A Few Things

Hello, Friends! No need to check your calendars. It’s not Friday yet. I’m posting this week’s link list early, because I’m headed out on a Pioneer Trek this morning, and I’ll be offline till Saturday. I’m going to cross my fingers that nothing too dramatic/rude happens while I don’t have internet and can’t moderate comments. : )

Here are a few things I’ve been wanting to share with you:

Thirteen excellent links you’ll love.

Is Online Shopping for Plants Really a Thing?

Talk to me about plants. As I’m sure you’ve noticed, the more-plants-more-plants trend started a several years ago, and is only getting stronger. Sometimes, it seems like almost every interior design picture I pin is chock full of plants.

Me? I’m totally on board and have dozens of plants in my house. I use them to solve decorating problems in every single room. Not sure what to put in that empty spot? A plant will be perfect! Don’t have enough wall space to add art? Add plants instead! Need to layer more texture into a space? Plants are so good at that!

They’re just so flexible, you know? They come in every size — from teeny tiny to towering. They’re way more affordable than furniture. And they clean your air. What’s not to love?

Come discuss plants with me!

Living With Kids – Jessica Jackson

A while ago, a reader requested featuring more homes in this series at lower price ranges. Gabrielle put out the call, and Jessica was one of the first to respond. While her husband is going to grad school, they live with their three young kids in a town home that is partially government subsidized.

Despite living on a graduate student budget, Jessica and her husband have learned to get creative with their resources — including learning woodworking so they can build their own furniture! You’ll love seeing the happy, bright home they’ve put together. Welcome, Jessica!

Jessica has so many smart things to say embracing this stage of her life. Keep reading!

Random Thoughts

I think it’s about time for a Random Thoughts post! Here’s what’s on my mind right about now.

– This is a funny week at our house. It’s unlike any other that I can remember. On Sunday, we dropped off Maude, Olive, Oscar, Betty, June, and their cousin Henry, at the airport, so they could fly out to Cousins Week. June turned 8 in May, and this is the first year she’s old enough to go.

I always feel so emotional sending them off. I stand there at security, waving until I can’t see them anymore. It feels so different when I fly off to a conference, versus sending them off into the world. Do you feel the same way?

Keep reading for more of what’s on my mind.

A Few Things


Hello, Friends. How are you? How was your week? We’ve had a good one, but our house felt strange to me. Oscar has been at Scout Camp since Saturday, and Ralph is still in Colombia on a mission, but our four daughters were home. Without any sons around, the house definitely felt different. It actually feels different whenever any kid is gone, but when Ben Blair was out for the evening yesterday, and it was just the 5 of us female Blairs having dinner together, it occurred to me how rare that is at our house. : )

Our weekend plans include a first drum lesson for Betty and June. A swim meet. Oscar getting home from Scout Camp. And sending all the kids off to Cousins Week. This will be June’s first time at Cousins Week — 8 years old is the minimum age.

How about you? Anything fun on your schedule? Just in case you’re looking for some entertainment, here are a few things I’ve been wanting to share with you:

Fourteen fantastic links. Click here.



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