A Few Things

Hello, Friends. How are you? How was your week? It feels like it’s been an eventful one at our house. Ben Blair and I went to Houston for the U2 concert (more on that next week, but here’s a photo from the concert photo booth above). Our kids had several end-of-year events — two band concerts, two open houses, and a choir concert too. And at 6:30 this morning, after 3 years of teaching, we hosted our very last seminary class here at the house — we had a pancake party to mark the day. Also, our kids have school off today, which means a 4 day weekend. 

On the schedule for this weekend? Yardwork, Memorial Day activities, and maybe a cousins’s sleepover. How about you?

I’m headed into the city in a bit to work on a project with Room & Board, but before I go, here are a few things I’ve been wanting to share (lots from the NYT this week):

Twelve really good links. Click to find them!

3 Meaningful Ideas for Celebrating Memorial Day With Kids


As you know, Memorial Day (which is coming up on Monday) is a day where Americans remember those who died in active military service. You may also know that since Memorial Day often brings people to the cemetery, it’s also become a day where people take some time at the graves of non-military loved ones as well. Two facts you might not know: Memorial Day was called Decoration Day for over a century, and it wasn’t an official holiday until 1971.

Perhaps you’d like to teach your kids about Memorial Day, or do something special to mark the day, but you don’t have any buried loved ones, military or otherwise, to visit nearby. Here are three ideas for celebrating memorial day with kids:

Click through for 3 ideas you’ll love. And share your own ideas too!

Style Watch: Elevated Jelly Shoes

stylish jelly shoes

Remember the jelly shoes we all wore as kids? Well they’re back! You can find all the classic shapes and colors in a huge size range. But they’ve also moved way, way beyond the nostalgic shoes of our childhood. You can find High Heeled Jellies, Platform Jellies — even Designer Jellies! Here are a few stylish jelly shoes that caught my eye — including 5 from the amazing Vivienne Westwood summer line:

1) Marbled grey bowtie jellies.
2) Heart + Bird Jellies. Go see more pics of these because the snapshot above doesn’t do them justice.
3) This flat by Jason Wu is inspired by grosgrain ribbons.
4) Another heart + wing option. They come in black matte or a bold glossy red.
5) The sweetest pale pink jellies ever — and they have hidden wedge too. 
6) Simple slingback wedge sandals.
7) This summer wedge sandal with black trim has a bubble gum scent.
8) A tall feminine jelly with a dramatic profile.
9) Possibly the prettiest option of the bunch, these classic jelly heels come in red or black.
10) A friendly flat with the cutest ankle strap.

P.S. — Want something more affordable? Find a huge selection of stylish jelly shoes with tons of options in the $10-20 range. I’m favoring these — beautiful design, available in four colors and only $11.99. Or these Birkenstock-style jellies in 5 colors for $17. And one more that might surprise you — elegant, graceful, jelly shoes (by Crocs?!) starting at $23.


Credits: Shopping assistance and graphic design by Audrey Moore.

Slow Cooker Recipe: Teriyaki Pulled Pork Bowls with Lime Juice Coleslaw and Coconut Rice

Slow Cooker Teriyaki Pulled Pork Bowls

It’s the end of the school year and our schedule of band concerts, choir performances, track meets, and school open houses is feeling overwhelming. So when Lindsey texted me about this recipe for Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork, with Lime Juice Coleslaw, and Coconut Rice, I practically begged her to send it over ASAP.

It looks super-easy and I know my kids will love the Hawaiian flavors. Plus, I love having a new addition to our Slow-Cooker Series.

I can’t wait to make this tonight.

Click to find recipes for the pulled pork, the lime juice cole slaw, and the coconut rice. So yummy!

What, Are You Crazy? You Should Totally Be Taking uberPOOL to the Airport

I know I’ve mentioned before how much I love Uber. I use it so much that I keep the app on the first page of my phone — with iMessage and Gmail and Facebook and Instagram and the weather app. It’s one of my essentials. I was introduced to Uber on a trip to Washington D.C. several years ago, and it was like magic for me. Suddenly, I could show up in any city and have a stress-free transportation situation. No having to find a local cab company or rent a car. No having to talk to anyone on the phone. I love it so much! So I’m delighted to tell you I’m working with Uber on a 3 part series happening May, June & July.

For this first post, I want to make sure you know about uberPOOL. Why? Because it’s going to save you money, and if you haven’t tried it yet, you are going to be pleasantly surprised.

Let me convince you to give it a try. Let’s all save some money!



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