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.

What If It Was Illegal to Keep Your Maiden Name?

I was surprised to read this stat in a headline the other day: 70 percent of U.S. adults reported they believe a married woman should change her name, and half said it should be required by law. I’m going to repeat that last part: Half of Americans think women should be required by law to take their husband’s name.

Does that seem surprising to you? We haven’t had a married name/maiden name discussion here in awhile (I think the last one was in 2013), and I’ve been going along under the impression that more and more women were keeping their maiden names when they married. If you had asked me to guess the percentages, I would have said maybe it’s 50/50 by now on how many women change their name with marriage, and how many don’t. But I just looked up the real number and only 20% of women keep their maiden name. So obviously, I’m way off, and clearly I don’t have an understanding of how people are approaching this issue.

I still feel unsettled about my name change all these years later. Let’s discuss.

Living With Kids: Katharina Tieben

I was delighted when Katharina reached out to me about sharing her home. She and her family built their home in the German countryside. The details feels smart and carefully chosen, and the whole home is beautifully put together. As I looked at the photos, I noticed the European influence —  the scale feels different than American homes, and there are nooks and crannies to discover. Katharina has wonderful things to say about understanding what makes us happy, and how we spend our time. It was a refreshing read for me this week. Welcome, Katharina!

Every corner of this home is more inviting than the last. Keep reading.

Design Mom Podcast Name: Weigh In, Please

Design Mom Podcast Name: Weigh In, Please featured by popular lifestyle blogger and podcaster Design Mom

Yesterday was the 12 year anniversary of the very first Design Mom post. It was about bubble wands and was published on July 8th, 2006. We lived in New York at the time. Since then, I’ve published 6900+ blog posts, received 493,400+ comments, and written 11,200+ comments of my own. I don’t have stats before 2010, but since March 22, 2010, 20,590,142 different readers have come to Design Mom. I’ve done many columns over the years, but my longest running columns are A Few Things with 395 posts and Living With Kids House Tours with 350 posts.

As promised, to mark this 12th anniversary, I’m launching a podcast. I’ve hired a team to help me get it off the ground, I’ve ordered recording equipment, I’ve made show outlines, and I’ve listened to way too many possibilities for songs (choosing music is always harder than I think it’s going to be).

But I’m getting stuck on the podcast name.

Come join the discussion, please!

A Few Things

Hello, Friends. How are you? How was your week? Having a holiday on Wednesday totally threw me off. You too? I woke up yesterday convinced it was Sunday. Hah!

I’m hoping to get back on track this weekend — catch up on some email, and make progress on a few ongoing projects.

What else is on the calendar? Oscar heads off to Scout Camp in the morning, and we won’t get to see him till the following Saturday. He’s a really fun kid to have around and he will definitely be missed.

Now that I’m thinking about it, I should really go help him pack up. But before I do, here are a few things I’ve been wanting to share with you:

Fourteen fortuitous links. Click here.



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