A Few Things

Hello, Friends. How’s it going? How was your week? I know the school year is just ending for some of you — and others are already deep into summer break.

Today is my birthday! Sunday is Father’s Day! So Ben Blair and I are thinking we’ll do a combo celebration and go spend a night at the famous (and fancy!) Claremont Hotel.

Of course, I’m also thinking about my dad this weekend. The photo above is his grave. My mom put out some yellow flowers when she was in St. George on Memorial Day (yellow was his favorite!). I hope all the good dads in your life get some extra love this weekend.

Before I sign off, here are a few things I’ve wanted to share with you:

Thirteen links! Come see.

Something to Try: Iced Chocolate

Remember when Ben Blair and I went to Australia? One of the best takeaways from the trip was definitely Iced Chocolate. In every eating establishment we visited — fancy restaurants, simple cafés, sandwich shops, bakeries, etc. — there was ALWAYS iced coffee and iced chocolate on the menu. It was pretty much universal.

On our trip, the Australian Summer was just starting and the weather was already getting quite hot (we traveled to Sydney in early November), so iced drinks sounded just right. I’m not a coffee drinker, but was totally into trying Iced Chocolate — and I liked it so much that I ended up ordering one at every single food stop we made.

I’ve got a closeup of the drink for you when you click through.

How To Find An Au Pair Position

Last week I mentioned that Olive has found an Au Pair position in the South of France, beginning this fall. She’s very excited, and we’re very excited for her.

In response, several readers asked for a post about how Olive found the Au Pair position. I thought that was a great idea for a blog post, so this morning, I interviewed Olive about the process and am sharing her answers here.

If there are any questions you wished I had asked, please leave them in the comments, and Olive will take a look. : )

Click here to get all your Au Pair questions answered.

Living With Kids: Mary Jo Fiorella

I laughed when I was reading today’s Living With Kids essay and read that Mary Jo’s daughter drew a picture of her with eight arms. It seems totally fitting. Mary Jo runs her own successful design business (you’ll understand why it’s so successful when you see the gorgeous photos of her home), and she is a single mom who decided that rather than wait to get married, she’d foster and adopt a child of her own. I think you’re going to love getting a peek of her world. Welcome, Mary Jo!


A Few Things

Hello, Friends. How are you? Can you believe we’re a week into June? I’m glad to report we’ve had a happy first week of summer break. Olive went camping with friends. Betty has been doing quite a bit of babysitting for our neighbor. Oscar and June have been baking. And as I mentioned, Maude and Ralph are out of town.

I’ve been power-washing the balconies and outdoor furniture. Ben Blair has been working on a book. And this weekend, we’re hoping to do a big decluttering in the house.

If you’re in the mood for some weekend reading, here are a few things I’ve wanted to share:

Twelve links! So much good stuff.



Design Mom is all about the intersection of design and motherhood. I'm Gabrielle Blair (some people call me Gabby), a designer and mother of six. I think you're going to love reading Design Mom.

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