterns is just too much trouble for pregnant customers. (Can you tell this upsets me?)

- Pants with stretchy elastic waists are COMFORTABLE.  You'll revel in their glory at first, but don't be surprised when the stretchiest of stretch denim gives you a saggy butt after prolonged sitting.  That said, you don't know that comfort is until you find the right pair of full panel maternity leggings.

- You won't need shirts with elastic on the sides until you're very far along, and otherwise, maternity shirts and dresses are just longer versions of what you usually buy.  You can often find better deals by getting non-maternity items in a larger size, especially if you're short like me!

- You'll probably go up one or two bra band sizes because your rib cage expands to accommodate your new giant lungs.  It's cool and awful at the same time.  Plan to buy bra extenders, and eventually some larger bras (discount chains like TJ Maxx will have name brand options for under $15)

- You need to get used to shopping online, and sales are rare.  Most maternity collections are only sold on the web, so fill up that shopping cart enough to get free shipping and try multiple sizes!

When to buy...
I'm sure others will disagree, but the way I see it, there is no point in waiting until you are 5.5 months along and uncomfortable in your normal pants before you break down and buy some that you won't wear for very long.  If your pants won't button anymore after the first 2-3 months, get some mid-priced maternity pants and jeans and wear them to death!  Struggling to fit in normal jeans causes weird lumps and bumps in the hip area, and the knit belly bands meant to hold up your normal jeans result in large knots on your belly because the button isn't fastened and sticks out.  If you need a more substantial full-panel version, get them later and sell them on eBay when you're done or save them for the next pregnancy.  Suffering with ill-fitting pants is not worth saving $40 when you already have enough reasons to be uncomfortable!

Shirts, on the other hand, are a different story.  All you need is a little extra extra length until your belly really pops, so pick up a few non-ruched maternity tanks to layer under your existing shirts and cardigans and wear them until it starts to look silly.  Since a pregnancy spans multiple seasons, you don't want to buy tops in the beginning that will soon be too thick or thin for the weather.  

Another option is to buy inexpensive non-maternity pieces in a larger size to last through the first few months and then again after the baby arrives.  I bought two $15 plaid flannel shirts from Old Navy in a large instead of a medium, and was able to wear them until I was about 6 months along and will break them out again during the dreaded "fourth trimester" right after Baby Cardigan arrives.  Similar maternity versions were $39 each, and would not have gotten as much wear.  Another favorite piece is a knit tunic top from Target intended for taller ladies a size larger than I usually wear - I'm pairing it with leggings at the moment and only spent $19 compared to the $29 maternity equivalent 50 feet away.

What you really need...
It doesn't make sense to buy an entire wardrobe that you won't wear long-term.  I treated my maternity wardrobe sort of like a packing list, with a few clearance purchases sprinkled in.  I invested in some great jeans that fit well, and wore them nonstop from September until now.  (My favorites are the Leigh skinny jeans from Topshop, and the Gap Always Skinny but the Topshop pair wins by a mile!  I got mine on sale at the store in London, but Nordstrom carries them too)  I also got some inexpensive basics like non-ruched maternity tank tops from Target, comfy maternity leggings from Old Navy, and a few thin sweaters from Gap since they're appropriate for my casual office as well as anything I do on the weekend. 

Then, I found some stretchy non-maternity dresses that are still in heavy rotation (with leggings) at 31 weeks, as well as a couple of clearance Gap Maternity dresses that fit great and will look nice at my baby showers.  Other than that, I'm layering cardigans I already owned over the pieces you see above and rocking my collection of large necklaces and scarves to keep from wearing the same thing all the time. 

All in, I think I've spent about $350 thanks to sales and eBay, and many of the pieces will still be useful after Baby Cardigan is here.  I can also sell what I won't wear again if my next pregnancy doesn't require cold weather maternity items.  I realize that not everyone wants to invest that much money, and someone could certainly get by with less, but I'm very picky about clothes and it's important to me.

Where to shop...

The Good!

Gap - Their maternity line is my favorite by a mile, and they are one of the only players in the mid-priced range.  The styles look like the normal womens line, are of comparable quality, and you won't find many shapeless blobs of fabric.  Plus, with constant 40% off promotions and a pretty sweet clearance section, you can get some well-made items for very little money.  I am in love with my dresses and sweaters, and plan to wear them next year.  However, I must warn you that the denim sizing is crazy and you should read the reviews before you buy or find a store that carries maternity and try it on, then account for stretching of the denim. 

