Uncommon Goods

Uncommon Goods asked if they could sponsor a round-up of my favorite home goods from their site! That site makes me so happy. So much good, unique design and I love reading about the different inventors and artisans. Here’s my picks!:Uncommon Goods

  1. This fruit bowl is so pretty. I love that it has height for the counter too or shelf too. It can be hard to find things with different scales and heights for the kitchen, LOVE this!
  2. More than the function I love how industrial and cool this Toothpaste Wringer is. Makes leaving the toothpaste out feel a little more purposeful and stylized.
  3. This magnetic phone mount is so great for either the car or wherever you set your phone down most often.
  4. When I had corporate desk job before Hayes was born I had the world’s ugliest Dell computer on this hideous plastic riser. It was depressing. Where was this riser when I needed it? I love that if provides shelf space below, too!
  5. I need two of these pillows for each of my boys’ beds. Maybe my most uttered phrase after 8:30 pm. Losing out only to “GO TO BED!”
  6. Another great design to leave out on the counter or at your desk. I don’t think it would be as cute with pens though, the colorful pencils make it! Here: Percy the Pencil Porcupine.
  7. Dead over this bulletin board. Such a good design!!
  8. Baskets aren’t hard to find anymore luckily but this color and price are for sure unique.
  9. I bought this Notepaper Roller the second I saw it. I am the biggest list-maker. Ill write something I already did pre-list just so I can cross it off. I have lists everywhere and I love that this is a perpetual roll that you can tear off no matter how short or long the list is.
  10. I don’t have a cat nor intend to get one but this cat teepee is $35 and amazing. Cat lovers take note!
  11. Another beautiful piece to display flowers, herbs, or even pens and pencils. The possibilities are limitless! Here: Caterpillar Vase.
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holland + mckie

Holland + McKie sent these amazing suits for my boys (all of them!) and it was in these suits where I heard my highest (outward appearance) compliment.”Oh they look like they’re from another era!” Holland +McKieAs much as I love a good trend, the fashion I admire most is timeless. Where you could be put in any era and fit, nothing screaming any certain place or time. Holland + McKie nails this for men’s and boy’s swim wear.Holland + McKie They make suits for men and matching suits for boys which I cannot help myself, they look so crazy cute!hollandandmckie2It’s not everyday you see a natural smile out of Callum, he’s the king of the Chandler Bing smile when the camera comes out.Holland + McKie Holland +McKie Holland + McKie

See all their timeless prints for kids here, and men here!

And to complete the timeless look here’s some perfect Summer accessories!summer

Daddy + Son matching straw hats! MEN / BOY // BIRKS for MEN / BOY // Jack Purcell Sneakers

Aviators // Clubmasters // Havanas

 

 

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mine + ours: books

By Emily.

Kicking off a recurring book series today! I’ve been sharing my book recs on my Fryday posts for years so if you need a whole bunch you can read them all here. But today is all about books for you to enjoy as well as your little ones. With pros and cons and any reading suggestions I might have along the way. I should also note how I rate my books so we’re on the same page.

EMILY FRAME RATING SYSTEM:

1-star book: I hated both the story, the writing, and everything in between. 2-star:  I either hated the story or the writing, maybe one or the other was okay or bearable, but not both. 3-star: I enjoyed both the story and writing. 4-star: I loved both. 5-star: The book changed my life, the way I view the world, the way I live breathe and think.

I do not give out 5-stars lightly! I think I probably have less than 10 that fit that criteria. So it might sound like I am being harsh to some books, but that 5-star rating is a totally personal thing and nothing against a truly great book. I would recommend 4-stars all day long and 3-stars to people I think it fits best.

Read to roll?Small Fry Book Reviews

MINE:

BOOK: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi- 5 Stars. SUCH a beautiful book. Man that guy can write. I loved how he weaved literature + neurology together. Such an unlikely match that totally makes sense after reading this book. I bawled through several parts and was glad to be able to mark the passages that touched me the most. This book is super clean minus one part where Paul is working with a patient with a brain injury who can’t stop swearing. 😉 What gave it the 5-star? He made so many incredibly insightful points about life, death, and also having children. I don’t want to blow it so I’ll let you find the nuggets.

