A Few Things

Hello, Friends. How are you? Are you ready for the weekend? I think we’re going to have a good one.

Ben Blair is at Stanford today, presenting on a panel about PhDs and entrepreneurship. Olive is on the hair and makeup team for the high school musical. We’ve got a Scout Pancake Breakfast in the morning for Oscar. Betty is planning a photoshoot. June has a birthday party to go to. And I have a haircut scheduled (nothing big, just my usual trim). How about you? Anything fun on your schedule?
I’ve got a great list of links for you today. Here are a few things I’ve been wanting to share:
– Strange, but oddly comforting and sweet.
Bootstrapping is a myth and lack of bootstrapping isn’t the reason for the racial wealth divide.
– Join the worldwide read-in for Refugees! Going until March 31st. #readforrefugees

– Have you tried the Diva Cup yet? These tweets made me laugh so hard.

– Bill Gates says cutting foreign aid makes American less safe. I agree. What’s your take?

– This cargo bin turns into a tent.

– This non-profit helps facilitate the international adoption of special needs kids.
– My dear friend Jane Mosbacher Morris is a 2017 Tory Burch Fellows finalist and needs votes! Jane is the founder of To The Market which sells survivor made goods from around the world. It’s super easy. Click here and enter your email. You can vote everyday!
– A Finnish-American perspective on paying for healthcare. (NYT)
– Hah! Adding this sentence makes any book instantly better.

– New research into the cause of OCD.

– Have you ever wanted to cut the size tag out of your clothes?

– This is what happened when a male and female co-worker swapped email signatures.

– Easy string-wrapped jars.

I hope you have a really good weekend. Like the best weekend ever! I’ll meet you back here on Monday. I miss you already.


P.S. — If you like these Friday link lists, I think you’ll really enjoy following the Design Mom Facebook page. I share these types of links there all week long.

Sheet Pan Dinner: Chicken Tacos with Tomatillo Salsa

Lindsey sent me this recipe and the next day I had this moment: Did I dream that? One sheet pan dinner + tacos? Could it be true? My family has gobbled up every recipe in the sheet pan dinner series so far, and like pretty much everyone in the world, my family gobbles up tacos too. So this couldn’t be a better fit for us. Are you feeling the same way?

Good. Then let’s jump into the recipe, but before we do, I’m curious, what’s your favorite Mexican food restaurant? And I’m talking about Mexican food in the broadest sense possible — from the totally authentic taco truck downtown through any Americanized version you’ve come across. As for me? We have loads of excellent taquerias in the Oakland, but for after hours, I admit I am very familiar with the late night Taco Bell drive-thru (and I can pretend to not be embarrassed about that since I read this.) If I’m at the mall, I’m also a dedicated fan of Rubio’s fish tacos. How about you? Where do you go for Mexican food?

Full recipe and tips, including how to pick out a fresh tomatillo, when you click through.

Egg Gathering!

Have you ever waited till the last minute to pick up a cool Easter basket, and by the time you went shopping all the good looking options are gone? (Me too!) Here are a few to help you check some items off your Easter list.

1. Silver Rope Basket! Comes in gold as well here. And on sale!
2. Paper Woven Basket, in a few different color options.
3. Small White Farmhouse egg gathering basket.
4. Set of Two! Retro Classic pictures on a tote to hold all the goodies!
5. Classic Apple Basket with many liner options.
6. Egg collecting basket, in rust.
7. Copper! Comes in three sizes.
8. Functional Wire basket, in two sizes.
9. Beatrix Potter™ Easter Bucket, on sale!
10. Set of Three! I’m dying over the artwork on these retro buckets, check out all three!

If you’d like some ideas for themed baskets and fillers, there are some great collections here.
And some of my favorites for Eggs and Grass:

Emoji Plastic Eggs
Marble Easter Eggs
Glitter Eggs
Patterned Eggs

Rainbow Grass
Tinsel Grass, in 4 colors.
Edible Easter Grass!

P.S. — Easy salt dough egg ornaments for your Easter tree.

Random Thoughts

Well look at that. It’s time for a Random Thoughts post! I try to post one of these once a month, and it’s basically a compilation of whatever is on my mind at the moment. Feel free to share your own random thoughts in the comments.

– Monday afternoons are currently my favorite. That’s when we get our weekly email from Ralph, who is on a mission in Colombia. And sometimes, if we’re online at the same time as him, we can message back and forth and it almost feels like a phone call.

Ralph is now with his third “companion” since he arrived in Colombia. The companion is assigned — they don’t get to pick — and changes up every couple of months or so. Ralph’s first companion was from Mexico, and he was at the end of his mission, so Ralph was his last partner. The second companion was from Argentina, and again, Ralph was the last partner before he finished his mission. Ralph’s third companion is from Panama, and he came to the mission a few weeks after Ralph, so Ralph won’t be sending him home. 

All the random thoughts, straight ahead!

Living With Kids: Kelsey Williams

Kelsey and I first started corresponding back in January. Of 2015, that is! Yes, sometimes home tours take a little longer than a few emails back and forth! But this one is so worth it.

Yes, Kelsey’s tour is well worth the wait, and not just because her interior style is fresh and inspired. If we had done the tour back in 2015, her baby Finch wouldn’t even be mentioned! I’m glad we waited for the little guy.

So please help me welcome Kelsey and her super cute family!

Come see the kitchen menu, the master bedroom wall, Finch’s room…all of it!



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