Topshop - I checked out the maternity line in store and while a lot of it was not my style, the staple pieces were nicely made and not outrageously priced.  If would recommend sizing up in pants, though.

LOFT - Surprisingly, I cannot recommend the LOFT maternity line because I don't own any of the pieces.  They only sell online, and their shipping charges are the highest around and I am a cheapskate.  However, their non-maternity cardigan selection and sale prices in store are second to none and the sizing generally runs a bit large so there are tons of options.  My favorite thick knit dress is actually not maternity, but from the LOFT Lounge collection (love love love that line!), and I want to wear it until I'm an old lady.

The Meh...

Old Navy - Aside from their sweet leggings and tank tops, I'm not impressed by what ON has to offer the pregnant ladies.  The fabric used on their tops and dresses is thin and cheap, and the denim stretches out so much that I looked like I had some sort of knee saddlebag after 4 hours (I returned the jeans for a refund).  There are a few gems among the collection, like their affordable denim shirt, but for the most part you'll find lots of henley tops and super thin jersey knit dresses that show every lump from your bra.

H&M - Let's just say the quality of the maternity clothing isn't any better than the rest of the items in the store, and the tiny sizing makes it hard to shop online.  However, if you have the right body type, you'll find lots of love but it's not astoundingly cheap.

Macy's - At the higher tier stores, you can find some lines like Jessica Simpson and Pea in the Pod, but I didn't really see much for someone who doesn't usually wear drapey jersey tops and swirly prints.  Plus, the prices were pretty high to me (think $65 for a top, $79 for pants) but it would be a good place to look if you need a dress for a wedding or party.

A Pea in the Pod - Of the various Destination Maternity lines, this is the higher end option with the cutest stuff.  The clothes here are most like what you'd see in regular stores, and the fabrics are not super thin.  However, the prices are very steep and the markdowns were not very generous, so don't expect to walk out with a full bag after dropping $100.  I do recommend their full panel denim leggings, though, since I ordered a pair on clearance for $30 and have been pleasantly surprised at how comfortable they are.

Target - If you need some sweaters or a basic dress, this is the place to go.  However, I was not impressed by the lack of variety in pants, or the fit of the ones I tried.  They're definitely not going after someone who plays around with clothes, even though the rest of their womens clothing is fairly on trend, but it's nice to have options you can try in person.

The Ugly...

Motherhood Maternity - I can't sew a straight line and I think I could put out a better maternity line than these people.  Everything in the store seemed frumpy, as though pregnant ladies are just dying to wear weird henley shirts and tops with an empire tie waist and pull on some "three sizes fit all" jeans and pants with tiny little back pockets and weird baggy legs.  I realize that they need to keep costs low to sell at the under $50 price point, but their fabrics were as bad as those at Old Navy and they were charging more for them.   (To be fair, it looks like there's a lot more to be had online that isn't as heinous as what I saw in the two stores I visited)

Forever 21 - Unless you are a tiny person and typically enjoy buying clothes there, look elsewhere.  All the fabric felt disposable, and the construction didn't look like it would hold up to months of stretching. 


There you have it - my very lengthy opinion on maternity fashions.  Now, I'd love to know your thoughts on the matter so that our pregnant friends can learn from any other tips not covered here! 

Monday, January 6, 2014

It's Easy Wearing Green... Purses

It's only January 6th, and I already miss Christmas.  I feel like it flew by, and I hardly got to enjoy it, but one of the benefits is that I finally get to enjoy my new favorite accessory that has been in a closet since it arrived in October.

This year, my most exciting gift was the Kate Spade bag that my husband got me (that I instructed him to purchase during the last 75% off surprise sale).  All of my other bags are neutrals, and I've wanted something bright for a long time.  Look how versatile they are!

Are you convinced yet?  If so, here are some of my favorites available now:

Friday, January 3, 2014

5 Things Friday

Wow, it's been a while since I compiled one of these posts!  It's good to be back.   I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

1. While I was shopping for vintage maps this week, I came across this American Folklore map originally created by artist William Gropper in 1946.  I love the colors, and that it's so unique, so I bought an inexpensive poster print for Baby Cardigan's nursery where it will hang amidst vintage Spiderman pictures and a Hey Y'all print.  We like to mix things up!  (Note: this site is sort of strange, and it's not obvious that you can buy an unframed print for $18.  You need to play around with the default selections to get the price down)

2. Ever wondered how to make glitter letters or shapes in Photoshop?  Crissy over at a Berry Sweet Life breaks it down step by step and it seems pretty straightforward.  We could all make our own cards!

