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I'm super excited to be sharing some of my favorites from with you today! I'll be honest, it doesn't take much to get me swooning over art and stationary and I'm kind in love with their site.  One of the things that makes minted so great is that they find artists from all over the world through ongoing challenges, so their designs are really fresh and diverse. It was hard to pick my favorites! (though the art prints above are definitely on my wish list!) 

In addition to having great designs, they also donate 2% of proceeds from all art prints to Every Mother Counts to help global maternal health. I love a company that supports good causes and this one is very close to my heart,  you can read more about it here.

But it's not just about me... now that we have a bunch of little girls, it's extra fun shopping for paper goods with them. Naomi and Akemi have quickly gone through my supply of stationary writing little notes and sending invitations and putting stickers on everything under the sun, it's awfully cute but I'm also excited for them to have their own little sets! Minted has a great collection of personalized children's stationary (perfect for Naomi to write to her penpal in Germany) plus super sweet thank you cards and stickers (hello cute winter animals!). I've rounded up some of my favorites for the girls below. Enjoy!

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these days


someone has been happy playing in the baby bassinet! 

△ little girls recovering from a summer cold :(

August has been full of summer goodness so far with lots of little adventures and fresh blackberry pies (which is just about the second best thing when you're waiting on your new baby to arrive!). The kids have been enjoying nature walks with papa and taking long afternoon naps and I've been keeping busy with little projects. I mean, every new baby needs a few hot pink weavings to hang on the wall right? 

The kids have a thick stack of library books we're wading through these days and they're really loving the classics like Treasure Island and The Secret Garden. These stories are so dear to my heart as I would pretend to be sick when I was little just so I could stay home and read! Of course they're always looking for new books too and the other day at the library I heard that Henry asked the librarian "excuse me, where is the section on gross things?" and then he came home with a bag of books about rot and fungi. Oh I love that kid. (and whoa, there are so many kinds of mold in this world! who knew?) 

Akemi is pretty much into anything sparkly and pony related and she can spend hours playing my little pony with her sisters... but she is kind of a boss and likes to play her way. She is small and mighty for sure! And oh the things she says! She wants to get a pet platypus and is obsessed with everything about robots and France and going to the beach and fancy restaurants. What a fun age 4 is!

The kids are just recovering from a little summer head cold and poor Naomi got swimmers ear from too many afternoons snorkeling in the lake. That girl would live underwater if she could. So  now we are resting up and hoping everyone is on the mend again soon. And in the meantime, enjoying a little Wallace & Gromit marathon all piled in our bed!

recipe: fruity summer punch


This is one of my favorite punch recipes... it's perfect for summertime because it's so refreshing and citrusy and the kids love it too! 


2 cups natural unsweetened cranberry juice
3 cups orange juice
1 cup frozen lemonade concentrate
a teaspoon or two of natural cane sugar
2 liters sparkling water
fresh sliced oranges

Mix the cranberry juice, orange juice, frozen lemonade, and sugar in a large carafe until lemonade and sugar have dissolved. Chill for several hours. Before serving, add sparkling water, ice, and orange slices. Enjoy!