Pinterest is do a “30 Days of Pinsperation” campaign and asked me to make a board. I love Pinterest and feel so lucky I got to work with them since I’m clearly out of my league here. You can check out my board here (I’m day 23) and the whole campaign right here.
Happy New Year! 2012 was good but it felt really busy. Most of the year was spent getting settled after moving back from Paris, so this January feels like a true clean slate. I love setting goals and making lists and scheming up big plans (whether they actually happen or not) so this time of year is my absolute favorite. I love the idea that you can make a plan and work hard to become happier. I remember realizing this when I was a teenager. I don’t recall the exact details but I remember I was feeling unhappy and I went on a little hike and sat down at a lookout point with a blank sheet of paper and pen and made a list of how I wanted my life to be. As I hiked back to my car I was so happy. It’s funny because in actuality nothing had changed but I was excited about my plans and was going to make things happen. I’ve learned a lot more about setting goals since I was a teenager but the basic process still works for me. If I’m ever unhappy I usually just need to sit down with a pen and paper and make a plan.
I have lots of ideas for this year but one goal is to make deeper connections with friends and family. Make lunch meeting more often, have more dinner parties, go on weekly dates with Paul, take my children out on dates, give more gifts and surprises to people I love. I’m really excited about this. What are your goals this year?
ps: Muji makes the best pens and notebooks. We finally got one in San Francisco so I don’t have to trek all the way to NYC to get my favorite pens anymore.
This post is sponsored by The Gap.
I did a little photoshoot with the GAP and Rue magazine a couple months back for their STYLD.BY series. It was fun to have someone do my hair and makeup since I usually walk around with messy hair very little makeup. I was happy to do the campaign because I buy a good chunk of my clothing from the Gap. I love their basic styles and the clothes are affordable but well-made. (This pair of jeans is still my favorite.) They also had me pick some of my favorite baby stuff to give to go along with their GAP baby items (see after the jump.)
Here is a really simple last minute advent calendar that can be printed out and thrown together really quick. We hung these on a string of lights with paperclips and then added some crepe paper and pinecones and a few little things to make them feel more festive. Amanda Jane Jones designed these awesome patterns that we folded into little bags. Download them right here.
These holiday printables are brought to you by HP. Make other easy printable projects at HP’s Holiday HQ.
Design by Amanda Jane Jones
Crafting by Stacy Wichelhaus
Styling by Caitlin Barker
Produced by Ashley Rose
This post is sponsored by Method. To raise awareness of ocean pollution, Method launched the first commercial product ever to be made of ocean plastic. The Ocean Plastic bottle design is inspired by a sea urchin, and the dark gray color is actually the natural color of recovered plastic after it’s been melted down and molded. Read more about it here and watch this cool video to learn more.
One thing I miss about France is the beautiful cleaning supplies (see here.) But my obsession with good cleaning supplies has been around for a long time, even pre-France. I love materials that are beautiful and useful and well-made. Here is a little round up of some of my favorite cleaning supplies.
A. Dish Brush B.Bottle Brush C. Vegetable Brush D. Dish Brush E. French Sponges F.Wesco Trash Can G. Ostrich Duster H. My Favorite Dishtowels I. Dyson Vacuum Cleaner J. Mop Bucket K. Metal Mop L. Red Straw Broom M. Red Dustpan N. Laundry Basket O. Best Laundry Detergent Ever