You know I love a good book. Whether fiction, personal growth, or design related, I only share my favorite – “you must read and add to your collection” – books. And, Gabrielle Blair’s (a.k.a Design Mom) new book, Design Mom: How to Live With Kids: A Room-by-Room Guide, is one of those. It’s one you’ll want to have on your coffee table, and reference often because it’s both informative and beautiful.
I’ve been long awaiting this book, because I love everything Gabby does and, also, because my home is featured in it. I’ve had my home featured online and in a catalog, but to be in print, in a book, is pretty exciting!
This past weekend we had to make a quick trip to Georgia. There was nothing quick about the drive, but what it did provide was hours to pour over my copy of the Design Mom book. I don’t usually spend hours pouring over design related books. Rather, I ooh and ahh over pictures and tag stickies on spaces I’d like to emulate. But, I am not exaggerating when I say I spent hours. I read every page. It was that informative. Yes, I oohed and ahhed over the photos — they are stunning, but I also oohed and ahhed over the wise ways Gabby has made her home functional for her six children, and how she teaches her children to function in it, everyone doing their part.
I knew I wanted this book. But, I didn’t know how much I needed it.
For awhile, now, I’ve been wrestling with simplifying. I make starts at streamlining, scour for solutions to save time and frustration (for both parents and children) only to keep taking steps back or stopping at my starts. I’ve known some things I need to do, instinctively, but just didn’t have the stamina (I suppose) to push myself into implementing change. This book, has really become a catalyst for me.
For instance . . . .
I’m super excited to host a giveaway today. Not just any giveaway, but a birthday giveaway. It’s my blogging birthday this week, and you all get the gifts! I’m putting together 3 identical packages for 3 lucky readers. The gifts will include items from some of my favorite friends and brands that I’ve been so lucky to meet and partner with along the way:
+ Design Mom’s new book
– I loved being a part of Gabby’s Living With Kid’s series. Also, my home is featured in her book. GASP!
+ A Charm Pendant Light from The Land of Nod
-It was such a dream to collaborate with the Land of Nod and have my home featured
in their catalog. They are the coolest.
+ The Alem Scarf by FashionABLE
-I love fashionABLE. Yes, their scarves, but even more their heart and the
opportunities they provide for women in Africa. My heart has been decorated by
+ Free Fall to Fly book by Rebekah Lyons
-Rebekah is one of my very best friends and her book a favorite. Her words written
and in conversation have been such a light in my life.
I’m also including a few little surprises, not listed, in each gift box. Entering is easy (even if you don’t do social media).
Click through to enter.
This week, April 13th to be exact, marks 7 years of blogging, for me. I’ve never really paid attention to blogging birthdays (that sounds weird, doesn’t it?) in the past. But this year, for whatever reason, I wondered how many years has it been since I’ve been computer creating, putting out posts, and sharing what’s swirling around inside my head or heart? I figured blogger would remember, even though I didn’t. 7 years, she told me. 7 years, 1,453 posts, and 2 babies later, here I am still putting out posts. Today, I’m computing and calculating in my non mathematical mind all that I’ve learned over these past 7 years. And, it adds up like this….
Everything I’ve learned about blogging, has nothing to do with blogging.
wallpapered doorways, AND a phone on the wall (this whole house is gorge).
braids and barrettes. I remember my mom wearing barrettes like this.
capturing collections and special this and thats and any random thing under bell jars. I’ve been wondering what to do with our sofie the giraffe and now I know. Should I admit that I also have a stuffed squirrel (like pictured above) tucked away somewhere? It was given to my brother when he was a kid. Maybe I’ll tuck in under a bell jar. That might scare the kids friends away.
You guys….life! My mind is swirling with so much life. The life that we all are living. You, me and the whole wide world. The good and the bad. The exhilarating and the devastating. My heart sometimes feels like it is beating between breaks. And because of that, my eyes are now wide awake to others with burdens and breaks. Trying to carry the load or tuck it away, tirelessly, when no one is looking.
I guess I’m trying to make sense of some things that make no sense and so here I am writing it out, in the open, unpolished, and unproofed today. I’m typing out the trials that are taking up space in my brain. It may make no sense, but maybe to someone it will make all the sense in the world and I guess that is why I will hit publish today, rather than pondering in private in my journal.