AUDIO: Eleanor + Park – I am such a sucker for Young Adult literature with a musical spin. If you’re gonna reference music and bands and authors and poets I am all ears. Warning: there is a ton of language in this, adult themes about abuse, bullying galore, which I never enjoy reading but the story redeemed itself for me in other ways. I am not super sentimental or even a romantic really, so I cringed a lot at their young love story. Even still she gets it right. She illustrates just how it feels to be in love for the very first time and just how different that looks for a boy and a girl respectively. This book got an Audie award and its super enterataining with multiple narrators, character voices (Park’s mom was a fave!) that allows you to really get swept away!

OURS:

BOOK: This is How We Do It by Matt Lamothe – 5 Stars. If you are looking for a way to open your child’s horizons without totally bursting their naive safe bubble and outlook on the world– this is for you. It’s tame, but still realistically shows one day in the lives of 7 different kids (aged 4-11) from around the world. Where the sleep, what they eat for breakfast lunch and dinner, what school likes and more. Beautiful illustrations too! My kids were mesmerized.

AUDIO: Wonder is coming out in theaters soon and it reminded me that I had always wanted to read it to my boys! When we played it in the car or while they played in the kitchen (Alexa is practically family at this point) the boys were SILENT. The story captured them and they tuned in no matter what they were doing beforehand, I loved it! It’s a little advanced for them in some parts and I found that they really only held interest in the August and Jack Will sections so we skipped passed some (Via, Justin chapters specifically) but they never seemed like they were confused in the story. The multiple narrators helped the boys keep things straight too which was nice. It’s such an important book for any age to read. Catch it on audio here.

Can’t wait to hear your recs and if you like these titles, too!

Certified Fair Trade Woven Tote

Photos by Hunter Fowler.

Petunia Pickle Bottom killing the game once again! They sent this amazing tote my way to celebrate their launch of the new Certified Fair Trade Woven Tote! It JUST went live so hurry over and grab them as they anticipate a quick sell out. (Also let it be known I made it 5 years without putting fresh flowers in a purse, that has to be some kind of blogging record. 😉Petunia Pickle Bottom Tote

Each tote is hand-woven and unique, its got a ton of room inside and its really sturdy. Woven bags can feel fragile, this is not one of those bags. There are two woven interior bottle pockets, easily transitioning to water bottle pockets or cups of soda, fresh florals, whatever your pleasure. Petunia Pickle Bottom ToteThis darling little drawstring backpack drops right in or you can bring it separately-  perfect for storing toys, or diaper changing gear, or your personal belongings to swap in and out of bags. It comes with their PPB branded wipes case – this one is opaque so you can tell when you’re running out, a removable washable changing pad. The shoulder straps drop down inside the bag so its easy to store. And it comes with these leather stroller staps so you can go hands free when you’re out and about.Petunia Pickle Bottom Tote

Don’t forget the Pom Pom. Spot on color palette and such great accessory to edge out this pretty bag!Petunia Pickle Bottom Tote

Petunia Pickle Bottom has the whole diaper bag thing on lock and they always think of details I’m so glad to have. I used their Pathway Pack the last year and have loved it and am thrilled to carry this chic woven bag for Summer! No one would ever guess it was a diaper bag, that is for sure!Petunia Pickle Bottom Tote RUN RUN RUN to grab this bag – you can find it here!

SHOP THE LOOK:

Bag // Shoes // Sunnies // Dress (on sale!) ack, sold out already, but here’s a few more options I love!

dresses

Embroidered Lace Panel //  Blue Gauzey Amazingness // Black Embroidered // Technicolor Dress of Dreams (comes in black too!) // Linen Striped Jumpsuit – with a jean jacket? SO killer. // Just realizing the complete lack of dresses with suspenders. // UGH!! AMAZINGness, under $100 and comes in 4 colors. // I have a lot of buddies with this dress and its so pretty on every single figure.