I was in NC for work most of this week, so we’re planning to lay low this weekend. On Saturday, I’d like to head out to the Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve. Supposedly, it’s one of the best local places to view wildflowers and I want to see if they’ve bloomed yet. We like to pack a picnic and just spend the morning hiking around or lounging under our “Dreaming Tree.” Maybe I’ll get a good photo from under our favorite oak tree to use above the fireplace…
Weekends without much to do seem to be few and far between…so I want to soak those days up whenever they present themselves.
Here are a few interesting links I’ve ran across over the past couple weeks. Check them out, if you’d like!
Our first child, Wade, was an easy sleeper. Our second, Eli, was not and still goes through phases at almost 3 years old when he ends up in our bed most nights of the week. So, I find the topic of children and sleep fascinating. I ran across this article the other day discussing the history of children sleeping in separate rooms. We’ve been throwing around the idea of moving Eli in with Wade so that we can have a dedicated office/guest room space. After reading this article, I’m leaning more toward the boys sharing a room. Do your kids share rooms? Did you share a room with your sibling? My sister and I always had our own rooms growing up, and I never thought much of it…
Another parenting topic: 5 Ways to Teach Kids About Consent. It seems there are lots of resources out there for parents to talk to their girls about sex. (This book is on my reading list). I’m always on the lookout for good ways to teach my boys not only about how to develop strong boundaries for their own bodies, but also how to respect the boundaries of others. This post is a good, short read with links to additional resources.
The other day I discovered this amazing organization, Miry’s List, on Emily Henderson’s blog. In short, they partner with local organizations to set up Amazon Wish Lists for newly arrived refugee families, where they can list all the items needed to set up their new home. Then people like you and me can purchase directly from Amazon and have the products delivered directly to the family’s door. Refugees arrive here with nothing, and are often living in unfurnished apartments, without basic necessities like dishes or a bed. What an amazing, practical response to a problem that seems so untouchable! Makes me want to do the same here in the Bay Area…
As if I don’t already have enough unread books on my nightstand! 28 books to read in 2017.
If you need even more reading fodder – here are a few books Anne Lamott recommends if you want to be filled with hope.
Last weekend I flew Delta to NC and read this article about the new(ish) CEO of The Nature Conservancy. The Nature Conservancy is using a partnership model with corporations, like Dow Chemical, that could be thought of as enemies to environmentalism. By promoting “nature as a capital good worthy of investment,” the organization is working with corporations, cities, etc…to develop business opportunities that benefit the planet and also increase profits. Made me want to dig into this idea more.
Speaking of environmentalism, I’ve had my eye on a couple home décor companies that prioritize sustainable development of their products.
-How amazing are these Spanish wine glasses from Newly?
-I’m also ready to curl up in this throw (in denim) from House of Jude.
Finally, I finished reading Big Little Lies this week – it was good! However, this is a rare instance when I think the show/movie is better than the book…Watch it if you need a TV marathon this weekend!
Happy weekend, folks! Hope it’s restful/fun/productive…whatever you need it to be.