A Few Things

August 2, 2013

outside of Grand Junction

Image and text by Gabrielle.

Hello, Friends! How are you? We are on the road once again, heading back to California. (I’m still amazed to think that California is now home!) I’m currently writing from Provo, Utah. We drove from Denver to Provo yesterday, we’ll drive from Provo to Winnemucca today, and then on Saturday, we’ll finish the drive from Winnemucca to Oakland.

After that, we’ll hold still for as long as possible. Hah!

While we make our way back to the West Coast, here are a few things I’ve been wanting to share with you:

- Coffee Jerks (via Dooce)

- All the major sites in Normandy. I’ve watched it a dozen times and teared up at every viewing! Thanks, Caroline.

- On breastfeeding in public. Thanks, Emily.

- A fun idea: DIY t-shirts for kids.

- Clutter-free playrooms: Yes or no?

- What do you think of these minimalist wallets?

- Nicknames for San Francisco.

- Boatbound. It’s like Airbnb for boats! Ski boats. Fishing boats. Sailboats. Canoes. Kayaks. All kinds of boats. Available to rent from individual owners.

- The beautiful magazine, Kinfolk, is now available as a digital subscription.

- Tips for finding great furniture on Craig’s List.

- On my Babble column this week: 20 Outdoor Grilling Recipes that have my mouth watering.

- And, 12 ideas for First Day of School traditions.

I hope you have a marvelous weekend. Hooray for August! I’ll meet you back here on Monday (I’ll be writing from Oakland!). I miss you already.


P.S. — A rare Friday Giveaway coming up next!

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1 Jesica August 2, 2013 at 8:41 am

I don’t know if book giveaways are something you normally do, but my sister just published her second book. Good Ground by Tracy Winegar. You can get it on Amazon or watch the book trailer (who ever knew they did a trailer for books…I guess I’m behind the times, ha!). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBei5Nj3LAk Let me know if you’re interested and I’ll send you a copy!


2 Christy@SweetandSavoring August 2, 2013 at 9:26 am

Craigslist is such a great source for used furniture- you have to be choosy and sift through a lot of junk, but that’s the price you pay for secondhand/cheap :)
Boatbound sounds wonderful! I love boats of all kinds and would love to spend more time on them.
Have a relaxing weekend, Gabrielle!


3 meg August 2, 2013 at 9:56 am

I live on the Peninsula, and the only nicknames I ever hear anyone call San Francisco is “the City” and, occasionally, “SF.”


4 Jessie August 2, 2013 at 11:03 am

Your link to post about the nicknames of San Francisco reminded me of a book you might find interesting (if you don’t know of it already). It’s called Infinite City by Rebecca Solnit. It’s a non-traditional atlas with a collection of twenty-two (beautiful) thematic maps of San Francisco. It’s really lovely and fascinating and I think you might like it.


5 Pamela Balabuszko-Reay August 2, 2013 at 1:38 pm

We let the kids pick their favorite dinner for the first day of school. We always cook and eat it at home.

It is comforting to them to have a conversation about the first day while eating something they love.

This will be the first year both of our kids start on the same day…so each kid gets to pick their favorite that night. We’ll see if it winds up being the same dish.

Love little traditions…


6 Shannon { A Mom's Year } August 2, 2013 at 5:18 pm

Great back to school ideas! We’ve made Family Fun’s school bus cake to celebrate the first day of school ever since my oldest started kindergarten. That first year, the younger kids and I made the cake to surprise him when he got off the bus. Now that they’re all in school, I make it by myself (with moral support from the dog!). It wouldn’t feel like the first day of school without it.

P.S. If I ever come across a young woman struggling with the idea of feminism, I think I’ll just show her the Coffee Jerks video. Enough said. :)


7 Kristin August 3, 2013 at 4:40 am

I am sort of sad that you have moved from the (dreamy) house in the french countryside! Loved living vicariously through you. You need to change your “about” paragraph now to reflect your current, and I am sure equally beautiful, surroundings:)


8 whatthemom August 3, 2013 at 11:31 am

I love the West Coast, looking forward to reading about your adventures there! I really don’t know how you can travel so much with kids!


9 Ceebee August 3, 2013 at 5:14 pm

I am still surprised that there is controversy about women breastfeeding in public, as least on the women’s side. I was unable to breastfeed my first born, but if I had been able to I would have done it where ever needed to the delight or not of others. The idea of hiding in a bathroom stall has never once occurred to me. It’s illegal for a mother to be asked by any public establishment to stop/cover up and if it was some ninny in the park that approached me about it, well my baby wouldn’t be the only one getting a mouth full.


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