Hello, Friends. How are you? Did you have a good week? We jumped right into our usual schedule after a busy school break, and it felt good to get back in the swing of things. This weekend, I’d love to tackle some spring cleaning — I’m especially thinking about the wool rugs in our living room and entry. They both need a good shampoo. If there’s sun in the forecast, I’m going to make it happen. I know it sounds boring, but I like projects like that — not too overwhelming, with a clear beginning and end, where I can really see a difference when I’m done.

We also have a Scout pancake breakfast for Oscar this weekend, and Olive is heading to a church dance. Should be fun. How about you? Anything you’re looking forward to?

Here are a few things I’ve been wanting to share with you:

– In 2018, the homeownership gap between African Americans and whites is greater than it was when the Fair Housing Act was passed in 1968, fifty years ago this week.

– Have you been hearing the name Cardi B. pretty much everywhere? Not sure who she is? Try this new interview in GQ.

– An Austin village is trying something new to help homeless citizens.

A painfully honest piece on childhood trauma.

– On the Skin Care Wars: “Beauty is labor, but our culture shames us whenever we acknowledge that fact.” (Also, I’m still going through your suggestions on adult acne.)

– The Little Prince turns 75 this week! Fun fact: it’s the most translated secular text in history with 300 languages.
 To celebrate, post your favorite quote from the book on social media with the hashtag #TheLittlePrince75 and a donation will be made to benefit blind American students. More info here.

– A brand new interactive podcast for kids ages 3-9 called Noodle Loaf.

A Tumblr dedicated to VHS packaging.

– Molly Ringwald’s essay about examining the movies of her youth in the age of #MeToo.

Cleaning your tech devices.

– The default belief that medication is meant to be used on a short-term basis perpetuates a notion that to take medication is to somehow be weak.

– Someone should buy this apron just because it’s pretty.

– Complaints reveal a staggering pattern of sexual abuse in Immigration Detention. Half of those accused worked for ICE.

– This new service helps you track down images being used without your permission online.

– My blog was nominated for two Iris Awards — Most Engaging Content, and Best Sponsored Content. I’m so honored! Three years ago, Design Mom won the Iris Award for Mom Blog of the Year, and it felt so incredible to be acknowledged by my peers like that. I can only win that category once, but I love that Design Mom still gets nominated in other categories. It feels really good.

I hope you have a terrific weekend. And if you’ve been waiting for Spring weather, I hope it finally arrives! I’ll meet you back here on Monday. I miss you already.

kisses,
Gabrielle