3.  Even though I'm slowly being limited to maternity clothes for the next couple of months, I can't resist checking out the sale items at LOFT and I feel compelled to let you know that they are BANANAS right now!  Extra 60% off, and depending on your store's selection, you can find lots of things things that are still in season.  Here are some of my favorites (including notes on fit, since I checked it all out in person):

Tipped Sweater Blazer: I found this to fit a bit long in the arms and it hit a bit lower than I like (I'm 5'4") so I got a petite size and it was perfect!  The material is thick and soft, and the cut is really elongating.

Cable Sleeve Jacket: This is a thick and soft, and looks super cute with jeans.  It's harder to wear if you have a large chest, but don't get it so large that it makes you look like a box.

Zip Shoulder Tunic:  This top is not as long as it looks on that model.  I am not tall, and even if I weren't pregnant it would not cover my behind.  That said, it's super cute with skinny jeans and I wore mine yesterday because it is also stretchy and soft.

Colorblock Top: The material is not thick, so don't be misled, but it's also not scratchy and fits normally.  Be careful washing it, though, since I can see it getting snagged by something else if you aren't really careful.

4. Since so many of us are making efforts to eat well at the moment, I thought I'd share this great post from The Copper Collective about how delicious and versatile zucchini chips can be.  I love them, and have never thought about trying chipotle spice before!

5. This made me smile because it's true.  As a cat-eye wearer, I can attest that sometimes it takes a little while to get the wing just right.

Happy weekend, ladies! 

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Happy New Year! Resolutions & What's Next

Happy New Year, internet!  My little holiday break ended up being a bit longer than I planned, but it was much needed and I was actually able to put the iPhone down and enjoy being in the moment with my husband, family (human and canine) and friends. 

Every year I use this blog to document my resolutions, since I think setting goals is important, even if it ends in an exercise in identifying the reasons why you didn't meet them.  Since my life is about to change in a big way, I wanted to take a few minutes and document what I want to achieve on and offline in 2014:

Let People Help Me
I'm one of those really organized people who likes her house to look a certain way, and when something needs doing I prefer to get it out of the way as soon as possible.  I know that having a newborn is going to rock my world, and that I cannot possibly do everything myself.  I'm going to have to ask for help, and accept that not everyone will do something like I do. This will be difficult.

Keep Reading Books
I love reading - more than the internet and pretty much any other hobby.  My free time is about to decrease drastically, but I want to revive my book club (eventually) and make time for novels even if it's only 15 minutes per day.  It makes me a more interesting person to talk to, and will probably go a long way in helping me avoid feeling lonely when I'm on maternity leave.

Make Healthy Choices Post-Baby
I do not think that I will magically lose my baby weight immediately after delivery - I am not delusional or the Duchess of Cambridge.  I know that it's going to be hard to find time to be active, and that convenience food will be an attractive option (let's be honest - it already is!), but I have worked too hard to get in shape and build a wardrobe and I plan to make an effort to eat well and make progress... even if it's slow going.

Don't Completely Abandon Cardigan Junkie
I'm already tempted to walk away from blogging, and it's hard to watch something you worked hard to build (virtually) waste away because I don't have time to create 5 posts per week or be nearly as prolific as the other blogs in your Feedly.  I also get annoyed by the constant promotion and sponsored content (I do not believe that a dozen high-profile bloggers suddenly got inspired to buy cheap fleece at Old Navy and post multiple Instagram pics in the same week), but in a way it has inspired me to keep going because I would like to believe that I'm contributing something worth reading most days.  I may not be able to do it as often as I'd like, but I hope to keep this little blog going in some way until I have more time for it.

That last item leads me to this...

Would anyone with a similar blog be interested in supplying some content while I'm in the throes of new motherhood?  It doesn't all have to be brand new, and you are welcome to share something you've prepared for your own readers.  I'd like to add a few recurring faces, and you'll get space on the sidebar too.  If you're interested, please let me know and we can chat!


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