Living With Kids: Vivien Jones

Vivien has lived such an interesting and well-traveled life and I am so excited to share her story with you. Vivien is a single mother, raising two terrific teenage girls in a small village in North Wales in the UK. Her home is beautiful and sweet and full of meaningful touches from the places she has lived. Plus, Vivien edits a magazine targeted at pre-teen girls, so don’t be surprised if you love the things she has to say about parenting daughters. Welcome, Vivien!

This house is full of light and fun details, and you are not going to want to miss it. Keep reading!

Kids Being Taken From Their Parents: How to Help

I know I’ve been talking about this and I’ve been sharing related links for the past couple of weeks, so perhaps you’re sick of it, but please stick with me.

Raise your hand if you had a hard time celebrating Father’s Day this weekend, while simultaneously learning more details about children being ripped from their parents at our country’s border. It’s awful stuff. And there’s this dread knowing that reporters have only been allowed to see a glimpse of things, and that in reality it’s bound to be much, much worse.

For those needing to get up to date, I’ve collected some notes.

– There’s a new Zero Tolerance policy, instituted by Trump and his team in May. The policy directs that everyone who comes to our border seeking asylum will be criminalized and detained, and that their children will be taken from them and declared “unaccompanied minors,” and placed in an entirely different detainment system. The children are now being used as a bargaining chip.

This interview in Texas Monthly was published on Friday and will give you a good general overview (and may also make you want to puke). A few lines from the interview:

Please keep reading. Share your thoughts and ideas on how to help.

A Few Things

Hello, Friends. How are you? How has your week been? We are only a few days out of school and already feeling like we’re in the full swing of summer. Oscar and Betty just finished a week long sailing camp this morning, June is in daily swim lessons, and Olive and Betty are headed to a church Girls Camp on Monday.

As for the this weekend? It’s Father’s Day! We’re planning to celebrate at a BBQ with some friends. My own father, Michael Wayne Stanley, passed away when I was pregnant with Ralph (my oldest child). That’s my dad pictured above on a trip to Lake Powell. Sunday will be the perfect time to look through some photo albums and tell my kids a few stories about their Grandpa Stanley. (And I’m sending love to anyone out there who feels sad on Father’s Day. Parental relationships can be so tricky.)

How about you? Anything special you’re doing this weekend? I’m signing off early today to tackle a list of errands, but before I go, here are a few things I’ve wanted to share with you:

13 links. Really good ones.

5 Reasons It’s Easy to Love Stonyfield

I’m super excited to share some fun news: I just signed a contract to work with Stonyfield for the next year! I’m pretty dang excited about it. You may remember I did a bit of work with them last fall — I went to Vermont to see some of their farms in action, to learn about carbon sequestration, and to talk with the co-founder, Gary Hirshberg. I was completely impressed with what I saw and what I heard, and I’m 100% on board with this company’s mission.

Here are 5 big reasons I’m a dedicated Stonyfield fan:

1) They’re obsessively organic. From the moment they launched, they’ve never stopped working for healthy food, healthy people and a healthy planet. Stonyfield makes organic yogurts, smoothies, soy yogurts, frozen yogurts, milk and cream — all of it without the use of toxic persistent pesticides, artificial hormones, antibiotics or GMOs.

They’re still located right right where they started in New Hampshire — about 30 miles east of their original farm. But they’ve grown. : ) Nowadays, they work with and support a huge network of food producers made up of hundreds of organic family farms.

Click here to keep reading. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

A New Hair Color for the Summer

So I went in for my monthly trim, and we were chatting about the idea of maybe going platinum next month or maybe after Ralph gets from from Colombia. As we were chatting, she had a hair color appointment cancellation immediately following my appointment, so we decided to go for the color change then and there! It felt good to be spontaneous, and I’m loving the color change.

Today is my birthday, so I’m calling my new ‘do a birthday gift. Also on the birthday schedule? I’m hoping to get a long overdue mani-pedi, and we bought tix for the whole family to see Incredibles 2 tonight. Have you seen the preview? I’m so excited — I feel like our whole family has been wishing for a sequel for 15 years.

Two more birthday thoughts when you click through.



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