Friday Fun and Weekend Inspiration



Any big plans for the weekend, Mamas?  I'm already craving Tired Hands Brewery's house-made pickles and candied bacon.  Yup – you heard correctly:  bacon candied, served with maple syrup for dipping.  Also?  Everything is locally sourced.  It's our go-to spot for Happy Hour, and low-key enough to bring the kids.  Yesssssss.

Earth Day is coming up, and John Master's Organics giving 25% off of everything with code earth13.  They have the best shampoo and conditioner, and offer it in bulk sizes…which become much more affordable at and additional 25% off.  I'm stocking up.  I've been using them for years, and did a full review of their products a while back

Shopbop is also having a sale – 20% off of everything with code WEAREFAMILY13 – but the last day is Friday.  So many things to love…but I'm totally blown away by this t-shirt dress, think that this swimsuit cover-up is insanely sexy (in the most subtle way), and that this chic maxi would be perfect for pooch-hiding.  I also have my eye on this simple maxi and would wear it exactly as reader Desiree described earlier this week

My favorite combo is a black maxi dress, brown leather sandals, wooden jewelry and a nice canvas bag – so easy.

Perfect, no?

I was inspired by this Dad's article about spending one-on-one time with his kids.  He terms it "Parenting a Boy, Not the Herd."  He writes:

I realized I’d not only slowly reduced parenting to herding, but I’d turned conversation with my kids into not much more than relaying information: giving orders, teaching lessons, reinforcing the positive, correcting the negative. But, away from the herd, alone with Gresham, I found myself cracking jokes, retelling stories from my own childhood, asking better questions.

Yes.  That. I hate when I fall into 'boring old parent mode' and just drone on at my boys about wiping their spills, getting their shoes on, not licking the furniture, etc.  Sigh.  Not only do they not get the best of me when I'm in this mode…but they get someone who doesn't feel like ME at all.  You know?

On an uplifting note, my dear friend Megan sent me the gorgeous video below.  It speaks volumes about how we see ourselves, and how ridiculously hard we are on ourselves.  Get out the tissues, Mamas. 







  1. Hate to burst your bubble, but the last day for the Shopbop coupon was Thursday … I just tried it and it didn’t work. 🙁

  2. Man you weren’t kidding about the tissues with that video. Thanks for posting that – was definitely a good reminder. I got the kids to bed (alone since my hubs works at night), sat down with a glass of wine to read your blog (perfect night, if you ask me) and as usual, you didn’t disappoint!

  3. Ok, just gotta let you know that I have become a ANMJ junkie. I think I check your fabulous site at least 7 times a day. It’s really odd to say this but I feel sort of like Tom Cruise in Jerry Maguire telling Renee Zellweger “You complete me.” Cause, really girls, you do!! I have a wonderful, full life with a great hubs and 5 kids but seriously, you ladies put me over the top. From the quick, easy hair tips to sassy wedge sneakers to creative mom-i-forms, I am so thankful. I could go on and on, but then I might start to sound like a stalker… oh wait, I already do??? ok. I’ll stop now. 🙂

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