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Friday, October 31, 2014

Have a happy (Halloween) weekend!

Boo! Are you dressing up for Halloween tonight? Toby will be a racecar driver and Anton will be a puppy. I'm so excited for trick-or-treating! I've also been reading this new book and dog-earing every page. Hope you have a delicious night (with lots of mini Snickers), and here are a few fun posts from around the web...

The Halloween candy exchange rate.

A good argument for taking a phone break.

Clever bike rack.

Unnecessary "quotation" marks.

Would you be friends with your mom if you were the same age?

5am flowers.

10 hours of walking in NYC as a woman. (Plus two quotes worth reading.)

And why catcalling is not okay.

How lovely is this California house?

Things not to say to a pregnant woman.

What beautiful wooden bowls.

Would you try a salad candle?

Made me laugh out loud.

Movies and their food pairings.

Plus, three posts you may have missed:
* Bringing your child's favorite book to life.
* Real actors read Yelp reviews.
* How to do a braided crown.

(Photo by Karen Mordechai on instagram)

Thursday, October 30, 2014

What you're actually thinking when you run into an ex

This video made me laugh out loud. When's the last time you bumped into an ex? (Mine was on the bike path last year. I was wearing Alex's giant winter jacket, glasses and a backpack. Cringe.)

(Video by Alison G. Vingiano)

A seven-step guide to heartbreak

Cup of Jo editor Caroline and her long-time boyfriend recently broke up, and her heart was in a blender. Here are the seven sweet things she did next...

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Japanese art of decluttering

Did you guys read the recent NYTimes article Kissing Your Socks Goodbye? Japanese tidiness consultant Marie Kondo believes that decluttering your home will change your life. She's a celebrity in Japan, and there's currently a three-month waiting list for her services. Her approach is a little wacky, but she has some great pointers, too.

Here are seven of her tips...

1. Throw away anything that doesn't "spark joy." “'Don’t just open up your closet and decide after a cursory glance that everything in it gives you a thrill...You must take each outfit in your hand.' "

2. Skip the Container Store. "Do not buy organizing equipment—your home already has all the storage you need."

3. Fold your clothes like sushi. "Fold everything into a long rectangle, then fold that in upon itself to make a smaller rectangle, and then roll that up into a tube, like a sushi roll. Set these upright in your drawers."

4. Hang clothes in rainbow order. "Hang up anything that looks happier hung up, and arrange like with like, working from left to right, with dark, heavy clothing on the left...'Organizing them by category helps them feel more comfortable and secure.' "

5. Thank your clothes. "Thank your stuff, it’s been working hard for you."

6. Let your socks rest. "Socks bust their chops for you, and if you ball them up, they don’t get a chance to rest...'The socks and stockings stored in your drawer are essentially on holiday.' "

7. Get rid of papers. “'There is nothing more annoying than papers...After all, they will never spark joy, no matter how carefully you keep them.' "

What do you think? Do her tips sound nutty or brilliant? (Or both?) Kondo also just wrote a book called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, if you're curious to hear more. Do you ever declutter your home? We did it before we moved and it felt so freeing!

This is part of a series called "What We're Reading"—featuring interesting articles on different topics we find during the week. I know most of you are big readers. Hope you like it!

(Photo by Natsuno Ichigo, via the NYTimes)

Are you dressing up for Halloween?

Illustrator Kiersten Essenpreis dressed her baby Harlan as Jerry Seinfeld's crazy Uncle Leo. Amazing, right? Apparently, she had the idea last Halloween when she was still pregnant: "I thought, 'If he's still bald by Halloween, we're doing it!' "
Haha I love this shot. And what did her baby think? "Everything was attached so lightly, he didn't even notice it," she said. "The hardest part was actually finding a purple turtleneck onesie for him."
Nailed it.

What are you going to be for Halloween this year? How about your little ones?

P.S. Toby as a giraffe, and a genius costume for adults.

(Photos by Kiersten Essenpreis, via Mashable)

Homemade Cheese Straws

Colder weather means spending more time hanging out inside with friends. Do you have a go-to snack for guests? Today, Melina from Licking the Plate shares her secret for cheese straws that look impressive but are easy to prep. Here's how to make them...

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Four fall outfits

My friend Kendra—who recently moved from New York to northern California (break my heart!)—always has inspiring style. She looks laid-back, but her outfits have a bit of a twist. Here, she shows the four ensembles she's wearing most this fall... ...

Awesome idioms from around the world

The other day, my Dutch friend Wesley was chatting about something or other, and he suddenly busted out with the Dutch idiom, "Don't tie a cat to a piece of bacon." It means, more or less, to not put temptation so close to someone that they can't resist. Isn't that awesome? So when I saw these idioms from around the world, I couldn't help sharing.

Then I was trying to think of American sayings but was coming up blank. But obviously we have so many! Here's a long list, if you're curious.

P.S. 11 untranslatable words from other countries, and parenting around the world.

(By Hotel Club)

Monday, October 27, 2014

Our walk-to-school ritual

Toby's school is only five blocks from our apartment, and the best part of the whole walk (by far) is...
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