A Few Things

Hello, Friends. How are you? How was your week? We have a big weekend ahead. Olive, our high school sophomore, is in a school production of Annie. Our nephew is in a production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. There is a women’s conference at church that is going to be really good. And the biggest thing on our calendar: March For Our Lives!

Olive is one of 4 youth organizers of the march/rally in Oakland. Yesterday she had to speak at a press conference about the event. And tomorrow, she’ll be one of 3 teens speaking at the actual event. As you can imagine, we’re super proud of her and are supporting the march any way we can.

I know there are marches happening all around the country, and they are expecting millions to turn out in Washington D.C.. Will you be marching in a local event? Do you need a poster? My friend, the illustrator Samantha Hahn, sent me a link to 23 free printable posters she designed. I’m featuring two here, and there are tons of additional great options.

I’ve also collected a few things I want to share with you:

Thirteen links! All yours.

Navigating Social Situations When You Don’t Drink

In January I received a comment from a reader named Amy, asking about what it’s like to navigate not-drinking-alcohol in social situations.

She wrote:
Saw the champagne bottle on the last “a few things” of the year. I assume you might not drink being Mormon… don’t think you’ve ever written about that… do you ever end up being in situations where a lot of people are drinking and it’s annoying/awkward?

Then another reader, Ali, wrote:
We are also a non-drinking family and are planning a move to Italy. I’ve been wondering how to navigate social situations there where wine is such a part of the culture. I don’t want to offend people, but I’m not going to drink either. I’d love to hear how you handled social drinking situations in France.

Then a third reader, Bobbie, wrote:
I would also be curious about this. My live-in boyfriend is a recovering alcoholic and I’ve (mostly) happily given up alcohol, but it makes social situations tough, especially around holidays or other celebrations. It doesn’t help that we don’t yet have kids and many social engagements still having a drinking element.

I’d be curious about how others handle this for other reasons. Especially because we will likely be planning a wedding soon–I’m feeling very anxious about an occasion where many will be drinking but we won’t be. 

Does it offend people?

Keep reading. Lots to talk about.

Living With Kids: Lizzie Heiselt

We’re headed back to New York city this week to meet another incredible family. I’m excited to introduce you to Lizzie Heiselt, her husband Micah, and their 4 (soon to be 5!) kids. They live in Brooklyn, New York and have managed to thrive in a small space (they have a climbing wall in the kids bedroom!), as well as biking most places they need to go. Lizzie describes her bike as an “open-air, two-wheeled Mini Van” and after reading about how well she manages to get around on it, I’m tempted to go dust my bike off too. Welcome, Lizzie.

Dying to see how a climbing wall fits into a tiny apartment? Keep reading!

What’s Your Favorite Kind of Self-Care? Indulgent or Practical?

About 4 months ago, on one of my weekend link lists, I shared a post called, This Is What ‘Self-Care’ REALLY Means, Because It’s Not All Salt Baths And Chocolate Cake. It was written by Brianna Wiest, and when it came across my feed again this week, I wanted to give it more attention. If you haven’t had the chance yet, it’s worth a read. I’ll quote a bit here so you can get a sense of what it’s about:

“Self-care is often a very unbeautiful thing.

It is making a spreadsheet of your debt and enforcing a morning routine and cooking yourself healthy meals and no longer just running from your problems and calling the distraction a solution.

It is often doing the ugliest thing that you have to do, like sweat through another workout or tell a toxic friend you don’t want to see them anymore or get a second job so you can have a savings account or figure out a way to accept yourself so that you’re not constantly exhausted from trying to be everything, all the time and then needing to take deliberate, mandated breaks from living to do basic things like drop some oil into a bath and read Marie Claire and turn your phone off for the day.”

Are you a self-care advocate? Share your thoughts below.

A Few Things

Hello Friends. How are you? Ready for the weekend? My niece Lindsey is here with a couple of her roommates — it’s spring break at their university. Lindsey finished a Mormon mission to Japan in November, so while we sightsee tomorrow, I’m going to suggest we include a visit to Japantown in San Francisco, plus 3 Japanese stores I know she misses — Muji, Daiso and Uniqlo. One of her friends has never been to California before, so I also want to do all the most touristy, recognizable things too.

It’s also St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow! Do you do anything fun to celebrate? Our own celebrations are usually food-related. Maybe we’ll eat Corned Beef & Cabbage, or classic Shepherd’s Pie, or these kid-friendly clover-shaped Pinwheel Sandwiches. Or, we might just dye our milk green. : )

Here a few things I’ve collected for you this week. I think you’ll really them:

13 memorable links. Go see!



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