The Friday Five Vol. 8

Whew! What a week.  I can see so, so much beauty beginning to rise from the ashes, and I've found myself ending the week feeling hopeful.  I'm exhausted, my brain is overwhelmed, and the workload feels insurmountable, but I'm also encouraged.  I really wanted to write more this week, but - life.  Maybe next week :)

For this week's Friday Five, I wanted to spotlight 5 black women I follow on Instagram and love.  That has been one of my favorite things to come from this week - seeing so many black-owned businesses highlighted and shared, and getting to continue to diversify to my own feed.  I can remember having a revelation about a year ago that although I have worked hard to diversify my real life experience, my feed of fashion and interior design bloggers was almost 100% white - and let me tell you, that was a humbling moment (as so many of us have been feeling this week!).  So having so much exposure to continue that work has been a gift!

  1. LaTasha Morrison / Be the Bridge - If you want to become anti-racist and aren't sure where to start or what that means, please start here.  LaTasha and her team have worked SO HARD for years to curate an amazing body of educational resources.  White friends, this organization is a straight gift to us - that so many black (and other BIPOC) brothers and sisters in Christ have given their time and expertise to educate us on what they don't have the luxury of not knowing. 95% of the time if I share a resource with someone or on the blog, it has come from them.
  2. Amber / Damask Love - It has been so much fun to watch Amber's career blow up over the years.  She is your daily dose of colorful fun, and you can also check out her new printable stationary/crafting/planner company at Yay Day Paper
  3. Charnaie / Here Wee Read - Charnaie says her mission is "helping you find diverse books, educational products, and raise curious kids" and that could not be more true.  She is my very first resource when I'm looking for new books. Oh, and her #bookface pictures are AMAZING!
  4. Ro / A Cup of Kims - I found Ro and her husband Han by stalking pictures of New England (we share an obsession with Newport, RI), and they are so crazy talented!  Their travel photography and storytelling are beautiful, and they share that along with seriously delicious daily coffee recipes.  I am confident their blog and IG are about to blow up!!
  5. Victoria / Prepford Wife - Someone shared Victoria's account this week and I literally squealed out loud when I clicked through.  Preppy. Doesn't. Have. To. Be. White.  I am so obsessed, her and her husband have the very cutest relationship, her style gives me all the heart eyes, and her heart just seems so kind.  I am so excited to follow and also incredibly disappointed I haven't found her sooner!

The Friday Five Vol. 7

Well hello there! It's nice to be back.  Between processing this pandemic (and lately the most recent ATROCITIES of justice that are ravaging the black community) as well as some losses and changes in my work community, I have been in my full introvert shell.  There have been a few weeks where we have barely been above water, but plenty of weeks of goodness too.  I am thankful to have a safe home, our health, and our jobs.

Anyway, here are a few things that have been an encouragement to me lately:
  1. The Rockettes Live Dance Classes: What a joy these have been! I got into such a dance slump when we were out of the studio for a few weeks, and it has totally rekindled my creativity to learn choreography from these lovely ladies.  What could be more cheerful than learning part of the "reindeer dance"?!

The Friday Five Vol. 6

Happy Friday!  I have been slammed this week helping the rest of our staff get set up to teach online and set up our own home-school routine.  Here are a few things keeping me sane(ish) this week.  This post brought to you by a second glass of wine ;)
  1. Hibiscus Linens Children's Projects - ok, so these are meant for kids, but I am loving them! It's super theraputic to watch someone stitch, and I'm picking up tips for myself about types of stitches, technique, etc.  Instagram is such a good place to escape right now.  Thank you to all of the creatives who are sharing your gifts with us right now!

The Friday Five Vol. 5

It is Friday, right?  It has really been a strange week, hasn't it?  I know things are so serious for so many who are suffering physically, emotionally, financially, so the blessing of our health is not lost on me right now, nor the fact that I already work from home and it's not terribly inconvenient for my husband to do so as well.  Anyway, here are a few things that are brightening my week!
  1. Packed Party - Instagram really got it right with this targeted ad.  Color! Pattern! Fun! I have my eye on these sunglasses straps - L has lost about three pairs of sunglasses at school already.  These look right up her alley.

Project(ish)-Based Learning at Home

Let me preface this with the fact that I am by no means an expert on project-based learning (although I did my student teaching with an AMAZING master teacher who was), and that what we did last summer is more of a hybrid of project/literature-based.  What it was, though, was fun, and a great way to add some structure and intention to our days without feeling like we were having to force "learning."

Here is how we got started!

10 Engaging Resources to Make Home Learning Fun

Since so many of us have kids at home for an extra week or three, I thought it would be fun to round up some of my favorite resources to help make this a time of learning AND play.  Much of this is based off of what we did last summer, which was my first real, intentional time of structuring learning into our days.  I am a HUGE believer in free play, and my girls have in fact spent the entire time I spent writing this post in their rooms with their dollhouses happily unstructured, but as they've gotten older, I have enjoyed balancing in some structured activities as well.  Plus, a few screen-time favorites because it's raining outside all week long!

Tie-Dye Round-Up

Have you noticed that tie-dye is back in a big way? I saw the trend pick up last summer (even Project Runway got in on it this season!) but this spring it has really hit the mass market, especially for kids!  I'm not personally a huge fun, but I adore it for kids - what's not to love about fun and colorful?  Here are a few cute pieces I've found so far this season!