Obviously this world we live in is a broken place full of hurting people. People that who are fighting for basic needs (water, food, education, etc), and struggling to just survive, daily. The need for change is painfully obvious, but the way to take action isn’t always so clear.
I’m only one person.
I’m a million miles away.
What can I do that could make any kind of difference?
I’ve rounded up 3 darling DIYs that have caught my eye, recently. Honestly, I’m not really even sure if one qualifies as DIY because it only requires paper and scissors, but it’s an idea I really wanted to share and one I’m going to try in my home.
But, first things first . . .
When I first saw this book bin I wondered where I could buy it. And, lo and behold someone made it! I’m always amazed when people make such gorgeous DIY pieces. This lined mid-century book bin was made by This Little Street. I’m so glad I happened upon this blog because it’s super bright and cheery and filled to the brim with darling DIYs
Next, could be called a DIY or also known as an . . .
How is it that in this connected world we live in, we can feel so disconnected?
Is it because we now prefer to post rather then phone? Type rather than talk? We are so “in the know” about everything that many times we are not taking the time to “get to know” one another better.
I’m navigating these waters just like you. Finding, slowly, what works for me, as someone who works online, and also as a parent discovering what works for my children, who are growing up in a new world.
I think technology can work for us if we don’t become a slave to it. It does it’s job when it simplifies things in our lives, and it serves us well when we find ways to truly connect where we otherwise would not be able to.
We love using FaceTime to talk and visit with grandparents. My husbands family lives in Georgia, and we don’t see each other often, so it’s pretty amazing to be able to chat weekly and let the kid’s show how they lost a tooth or a piece of art from school.
Even better, I’ve recently just learned about a new App called HomeTeam which takes connecting to another level. HomeTeam helps to bring families together in a meaningful way. It’s great for when you are traveling, when you have relatives out of state or a loved one that is deployed. The app allows you to connect with family and friends for story time and games.
Now, my little’s grandparents are able to read them a bedtime story, complete with pictures and play a game of Go Fish together. There are hundreds of books to choose from, and just as many games. We think it is pretty cool. And, a great way to take tablet time and turn it into family time.
How do you use technology to connect ? How do you use it to simplify and connect?
Here is to letting technology serve us well and to turning tablet time into family.
If you’d like to give HomeTeam a go, they offer a free 30-day trial: There’s no credit card required to start the trial. You can check learn more here.
This post is in partnership with HomeTeam. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep La La Lovely going.
Fall is my favorite for clothes. I always loved back to school shopping and I think I just never out grew the habit. Even though it’s a season of leaves falling something always feels so new.
My favorite buys for fall usually include a cozy sweater to keep me through the long winters here, a new pair of boots, a pair of comfy but stylish pants, an outerwear accessory (hat, scarf, gloves, etc), and a new coat. I don’t get a new coat every year, but this is the year for me. My daughter has been wearing my North Face for two years now, and I’ve been eyeing a nice camel colored coat for a few years….mostly the one pictured above. In my experience, long before blogs I found J. Crew’s coats to be my favorite. They are a little pricey, but they last for years and years. They are also beautifully lined and keep me warm in the Chicago cold. I’ve also been oohing and ahhing over the coats at ASOS!
Here are the rest of my faves :
/ coat : i love the modern shape. last year this coat sold out, so i think i may bite the bullet soon.
/ hat : this beanie is darling and will go with all fall and winter colors (and on sale!)
/ pants : these are so darling and look major comfortable. look how cute here.
/ boots : how fun are these? they could dress up any outfit, just right.
I’m also, always on the hunt for a perfect sweater. The kind you through on everyday to keep warm. This one looks perfect and the price point is so good!
What about you? Do you have any fall favorites?
Do you get a good night’s sleep?
I found one online.
Not spending time online, that is counter intuitive to sleep. Trust me. I spent a good four-ish years up into the wee hours blogging between checking on my wee little ones. With two babies, eighteen months apart, I figured I’d just have to catch up on sleep a few years later. Sleep was a scarcity, and my bed was the holy grail of a haven that was in the other room and yet just out of reach. The bags under my eyes tell that tale.
These days, no babies are waking, but backs are hurting. An ache here, a toss and turn there. And, we have a nice mattress. A marshmallow, cloud like mattress that just wasn’t working for us.
So, naturally, we started looking at mattresses online. It seemed like a foreign concept, but a strangely familiar one. I shop for shoes, decorations and food online, why not sleep?
We came across many sites that offered a bed in a box. When the UPS man comes to drop the book you ordered on Amazon, he can also deliver your mattress in a box rolled up like sushi. Just unroll and enjoy.
But, I wasn’t so sure about that, so I kept on scrolling and came to a full stop when I found Loom and Leaf. A brand who makes American crafted, luxury memory foam beds at an affordable price. I was intrigued. I’ve slept on memory foam before and slept well. I wanted to know more.
What I found was that Loom and Leaf’s mattress offers a very natural product. All of their high quality foam is bio based and sourced in the USA, the quilted mattress cover is made from organic cotton, and the flame retardant used is made from plant-based natural thistle. Using natural materials that are sourced in the US is really important to me.
At half the price of TempurPedic, and with a 75-day home trial there isn’t much to loose. And, we were excited about the prospect of not loosing anymore sleep.
So we ordered a mattress online, and
I’m happy to report that we are LOVING our Loom and Leaf memory foam mattress. We’ve been sleeping on it over a month and we have both been sleeping so well. Our sleep has truly improved. My husbands back felt better within days and I notice that I sleep much more sound and feel more rested when I wake up each morning.
Years ago we ordered a pillow top which didn’t work for my husband. The company exchanged it for a firmer mattress and I cried because it felt like I was sleeping on the floor (I was pregnant, so crying over a mattress was probable). We went back to the pillow top and that is what led to years of back pain for my husband.
We opted to go with their Relaxed Firm option as it is not too hard or too soft. My hubby prefers firm and I like soft. We found that this is a comfort level we are both happy with. It’s dense, and slowly molds to contour you and it is soft enough, while still giving support.
The other thing I should tell you about Loom and Leaf is that they have excellent customer service. I don’t know about you, but I feel like good customer service, these days, is an absolute luxury. You can chat with a customer service rep online or on the phone if you have questions. And, every customer receives a call after they have purchased to go over their order, give delivery expectations, double check that your measurements are right for your foundation, (another, plus is that they offer foundations for their mattress should you need one), and to simply say thank you. They are so friendly at Loom and Leaf, I was even able to speak with the President of the Company to learn even more about their memory foam mattress and their business model.
If you are in the market for a mattress and are interested in a natural option then these extra details about their product are very beneficial:
-Because of Loom and Leaf’s online business model they are able to offer their product at a fraction of the cost of other memory foam brands and they have far less of a carbon foot print.
-They don’t shrink wrap their mattresses, so the small amount of off gassing is already done before leave the supplier and manufacturer.
-All of their foam is sourced in the USA, and they have the highest standards for health and safety. Foams are bio based and emit less greenhouse gasses.
-The cooling gel is medical grade. And the mattress offers breathable channels.
If you are in need of a better nights sleep, here are a few tips . . .
-Turn your screens off an hour before bed
-Do something that relaxes you, like yoga
-Drink a chamomile or sleepy time tea
-Take a warm bath
-Diffuse an essential oil like lavender
-Keep a consistent routine before bed
And…..try a Loom and Leaf Mattress, if you are needing to upgrade or need to find a better sleeping solution. The benefits of a good night’s sleep are innumerable.
This post is in collaboration with Loom and Leaf. All opinions are my own.