Lake Merritt in Oakland

Image and text by Gabrielle.

Hello, Friends! How are you doing? Any exciting plans ahead? My big project for the weekend is getting packed for Alt Summit. I fly to Salt Lake City on Sunday evening! I have an fun event with Cricut on Monday and Tuesday, and then Alt Summit begins on Wednesday. Very exciting!

Ben Blair will have the kids solo all next week. I know what a challenge that can be, so I like to get the laundry done and help plan the menus/stock up on groceries before I head out of town. I’m sure I’ll be doing a lot of that sort of stuff this weekend as well.

While I start my packing list, here are a few things I’ve wanted to share:

– The world is beautiful. (Are you on this list? Wouldn’t you love to be?)

Cute DIY necklace.

– Beyoncé’s short, to-the-point essay on gender equality.

– And Joseph Gordon Leavitt discusses being a feminist on Ellen.

– 100 years of fashion in 100 seconds. Thanks, Shannon.

– Cafémom posts from this month you may have missed — a nursery in a ‘shocking’ color, a nursery with a plaid theme, and a child’s bedroom that feels simply magical.

– There is nothing cuter than a sleeping babe. Except this. And this.

– Some parts are stomach-churning to read, but I still recommend this article about women dealing with internet abuse, and the lack of options we have to respond.

– Mara’s essay on adoption and endurance.

Dreamy dreams.

– Three of my Babble posts from this month — celebrate the drop in temperatures with Cool Ice Projects, check out this super sweet Confetti Birthday Party, and here are 22 DIY Valentines For Classmates (get a head start on February!), .

Thank you for all the great conversations this week! I hope you have a wonderful weekend. I’ll meet you back here on Monday. I miss you already.